Tuesday meet-and-greet set with communications finalists

The Aspen community is invited to attend a meet-and-greet event with the city’s top three finalists for the new position of communications director.

The event will be held Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Aspen Fire Station’s community room. The communications director will be responsible for the management and strategy of citywide communications, public outreach and engagement, serving as one of the primary liaisons between the city and the public.

The meet-and-greet will provide an opportunity for the community to interact with the next communications director as well as offer perspective and input. The identities of the candidates will be made known at the gathering.

All three finalists are women. Two are from the Front Range, one is from Glenwood Springs and all three have professional government experience.

Public invited to participate in school district CFO search

The public is invited to attend the beginning stage of the Aspen School District’s search for a chief financial officer.

The search firm of Hazard, Young and Attea will be on campus Wednesday to collect thoughts about the disposition and skills required of the next CFO.

This is the first of several opportunities for the public to have a voice in the process, according to a school district announcement. A Hazard, Young and Attea representative will be available in the middle school conference room from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

USFS approves Wolf Creek wells project

The U.S. Forest Service has approved a proposal by Black Hills Energy to construct two new natural gas storage wells outside of Glenwood Springs.

The wells will replace two others at the Wolf Creek Storage Field in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. They will be drilled within the original footprint of the existing well pad location.

“Replacing these two storage wells will help meet current and future natural gas demands in the Roaring Fork Valley,” said Karen Schroyer, Aspen-Sopris District ranger, in a news release.

The project will start this summer and continue throughout the year. An increase in truck traffic is expected on Four Mile Road and 300 Road to move workers and equipment at the beginning and end of the project, the release said.

Access to surrounding national forest lands will continue during project implementation. A site-specific closure order will be in place at the pad location for public safety during drilling operations.

According to the release, the new wells are needed to continue to provide safe and reliable natural gas to the Roaring Fork Valley. Wolf Creek Storage Field is an underground natural gas storage area located in the White River National Forest, serving the valley’s Black Hills Energy customers. Natural gas is gathered in the storage wells during the summer and used during high-demand winter months.

Project updates will be available at blackhillsenergy.com/wolfcreek.

Children’s parade to be held in downtown Aspen on Tuesday

The Aspen community is invited to attend the annual Kids First-Aspen Children’s Parade on Tuesday in celebration of the Month of the Young Child.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Hopkins Avenue at the Aspen Fire Station and will be held rain or shine. The route will wind through downtown Aspen and end at the dancing fountain with refreshments.

For more information, call (970) 920-5363 or visit cityofaspen.com/kidsfirst.