In anticipation of a potential Limelight Hotel in Snowmass, the public is invited to an open house at The Limelight Hotel in Aspen.
The event will take place today, Oct. 7, from 8-9 a.m. Meeting rooms and guest rooms will be available for inspection.
Robert Martin is the new director and full-time faculty at Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media.
Martin had previously worked at the Eagle Valley School District as a senior systems administrator and an instructor at Grand Valley High School in Parachute.
He also has worked as a photojournalist, graphic designer, department head in multimedia design and electronic pre-press at the Bradley Academy for Visual Arts; a consultant in visual arts technologies; and an instructor and information technology coordinator at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Arts.
He said he especially enjoys teaching students at the college level. For more than two years he has taught at CMC as an adjunct instructor in web design, app development and motion graphics.
Martin said he looks forward to working with the many facets of the Isaacson School, which includes the college’s graphic design, photography and new media programs.
The outstanding $34 million construction debt on Ruedi Reservoir has been paid to the federal government and 19,585 acre-feet of previously uncontracted water supply in the 102,000-acre-foot reservoir is secure for the future of Western Colorado.
The debt was due in 2019 and uncertainty about paying it cast a shadow over how the uncontracted water in the reservoir — intended to benefit Western Colorado — would be used.
To solve the problem, the Colorado River District for the last two years solicited West Slope interest in the remaining water and put together a package agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, owner and operator of the reservoir straddling the Eagle-Pitkin county line.
Seventeen entities, including the Colorado River District, stepped up, cumulatively committing to the purchase of all the uncontracted water and full repayment of the outstanding debt. The Ute Water Conservancy District, the Grand Valley’s largest water provider, secured the greatest amount: 12,000 acre-feet at a cost of $15.5 million. The Colorado River District contracted for 4,683.5 acre-feet, at a cost of $6 million. The cost per acre-foot was roughly $1,290. An acre-foot is equal to 325,851 gallons of water and is enough water to supply two to four family households for one year.
Other entities contracting for water include: Wildcat Ranch Homeowners Association, 50 acre-feet; Mid Valley Metro District, 100 acre-feet; Crown Mountain Park Recreation District, 62 acre-feet; Owl Creek Ranch Homeowners Association, 15 acre-feet; town of Palisade, 200 acre-feet; Snowmass Water and Sanitation District, 500 acre-feet; town of De Beque, 25 acre-feet; Basalt Water Conservancy District, 300 acre-feet; Garfield County, 400 acre-feet; city of Aspen, 400 acre-feet; W/J Metro District, 100 acre-feet; Summit County, 330 acre-feet; Elk Wallow Ranch LLC, 30 acre-feet; Wildcat Reservoir Co., 140 acre-feet.
Ruedi Reservoir is the West Slope mitigation for the federal Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, which diverts water from the Fryingpan River and Hunter Creek headwaters across the Continental Divide to the Arkansas River Basin. The debt started at $9.3 million when the Bureau of Reclamation completed the reservoir in the early 1970s. It ballooned to $34 million as the government added unpaid interest and operational expenses to the principal — because of unsold water. Absent a deal, the debt would have gone up at an ever-escalating rate.