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Half done: Three land use ordinances approved by council

After five hours of review, Aspen City Council Monday passed three ordinances that will change the character of the city’s downtown core.

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Carolyn Sackariason

The annual “toast to winter” celebration — known as Winterskol —  is underway in Aspen. And on Thursday night, it’s going to get extreme at the Wheeler Opera House.

 

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) Board of Directors meets Thursday. Among the topics they will discuss is a contract with the federal government.

This week is all about Winterskol. Jennifer Albright Carney, vice president of event marketing, and Erik Klanderud, director of member services at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, with the details.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is starting the planning process for a trail that will connect Carbondale and Crested Butte. The first chance for public comment is Thursday.

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The so-called Snowmastodon site at Ziegler Reservoir in Snowmass is the largest fossil discovery in Colorado history. Scientists from across the world are still working to understand the changing environment in which those plants and animals lived. Stephanie Lukowski is the Ice Age Discovery Center’s paleontologist. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy met with her outside of the Discovery Center in Snowmass.

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The Roaring Fork Valley is a biking wonderland in the summer months, rife with world-class singletrack trails and scenic, quiet roads. But in the winter, it’s a different landscape. Local mountain bikers are working to change that.

Improving roads, easing traffic congestion and making broadband available to all parts of Colorado are some of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s top priorities for the upcoming legislative session that begins Wednesday.

Courtesy of Colorado Avalanche Information Center

A heavy, wet winter storm has brought lots of snow and statewide avalanche warnings.

Aspen Chamber

Aspen’s annual celebration of winter starts tonight with the Helen K. Klanderud Winterskol Awards Dinner at the St. Regis.

On Monday night, Aspen council members approved a request to work with the Department of Energy to learn more about the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Thousands of people gathered in Denver on a sunny, crisp Saturday in January for a planned rally. Many in the crowd, made up of about 80 percent women, held up signs such as “Lets [sic] Make America Smart Again,” “We Shall Overcomb,”  “Build Bridges Not Walls” and “We need a leader not a tweeter.”

Colorado’s new select committee on energy held its first hearing Thursday. As Bente Birkeland reports, Republicans created the committee to help handle the increased workload that could come from changes from the Trump administration.

 

One of the first contenders for the 2018 gubernatorial race in Colorado has announced his candidacy.

 

Hundreds of people filled the state capitol Wednesday for opening day ceremonies as lawmakers return to work.