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Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants input on how it should operate in the coming years. The agency generates its own $200 million dollar budget. The lion’s share comes from hunting licenses and similar fees. And that revenue is dropping because the agency is selling fewer licenses. CPW is looking for public input on how to make up for the losses, which could include new user fees. 

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Despite a dearth of snowfall in January and part of last month, the Aspen Skiing Co. is reporting an uptick in business. 

The Aspen Skiing Company says it is pacing ahead of last season despite being open fewer days compared to 2013-14. While season pass holders skied less during the dry spells, international visitors made up for the loss. The company says it expects to finish the year strong.

Scott Turner is the Assistant District Attorney of the Ninth Judicial District in Glenwood Springs. He works with River Bridge Regional Center on child abuse cases. In this episode, Turner talks about the challenges and rewards of his job, and Mental Health Therapist, Meghan Hurley, shares statistics on local cases and offenders.  

Learn more about River Bridge at www.RiverBridgeRC.org

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    Family members of two Midwestern residents packed a Pitkin County courtroom last week, telling a judge why a Basalt resident should be held accountable for an accident she caused on Highway 133 in August. Indiana student Meleyna Kistner died and her boyfriend, Daniel Thul, was injured. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story on what comes next for their families and the defendant.

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Research of wildfire history in Aspen’s Smuggler Mountain and Hunter Creek areas is providing a window into how a future fire may behave. It’s important work given the close proximity of those forests to downtown Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jason Sibold, a researcher at Colorado State University.

Jason Sibold researched wildfire history near Aspen. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen. Last week Pitkin County announced the formation of a new wildfire council that will work on fire mitigation in our region.

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The head of the White River National Forest says the agency is doing more with less as it continues to battle budget cuts from Washington D.C. 

Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams told elected officials, conservation groups and business leaders Friday that the White River is grappling with tight funding. During a “state of the forest” address he said the budget is almost half of what it was five years ago, and staffing levels are down.

He says nearly all of the agency’s budget is being used to fund fixed costs, like salaries and rents, leaving little for side projects.

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When the Aspen City Council makes a decision tonight on who will occupy the old Powerhouse building, how much the tenant will pay in rent will not be a factor. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Who ever is chosen among the five finalists for the space on Mill Street will have to negotiate rent and other financial matters with city officials. The Aspen Art Museum paid the city just one dollar a year to occupy the space.

Assistant City Manager Barry Crook says the lease details were intentionally omitted from the selection process.

After two days of emotional testimony, there’s still no sentence in the case of a woman who died while driving on Highway 133 last August. Defendant Christine Tinner, of Basalt, has pleaded guilty to careless driving, which led to the death of Indiana resident Meleyna Kistner. This morning, Tinner had what was described as an emotional breakdown, after particularly strong criticism during testimony from a member of Kistner’s family. That included allegations that Tinner intentionally caused the accident in order to commit suicide.

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

The City of Aspen just got the results of an audit of a multi-year parking scam. Elected officials wonder if they should look at other departments as closely.

After three months of analyzing and negotiating, the Roaring Fork School District finally inked contracts with its superintendent and assistant superintendent.

There has not been a sentence handed down yet for a Basalt woman charged with killing another driver. The sentencing hearing for the case is unusually long. Twenty-one year-old Indiana student Meleyna Kistner was on a road trip last August when she died on Highway 133. She and her boyfriend were on a sharp curve south of Carbondale, when they were struck by Christine Tinner, of Basalt. Tinner has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors, both for careless driving.

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