Minturn residents make strong showing at polls |

Minturn residents make strong showing at polls

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

MINTURN, Colorado ” Voter turnout in a referendum Tuesday on a private ski resort surpassed that of the Minturn Town Council election in April by 18 percent.

Out of 756 registered voters, 367 cast ballots ” 105 of those were absentee ballots. In an April Town Council election, voters cast 227 ballots out of a total of 750 registered voters, a 30 percent turnout.

That election’s turnout was topped by around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Bev Christiansan, who has been an election judge in every Minturn election since 1968, said the stream of voters was steady.

“We’re doing well,” she said Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a broken gas line closed Main Street for more than two hours near Minturn Town Center. A worker excavating dirt for the construction of a triplex next to the Lift Cafe broke a gas line around 10:45 a.m., authorities said.

“It’s just new construction ” comes with growth, comes with development,” said Rod Cordova, director of Minturn’s Public Works Department. Cordova voted on Ginn early in the morning.

Authorities diverted traffic to Pine Street and back onto Main Street, but fixed the gas leak and opened Minturn’s main thoroughfare around 1 p.m.

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