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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

 On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Barbara Platts present a compilation of the week’s news.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

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  Buses to the Maroon Bells will be up and running Saturday for the summer season, but tickets and parking will be more expensive.

This week on Cross Currents, learn about the eightth annual Aspen Fringe Festival. Guests are David Ledingham, Brian Kusic, Anjali Austin and Mo Lamee.

To learn more, click here.

 

  Two candidates for Pitkin County commissioner have raised money so far in this month’s primary race. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Greg Poschman has raised nearly $8,000. His opponent, Hawk Greenway, says he has raised just over $1,500. The third candidate, Scott Writer, turned in a campaign finance report on Tuesday, reporting zero dollars raised or spent.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation

  The jury trial for a El Salvadoran man continues in Glenwood Springs Thursday and likely through much of next week.

Is Aspen worth it?

Jun 8, 2016
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

As the largest employer in the valley, the Aspen Skiing Company has a lot of heft when it comes to local issues. From endorsing ballot measures, to providing housing, to driving the economy, the character of the resort is in many ways synonymous with the company. Now, SkiCo is working to fully understand the community it defines.

City of Aspen

Aspen City Council’s decision this week to pull the plug on letting a for-profit company operate in the old powerhouse is tied to controversy surrounding the idea of building a new $48 million City Hall. Carolyn Sackariason caught up with Mayor Steve Skadron as he was a boarding a plane. He says there were too many issues to carry the Aspen Power Plant proposal forward.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

In an abrupt move Tuesday night, Aspen City Council ended lease negotiations with the group it chose over a year ago to operate in the historic powerhouse building.

Jose Alonzo Serrano, age 61, was airlifted to Denver after an accident in Carbondale Tuesday morning.

Marci Krivonen

Community Development Director Julie Ann Woods told Snowmass elected leaders this week that the 6-year-old comprehensive plan needs more than a couple of tweaks here and there.

    

In the last episode of our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher

talked with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt about the short and long term effects of going on a diet.

Elise Thatcher

Carbondale resident Ashley Johnson aims to raise more money for Planned Parenthood. She helped rally more than $25,000 last fall, after Garfield County Commissioners cut funding for the organization.

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  Rivers in the area are expected to hit peak flows in the next few weeks and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is one of several agencies warning residents to be careful when recreating in the water.

  Tony Vagneur is a past president and current board member of the Aspen Historical Society. He shares the history of the historical society and the organization's role in Aspen's evolution. Executive Director Kelly Murphy also contributes. 

Learn more about the Aspen Historical Society at www.AspenHistory.org and access the archives at www.archiveaspen.org

Ballots were dropped in the mail on Monday for this month’s primary election. In Pitkin County, the local race is between three candidates for county commissioner. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Voters can only choose one candidate. The two with the most votes advance to the November election, according to the Home Rule Charter. Greg Poschman, Scott Writer and Hawk Greenway, all longtime valley residents, are vying for the seat. It is currently held by Michael Owsley, who has to step down because of term limits.

Elise Thatcher

  The town of Basalt wants to end a lawsuit that was filed over an open records request.

Speedtest.net

  An Aspen-based business group now hopes to rally more private sector interest in improving internet speed in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A management plan has been adopted for the Crystal River but getting ranchers to agree to divert less water is still a challenge.

Keeping water in the Crystal

And rivers around the state are about to hit their peaks.

And in Glenwood Springs, a rare collision between a truck and an Amtrak train has made headlines.

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