TACAW leader faces challenges in first months on job

The Arts Campus at Willits in Basalt had a summer full of ups and downs. The group hired its first managing director, Ryan Honey, but also faced lots of drama surrounding its budget and future funding.
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  Propositions 107 and 108 — Primary elections

Both propositions would allow unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in a primary election

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and a statewide advocacy group spoke to Colorado’s transit needs yesterday.

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The board for Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) meets in Carbondale on Thursday and Friday.  

The organization uses Colorado Lottery revenue to provide grants to projects that protect and enhance Colorado’s parks, trails, wildlife and open spaces. Since its inception in 1992, GOCO has given about $18.5 million to Eagle County, $10.2 million to Garfield County and $7.6 million to Pitkin County.  

Temperatures are dropping and snow is starting to fall in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspenweather.net's Cory Gates has made his winter predictions and it looks like it will be better than last season. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with Gates about his winter outlook.

Governor John Hickenlooper has selected a new judge to serve in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.


The number two person in the Ninth Judicial District has been tapped to serve as a district court judge. Anne Norrdin, who has been in the DA’s office for more than eight years, will replace judge Daniel Petre, who retired last week. She will be based out of the Garfield County courthouse and will serve that county, as well Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties.

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Basalt Town Council voted unanimously last night to hire a public relations specialist. Jeanette Darnauer runs Darnauer Group Communications in Aspen.

She’s been working with the town government since September to improve communication with the public. However, her contract was a surprise to many, including some council members.

The contract is set at $10,000, plus out-of-pocket expenses, and ends Nov. 8, which is election day.

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A semi-truck carrying rocks to the Basalt whitewater park construction area overturned Tuesday afternoon. It spilled about 5 gallons of diesel fuel and a small amount of hydraulic fluid on the ground. Contractors contained the spill, and Pitkin County Environmental Health Manager Kurt Dahl said in a statement that he was confident it was contained. Project engineers will assess the site today.  

A voter information event held at the Limelight Hotel this evening aims to increase turnout in an underrepresented demographic.


Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night.
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Local governments are opening up their spreadsheets as the 2017 budget process begins Tuesday.


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About 50 people recently weighed in on ColoradoCare at an event hosted by KUNC and the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

Opponents for a measure that would allow terminally ill patients to take medication to end their lives launched statewide television ads Wednesday.

The first wave of ballots will be mailed to Colorado voters on Monday. Bente Birkeland has more at the state capitol.

Colorado’s major party candidates held their only televised debate of the election Tuesday.