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  A city of Aspen employee was able to bypass the affordable housing lottery system by claiming a medical hardship, jumping ahead of dozens of other locals who would have competed for the house in a subdivision on the east end of town. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup today are Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

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 Fatal accidents are down in both Pitkin and Garfield counties, according to the five-year data released by CDOT. However, the Roaring Fork Valley sees more average yearly fatalities per capita than Colorado as a whole.

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  Health insurance is especially pricey in the Roaring Fork Valley. Now Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to approve a study looking at making the cost of insurance more equitable across the state.

The permanent rockfall mitigation project in Glenwood Canyon will cause 30-minute delays for traffic in both directions May 10, 11 and 12, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

This project, which is classified as an emergency, comes after the February rock slide when the canyon was closed for several days. CDOT anticipates finishing the project by Sept. 1.

Beginning May 10, women in the valley have an opportunity to learn about the basics of finance. Financial planner Danielle Howard, in partnership with domestic violence support organization RESPONSE, offers the four-week course to help women learn about saving, giving and budgeting on their own.

Two local leaders have joined a national push for increased methane regulation in the oil and gas industry.

A letter sent to President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator  Gina McCarthy last week has the support of 70 elected officials nationwide, including outgoing Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot and Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron.

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Oil and gas organizers hope to put two oil and gas-related questions on the fall ballot. A handful of local activists are part of the effort, which is receiving more attention after a recent state supreme court decision.

 

The popular trail that leads to Hanging Lake in the Glenwood Canyon will be closed one or two days in May, June and September while the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District does maintenance aimed at protecting habitats along the trail. The dates the trail will be closed are May 25-26, June 13-14 and Sept. 10

 

Maintenance for the trail includes moving large rocks, painting bridges, removing graffiti, adding new rock steps and creating a barrier system for protecting habitats.

Dr. Mindy Nagle and ER physician Greg Balko won seats on the Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Directors yesterday.

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Leticia Ingram is having a huge week. The Basalt teacher was honored by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, with other celebrated teachers from across the country.

Spotlight Health 2016, Episode 1

May 3, 2016

  This is the first episode in our spring series on critical health issues. In this program we’ll talk with researcher Vic Strecher about the boost you could get if you have a specific purpose in life. One example? People with a purpose are “2.4 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease 7 years later,” according to Strecher.

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The town of Basalt is taking a resident to court because she filed a request to see correspondence between the mayor and the town’s top election official.

Details are emerging about lease negotiations between the city of Aspen and the group that is planning to take over the old art museum along the banks of the Roaring Fork River.

Madeline Weiner is the founder of the Marble Institute of Colorado, a non-profit organization that runs the MARBLE/Marble Symposium in Marble, Colorado. Founded in 1989, the symposium draws professional artists and hobbyists from around the world to the town of Marble every summer. Weiner shares the history of the organization and the art of stone carving. 

As of May 1st, 1,678 ballots have been cast in the Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Director election. That’s only 14 percent of eligible voters.

There hasn’t been an AVH election in six years, and almost five thousand ballots were cast at that time.

The election ends tomorrow at 7pm. Residents should walk their ballots in to the hospital instead of mailing to ensure receipt. Eligible voters who did not receive a mail ballot can pick one up at the hospital today and tomorrow.

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

The mayor of Carbondale is resigning because she is moving to Redstone. Her move brings up the question of whether the once sleepy town of Carbondale is becoming unaffordable

Carbondale Mayor Bernot moving, steps down

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 A new residential project is in the works on Cemetery Lane. If approved, it would be the first of its kind in that neighborhood.

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 A major overhaul to affordable housing capital reserves has been suggested to the Aspen City Council - now public feedback is being sought on the measure.

  "Drug Take Back" day takes place Saturday at the Aspen Police Department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It’s an event where people can anonymously drop off medication that will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

Police will accept prescription medication in the form of tablets, capsules and other solids. The Aspen Police Department hosts this event twice a year — in the spring and fall, to give people the opportunity to dispose of drugs that are expired or unused.

  This week, on Mountain Edition:

  • Aspen lost two hall-of-famers this week….

  • Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Director candidates give their stump speech...

  • Carbondale officials are gearing up for pot talk…

  • and, we celebrate independent bookstore day

Hosts are Alycin Bektesh and Patrick Fort

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