A simmering road-related dispute between Colorado Rocky Mountain School, a private academy for grades 9-12, and it’s neighbors to the north, in the unincorporated community of Satank, seems poised to spill over into a broader fight.
At present, the spat has expanded to include the Garfield Board of County Commissioners and the board of directors for the Rockford Ditch Association, which controls one of the oldest ditches diverting water from the Crystal River, supplying irrigation water to CRMS as well as to the residents of Satank.
“We went through this all, last year,” lamented one Satank resident, John Armstrong, who works for the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails department and has been deeply involved in the CRMS/Satank conflict in recent months.
Armstrong also was involved in a similar conflict last year when the school tried but failed to get the county to vacate a county road right-of-way and turn it over to CRMS.
The current dispute, Armstrong told The Sopris Sun, “has a whole different flavor to it, but it’s the same issue, that’s for sure.”
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