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Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

A group of locals, including two former mayors, are pushing elected leaders to ban chain stores in Aspen’s downtown core. They are afraid there won’t be anywhere to shop or eat for the average person. But there could be some serious unintended consequences for the commercial landscape and the local economy.

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Last year, the Aspen City Council took a chance by bankrolling a citizen-led initiative meant to help young entrepreneurs.

Spaces that occupy stores like Brunello Cucinelli, Prada and Moncler were once locally serving businesses. As in, the average person could buy stuff without draining their bank account. Now, there’s an idea afloat to ban chain stores in town. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason explores this issue with area journalists on Valley Roundup.

 

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today right here on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

Yesterday, elected officials in Eagle County initially approved plans for a controversial subdivision in the midvalley. The Fields is a 19-acre property, near the intersection of Highway 82 and Valley Road.

The Aspen Institute is hosting its first community forum on transportation and mobility.

 

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The Hotel Colorado is one of the oldest hotels in the state. Ownership is about to change for the first time in three decades.

This week on Cross Currents is the president of the Aspen Science Center, David Houggy, along with the newly hired Maya Hunt, education coordinator on their Preschool Education Program.

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Now that Mother Nature has awoken from her slumber, let the real skiing begin.

 

Almost a week after what was to be the official opening day on Aspen Mountain, the Aspen Skiing Co. will have to top-to-bottom skiing and riding starting Wednesday.

 

On a summer night a year-and-a half ago, an underage man drove drunk and slammed head-on into another vehicle.

County officials across Colorado are busily inspecting the size, quality, and whatever else is considered in determining property values. This happens every odd year.

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A valley local is taking the helm of Carbondale’s 5Point Adventure Film Festival. Meaghan Lynch was named executive director of the non profit on Monday.

Aspen’s elected officials are inching forward with their plans to overhaul government buildings.

 

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Politics are still in play in Basalt — after two elections and the resignation of the town manager.

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 Typically, the weekend after the Thanksgiving kick-off of Aspen’s ski season, the Aspen Skiing Company has hundreds of lessons available. But, with Elk Camp Meadows the only guaranteed terrain, those are a no-go for this weekend.

Concerns of conflicts of interest are being aired by elected officials in Basalt now that the former town manager is helping a developer get a residential project approved. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup is Scott Condon, reporter for the Aspen Times and Andy Stone, columnist and former editor of the Aspen Times.

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle, on Valley Roundup at 3:30 today right here on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

While the tech industry is booming in the U.S., women’s participation in it is not.

Every year Aspen’s Hickory House opens its doors on Thanksgiving for a free community meal. That means hundreds of locals consume more than a thousand pounds of food. At the restaurant, all hands are on deck to pull off the feast. Alycin Bektesh visited the Aspen landmark’s busy kitchen, on it’s prep day.

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 A group of locals and visitors attended a cooking class at Meat and Cheese Tuesday evening. The restaurant offers one each month, and this time was, of course, Thanksgiving themed.

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  For the first time in nearly a decade, Aspen Mountain will not be open for Thanksgiving Day skiing.

Yesterday, the Basalt Town Council voted unanimously for a property tax, but they decided to hold off on the decision to pay town employees more.

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