The Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety and the U.S. Forest Service is scheduled to conduct a dye tracer study at the Hope Mine on Wednesday. The nontoxic, bio-degradable dye will be carried by water flowing underground from the mine into Castle Creek. The hope is that the dye will help determine if it’s being carried through the mine waste pile and how it is transported.
The fluorescent dye will be visible for several hours before dissolving. The material data safety sheet for the rhodamine tablets for the dye study is located at the following website: http://complyplus.grainger.com/grainger/msds.asp?sheetid=3760560 .
The mine is located off Castle Creek Road about 5 miles from Aspen. The Hope Mine began operation in 1921 and more than 158 tons of silver ore was sold with an average of 70 ounces of silver per ton. Ore was taken to Aspen by wagon and shipped by rail to the Arkansas Valley plant in Leadville for processing. A new mill was constructed in 1929 and was operational for about two hours before it was destroyed by fire.
The city of Aspen is taking this summer and fall to improve the tee-box area at the Aspen Golf Club driving range. These improvements will enhance the quality and size of the driving range tee area, while also adding a sand bunker to the west side of the tee area to add the option of hitting range balls out of the bunker at a far distance, according to city officials.
The city will begin moving truck loads of top soil and turf grass periodically throughout the summer and fall. The truck circulation will impact users of the Chatfield Trail during standard working hours. Although the traffic will not be overwhelming, the city asks all trail users to use caution.
The Aspen Chamber Resort Association has new members on its board of directors. Below are the final results for each category in this year’s board election. Lodging: Corey Enloe; real estate: John Sarpa; finance: Adam Fortier; nonprofit: Cristal Logan; retail: Heather Kemp