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Forest Service visitor's center moves to Highlands

May 19, 2015
White River National Forest

There will be a new Forest Service visitors’ center at the base of Highlands starting next week. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

The new center will be in the Highlands ticket office. It’s aimed to better serve people going to the Maroon Bells —

Garfield County

Carbondale community members and Garfield County Commissioners are one step closer to resolving an access dispute. On Monday County commissioners were supposed to put the issue to rest, but those involved hadn’t collaborated on a solution.

Executive Director of the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance (APDHA), Cristina Gair, and Regional Oral Health Consultant, Kelly Keeffe, discuss the Smiles for Seniors program. The organization works with local dental hygienists to bring affordable preventative oral exams to senior centers in the Roaring Fork Valley. Gair and Keeffe also discuss the socioeconomics of tooth decay rates, and how the valley parallels the national trends. 

Seventh pot shop to enter Aspen market

May 18, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

  The number of pot shops in Aspen will exceed the amount of liquor stores if the latest dispensary application is approved. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Two local men submitted their application Friday to the Aspen City Clerk to open a pot shop at 400 East Hyman. RootsRX would be the seventh marijuana dispensary in downtown Aspen.

The applicants are Rob Holmes and Pete Tramm. Tramm says entering such a saturated market is not a concern.

Marci Krivonen

Pitkin County is taking public comments on a draft plan for managing the North Star Nature Preserve, east of Aspen. On Monday night, an open house will be held, where people can learn more about the wetlands and meadows. 

You drive by the North Star Nature Preserve on your way toward Independence Pass from Aspen. It’s a 285-acre open space parcel with deer, elk, black bears and the one of the highest elevation Great Blue Heron rookeries in the state.

codot.gov

The Colorado Department of Transportation is planning to open Independence Pass to vehicle traffic this week. The winter gates are scheduled to open Thursday.

Crews start in April, clearing the high mountain pass of snow and debris. One of the last steps is avalanche mitigation, where officials from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center set off slides, then road crews clear away the snow. The avalanche work was done Thursday. CDOT spokesperson Tracy Trulove is confident the road will open on time.

Penthouse owners and worker bees to use same door

May 18, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

  Three Aspen residents are finally able to use the front door to get to their apartments in a downtown building, after a judge ruled the condo owners above them have no right to deny them access. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Pitkin County District Court Judge Gail Nichols released a 90-page ruling Friday. It found JW Ventures, the developer of the building on E. Hopkins Ave., unlawfully represented to Michael Sedoy and Natalia Shvachko that they would have exclusive use of the east door and elevator to their two-story penthouse.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week. 

Aspen High School principal Kim Martin resigned after only three years on the job.

More complaints are surfacing about the proliferation of pot shops in family friendly Glenwood Springs weed.

Meanwhile, a major commercial development proposal for one of the last big open space in the valley has been pulled by the developer.

And, with summer comes traffic. Residents in the West End neighborhood of Aspen say keep it on Main Street and not on theirs.

Elise Thatcher

Ballots for Aspen’s runoff election go in the mail this Friday, and early voting begins on Monday at City Hall, as residents choose between grassroots activist Bert Myrin and longtime civil servant Mick Ireland. They’re battling it out for an Aspen City Council seat. The election will be run nearly identical to the one that ended earlier this month.

Facebook/State Rep. Millie Hamner

State Representative Millie Hamner is back home in Summit County after a busy legislative session. The former school superintendent sponsored several education measures including one that will reduce testing. Hamner’s district includes Pitkin County. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.

Millie Hamner represents House District 61 at the Statehouse, which includes Pitkin County.

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