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  Carbondale Trustees decided this week to give themselves a pay raise. But it won’t go into effect until at least next year. Trustees are currently paid $600 a month, and at a meeting Tuesday night they voted to bump that up to $900 a month.

This week on Cross Currents, Wilderness Workshop's Artist in Wilderness Residency Program. Painter Val Rossman, along with Mary Dominick, founder of the program.

Businesses settle power outage suits

Sep 23, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

  Three Aspen businesses settled their lawsuits with engineering firms that caused a lengthy city-wide power outage in the summer of 2014. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Over Easy, the Square Grouper and Radio Boardshop sued LKP Engineering, Odell Drilling and a West End homeowner. They sought thousands of dollars in lost wages and profits from the Aug. fourth incident that knocked out power for 12 hours. Their cases were heading to trial next month until a judge dismissed them last week. The parties came to an out-of-court settlement.

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.