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This week Aspen City Council member Adam Frisch expressed concern about oversight of the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA).

The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission is reviewing the plan guiding land-use decisions in the parts of Eagle County over here. On Thursday, they are looking at Missouri Heights.

Courtesy of Peter Olenick

Carbondale native Peter Olenick is a freestyle skiing pioneer and an 11-time X-Games competitor who won four medals in three different events. This winter, he’ll be at the 2018 Winter Olympics, representing the home team. Olenick is the coach of the South Korean freestyle ski team. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy caught up with him on a quick trip home before he took off for Pyeongchang and brings us this report.

Basalt Police Department

Last week, Basalt Police found a collection of bottles in the Roaring Fork River, wrapped in duct tape, with a mysterious liquid inside. Authorities are advising the public to please not open them.

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The City of Aspen says a natural filter at the Aspen Recreation Center pool has improved water quality.

Elise Thatcher

  Aspen councilmember Adam Frisch expressed concern about the Aspen Pitkin Housing authority Monday night. He gained support from his fellow council members in suggesting a work session to address the way the authority is governed.

Verizon.com

Verizon needs to fix its "very unreliable” service, Basalt’s mayor Jacque Whitsitt wrote recently in a letter to the company.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Forest Service received 11 objections to a draft decision on a logging project in the Upper Fryingpan Valley. The objections come from home and property owners, environmental groups like Wilderness Workshop and the Roaring Fork Audubon Society, the Town of Basalt and a mill in Montrose that would receive some of the timber.

 

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is lowering tuition for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, but is raising it for students in associate-level courses.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Words, Week 2

Feb 12, 2018

Aspen Words is an essential non-profit in our community. Jamie Kravitz, Managing Director of Aspen Words, Suzanne Bober, President of the Advisory Board, Denny Vaughn, former President of the Board, and Scott Lasser, current Board Member, explain their annual events and how impactful they are on our community. 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The Colorado State Forest Service released the 2017 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests last week.

 

Ruthie Brown

Today the Norwegians swept the 30k men’s skiathlon; notably absent were the Russians.  Our U.S. Cross Country athletes have been waiting to hear the results on the banning of Russian athletes that have been caught doping in a state-run program.  

Notes from Pyeongchang: Skiathlon and training

Feb 10, 2018
Ruthie Brown

Today’s event was the Skiathlon with high hopes for Jessie Diggins to potentially medal. We had a few adventures trying to figure out the bus system and getting between venues. 

This week, host Alycin Bektesh is joined in the studio by Aspen Times reporter Rick Carroll and Aspen Public Radio’s Wyatt Orme. She also checks in with Aspen Daily News Columnist Mick Ireland.

Notes from Pyeongchang: Pre-competition days

Feb 9, 2018
Ruthie Brown

EDITOR'S NOTE: We are excited to share the travels of Simi Hamilton’s family to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing dispatches from Ruthie Brown and family as they give you a first-hand, “behind-the-scenes” look at the Olympics.         

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Forest Service has received 11 formal objections to its draft decision to log up to 1,800 acres in the Upper Fryingpan Valley.

Claire Woodcock / Aspen Public Radio

Live from the Belly Up, moderator Alycin Bektesh leads a panel to discuss the question, “What Can Cities and Towns Do To Address The Affordable Housing Crisis?”

The panel features Aspen mayor Steve Skadron and assistant city manager Barry Crook, and Snowmass Village mayor Markey Butler and town manager Clint Kinney.

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) is thinking of asking voters for a new property tax this November.

This week on Mountain Edition, Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you all the news from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

More details were released about the permitting system for Conundrum Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs is looking to fill an open council seat, and it’s winter Bike to Work day tomorrow.  

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

On Dec. 28, 2017, the police and EMTs in Carbondale responded to two calls within 90 minutes of each other.

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