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Minturn: Private resort may lose water

Carlos Illescas
The Denver Post

AURORA – The developer of a proposed resort above Minturn will likely have to look elsewhere for water when, as expected, the Aurora City Council tonight approves the purchase of water he was seeking to buy.

Developer Bobby Ginn had entered a contract with the Pueblo water board to purchase 1,337 acre-feet of water from the Columbine Ditch near Leadville.

But Aurora has a right-of-first refusal, and the city is partnering with the Climax molybdenum mine to purchase the water for a total of $30.4 million, said Greg Baker, spokesman for Aurora Water. Climax will pay about a third of that.

One acre-foot is considered enough to support two families of four for a year

“It’s mountain water, the best quality of water, which you just don’t get to buy,” Baker said.

Ginn spokesman Ryan Julison said the company will deal with whatever happens.

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