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Basalt Council Wants More Changes At Shooting Range

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy
Aspen Public Radio


Officials in Basalt say recent efforts to improve safety at the shooting range near Lake Christine are helpful, but don’t go far enough.

Basalt town manager Ryan Mahoney drafted a letter on behalf of the town council that applauds Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) for removing brush to help prevent wildfires and arranging for safety officers.


But the council has a list of requests it says would make it easier for the town and gun range to coexist.


Last summer’s Lake Christine Fire ignited at the range while the valley was under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Council is asking CPW now commit to closing the range when Stage 2 restrictions are in effect. Also, it says, more quiet time is needed.


The letter asks that hours be reduced and restricted to five days a week, including only one weekend day. Ultimately, the council would like to see a long-term plan that could involve moving the facility or creating an indoor range.  

The council also commended CPW’s commitment to test the lead levels in the soil and waters near the range later this year. Officials will review the draft letter at a meeting Tuesday evening.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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