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GarCo sheriff offering $10K hiring bonuses

Dec 22, 2015

  The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is throwing money at its employee recruitment problems by offering bonuses to people who come with experience. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason explains.

Starting January 1, new hires who have two or more years of experience in a jail or a certified patrol setting will receive a $10,000 signing bonus from the sheriff’s office.

Days after Related Company announced that it would remain the master developer of Base Village, it gained final approval for the plans yesterday.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

 

The busiest time of year for the Aspen Pitkin County Airport is also the most tenuous as far as weather delays and cancelations. This year a waiting area expansion project adds to the chaos.

Garfield County

  Another health insurance carrier has announced it’s working with Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, but the company's coverage won’t be available to most people living in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Garfield County

Garfield County Commissioners have chosen to hire Kevin Batchelder as County Manager. Batchelder has been Acting County Manager for several months. Commissioners said Monday his expertise with budget matters was a big selling point.

Kristen Zodrow, a 6th grade science teacher at Aspen Middle School, discusses the Global Kid Connect Program and the impacts the program has had on her students. Global Kid Connect is a modern day pen pal program between Elementary and Middle School students in the Roaring Fork Valley and students in Pakistan. 

Nine schools in the Roaring Fork Valley, and over 300 students and teachers, have participated in the Global Kids Connect program, which is run through the Marshall Direct Fund. Jodi Fischer, executive director of the Marshall Direct Fund, also contributes. 

Base Village review is all Related tonight

Dec 21, 2015

  The future of Base Village in Snowmass could be decided tonight [mon]. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

 

The second and what could be the final reading of the ordinance approving the years-long stalled project is in front of town council tonight. But now that the sale of the project between developer Related Colorado and East West Partners fell through last week, it’s anyone’s guess how council will proceed.

  The Town of Basalt’s plan to share sales tax revenue would not cover a more than $10 million dollar gap faced by the developer of Willits Town Center. Basalt Town Council has given initial approval to share a maximum of $5 million in sales taxes.

  A second trial will most likely not be needed to determine compensation for nine passengers injured on a 2013 Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus crash.

Gorsuch Haus proposal draws support ahead of filing

Dec 20, 2015
Promo Communications

The developers behind a lodge project at the base of Aspen Mountain plan to file an application with the City of Aspen this month. The mixed-use hotel near Lift 1A received support from the public at an open house in early December. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

About 200 people squeezed into a conference room at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen on December 3rd. Members of the group Norway Island Partners gave their pitch.

Valley Roundup 12-18-15

Dec 18, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Water is a precious commodity. How much will Front Range and Western interests try to take from the Roaring Fork Valley?

‘Colorado’s Conceptual Framework’ included in water plan

Emails between elected officials in Glenwood Springs have shed light on the lead up to the city manager being forced out.

Aspen High School club sends students to Uganda

Dec 18, 2015
Kaya Storm

A popular club at Aspen High School sends kids to Africa each year to help with service projects. It’s in conjunction with the nonprofit Action in Africa, which was started by an Aspen High School grad. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

High school junior Kaya Storm points to a photo of a concrete structure painted white and blue. Small kids are lined up at the doors.

"We went there one day and just walked around the classrooms, said hi to all the kids and served them porridge for lunch," Storm says.

The inhabitants of Aspen will get a break from the sounds of back-up beeps and jackhammers a week early during this high season.

Beginning today, no construction is allowed in the Aspen Core as the city prepares for its most lucrative weeks of the year.

The city’s ban of outside construction usually begins on Christmas and goes through New Year’s. But the rules were changed this year.

Elise Thatcher

Elected officials approved oil and gas drilling in Battlement Mesa on Thursday. Garfield County Commissioners unanimously ok’ed certain permits, though with nearly thirty conditions.

Related Co. announced today that it will not be selling the Base Village project to Vail-based company East West Partners and KSL Capital.

In a press release, Related underscored its ability to fund the Base Village development and meet the timeline it is bound to through negotiations with Snowmass Village Town Council.

The company plans to continue as the master developer for the project which includes residential and commercial space, a Limelight Hotel and public amenities.

Mountain Edition - December 17th, 2015

Dec 17, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

There could be a lawsuit over plans for Aspen’s Old Power House.

Residents in Pitkin County could soon get a doctor’s visit at home.

Hundreds attend BLM events about the Thompson Divide.

Colorado Trout Unlimited

The Bureau of Land Management is deciding what to do with dozens of oil and gas leases, including some on the Thompson Divide. The agency finished a series of public meetings this week to find out what residents want.

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County Commissioners are considering whether to allow a permits for a drilling proposal in Battlement Mesa. Commissioners have gotten hours of public testimony this week, and are taking another look on Thursday.

  Carlos Gracida, Grant Ganzi and Mariano Gracida are young polo players in town to compete on three separate teams in the World Snow Polo Championship that will be held Friday and Saturday at Rio Grande Park.

 

Grant’s parents are organizing the event and are reintroducing the sport in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Gracida brothers’ father was one of the best players in the world before his death last year. They spoke to Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

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Starting Thursday (12/17) the Transportation Security Administration says it will open a fast-track security lane at the Aspen airport more often. The TSA Precheck option has not been open consistently.

Opening the lane depends on the number of staff working and how many passengers are in the airport. Prior to the busy holiday season, the Precheck lane at Sardy Field wasn’t always open, though TSA won’t say how often it was closed. Agency spokeswoman Carrie Harmon says the lane will be open more consistently over Christmas and New Years, but...

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