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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The Aspen Skiing Co. shook up the industry this week with its announcement that it was buying two resort companies — Intrawest and Mammoth.

SkiCo and KSL to acquire Mammoth Resorts

SkiCo: Intrawest purchase does little to Aspen Snowmass operations

The Aspen Skiing Co. announced this week two pending acquisitions that will change the resort industry landscape if they go through. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason this morning on Valley Roundup are Jason Blevins, staff writer for the Denver Post, Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News and David Krausse, editor of the Aspen Times.

 

 

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent at 3:30 p.m. today..

 

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As the weather heats up, local energy organizations and utilities are offering residents opportunities to make their homes more efficient.

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Summer in Snowmass means biking, hiking, sightseeing and soon a climbing wall, zipline and an alpine coaster. The U.S. Forest Service gave initial approval last month for a suite of recreational activities on the Elk Camp side of the ski area. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with Forest Service mountain sports manager Roger Poirier about the plans.

 

  On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Christin Kay present a compilation of the week’s news.

 

Photo Illustration/Alycin Bektesh

Candidate expense reports were due this Tuesday for Aspen’s spring municipal election. City council candidate Ward Hauenstein has raised the most money, around $8,000. First time candidate Sue Tatem bottoms out the list with $186 in donations.

Torre and Skippy Mesirow are also top earners. The three candidates have spent much of their earnings on campaign flyers, yard signs and food at rallies. Mesirow also paid for professional video work for an online commercial.

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Local environmental group Wilderness Workshop hosted an event with the legal non-profit Earthjustice last week. The panel discussion was titled “Resistance: in the courts and on the ground.” Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there and spoke with producer Christin Kay about the event.

Mammoth Resorts

The Aspen Skiing Co. has been on a spending spree this week, scooping up more than a dozen destination resorts . The investment is well over $2 billion dollars. Yesterday, SkiCo announced it is buying California-based Mammoth Resorts on Monday, it was Intrawest Resort Holdings.

  A traffic reconfiguration in El Jebel two years in the making begins Wednesday. Johnson Construction, Inc. will be building a roundabout on El Jebel Road, just south of Highway 82, where the driveway to Wendy’s tends to block traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Aspen Public Radio News

Pitkin County commissioners showed lukewarm interest Tuesday in Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ latest plan to offer affordable lodging to Labor Day festival concert-goers.

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Erik Weihenmayer is an accomplished mountaineer, kayaker and motivational speaker. He’s also blind. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy joined Weihenmayer on the mountain while he was in town promoting his latest book and has this profile.

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 Pitkin County officials are leading a two-day charge this week to address mental health services throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

The $1.5 billion deal that has Aspen Skiing Co. and a private equity firm

  buying Intrawest Resort Holdings rocked the ski industry when the announcement came on Monday. But, the acquisition of the mountain resort and adventure company won’t change how SkiCo operates at home.

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Boaters headed to Ruedi Reservoir will find new gates at the boat ramp, restricting access to only times when officials can screen for two destructive species of mussels. In years past, officials have been running boat inspections five days a week; that’s been increased to seven days a week, from dawn to dusk this summer.

Spring Board Aspen Members not only learn how to be future philanthropic leaders, they also collaborate with schools in the valley to help alleviate the financial burden of high school students wanting to further their education. 

The North American mountain resort and adventure company that owns ski areas in Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado, as well as in West Virginia, Vermont, and Quebec, entered into a $1.5 billion deal with Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Partners.

A decade ago, City of Aspen officials identified a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by the year 2020. But, with just three years left on that target, those emissions are down only 7.5 percent. Workers with the Canary Initiative, Aspen’s climate team, are devising a new plan that will identify specific steps to make progress.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Residents in Glenwood Springs have elected a new city council. And with the new majority, expect changes afoot, especially as the issues on both ends of the valley become more connected.

Fraud within Aspen’s affordable housing program has spurred debate about its merits in general. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason this morning on Valley Roundup are Aspen Times columnists Roger Marolt and Glenn Beaton, along with Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle.

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The U.S. Forest Service plans to burn up to 500 acres near Avalanche Creek today and this weekend, if the weather conditions allow.

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