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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork School District will have a bond measure on the fall ballot. The District is asking voters to fund a 122 million bond measure to pay for a long list of capital improvements. If passed, it would come out an average about $22 a month for homes worth $500,000. 

Elise Thatcher

City Market is looking at building a new store in Carbondale. It would replace an existing aging facility at Highway 133 and Main Street. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this report from a town hall meeting last night about the proposal.

This week on CrossCurrents, Amy Kimberly, Executive Director of CCAH and Peter Gilbert, Executive Director of Dance Initiative on the new arts and rehearsal space in Carbondale, "The Launchpad", formerly the Gordon Cooper Library.


A kayak park near downtown Basalt is one step closer to being created. The Pitkin County Commissioners agreed Wednesday (8/26/15) to purchase a strip of land necessary to develop it. 

The county will plunk down $115,000 plus closing costs, to acquire the land. The small parcel is actually underwater in the Roaring Fork, not far from its confluence with the Frying Pan River. Such a park would include a special diversion right that would put water in a stretch of river that sees low flows in drought years. 

Elise Thatcher

  Basalt’s Town Council has reversed its decision on the Pan and Fork parcel. Officials decided last night to move forward with something called a predevelopment agreement. The majority of council members said they need more details about the range of development options for the land near the Roaring Fork River.

El Jebel intersection congestion to improve

Aug 25, 2015
Elise Thatcher

There have been multiple public hearings in the mid valley this summer about a proposed development… and a much discussed issue is the increase of cars and trucks along Highway 82. Some local residents say they’re fed up, especially at the El Jebel Road intersection. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this look at plans to improve it.

  After two days of public hearings, Aspen City Council approved a pair of resolutions bringing the development of Base2 Lodge to the ballot this fall.


As summer winds to a close, the Aspen Skiing Company is looking ahead to winter. They’re counting on international visitors from typical players like Australia and Brazil, but also new countries. Ski-Co Director of Worldwide Sales Kristi Kavanaugh says international visits make up 30 percent of the company’s annual revenue, and the community benefits. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

Kristi Kavanaugh is Managing Director of Worldwide Sales for the Aspen Skiing Company. Last year was the Skiing Company’s best year ever for international visitation.

A scrapped downtown development may be back on the table. Mark Hunt told city council Monday night that, if approved, he would go forward with building the Base 2 Lodge in downtown Aspen.

Elise Thatcher

Starting a small business isn’t for the faint of heart. But it can be a key way for residents to make ends meet in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story of one longtime local who’s trying a new restaurant venture this summer in a unique place: a horse trailer.