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This week on Mountain Edition:

Winter is coming…… don’t let these spring days fool you.

The city of Aspen has a new community development director — a veteran city employee.

The launch of a cooking school and a weekend of cocktails are keeping residents on their culinary toes.

And big news, there is road work in Glenwood Springs.

PitCo resident wins CORA legal battle

Mar 10, 2016
Courtesy of Pitkin County

  

A Red Mountain resident now knows which one of her neighbors complained about an unapproved construction project at her property almost four years ago. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The identity of the so-called whistleblower and citizen complaint were made public Tuesday after the district court was ordered to release documents demanded by property owner Elesabeth Shook.

Matt Ferro

The Apres Ski Cocktail Classic just wrapped up its fourth year in Aspen this past weekend. The quick growth of this four-day festival has worked in union with Aspen’s booming mixology and bartending scene.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt Town Council members are paid less than people in similar positions with other towns in the Roaring Fork Valley. Council members are now looking at increasing their pay. The review comes with an April election on the horizon.

Cross Currents-

Mar 9, 2016

Cross Currents this week is with professor Jeremy Suri of the University of Texas, Austin. 

Local forecaster says winter weather will return

Mar 9, 2016
Carolyn Sackariason

Based on the warm temperatures in the past couple of weeks in the Roaring Fork Valley, excitement for spring is gaining momentum. But it looks as though Mother Nature has plenty of chill left in her this Super El Nino year. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason talked with aspenweather.net's Cory Gates about the winter weather that’s going to reappear soon.

Elise Thatcher

If you spend enough time in the Roaring Fork Valley, you’ll hear this sentence: the White River National Forest is the busiest, most visited National Forest in the country. But as the agency’s budget keeps dropping, officials say there will be significant changes down the road.

Roger Adams

City Manager Steve Barwick announced March 8, that former long-range planner Jessica Garrow is now leading the Community Development Department. 

January retail sales decline in Aspen

Mar 8, 2016
The city of Aspen

  January was a relatively slow month in downtown Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Retail sales were down 5 percent compared to the same month last year. Consumers spent just over $77 million in January in Aspen, according to the latest consumption report released by the city. Luxury goods saw the largest decline, at 39 percent behind last year. Clothing sales were down 12 percent.

Elise Thatcher

  Traffic will likely be affected dramatically today. Crews are working in Glenwood Canyon and taking down the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge.

Image via bagheera.com

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is hosting Dr. Thomas Lovejoy in a lecture this evening focusing on his 30 years of research as a conservation biologist. Lovejoy’s work has earned him the title, “godfather of biodiversity” and experts say his findings are key for understanding global warming.

Elise Thatcher

The Aspen Pitkin County Airport is working on an Environmental Assessment of a new runway and terminal. The airport plan has been through several rounds of comment and review.

Sole Lowe is the Buddy Program's Community Program Director and is based out of the Third Street Center offices in Carbondale. She joined the Buddy Program team in 2002 and shares the history and evolution of the mentoring non-profit over the years. 

More information about the Buddy Program and how you can get involved at www.BuddyProgram.org

Elise Thatcher

As the Grand Avenue Bridge work is underway, Garfield County is trying to address another location where the roadway is vulnerable to river runoff.

file photo / Aspen Public Radio

The city of Aspen is continuing to invest in the WeCycle bike share program.

Valley Roundup 3-4-16

Mar 4, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

The Carbondale Town Trustees this week approved a new City Market that will be larger than the one that’s there now and will include a fuel station.

Cdale to get new City Market, fuel station

 

Elise Thatcher

Pitkin County’s election workers have settled into their new home. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher swung by Thursday to check it out.

  Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Democrats in the Roaring Fork Valley vote for Bernie Sanders as their early presidential pick.

A Pitkin County Commissioner is trying to figure out who left a wad of cash in front of her house.

Elise Thatcher

It’s been a little trickier getting around the Aspen Pitkin County Airport, ever since officials expanded the secure passenger lounge. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the change has also prompted a big bump for one business inside the airport.

This is a special "Best Of" Pledge Drive edition of Cross Currents with local photographer Pete McBride. 

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