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Valley Roundup - October 24th, 2014

Oct 24, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week - Development is booming up and down the valley. A new hot springs in Glenwood Springs, a new hotel in Basalt and a big new bus depot in Aspen are just some of the upcoming projects. 

There is a demonstrated need for more psychiatric care in the Valley.  Officials say too many drunks and people with mental health problems wind up in jail or the ER.

Also this week newspaper endorsements and their effect on voters.

And, remembering Willard Clapper.

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A memorial service is planned for a long-time Aspen firefighter and teacher.

And the applications are in for who wants to rent the old power house building in Aspen...that used to house the Aspen Art Museum.

Aspen area voters will see a tax question their ballots asking for money to fund ambulance service.

Meanwhile, downvalley voters will choose between a Garfield County commissioner and a candidate with some very different viewpoints.

Part 1 of a talk from this past summer with an American Enterprise Institute scholar Karlyn Bowman on the election.

Marci Krivonen

In one of the only contested Garfield County races, two candidates with different viewpoints are running for county commissioner. Incumbent republican Tom Jankovsky is seeking a second four-year term. He’s being challenged by Michael Sullivan, a democrat, who says he’d represent a voice that’s going unheard. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

District One in Garfield County covers Carbondale and parts of Glenwood Springs. Candidate Michael Sullivan says he typifies the values and concerns in this area.

Elise Thatcher

If someone has a heart attack-- or breaks a leg-- in the Aspen area, there’s a small fleet of ambulances ready to pick them up. Even if the  person is up a dirt road near Independence Pass or on top of Aspen Mountain. But there’s a key part of that access that’s becoming a big problem. And the ambulance district is asking for a half million dollar budget increase to pay for it.

aspensciencecenter.org

Friday was the deadline for businesses and non-profits to submit an application to operate in Aspen’s Old Power House. The building along the Roaring Fork River used to house the Aspen Art Museum.

Fifteen proposals were submitted to the City of Aspen ranging from a John Denver Museum and Cultural Center to a hostel. Other applications include a brewery, a homeless shelter and a science center.

Jill Gruenberg and Anais Hernandez are Advocacy and Prevention Program Coordinators for RESPONSE. They explain what an advocate does, how they help victims of violence and abuse, and the importance of having bi-lingual and bi-cultural advocates. 

RESPONSE has a 24-hour crisis and support hotline: 925-SAFE (7233). Learn more about RESPONSE, volunteer advocacy, and programs at www.responsehelps.org

peggytibbetts.net

Many fractivists across Colorado felt deeply betrayed by Governor John Hickenlooper this summer, when he announced a grand bargain over fracking. After meeting with members of the oil and gas industry and environmental groups, everyone agreed to drop ballot measures for and against drilling… instead agreeing to a statewide task force. Now fractivists are faced with a tough choice in the upcoming election. The gubernatorial race has turned razor thin, and they must decide whether to vote for Hickenlooper, or accept a more drilling friendly Republican administration.

Marci Krivonen

The Aspen community  is mourning the passing a long-time volunteer firefighter and former teacher. The Aspen Times reports Willard Clapper died at his home on Thursday after battling lymphoma. Clapper was raised in Aspen and, was well-known and well-loved by his community. On Friday his fellow firefighters held a remembrance.

Marci Krivonen

Six candidates running for elected office in Snowmass Village discussed issues like the economy, development and marijuana at a candidate forum Thursday night. Three people are running for mayor. Another three are vying for two council seats. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was there and filed this report.

A moratorium on retail marijuana stores and improvements to public transit came up at the forum but the issue that got the most attention was Base Village.

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