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On Tuesday night, Carbondale Town Trustees considered yet another aspect of marijuana in the midvalley. They approved $20,000 for the Roaring Fork School District for mental health counseling, and to educate kids and parents about pot. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with with the District’s Chief Academic Officer, Rob Stein.

Elise Thatcher

Carbondale’s marijuana industry is growing, and once again, the Doctor’s Garden is at the forefront. In 2014, the business opened the first retail marijuana store in the Roaring Fork Valley. Now, a new branch of that business has gotten the go-ahead to extract marijuana oil and make edibles with it.

  Mirte Mallory of We-Cycle on the expansion of the bike share program this year.

Pat Holloran of Aspen Community Theater talks about the community event honoring Beth Malone who has been nominated for a Tony Award.

Aspen council kicks the can on Base 2 decision

May 27, 2015

After nearly five hours of public review, the Aspen City Council last night put off approving a new affordable lodge on Main Street. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

It’s called Base 2 and is connected with another affordable lodge across town called Base 1, which was approved by council earlier this year. Combined, they would house around 80 rooms that would be priced at $150 a night.

  CenturyLink has restored cell coverage after a severe outage in Aspen and the midvalley. Service problems were especially affecting Carbondale residents. Centurylink spokesman Sara Spaulding says service was restored before 10 a.m. She sent this update earlier Wednesday morning.

Elise Thatcher

Officials in the midvalley are trying to find a way to join forces on two big issues: childcare and affordable housing. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher was at an unusual collaborative meeting last night and has this report.     

Facebook/Aspen Hope Center

The Aspen Hope Center turns five on June 1st. The nonprofit serves those in emotional crisis with most clients either dealing with mental health problems or substance abuse. Last year, the organization made headlines as it worked to tackle the problem of suicide after a cluster of deaths happened in a matter of days. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The organization started in 2010 after a study showed the Roaring Fork Valley needed more mental health services. Aspen resident Joe Disalvo already knew that.

Aspen mayor returns from Italian sister city

May 26, 2015

  Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron just returned from Abetone, Italy … Aspen’s newest sister city. He, along with elected officials in that small ski resort about an hour-and-a-half from Florence, made the partnership official on this latest trip. It’s been four years in the making. Skadron spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Eagle County to spend $3 million on solar power

May 26, 2015

Eagle County’s largest ever investment in renewable energy will be for solar power. The county is buying enough energy to offset about a third of its electricity use. The purchase of three million dollars for one megawatt, is for solar power created by a large solar panel farm in Carbondale. That’s at the Clean Energy Collective’s Sunnyside Ranch, which recently opened.

Marci Krivonen

The White River National Forest’s newest visitors center officially opens Tuesday. The Forest Service moved the center from Aspen to Highlands to make visits more convenient for the public, and to save money. 

On Friday visitor information specialist Mateo Sandete was putting finishing touches on interpretive signs. Visitors trickled in over Memorial Day weekend for a soft opening. Sandete says the new location is advantageous given the nearby Maroon Bells.

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