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Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol

The man who died in avalanche on the west side of Aspen Mountain was a long-time local who skied every day. John Martin Gancsos went by “Marty,” and had two passions: skiing and whitewater kayaking. The avalanche he was caught in Monday happened outside the ski area boundary, in an area Gancsos knew well. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The atmosphere at Little Annie’s Eating House Tuesday was somber. Marty Gancsos had been working night shifts at the restaurant as a favor to a friend. Rohn Fleming owns Little Annie’s and asked Gancsos to jump on board.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) says there is an arrest warrant issued for Arturo Navarrete-Portillo (DOB: 11/14/68) of Carbondale for his alleged role in the death of his wife, Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya (DOB 05/26/1984), last week. Navarrete-Portillo faces charges of first degree murder for the crime occurring on February  16, 2015.

Update: Name released in avalanche fatality off of Ajax

Feb 24, 2015
CAIC/Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol

 February 24th, 4pm UPDATE: The Pitkin County Sheriff's office says the victim of Monday’s avalanche outside the boundary of Aspen Mountain has been identified as John Martin Gancsos. Mr. Gancsos, who was 64 years old, was more commonly known to local area residents as “Marty.” Information related to cause/manner of death will be released by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office at a later date after completion of a post-mortem examination. Aspen Public Radio will have a remembrance of Gancsos tomorrow, Wednesday, morning.

ourtownplanning.org

A plan to develop a boutique hotel and condominiums in downtown Basalt is moving forward. The developer, Lowe Enterprises, plans to take public input on the plan next month.

Lowe Enterprises first announced the development in November. Now, some details are emerging. A conceptual plan includes a 60-room hotel and 52 condominiums. Some of those condos could be rented.

Facebook/Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley

The non profit filling a central building in downtown Basalt wants to open in early April. The local Habitat for Humanity chapter will open a Restore in the former Clark’s Market space that’s empty. 

The agreement between the building’s owner and Habitat for Humanity marks a transition for downtown. Businesses there have struggled to get business. This latest announcement may bring in some vitality.

Speakers With Differing Views at Glenwood Springs Energy Forum

Feb 23, 2015
energyxxi.org

  The topic of energy can be a hot potato, whether the conversation is about how to regulate it or what kinds are best for the environment. The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is dipping a toe into those waters with what’s called the Energy Forum on Thursday. The event has two main speakers, who represent a range of opinions in the Roaring Fork Valley. Christopher Guith is with the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C, and Energy Engineer Mike Ogburn is with the Carbondale nonprofit Clean Energy Economy for the Region, or CLEER. Reporter Elise Thatcher talks with them both.

An inside view of a mountain "sweep"

Feb 23, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

Ski patrollers on Aspen Mountain have many jobs but none may be as crucial as their last task: the final sweep of the ski area. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason joined one and filed this report.

Jeff Leahy is the head of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. He talks about CRMS's longtime outdoor and classroom-based curriculum, the future of the education landscape, and how CRMS is looking to improve their programs. 

Learn more about the Colorado Rocky Mountain School at www.crms.org

Marci Krivonen

The two largest public landowners in the Castle Creek Valley are gathering data to determine how to manage the area the future. The effort comes as the Forest Service and Pitkin County are seeing increased use of trails and roads. 

The entities are looking at the Castle Creek watershed from ridge to ridge, starting just past the urban growth boundary to the top of Pearl Pass and Taylor Pass.

The groups have seen a rise in use at spots like the Conundrum Hot Springs, American Lake and Cathedral Lake trails. Cindy Houben is Pitkin County’s Community Development Director.

Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority

  A subcontractor has been dropped from a complex lawsuit over an Aspen affordable housing development. A judge has approved the change, because of the subcontractor's settlement with Denver-based Shaw Construction. At issue is faulty siding at Burlingame Ranch, west of Aspen. The condo association there sued the maker of that siding. Then other companies were brought into the suit, like Shaw Construction, who in turn sued the subcontractor, Studmaster Framing Incorporated.

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