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Skippy Mesirow of Aspen NextGen Commission, and Ashely Feddersen of Aspen Young Professionals Association with details on their election event at the Limelight Hotel Oct. 5.

 The 14 suspects arrested last month at an illegal marijuana grow operation near Rifle will not be formally charged at this time.

The District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that there is not enough evidence to file charges against the workers found on the 40-acre property.

  Propositions 107 and 108 — Primary elections

Both propositions would allow unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in a primary election

Temperatures are dropping and snow is starting to fall in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspenweather.net's Cory Gates has made his winter predictions and it looks like it will be better than last season. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with Gates about his winter outlook.

Governor John Hickenlooper has selected a new judge to serve in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.


The number two person in the Ninth Judicial District has been tapped to serve as a district court judge. Anne Norrdin, who has been in the DA’s office for more than eight years, will replace judge Daniel Petre, who retired last week. She will be based out of the Garfield County courthouse and will serve that county, as well Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties.

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Basalt Town Council voted unanimously last night to hire a public relations specialist. Jeanette Darnauer runs Darnauer Group Communications in Aspen.

She’s been working with the town government since September to improve communication with the public. However, her contract was a surprise to many, including some council members.

The contract is set at $10,000, plus out-of-pocket expenses, and ends Nov. 8, which is election day.

A voter information event held at the Limelight Hotel this evening aims to increase turnout in an underrepresented demographic.


Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night.
 NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate.  Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Local governments are opening up their spreadsheets as the 2017 budget process begins Tuesday.

Aspen TREE Co-Directors Eden Vardy and River Morgan share the history of the organization and the inspiration behind the work of Aspen TREE. Vardy became inspired after taking an Environmental Literacy class at Aspen High School, which would lead him to pursue his undergraduate and graduate degrees focused on positive environmentalism. 

The organization is located at Cozy Point Ranch, where they operate the FarmPark,. The park includes a greenhouse dome, food garden, alpacas, goats, chickens, rabbits, and more, and is open 365-days a year and open to the public. 

Matt Ferro

The younger generation is making strides to grow the local food movement in the valley while also getting involved on a national level to support farmers’ rights. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts visited several area farms, and gives us this report.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A large turnaround lane is planned to be built on Highway 82 so semi trucks won’t go over Independence Pass. Some people are skeptical.

CDOT, county to alter 82 near pass

Truck turnaround proposed at base of Indy Pass

And a Rifle-based journalist gets hazed about his column that takes a shot at Aspen.

The amount of health insurance options on the Western Slope is dwindling. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Curtis Wackerle, editor at the Aspen Daily News, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times, and Ryan Hoffman, editor of the Rifle Citizen Telegram.

You can hear more of the conversation  on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today on Aspen Public Radio news.


Courtesy of Pitkin County

Pitkin County officials hosted an open house last night to present the latest iteration of conceptual plans for an expanded airport. Carolyn Sackariason has more.



Authorities have suspended their search for climber David Cook after five days of ground and air searches in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area.

 Former state Sen. Gail Schwartz, a Democrat who used to live in Snowmass Village, is challenging Republican Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez in the race for Colorado’s Third Congressional District.


 On Cross Currents this week, Eden Vardy of Aspen Tree and Dawn Shepard of Meatless Monday on the Aspen Fall Festival on Sunday Oct. 2 at Aspen Tree.

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Amendment 69 - “ColoradoCare”

A “yes” vote would change the state constitution to set up a universal health care system, a “no” vote would keep health care as is.

Pitkin County commissioners decided Tuesday to spend $250,000 to build a turnaround area for oversized trucks heading up Independence Pass.


The turnaround will be located right before the winter closure gate on Highway 82. It’s part of a two-pronged approach aimed at preventing semi trucks and other vehicles longer than 35 feet from going over the narrow stretch.

Courtesy of Pitkin County

Transportation engineers are planning to significantly alter Highway 82 so that semi trucks and other over-sized vehicles cannot physically travel up Independence Pass.



Increased fines and road warnings to large truck drivers haven’t stopped them from heading over the pass. So, the latest proposal involves creating such a tight turning radius before the closure gate that over-length vehicles wouldn’t be able to go through.