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Your Evening News - December 4th, 2014

Dec 4, 2014

Snowmass Village Takes Public Comment on Council Replacement

The Town of Snowmass Village is taking public comment on its effort to fill a fifth town council seat. Voters last month elected Markey Butler as Snowmass Village mayor, so the council seat she previously held became available. On Monday, town council members interviewed eight citizens interested in filling the seat. Now it’s up to the community to narrow the pool before the council votes for a candidate on December 8th. Butler said in a statement the council is calling on the community to help identify which candidate is a good fit on council and a good representative for the community. The interviews with the eight candidates can be seen online at tosv.com. Feedback must be submitted to the town via email before Monday’s meeting.

Bad Flu Circulating in Colorado

Colorado’s health department is warning the flu season could be especially bad this winter. That’s because a certain strain has been showing up more often. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Employment says influenza A is more likely to send someone to the hospital and it’s been the culprit for most cases this year.

There’s been a bump in people getting sick from the strain at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In other years, Influenza A has caused more hospitalizations and deaths.

The Health Department is recommending signing up the flu vaccine to best avoid it, although officials also admit about half of the flu viruses showing up are not in this winter’s flu shot.

Marci Krivonen

A Basalt-based conservation group is putting some science behind water problems on the Crystal River. A drought in 2012 made clear the need to improve the river’s health, when stream flows dropped to a trickle. 

The problem with the Crystal River that runs through Redstone and Carbondale, is sometimes there’s not enough water and too much dirt. Heavy sedimentation can smother fish and aquatic insects. In 2012, American Rivers named the river one of the most endangered in the country.

The Roaring Fork Conservancy wants to do more than just raise awareness, so it created a management plan. Right now, the group’s gathering data about the riverbed. Heather Tattersall is with the Conservancy.

"So (we’re) making a computerized model of what the Crystal River looks like, as far as where there are pools, where it’s flat, where it’s deep. So we’ll be able to take that model of the river and say, ‘Ok, if we add this much water to it, how much fish habitat do we create? If we take water away from it, where does it get hurt?’"

Once the modeling is complete, the Conservancy may take steps like restoring the river bank or narrowing a river channel.

Your Morning News - December 4th, 2014

Dec 4, 2014

Big Bike Race Comes Back to Aspen

Aspen will be included in the USA Pro Challenge once again.The route for the 2015 cycling race was announced live on Denver’s 9news this morning. The race starts on August 17th in Steamboat Springs and moves through Arapahoe Basin and Copper before it arrives in Aspen. From Aspen, the cyclists head to Breckenridge.

Aspen has hosted the race several times. In August of this year, it started in Aspen/Snowmass.

Glenwood Springs Police Department

If you live in Glenwood Springs, and bear gets into your trash, the police will give you a warning. If it happens again, even a few times, you might get a small fine. But that could change after recommendations from the city’s Police Department. Officials are considering cracking down on people letting bears eat their garbage. The move comes after an unusually high amount of bear and trash problems in the last year. APR’s Elise Thatcher talks with Chief Terry Wilson.

Your Evening News - December 3rd, 2014

Dec 3, 2014

Gov. Hickenlooper Apologizes for Sand Creek Massacre

On November 29th, 1864, Colorado militia volunteers slaughtered up to 150 women, children, and elderly members of the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes at Sand Creek. Today, Governor John Hickenlooper apologized to the descendants of the Massacre at the 150th Anniversary and Commemoration Ceremony. Hickenlooper says he doesn’t make the announcement lightly and it follows his discussions with all the former living governors of the state.

Your Morning News - December 3rd, 2014

Dec 3, 2014

Health Care Sign Ups Are Go

Residents in the Roaring Fork Valley and around Colorado have had about two weeks to sign up for health insurance through the statewide online marketplace, called Connect for Health.

Your Evening News - December 2nd, 2014

Dec 2, 2014

Glassier Open Space Comment Deadline Approaches

The deadline is looming to comment on a management plan for a new open space parcel in the mid-valley. The Glassier open space near Emma will be used for recreation and agriculture.

Unlike most Pitkin County-managed open space parcels, the Glassier land will give agricultural producers a chance to grow crops. About half of the 282-acre land is irrigated and at one time, was used for ranching.

Your Morning News - December 2nd, 2014

Dec 2, 2014

Aspen Considers New Lodging Incentives

Aspen City Council has decided to once again move forward with trying to improve lodging in the resort. At a special meeting last night, elected officials decided to go with a much more mild version than previously.

Small lodges were one of the key themes of the night, with several people speaking in favor of making it easier for those establishments to freshen up their interiors or get a facelift. Marcia Goshorn made this public comment about the importance of making sure small lodges don’t disappear.

Screenshot from GrassRoots TV/aspenpitkin.com

Small lodges could have a brighter future in Aspen. City Council decided Monday night to pursue ways to help them do small renovations and generally spruce things up. That’s part of a scaled down version of a lodging ordinance that’s moving forward. 

Your Evening News - December 1st, 2014

Dec 1, 2014

Local Farmers Look for More Local Sales

There’s an effort to make it easier for local farmers to grow food and get it to buyers in the Roaring Fork Valley. A group working on that issue is trying to get farmers to be part of a Valley-wide registry.

The Roaring Fork Food Policy Council is nailing down what growers need the most, and they’re starting by putting together a directory. Gwen Garcelon is Director. She says so far the most common complaint from farmers is getting access to land which can be expensive.

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