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Valley Roundup - July 24th, 2015

Jul 24, 2015

Our survey of the week’s top stories, bringing together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the news. Valley Roundup goes beyond the headlines with reporters and editors discussing issues important to the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Mountain Fair set to open 44th annual event

Jul 24, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Kimberly, the executive director of the Carbondale Council for the Arts and Humanities says that she expects somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people to attend Mountain fair. The festival features artists, music, food and poetry.

Aspen Valley Foundation

A failed effort to develop a retirement community in Basalt is disappointing but not surprising to officials involved. 

Tom Griffiths, with the now defunct Aspen Valley Foundation, knew 19 months ago seeing the project through was a long shot. The foundation had lost its CEO and Griffiths began meeting with local governments, hospitals and banks. He wanted someone to take over the $105 million project.

Elise Thatcher

  The coroner’s office is getting its first full time position. The office now is a hodgepodge. The coroner and his employees are all part time. That can make handling a multitude of tasks difficult. Commissioners have approved paying for a full time deputy coroner.

Marci Krivonen

To make way for a new home in Aspen’s west end neighborhood, the property owner recently cut down several trees. That kind of removal must pass muster with the City of Aspen, which considers the trees in town a “community forest.” Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with city forester Ben Carlsen about when removing a tree is permitted.

Ben Carlsen is the City of Aspen Forester. He says the tree mitigation costs for the home on Aspen Street reached nearly $40,000.

  On CrossCurrents this week - David Smith on the Roaring Fork Valley School District's Pre-Collegiate Program, and Dr. Joshua Gordon on the latest research and treatment of depression.

Recall underway for Snowmass councilman

Jul 22, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

  The citizen who initiated a recall effort of an elected official in Snowmass Village is a former mayor of that town. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Longtime Snowmass Village resident Jim Hooker this week filed an affidavit to initiate a recall of town councilman Chris Jacobson. Last month, Jacobson was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk and accused of tearing up the Pitkin County Jail, causing over $14,000 in damage.

Marci Krivonen

The $7.5 million dollar sale of Aspen’s Smuggler Mine Friday marks another chapter for a piece of land rich with history. The limited liability company Aspen Green Mountain purchased the 29-acre parcel from a group of friends whose connection with Smuggler includes heartache and hard work. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Dana Knight loads a trailer on a cloudy, rainy day. The now former owner of the Smuggler Mine property ran an auto repair shop on it for years, not far from the mine’s entrance.

flickr: Center for American Progress

 The Aspen Security Forum begins this evening, bringing top Homeland Security officials and national security experts to town.  Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh speaks with the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Program Executive Director Clark Ervin about this year’s gathering.

Elise Thatcher

  Aspen's School District may choose a final candidate for high school principal today. There are three candidates left. All were grilled Monday by more than 30 parents, teachers, students and board members.

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