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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Elise Thatcher

  Carbondale’s fire district will spend time talking with voters before a funding measure this fall. In November, the Carbondale and Rural Fire District will ask taxpayers for about $600,000 in property taxes. That’s after an outside review by two consulting firms, which found the District is doing a good job overall, but running out of money.

Valley Roundup brings together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the week's top stories.

This week, the City expands corner hangouts, and the library renovation budget.

Elise Thatcher / Aspen Public Radio

Sherry Caloia, who heads up the Ninth Judicial District, would prefer nothing be given to the press or public until cases are completely resolved,

Aspen Daily News

Friday (8/21) is the deadline to submit protests to a petition asking for an election to recall Snowmass Village Town councilman Chris Jacobson. 

The USA Pro Challenge returns to Aspen with help from a small army of volunteers.

Hazy air also arrived this week, from fires in the Pacific Northwest.

We hear from a painter who also wrote lyrics for Elton John.

The Aspen Music Festival and School gets ready to wrap up another season.

Carbondale commuters deal with a restricted popular park and ride.

And an Aspen developer drops an affordable lodge plan to avoid a ballot measure.

Follow us on twitter, Instagram and Facebook for pictures and updates for Stage 3 & 4 of the USA Pro Challenge

Hunt scraps lodge project on Main Street

Aug 19, 2015

One of Aspen’s gas station will not be torn down for an affordable lodge. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Developer Mark Hunt on Wednesday officially withdrew his Base 2 lodge project, even though it was already approved by Aspen officials. Instead, he will submit a new application for a two-story commercial building. That’s to replace the Conoco on Main Street, across from Carl’s Pharmacy.

Elise Thatcher

  More than a hundred professional cyclists are getting ready to pedal out of the Roaring Fork Valley. They’re racing in the fifth year of the USA Pro Challenge. Pro riders will take off from Aspen mid morning for a demanding day back up and over Independence Pass to Breckenridge.

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The hazy conditions in the upper Roaring Fork Valley Wednesday (8/19) were from wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest.

All day Wednesday, Aspen Environmental Health Specialist Jannette Whitcomb was checking the air quality in town. Two monitors track ozone and particulate matter. Despite the smog, the monitors recorded “good” air quality.

"The levels have gone up higher than normal because of the fires, but they’ve haven’t gotten into unhealthy ranges," she says.

Marci Krivonen

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge brings to Aspen not just professional cyclists, but visitors, vendors and infrastructure. To put on the event that spans two days, the City of Aspen relies heavily on volunteers. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Volunteers trickle into headquarters in downtown Aspen early Wednesday. At the registration table, they grab lanyards and get directions.

"It’s slow and steady right now, but everyone’s excited and it’s good," says Beth Hansen.

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