KAJX

APR Local News

Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Forest Service has released a proposal to mitigate wildfire hazards on nearly 300 acres of national forest land in the Crystal River Valley. The plan includes mechanical treatments, like hand-cutting vegetation, at five locations in the valley and using prescribed fire near Marble.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A bill that would allow Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to raise fees on hunting and fishing licenses was introduced in the state legislature last week. It would also increase state park entrance fees.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Words, Week 1

Feb 2, 2018

Aspen Words is an essential non-profit in our community. Jamie Kravitz, the Managing Director of Aspen Words, explains their growth and expansion. 

Host Alycin Bektesh is joined by Christine Benedetti, editor of Aspen Magazine, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, and Auden Schendler, author of Getting Green Done. His article How to fix the mountain town housing crisis was recently published in Outside Magazine.

John Sarpa, developer of the W Hotel on Durant Ave, gives a preview of the building, which includes a rooftop public pool.Credit Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio NewsEdit | Remove

This week at the Aspen Business Luncheon, the development community got a summary of the highs and the lows of the 2017 real estate market.

Merritt+Grace LLC

Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment wants to raise awareness about the depression and anxiety that can accompany pregnancy and new motherhood.

On Monday, the Glenwood Springs Historical Society is asking Garfield County’s commissioners for money to buy gravestones for veterans buried at Glenwood Springs' Rosebud and Rifle's Rosehill cemeteries.

instagram.com/winterwildlandsalliance

Wilderness Workshop and Colorado Mountain Club are hosting a backcountry film festival tonight in Carbondale.

 

Dr. Temple Grandin is an expert on animal behavior and also an advocate for those with autism. She’s this year’s keynote speaker at Garfield County’s Ag Expo.

Christin Kay and Claire Woodcock bring you the biggest local news stories of the week.  

Carbondale approved a contract to acquire land at the base of a popular hiking area. We check in on what avalanche conditions are like in this low snow year with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Valley View Hospital

Hospitals are scientific places. Doctors order tests, do exams and use machines. At Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, however, there’s a team of chaplains also ready, at a moment’s notice, to tend to any patient’s spiritual needs.

Eagle County

The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission (RFVRPC) is examining how land-use decisions are made in the mid-valley. The public is encouraged to weigh in at their meeting on Thursday.

Prominent Aspenite Carl Bergman passed away over the weekend. He was 85 years old. He and his wife Katie bought Matthews Drug on the corner of Monarch and Main Street in 1965 and renamed it Carl’s Pharmacy. The drugstore remains an Aspen icon, along with the Bergmans’ second operation, the Miners Building. Both business have remained locally-serving through the years, providing affordable household goods, cosmetics, and craft supplies. Carl was a history buff, serving as president of the Aspen Historical Society.

www.avalanche.co.us

Aspen's snowpack is about two thirds of average, and while skiers everywhere are hoping for more snow, those headed into the backcountry rely on the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) for data about avalanche conditions.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Six local skiers from three disciplines will represent the United States at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. Freeskiers Alex Ferreira and Torin Yater-Wallace will compete in half-pipe; Wiley Maple and Alice McKinnis have qualified as alpine racers; and Simi Hamilton and Noah Hoffman will race in cross country events.

City of Aspen

Mayor Steve Skadron and the city’s climate action department launched the Compact of Colorado Communities last May. They are now partnering with the governor’s office to host a symposium on climate preparedness and clean energy. Governor John Hickenlooper has since recognized it as the leading network of local governments working on climate.

Garfield County Assessor

Garfield County will see $7 million more in property taxes this year compared to last, the bulk of which is for a hospital.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The Town of Carbondale approved a contract last week to acquire land at the base of Red Hill from the Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT). AVLT purchased the property in January and has been raising money to build new trails and improve safety. The idea is to move the trailhead closer to the parking area.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

The group Battlement Concerned Citizens is opposing a proposal for a new well pad and wastewater injection well in their community. Colorado regulations require that oil and gas development is a minimum of 500 feet away from homes and buildings. This proposal has wells within 500 feet of several homes. Ursa Resources has asked the state for a variance.

The Aspen Youth Center provides after-school and summer programs for area kids.  They offer indoor and outdoor play, structured and free time, and cooking and art classes...all for free.  

Christin Kay talked with Michaela Idhammer-Ketpura, executive director of the Aspen Youth Center, about the goals for children who attend, as well as the wide range of families that the Youth Center serves.   Clare Williams, a fifth-grader who attends the Aspen Youth Center, joined the conversation as well.       

Pages