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Taking down the old Grand Avenue Bridge is proving more difficult than expected. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, David Krause, editor of the Aspen Times, and Roger Marolt, columnist for the Snowmass Sun and the Aspen Times.

 

 

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Before there’s a new Grand Avenue Bridge, crews need to get rid of the old one. This project has seen some surprises right out of the gate, considering part of the old bridge collapsed on Tuesday night as crews worked to dismantle it.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Forest Service is partnering with local environmental groups to repair damage on the Capitol Creek Trail this weekend.

Colorado Mountain College

A portion of the old Grand Avenue Bridge collapsed Tuesday night. Officials want to assure the public there’s a different plan for removing the I-70 side of the old bridge.

courtesy City of Aspen

  The Aspen City Council chose a financing option for new city offices this week.

  The busy summer months in the upper valley are coming to an end. News director Carolyn Sackariason has been digging into summer occupancy numbers for both Aspen and Snowmass. She discusses them with producer Christin Kay.

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APCHA

  All year, the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority board has made “trade downs” a discussion topic during their meetings.

Courtesy of Pitkin County

Pitkin County public health officials are cautioning residents about an increase in bat activity after 11 of them were recently found dead along a trail in Snowmass Village.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Across the west, noxious weeds damage ecosystems, and local governments are tasked with keeping them at bay. But the solution — chemical herbicides — doesn’t always sit well with residents.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Officials say the Pitkin County Landfill only has about 14 years of space left. They’ve been working with consultants to minimize waste and extend its lifespan. Pitkin County Commissioners heard an update on this process last week, including recommended changes. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been covering the issue and talked with producer Christin Kay about possible solutions.

 

CDOT

The Grand Avenue Bridge closed Monday at 12:01 a.m. The rest of the morning brought the first taste of the Roaring Fork Valley’s new traffic reality.

City of Aspen

 The Aspen City Council is scheduled to consider three different funding options for the construction of city offices at Galena Plaza in a work session on Tuesday.

Mind Springs Health

Mind Springs Health is a nonprofit healthcare company, specializing in mental health and addiction treatment across the Western Slope.

Each volunteer for CASA of the Ninth is assigned to one family, or CASA, to offer support in and out of the courtroom for the child or children involved in an abuse or neglect situation. CASA of the Ninth believes they are giving these child much needed support.

Courtesy Photo/Gretchen Brogdon

Roaring Fork Valley residents held marches on Sunday in reaction to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

Shoshone, Grizzly Creek and No Name put-ins are closing for 10 days, starting Monday.  Boaters need to find somewhere else to recreate, as only some commercial guides will still be able to use them.  

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Instagram account

Roaring Fork Valley outdoor enthusiasts have come together in record numbers to build two singletrack trails along Prince Creek Road in Carbondale.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me this week are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News. I’m Carolyn Sackariason and you are listening to Valley Roundup, an analysis and commentary of the week’s news with writers and editors. We continue our conversation with Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

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The Aspen Skiing Co. has released its 2017-18 season pass prices.

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