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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Elise Thatcher

The price of renting commercial space in Aspen is some of the highest rates the resort has seen in years, and there have been questions about whether it’s affecting business owners renting office space.

GarCo sheriff offering $10K hiring bonuses

Dec 22, 2015

  The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is throwing money at its employee recruitment problems by offering bonuses to people who come with experience. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason explains.

Starting January 1, new hires who have two or more years of experience in a jail or a certified patrol setting will receive a $10,000 signing bonus from the sheriff’s office.

Days after Related Company announced that it would remain the master developer of Base Village, it gained final approval for the plans yesterday.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

 

The busiest time of year for the Aspen Pitkin County Airport is also the most tenuous as far as weather delays and cancelations. This year a waiting area expansion project adds to the chaos.

Garfield County

  Another health insurance carrier has announced it’s working with Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, but the company's coverage won’t be available to most people living in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Garfield County

Garfield County Commissioners have chosen to hire Kevin Batchelder as County Manager. Batchelder has been Acting County Manager for several months. Commissioners said Monday his expertise with budget matters was a big selling point.

Kristen Zodrow, a 6th grade science teacher at Aspen Middle School, discusses the Global Kid Connect Program and the impacts the program has had on her students. Global Kid Connect is a modern day pen pal program between Elementary and Middle School students in the Roaring Fork Valley and students in Pakistan. 

Nine schools in the Roaring Fork Valley, and over 300 students and teachers, have participated in the Global Kids Connect program, which is run through the Marshall Direct Fund. Jodi Fischer, executive director of the Marshall Direct Fund, also contributes. 

Base Village review is all Related tonight

Dec 21, 2015

  The future of Base Village in Snowmass could be decided tonight [mon]. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

 

The second and what could be the final reading of the ordinance approving the years-long stalled project is in front of town council tonight. But now that the sale of the project between developer Related Colorado and East West Partners fell through last week, it’s anyone’s guess how council will proceed.

  The Town of Basalt’s plan to share sales tax revenue would not cover a more than $10 million dollar gap faced by the developer of Willits Town Center. Basalt Town Council has given initial approval to share a maximum of $5 million in sales taxes.

  A second trial will most likely not be needed to determine compensation for nine passengers injured on a 2013 Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus crash.

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