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The City of Aspen is in the throes of deciding where to put government offices in the future. Tuesday afternoon (7/14) council narrowed three options to two. 

City departments like police and engineering are currently in leased space that before long, will become unavailable. City council is examining two solutions. Both include building new structures and have price tags above $48 million.

Phone photography on display at gallery opening

Jul 14, 2015

A new art show opening at the Aspen Chapel Gallery opens tonight. Entitled “I-Show - Photographs from Phones” features pictures taken from phones.

 

In the basement of the Aspen Chapel hang about forty photos taken solely on cell phone cameras. Subjects range from beaches to horses on television racing at the Belmont Stakes.

  Summers Moore, the curator of the show, says part of her inspiration for the exhibit was that people often think art can’t come from the device inside of their pocket.

Marci Krivonen

Too many people are storing food in their tents in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, so the Forest Service is mandating bear resistant containers.

Forest Service District Ranger Karen Shroyer says the decision comes after recent human-bear conflicts in the heavily used wilderness area. It stretches over 160,000 acres and includes the Maroon Bells scenic area.

Devotchka warms up for CSO while in Aspen

Jul 14, 2015

“Devotchka” in Russia means “little girl”. When someone says the word “devotchka” in Colorado, it means the Grammy-nominated band from Denver.

 

The band, known for their work on the soundtrack for the film Little Miss Sunshine, has been described as “gypsy-rock” and burlesque. That’s not a mistake. The band got their start as a backing group for burlesque shows.

 

Devotchka will find themselves right at home at the Belly Up, but things will change when they perform next week with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Red Rocks.

Elise Thatcher

It’s a cloudy summer day, and man named Paul is dropping off some cans and glass bottles at Basalt’s recycling site. He declines to give his last name, but shares a few thoughts about the drop off site. Like, “stay open later so the working man can get here.”

Crystal Theatre owners reflect after 30 years

Jul 14, 2015

The Crystal Theatre in Carbondale has been a staple of the Roaring Fork Valley for three decades. Bob and Kathy Ezra have owned the theatre since the beginning. It made it through tough economic times and a changing movie industry by showing the films they like and without any previews.

Marci Krivonen

The Castle Creek valley just outside of Aspen is becoming increasingly popular to recreationists like hikers and cyclists. Pitkin County and the White River National Forest are taking comments from the public on how to best manage the area. 

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Aspen’s workforce housing program is collecting data from residents as part of an update to its guidelines. 

The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority started disseminating surveys to workers early in July. So far, 665 people have filled them out. The survey asks about income, your profession and whether you live in workforce housing.

Right now, policy decisions are being made with old data, says Housing Authority director Mike Kosdrosky. The new information will provide a clearer picture of what’s needed.

Carolyn Sackariason

  Aspen has city rules preventing employees and elected officials from accepting certain kinds of gifts. At the same time, employees accept expensive passes to one of the biggest events of the summer.

Ursa Resources Group held what it called an education meeting last night. The Battlement Mesa gathering was about a proposal for new natural gas drilling. Ursa wants to drill around 50 wells in the coming year or two.

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