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Pitkin County is looking to share 911 dispatchers with the Town of Vail to deal with a shortage of workers. 

Pitkin County Undersheriff Ron Ryan told county commissioners Wednesday the dispatch center is in “crisis mode.” 911 call centers typically experience difficulty in hiring, but for Aspen it’s especially tough because of its small staff. Just eight people are fully trained. That's about half of a full staff.

This week on Cross Currents, Kent Reed on the Hudson Reed Ensemble's 10th anniversary event.

Suspected pot robber back in Aspen

Aug 12, 2015

  The Aspen man accused of robbing a local pot dispensary is back in Pitkin County. He was being held in St. Louis, after he fled from police.

A paperwork mix up in St. Louis County landed Hayden May in the custody of Roaring Fork Valley local authorities. Authorities in Missouri never served him the warrant related to the high speed chase he led police on and the resulting head-on collision with an officer. That meant he could no longer be in the custody of St. Louis County.

Bank looks to foreclose on Ute building on Hopkins Avenue

Aug 12, 2015
Carolyn Sackriason

  Foreclosure proceedings have begun on a high-profile building in downtown Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Alpine Bank has started foreclosure proceedings against the owners of a downtown Aspen building that has been the subject of several lawsuits, including one brought by the city government.

 

Elise Thatcher

  Basalt officials hit the pause button Tuesday on a preliminary review of development options for a controversial parcel. How—or whether— to develop the land could go to a public vote.

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  A new Colorado law might make life a little safer in the Roaring Fork Valley. If someone is caught driving drunk for the fourth time, a new statewide law makes a that a felony offense.

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There are differing opinions about whether a Gold King mine disaster could happen in Aspen’s backyard. The spill, accidentally triggered by an Environmental Protection Agency team, let loose 3 million gallons of contaminated water into the Animas River in southwest Colorado. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explored whether such a catastrophe could happen here.

The spill turned the Animas bright orange and halted river access in an area known for rafting.

When Wesley Clark ran for president in 2004, he tried to get the nomination on a platform of health care and tax reforms.

 

 

And although he was the winner of a state primary, John Kerry took the nomination. The democrats were defeated and George W. Bush began his second term in the White House.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

  Residents and businesses in Carbondale, and in the surrounding areas, are in a bind. Their fire district is running out of money. After hiring local and national consultants, the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is now reviewing a new Master Plan. The Board of Directors for the fire district will meet on Wednesday to consider the inch-thick document, which came with a less than $90,000 price tag.

Elise Thatcher

  Students at Roaring Fork High School will soon be just down the hall from a doctor. A clinic is opening at Carbondale’s High School, after three successful locations in the Basalt schools. Haidith Ramirez-Leon is overseeing the expansion. She says Medicaid or private insurance are billed first.

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