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Valley Roundup 7-13-15

Jul 31, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Andy Stone, columnist and former editor of the Aspen Times and Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

Aspen residents continue to take their town back by slowing growth and development in their own grassroots way. It’s anyone’s guess how elected officials will respond.

Thompson Divide Coalition

The Thompson Divide Coalition hopes a successful negotiation with an energy company in Gunnison will set a precedent closer to home. 

The Coalition is working to keep natural gas drilling out of the Divide, southwest of Carbondale. Three companies have undeveloped leases. The second largest, Gunnison Energy, this week agreed to protect the land surface in the Divide through methods like directional drilling. Zane Kessler is with the Coalition.

Dirks Myers, Facebook

The Rifle community is mourning the death of a city councilman. Sixty-one-year-old Dirk Myers was found in his home Thursday morning. The Rifle Police Department is investigating, but so far Myers’ passing doesn’t look suspicious.

courtesy Aspen Police

  Update Thursday July 30, 1:53pm

The man suspected of robbing a pot store in Aspen was arrested in Missouri after a high speed chase that involved a head on collision with a police officer’s patrol car.

Hayden May, 21 of Aspen, is also suspected of stealing a firearm on Wednesday before he fled Colorado in a black, 2007 Chevy Tahoe, believed to be stolen from his former employer.

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The City of Aspen is looking to plug in an effort to decrease its carbon footprint. 

Last year nineteen percent of Aspen’s greenhouse gas emissions came from vehicles and buses moving, sometimes crawling, through town. Tyler Svitak with the Denver group Clean Cities Coalition did a study. He told city council Tuesday it recommends plug-in electric cars to replace aging city vehicles and...

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Staff at the Aspen Community School in Woody Creek are moving into their renovated campus this week ahead of classes starting next month. The public charter school raised millions to replace its outdated school building and gymnasium. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke to Skye Skinner of Compass, which operates the community school.

Skye Skinner is Executive Director of Compass, which operates the Aspen Community School. The school still has plans to build a new music and science building.

Elise Thatcher

  This summer is the fourth anniversary of a program in the Roaring Fork Valley that’s dedicated to helping mostly low income kids maximize summer school. There are about 200 hundred students attending class at Crystal River Elementary School.

Elise Thatcher

  A developer has asked Carbondale officials to consider a key issue for a senior housing development. The proposed Sopris Lodge would be located near the Rio Grande Trail and Main Street. There isn’t a formal application just yet, but the developer has asked the town of Carbondale to improve the quiet residential road closest to the property.

On today's show, Pitkin County Senior Services. Mary Barbour is program coordinator, she tells us about the programs along with volunteer Kent Bigelow.

A significant chunk of workers in Aspen have high blood pressure.That’s according to data from health fairs last fall, coordinated by the five biggest employers in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. They’re part of the Valley Health Alliance, a new nonprofit aimed at improving health in the Upper Valley.

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