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 Amendment 72: Tobacco Tax. A “yes” vote would increase the cost of tobacco and use those funds for health programs; a “no” vote keeps cigarette taxes the same.

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There are three seats open on Snowmass Village Town Council in this fall’s election, including the mayor’s post. Five candidates debated issues facing the resort town on Aspen Public Radio on Wednesday.


Council members Alyssa Shenk and Tom Goode are being challenged by Jamie Knowlton for one of their seats. Longtime resident and real estate developer Richard Goodwin is challenging incumbent Markey Butler for the mayor’s seat.


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Owner Bill Dinsmoor sat at the community table Wednesday, taking in the sights and sounds of his last week in business. The Main Street Bakery and Cafe closes today after 27 years in business.

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In anticipation of future issues with parking around Aspen, a Pitkin County department head wants to convert an under-used part of the Buttermilk lot to a paid system.

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The three candidates running for Carbondale mayor joined Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh to discuss their platforms. While they all said they speak for locals - their management approach sets them apart.

Ideological differences were clear last night in a debate over the future of Basalt’s Pan and Fork property.

A harrowing stand-off with an armed gunman on Independence Pass this summer resulted in an arrest and no injuries to law enforcement or three hostages. The officer responsible for that outcome got kudos last night.


At their homecoming game Oct. 7, Basalt whooped Aspen. When the whistle blew for halftime, the Longhorns led the Skiers 41 to 0. The pressure was off. It was now time for glamour: The announcement of this year’s homecoming king and queen.


Aspen TREE Co-Directors Eden Vardy and River Morgan share their vision for Aspen TREE in the coming years, and discuss the power of thinking positively about environmentalism. The organization has ambitious plans for growth and expansion, which includes a model for up-and-coming farmers. 

Aspen TREE Board Vice President Michael Miracle also contributes. 

Learn more about Aspen TREE, and their upcoming programs, events, and volunteer opportunities at www.aspen-tree.org

 This spring, the Pitkin County Commissioners granted a license for a marijuana-infused jerky producer in the Aspen Airport Business Center. But they weren’t happy about it.

The Aspen Skiing Company is staying out of most election decisions this year, but a few ballot measures have a direct impact on SkiCo and its employees.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Millennials were the target of a recent column penned by a baby boomer who says he’s alarmed by the statistics, which paint a weak generation.

Millenials are wimps

But a columnist who is a millennial and writes about her generation regularly, has a different viewpoint.

Platts: The damage of generalizing


Campaign finance reports show that valley residents are collectively supporting their candidates in the tens of thousands of dollars. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup this morning are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Barbara Platts, Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, and Glenn Beaton, columnist for the Aspen Times.



 Police continue to investigate a possible murder-suicide in Glenwood Springs.

 Voting “yes” on Proposition 106, known as the “End of Life Options Act” would legalize the use of life-ending medicine in some cases. A “no” vote would keep it illegal to prescribe or take the drugs.

The two candidates vying for Garfield County Commissioner discussed their positions in a debate Wednesday hosted by Aspen Public Radio.


Check the facts from the third and final presidential debate right here.


Next week is the Ken Rudin Political Junkie event from Paepcke Auditorium with Steve House, Chairperson of the Colorado Republican Committee, and Rick Palacio, Chairperson of the Colorado Democratic Committee.  

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has warned supporters that they are working against a rigged election process, but clerks in Colorado say that’s impossible.

The Colorado County Clerks Association sent a notice Tuesday calling this state’s election system “the best in the world.”

Two candidates for Pitkin County commissioner faced off last night at a live debate hosted by Aspen Public Radio. Greg Poschman and Scott Writer are running for a vacant seat on the board and discussed affordable housing, development, and the open space and trails program.