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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

 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.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Interior Department unveiled nearly a hundred tailored plans for improving the bird’s habitat across eleven Western States. That includes restricting what people can do in certain areas. Greater Sage Grouse populations have been struggling, and Garfield County Commissioners have their own plan in place to help the birds.

Elise Thatcher

Governor John Hickenlooper will be a part of the Aspen High School commencement ceremonies on Saturday afternoon. The governor, a Democrat, will deliver the keynote address at the Benedict Music tent for the Class of 2015.

Memorial Day kicks off the week, and the Roaring Fork Valley gets walloped by a communications blackout.

Aspen city council still can’t decide on a proposed affordable lodge. There could be a midvalley collaboration to increase childcare and affordable housing.

Carbondale’s marijuana industry continues to expand, as the Roaring Fork School District hopes to bring down the number of kids using pot.

Aspen’s mayor gets back from Italy with a new sister city. We get the latest for this year’s wildfire outlook, and the Hope Center celebrates 5 years.

Elise Thatcher

CenturyLink is investigating who the perpetrator was that caused thousands of its Roaring Fork Valley customers to not have cellular, landline or internet service for more than 16 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.