Proposal would reduce weekend hours but abandon Sunday closure
ASPEN BASALT REAL ESTATE — Town and state officials hammered out a proposal Tuesday night that tries to snuff the controversy over the noise from a shooting range on the outskirts of Basalt.Basalt Town Council members agreed to drop a request to close the shooting range on Sundays. In return, top officials in the northwest region of the Colorado Division of Wildlife will consider shortening the hours of the range from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The facility would remain open seven days a week.That’s the short-term key. For a long-term solution, the two sides want to team up to fund construction of sound-reducing sheds for use by target shooters firing pistols and rifles. If the sheds effectively reduce noise, the hours of operation could be expanded. Basalt Mayor Leroy Duroux pushed for the shorter hours on weekends because he hears from constituents who want peace and quiet in the evening.“I think that will make a lot of our citizens happy,” he said.
By Scott Condon, July 28, 2010 Aspen Times