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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Pitco Sheriff's Office

A tanker truck that flipped and spilled fuel near an Old Snowmass subdivision in April likely didn’t do long-term damage to area groundwater.

The truck spilled 500 gallons of gasoline and about 20 gallons of diesel fuel near the Little Elk Creek subdivision on April 30th. Clean up crews initially found contamination but after drilling wells and taking samples in August, tests came back negative. Kurt Dahl is with Pitkin County.


A Garfield County elected official is cheering Tuesday's (9/22) federal decision to keep the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list. 

Garfield County has 220,000 acres of greater sage grouse habitat. About half is on private land owned mostly by mineral companies and large ranches. Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky led the charge on this issue. His opinion reflects the board’s feelings. He says had the bird been listed, landowners would have faced onerous federal regulations.

Marci Krivonen

Inmates from the Rifle Correctional Center helped with final steps of a mine reclamation project near Aspen on Tuesday.

Parking garage proposed under Base 2

Sep 21, 2015

  An underground parking garage is the latest iteration of an ever-changing lodge proposal on Main Street in Aspen.

Marci Krivonen

Elected leaders in Snowmass Village Monday (9/21) decided to put on hold a decision about whether to move forward a re-start of construction at the base of the ski resort. If a preliminary plan is approved, Base Village will move into its final design stage. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Colorado Mountain College

The number of students taking courses at Colorado Mountain College is up. The biggest jump in enrollment is in Rifle.

The Rifle campus saw double-digit growth compared to last year’s enrollment. Campus officials point to more courses, a new downtown location and an increased number of high school students taking courses.

Campus-wide, enrollment grew by 3.4 percent. In the Roaring Fork Valley, campuses in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs also saw growth. Lin Stickler oversees enrollment for CMC.

English in Action Executive Director Lara Beaulieu discusses the challenges facing the organization, as well as her goals for the future. English in Action has a waiting list with almost 100 individuals waiting for tutors - the organization will host a fall volunteer tutor drive in hopes of recruiting almost 80 new tutors.

Learn more about the fall recruitment HERE, and find out more information about English in Action at www.EnglishinAction.org.   

PitCo 911 dispatch and other departments on the move

Sep 21, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

Pitkin County officials are planning to move the 911 dispatch center out of town and near the airport. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Lease negotiations are underway between Pitkin County and the fire district to put the emergency communications center in the North 40 fire station. The move is necessitated by the construction of a new public safety facility that will begin in the spring. The center is currently housed in the county jail building.


Snowmass Town Council may vote Monday (9/21) on a resolution that would move forward the next phase of development at Base Village. The recession stopped construction at the base of the ski resort. With council approval, it could restart in the spring and include a new hotel, retail spaces, condos, affordable housing, a health clinic and a town-owned building. That building could become a museum to show off the town’s fossil find. Marci Krivonen spoke to Julie Ann Woods, Community Development Director for the town.

Elise Thatcher

There are several proposals for development in the mid Roaring Fork Valley, and a little known plan is a key factor as officials decide whether to approve them.