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Barbara Platts

 The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be paving near the roundabout at the entrance to Aspen tomorrow morning, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. until noon.


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The “Living Lab” project that widened Castle Creek bridge for pedestrians and cyclists is being removed today and tomorrow.

A local nonprofit that’s been providing care and education to abandoned, orphaned and disabled children in Haiti for more than two decades is mobilizing in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Robin Hamill, president of Haiti Children, spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

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  The Garfield County Coroner’s Office today identified the young woman who was murdered Friday evening.


Co-Directors River Morgan and Eden Vardy share Aspen TREE's formal and informal programs, which range from Earth Keepers summer day-camp to self-guided tours of the FarmPark, located at Cozy Point Ranch outside of Aspen. Board Vice President Michael Miracle also contributes.

Go to www.aspen-tree.org to learn more about Aspen TREE's programs and events. If you are a teacher in the Roaring Fork Valley and would like to schedule a field trip to the FarmPark, contact River Morgan or Eden Vardy for more information at (970) 379-2323.  

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A Glenwood Springs man was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of killing a young woman.

Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, 27, was arrested on Saturday morning in Grand Junction by a SWAT team. He is accused of killing an unidentified 24-year-old woman the night before at the Pinon Pines apartments in Glenwood.

Police are calling the shooting “an extreme case of domestic violence.”

Olivo-Tellez was wanted on a previous Domestic Violence warrant. He has been charged with first degree murder following last night’s incident.

The Aspen Skiing Company hopes to inform voters as part of its ongoing educational series.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Basalt town politics are still causing controversy; this time with an elected official lobbying her colleagues outside of the public eye.


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A Basalt town council member violated open meeting law after she emailed her colleagues asking them to vote a particular way on a resolution coming before them. For commentary on this issue, John Colson, a reporter for the Sopris Sun, Curtis Wackerle, editor at the Aspen Daily News, and Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times join Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m.


  The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) is seeking public input about its online presence.


Three men who have been involved in the Aspen Center for Physics won the Nobel Prize this week.


  Ted Guy, of Basalt, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the town government for not being transparent enough. Guy is suing Basalt’s mayor, the town clerk and all five council members.


Skippy Mesirow of Aspen NextGen Commission, and Ashely Feddersen of Aspen Young Professionals Association with details on their election event at the Limelight Hotel Oct. 5.

 The 14 suspects arrested last month at an illegal marijuana grow operation near Rifle will not be formally charged at this time.

The District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that there is not enough evidence to file charges against the workers found on the 40-acre property.

  Propositions 107 and 108 — Primary elections

Both propositions would allow unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in a primary election

Temperatures are dropping and snow is starting to fall in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspenweather.net's Cory Gates has made his winter predictions and it looks like it will be better than last season. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with Gates about his winter outlook.

Governor John Hickenlooper has selected a new judge to serve in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.


The number two person in the Ninth Judicial District has been tapped to serve as a district court judge. Anne Norrdin, who has been in the DA’s office for more than eight years, will replace judge Daniel Petre, who retired last week. She will be based out of the Garfield County courthouse and will serve that county, as well Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties.

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Basalt Town Council voted unanimously last night to hire a public relations specialist. Jeanette Darnauer runs Darnauer Group Communications in Aspen.

She’s been working with the town government since September to improve communication with the public. However, her contract was a surprise to many, including some council members.

The contract is set at $10,000, plus out-of-pocket expenses, and ends Nov. 8, which is election day.

A voter information event held at the Limelight Hotel this evening aims to increase turnout in an underrepresented demographic.