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Aspen sustainability success taken on the road

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron spent last week representing Aspen’s sustainability goals at two separate conferences, first in Chicago and then in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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Last week, Aspen City Council voted in favor of a 90-day suspension of an agreement between the city and the Red Brick Center for the Arts.

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission voted last week to increase testing for methane emissions from oil and gas development.

This week, there have been more allegations of sexual harassment at the Colorado statehouse.

The City of Aspen has some work to do to prove that it should hold on to conditional water rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks, and is considering pulling funding from the Wheeler’s stockpile to buy land in Woody Creek. The school district is also interested in the Wheeler’s excess funds.

COLORADO SENATE REPUBUBLICANS

New claims of sexual harassment have been brought up at the Colorado legislature involving Sens. Randy Baumgardner and Jack Tate. Both, in comments to us, strongly deny any wrongdoing, although they refused to answer our specific questions directly.

Aspen water customers can expect bigger bills next year as rates are rising for both residential and commercial users.  

At its board meeting last week, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) discussed how it’s going to keep paying for itself.

Glenwood Railroad Museum

The Glenwood Railroad Museum is closing on Nov. 27.

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you the news from the Roaring Fork Valley.

 

Another woman has filed a formal complaint against Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock for sexual harassment.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass has released its winter lineup of world music performances for its Cafe series.

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State News

A state lawmaker was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Denver International Airport for carrying a firearm. As first reported by us, Republican Rep. Lori Saine is being held pending an investigation and possible charges.

A state lawmaker from Firestone, about 30 miles north of Denver, was arrested on Tuesday at Denver International Airport for carrying a firearm. She is being held, pending an investigation and possible charges.

 

Another woman has decided to file a formal complaint alleging sexual harassment by a state lawmaker. The former legislative intern said Sen. Jack Tate made inappropriate comments and repeatedly leered at her and nudged her during the 2017 legislative session. That brings the number of complaints against lawmakers to four.

A state lawmaker has drafted legislation to remove Rep. Steve Lebsock from office as Lebosck has refused calls for his resignation. It sets the stage for a battle, as allegations of sexual harassment continue at the Colorado Capitol. Lebsock is a Democrat running for state treasurer.

Rep. Matt Gray, also a Democrat, said he will introduce a resolution when lawmakers return to the legislature in January. Gray said he believes the accounts of the women who first accused Lebsock in our stories last month. 

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Mountain Edition is Aspen Public Radio's weekly newsmagazine. The show focuses on news, analysis, and commentary about Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.