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Last night, Aspen City Council approved a second affordable lodge proposal by prolific land owner Mark Hunt. Councilmembers gave the go-ahead for what’s called Base 2. It would replace a Conoco gas station on Main Street, and off-site parking has been a point of contention.

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The BLM says a new federal plan for helping a bird in Garfield County is necessary because it aims to protect habitat. The agency, and the Forest Service, announced the new approach last week. The number of greater sage grouse is declining and the idea is to keep the bird off the endangered species list. Marci Krivonen spoke with David Boyd, a public affairs specialist for the BLM in northwest Colorado.

David Boyd works out of the BLM office in Silt. After a review and protest period, the plan will go into effect, probably sometime in July.

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Local veterans in need are utilizing an emergency fund that's new this spring. The Western Slope Veterans Coalition is behind the assistance meant for vets in the Roaring Fork and Eagle valleys. Colonial Dick Merritt is part of the coalition. He says it helps with things like utilities, food, mental health counseling, transportation, employment and housing.

"There are many veterans coming out of military service and housing’s real tight. They have jobs but no place to live, so we’re helping them on a temporary basis to get settled."

Pitkin and Garfield Counties are trying to figure out why 911 systems went down during a communications blackout last week. Pitkin County Emergency Dispatch Director Bruce Romero wants answers on a couple of issues. First, why wasn’t it possible to at least call 911?

 In 1990, the Aspen Science Center was created as a horticultural project at the Aspen Community School. First known as The Verena Project, the idea soon blossomed into a larger, science-focused non-profit organization. George Stranahan is a co-founder and board member of the center, and shares the history and evolution of the organization. 

Learn more about the Aspen Science Center at www.AspenScienceCenter.org

Elise Thatcher

Attorneys and marijuana advocates gathered in Aspen this weekend. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, has been meeting in Aspen since the early 90s. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this snapshot of the event.

Eagle County

  Starting today, there are parking changes at the Eagle County Regional Airport. Free parking at the airport has been an attractive option for some flying out of the Roaring Fork Valley area. That goes away today for what the airport calls its "close-in" lots. 

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District is sending out 3500 surveys, which can also be filled out online. The District says they’ll be confidential, and should take less than 10 minutes. 

Mark Hunt in his own words

Jun 1, 2015

  The Aspen City Council is expected to make a decision tonight on whether to approve an affordable lodge on Main Street called Base 2. It’s proposed by developer Mark Hunt, who wants to build it along with another lodge, but only if the Main Street property is approved. He and his investment group own at least a dozen properties downtown and are looking to buy more. Hunt sat down with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason to talk about tonight’s lodge proposal.

 

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

The question of whether the city of Aspen’s community development department wields too much power when it comes to handling building proposals and the land use code is being debated.

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