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Independence Pass was temporarily closed due to inclement weather and stuck vehicles this morning. The pass is now open for through traffic.

Pitkin County

The budget for Pitkin County is getting reviewed ahead of a December deadline for adoption. The $104 million budget reflects upgrades to government buildings.

Each fall the county commissioners review every dollar the local government plans to spend in the coming year. In 2016, ongoing expenses like salaries, health services and public safety are rising by 1.7 percent. But, the overall budget will increase by 8.9 percent. That includes expected costs for a major construction project. Jon Peacock is county manager.

Every three years Stay Aspen Snowmass does a count of available lodging for stays under 30 days.

Aspen Public Radio's weekly newsmagazine

From The Belly Up Town Hall meeting on Base 2 Lodge Proposal,with Maurice Emmer, Ward Hauenstein, Dwayne Romero and Mark Hunt. Carolyn Sackariason moderates.

City of Aspen drops its pursuit of Precise

Oct 22, 2015


  A year after a parking scam debacle in the city of Aspen was uncovered, the municipal government has given up on trying to get some of the money it lost. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

In 2014, it was discovered people were abusing parking meters, and duping the city out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

More than 200 people attended the young voter informational event held in Aspen on Wednesday.

Marci Krivonen

Heavy machinery and construction workers have replaced books and patrons at the Pitkin County Library. County elected leaders toured the work site Wednesday (10/21). They agreed in August to help pay for the project. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Project manager Jodi Smith hands out hard hats to a small group at the Pitkin County Library. Two county commissioners, a few county staff and construction workers are along for this tour.

Once inside, commissioner Patti Clapper walks across the main floor. It feels bigger without desks and shelves.

Courtesy, CDOT

Bustang, a service provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation, is expanding its service next month.

courtesy photo

  Elected leaders are considering increasing the secured area at the Aspen airport to handle large amounts of people trying to get through TSA.