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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Today on CrossCurrents - Lara Beaulieu of English in Action and writer/speaker Ted Conover. English in Action is celebrating 20 years with a party at the Wyly on February 26th.

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The future owner of the space where Finbarr’s Irish Pub and Kitchen is located says he plans to keep it as a bar and restaurant. Karim Souki says he is looking for an operator to run a place where locals will come. When the establishment will open is unknown, but it could be months after Finbarr’s April 2nd closing. That’s partly because the adjacent “speakeasy” space needs to be remodeled and will be part of the new restaurant.

Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol

The man who died in avalanche on the west side of Aspen Mountain was a long-time local who skied every day. John Martin Gancsos went by “Marty,” and had two passions: skiing and whitewater kayaking. The avalanche he was caught in Monday happened outside the ski area boundary, in an area Gancsos knew well. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The atmosphere at Little Annie’s Eating House Tuesday was somber. Marty Gancsos had been working night shifts at the restaurant as a favor to a friend. Rohn Fleming owns Little Annie’s and asked Gancsos to jump on board.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) says there is an arrest warrant issued for Arturo Navarrete-Portillo (DOB: 11/14/68) of Carbondale for his alleged role in the death of his wife, Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya (DOB 05/26/1984), last week. Navarrete-Portillo faces charges of first degree murder for the crime occurring on February  16, 2015.

Update: Name released in avalanche fatality off of Ajax

Feb 24, 2015
CAIC/Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol

 February 24th, 4pm UPDATE: The Pitkin County Sheriff's office says the victim of Monday’s avalanche outside the boundary of Aspen Mountain has been identified as John Martin Gancsos. Mr. Gancsos, who was 64 years old, was more commonly known to local area residents as “Marty.” Information related to cause/manner of death will be released by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office at a later date after completion of a post-mortem examination. Aspen Public Radio will have a remembrance of Gancsos tomorrow, Wednesday, morning.

ourtownplanning.org

A plan to develop a boutique hotel and condominiums in downtown Basalt is moving forward. The developer, Lowe Enterprises, plans to take public input on the plan next month.

Lowe Enterprises first announced the development in November. Now, some details are emerging. A conceptual plan includes a 60-room hotel and 52 condominiums. Some of those condos could be rented.

Facebook/Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley

The non profit filling a central building in downtown Basalt wants to open in early April. The local Habitat for Humanity chapter will open a Restore in the former Clark’s Market space that’s empty. 

The agreement between the building’s owner and Habitat for Humanity marks a transition for downtown. Businesses there have struggled to get business. This latest announcement may bring in some vitality.

Speakers With Differing Views at Glenwood Springs Energy Forum

Feb 23, 2015
energyxxi.org

  The topic of energy can be a hot potato, whether the conversation is about how to regulate it or what kinds are best for the environment. The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is dipping a toe into those waters with what’s called the Energy Forum on Thursday. The event has two main speakers, who represent a range of opinions in the Roaring Fork Valley. Christopher Guith is with the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C, and Energy Engineer Mike Ogburn is with the Carbondale nonprofit Clean Energy Economy for the Region, or CLEER. Reporter Elise Thatcher talks with them both.

An inside view of a mountain "sweep"

Feb 23, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

Ski patrollers on Aspen Mountain have many jobs but none may be as crucial as their last task: the final sweep of the ski area. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason joined one and filed this report.

Jeff Leahy is the head of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. He talks about CRMS's longtime outdoor and classroom-based curriculum, the future of the education landscape, and how CRMS is looking to improve their programs. 

Learn more about the Colorado Rocky Mountain School at www.crms.org

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