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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Carolyn Sackariason

There are four days left to vote in the Aspen municipal election where residents are deciding on a charter amendment, a mayor and two council members. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

As of Thursday evening, more than 1,300 Aspen residents had cast their ballots in this all-mail election. Judging from previous city elections, more than half have already voted. The average turnout is between 2,000 and 2,500 voters. Aspen City Clerk Linda Manning predicts turnout will be on the high end.

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A tanker truck crashed on Capitol Creek Road in Old Snowmass Thursday afternoon, spilling fuel onto the landscape. 

The accident happened shortly before 1 o’clock in a rural area across from what’s known as the “llama and alpaca ranch.” One vehicle was involved: the fuel truck. Photos show it upside down on a grassy area, possibly resting on a ditch.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Today we have a special election show featuring the candidates running for office in Aspen.

Seven people are vying for two open seats on city council. Two are running for the mayor’s post.

Among other questions, we asked the candidates about a controversial ballot question called Referendum One. If passed, it would amend the City Charter to require a public vote on development projects with exceptions for height, size, parking or affordable housing.

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Questions have been raised about Aspen’s affordable housing authority. Aspen Public Radio spoke with legal experts about whether it could be vulnerable to lawsuits. They say probably not, contradicting APCHA’s former director.

Marci Krivonen

Beds and couches have replaced groceries in a key downtown building in Basalt. The Habitat for Humanity Restore opened its doors last Wednesday in the old Clark’s Market space. 

The non profit furniture and donation center has received a positive response from the community, according to managers. The store opened fully stocked with donations from a high end lodge in Beaver Creek. A percentage of sales go to Habitat for Humanity’s home building fund.

The 18,000 square foot space sat empty for months before Habitat moved in. Jeff Sirbu is with the local affiliate.

Pitkin County

The radio system used by public safety agencies in the Roaring Fork Valley is encountering problems and Pitkin County is considering a multi-million dollar fix. 

Law enforcement and fire agencies have complained of interference, signal distortion and the inability to communicate with regional and state agencies that use a different system. For example, Pitkin County’s snow plow drivers can’t communicate with the Colorado Department of Transportation. And, the bus system’s radios don’t communicate with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A mudslide near downtown Basalt has forced Colorado Parks and Wildlife to lower the water level at a popular fishing hole. 

The small slide happened on a hillside near a reservoir at the Lake Christine State Wildlife Area over the weekend of April 18th and 19th. The slide took out a few trees, but didn’t damage structures. Mud slid all the way to Two Rivers Road.

Today on CrossCurrents, Carrie Marsh, director of the Aspen office of Komen Colorado and Toni Panetta, Director of Mission Programs for Komen Colorado on the recently announced  grants to provide treatment dollars in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties.

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About two dozen fire and municipal officials from the valley gathered at the Aspen Fire Station Monday morning to coordinate efforts for the coming year. The annual meeting is called a wildfire tabletop exercise. Parker Lathrop is Deputy Fire Chief with the Aspen Fire Protection District. He spoke to Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary.

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City Council incumbent Adam Frisch is at the head of the pack, when it comes to raising money for this spring election, and keeping his Council seat. Frisch raised more than $8,000 from April 10th to April 28th. That’s almost twice of the runner up, Mick Ireland.

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