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In an abrupt move Tuesday night, Aspen City Council ended lease negotiations with the group it chose over a year ago to operate in the historic powerhouse building.

Jose Alonzo Serrano, age 61, was airlifted to Denver after an accident in Carbondale Tuesday morning.

Marci Krivonen

Community Development Director Julie Ann Woods told Snowmass elected leaders this week that the 6-year-old comprehensive plan needs more than a couple of tweaks here and there.

    

In the last episode of our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher

talked with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt about the short and long term effects of going on a diet.

Elise Thatcher

Carbondale resident Ashley Johnson aims to raise more money for Planned Parenthood. She helped rally more than $25,000 last fall, after Garfield County Commissioners cut funding for the organization.

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  Rivers in the area are expected to hit peak flows in the next few weeks and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is one of several agencies warning residents to be careful when recreating in the water.

  Tony Vagneur is a past president and current board member of the Aspen Historical Society. He shares the history of the historical society and the organization's role in Aspen's evolution. Executive Director Kelly Murphy also contributes. 

Learn more about the Aspen Historical Society at www.AspenHistory.org and access the archives at www.archiveaspen.org

Ballots were dropped in the mail on Monday for this month’s primary election. In Pitkin County, the local race is between three candidates for county commissioner. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Voters can only choose one candidate. The two with the most votes advance to the November election, according to the Home Rule Charter. Greg Poschman, Scott Writer and Hawk Greenway, all longtime valley residents, are vying for the seat. It is currently held by Michael Owsley, who has to step down because of term limits.

Elise Thatcher

  The town of Basalt wants to end a lawsuit that was filed over an open records request.

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  An Aspen-based business group now hopes to rally more private sector interest in improving internet speed in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A management plan has been adopted for the Crystal River but getting ranchers to agree to divert less water is still a challenge.

Keeping water in the Crystal

And rivers around the state are about to hit their peaks.

And in Glenwood Springs, a rare collision between a truck and an Amtrak train has made headlines.

  The lease for the Aspen Power Plant is about to become public, after 15 months of wrangling. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup Morning Edition is Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle and Brent Gardner-Smith, executive director of Aspen Journalism.

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today right here on Aspen Public Radio news, or log onto aspenpublicradio dot org.

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Aspen mountain will again be open for skiing this weekend.

“We have pretty decent snow still and we like to ski and snowboard, that’s the fundamental driver,” explained Rich Burkley, Aspen Skiing Company. “Second I think it’s the right thing to do for the community and the resort.”

The city of Aspen hosted an ice cream social at Bugsy Barnard Park Wed., June 1, to get feedback from the public about the new configuration of Castle Creek Bridge.

In this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elise Thatcher present a compilation of the week’s news.

Aspen School District

  Top administrators at the Aspen School District petitioned City Council this week to place a tax question on the November ballot. 

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  The Town of Basalt is trying something new. It’s looking for a licensed operator to start a day care center in the town’s Red Brick building.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Wednesday afternoon the city of Aspen is hosting its first public gathering to collect feedback about the new configuration of Castle Creek bridge. The reduction in street lane width in April made room for a temporary expansion of the bike/pedestrian trail along the north side of Highway 82.

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. the public can give input, ask questions, and go on a tour of the “living lab” at an ice cream social to be held at Bugsy Barnard Park on Cemetery Lane. Several other public events are scheduled this summer, and a survey is available online.

Elise Thatcher

An unusual situation played out on the train tracks west of Glenwood on Tuesday, when a man in a truck was struck by an Amtrak train.

 

Aspen Fire Protection District

As many as 400 Aspen residents were sent a threatening, fake letter in April. supposedly from the Aspen Fire Protection District.

 

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