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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Elise Thatcher

  The coroner’s office is getting its first full time position. The office now is a hodgepodge. The coroner and his employees are all part time. That can make handling a multitude of tasks difficult. Commissioners have approved paying for a full time deputy coroner.

Marci Krivonen

To make way for a new home in Aspen’s west end neighborhood, the property owner recently cut down several trees. That kind of removal must pass muster with the City of Aspen, which considers the trees in town a “community forest.” Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with city forester Ben Carlsen about when removing a tree is permitted.

Ben Carlsen is the City of Aspen Forester. He says the tree mitigation costs for the home on Aspen Street reached nearly $40,000.

  On CrossCurrents this week - David Smith on the Roaring Fork Valley School District's Pre-Collegiate Program, and Dr. Joshua Gordon on the latest research and treatment of depression.

Recall underway for Snowmass councilman

Jul 22, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

  The citizen who initiated a recall effort of an elected official in Snowmass Village is a former mayor of that town. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Longtime Snowmass Village resident Jim Hooker this week filed an affidavit to initiate a recall of town councilman Chris Jacobson. Last month, Jacobson was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk and accused of tearing up the Pitkin County Jail, causing over $14,000 in damage.

Marci Krivonen

The $7.5 million dollar sale of Aspen’s Smuggler Mine Friday marks another chapter for a piece of land rich with history. The limited liability company Aspen Green Mountain purchased the 29-acre parcel from a group of friends whose connection with Smuggler includes heartache and hard work. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Dana Knight loads a trailer on a cloudy, rainy day. The now former owner of the Smuggler Mine property ran an auto repair shop on it for years, not far from the mine’s entrance.

flickr: Center for American Progress

 The Aspen Security Forum begins this evening, bringing top Homeland Security officials and national security experts to town.  Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh speaks with the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Program Executive Director Clark Ervin about this year’s gathering.

Elise Thatcher

  Aspen's School District may choose a final candidate for high school principal today. There are three candidates left. All were grilled Monday by more than 30 parents, teachers, students and board members.

Andrea J Holland

A wildfire caused by lightning near Glenwood Springs cost between $80,000 and $100,000 to fight. It’s now fully controlled.

The Red Canyon Fire started Friday afternoon in dry juniper, pinyon and sagebrush. It burned seven acres on BLM land about three miles southeast of Glenwood. David Boyd with the BLM says two helicopters and between 50 and 60 firefighters worked it.

"When you have a fire this close to the community, you want to keep it small. One reason it stayed small was because we had so many people who could respond to it."

Jacob Efthimiou is a cellist from Delhi, New York.  He grew up playing music with his brother and two sisters. They would play for Christmas and other festivities throughout the year. He just finished his first year at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Jacob is a runner. He kept up his hobby for the first few weeks in Aspen but had trouble fitting it into his schedule, and breathing in the thin air. Jacob says that he has learned a bunch so far at the school, but has had trouble applying the new information just because his musical mind is still expanding.

Officials in the mid valley are continuing to look at a major development proposal near Whole Foods. The controversial Tree Farm plan could mean as many as 400 hundred residential units and more than a 130,000 square feet in commercial development. But if the property was a few football field lengths to the southeast, it would go through a whole different set of requirements.

 

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