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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

PitCo deputies get raises; still lower than most in state

Nov 2, 2015


Deputies in the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office are getting raises but their pay is woefully lower than other Colorado cops. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.


Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo says he did a salary comparison with several comparable law enforcement agencies in the valley and around the state. He did that after some of his deputies started asking why they were some of the lowest paid cops in among their peers.


The Colorado Department of Transportation is planning for a November 6th closing date for Independence Pass, but the predicted ten-to-twelve inches of snow this week may mean an abrupt closing earlier this week.

Deb Jones is the founder and former Director of the Wyly Community Art Center. Today, is she a full-time working artist, but reflects on the beginning of the Wyly and its evolution over the years.

Learn more about the Wyly Community Art Center and their programs at www.WylyArts.org.   

  Eighth graders are deciding between different professions, as part of a new career mentoring program with Glenwood Springs Middle School and a Carbondale-based nonprofit. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher attended a career expo for the program and has this story.

Colorado River Water Conservation District

Ahead of a deadline to finalize the Colorado Water Plan, elected leaders from the Western Slope are emphasizing their opposition to transmountain diversions. The plan aims to find ways to supply water to the state’s growing population. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Bye Bike Racks

Oct 30, 2015
Roaring Fork Transportation Authority/Instagram

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will soon be swapping bike racks for ski racks.

Valley Roundup on Morning Edition

Oct 30, 2015

  Here's a short snip it. The full roundtable discussion will air at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and again on 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

  A state senator is hoping to help people in the Roaring Fork Valley who have to get a new insurance plan for next year. About seven thousand residents in the Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield and Summit counties will have to shop for new health coverage, after the state dropped the ax on the health insurance carrier Colorado HealthOp.

Elise Thatcher

  Battlement Mesa residents say they’ll continue fighting a proposal to drill near homes, a golf course and other areas nearby. Ursa Resources wants to drill two pads in Battlement Mesa, with a total of more than fifty wells combined.

A local conservation group has launched a fundraising campaign to preserve a piece of land used by the Aspen School District. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the Marble Basecamp is at risk of being sold.