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Trails on peaks in Aspen’s backyard have received both “A” and “F” grades. That’s according to a report card on Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks or “fourteeners.” 

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Basalt’s police chief is on a mission to make sure his department is meeting the community’s needs. Town Council heard about the beginning phases of that effort earlier this week. Chief Greg Knott is taking input from community members on how Basalt police can improve.

David Ledingham, co-artistic director of Aspen Fringe Festival along with actor Erica Tobolski and director James O'Connor on this year's festival.

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A Midvalley marijuana grow facility is walking a fine line with Pitkin County. After much discussion, the county commissioners agreed Tuesday to give High Valley Farms more time to tackle its odor problem.

Neighbors and business owners in Holland Hills say their quality of life and property values are sliding because of the smell. The 25,000 square foot greenhouse facility grows plants for the retail pot shop Silverpeak in Aspen.

Kent Schuler lives in Holland Hills. He says he’s had it with what he calls a “stench.”

  Carbondale is developing its own backup plan if there’s another communications blackout. The arrangements come after the Roaring Fork Valley suffered massive service disruptions two weeks ago.

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A change to Aspen’s development requirements is not retroactive. That’s the opinion of an attorney hired by the City after a recent charter amendment. Voters decided last month that an election is needed if developers want exceptions for how big a project can be, or how much affordable housing or parking is required.

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Aspen City Council swore in members new and old Monday night. That included a grassroots organizer known for criticizing the group. Newly elected Bert Myrin took an oath with returning councilman Adam Frisch.

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The man who died rafting the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon this weekend was from Illinois. The Garfield County Coroner reports 56-year-old Dennis Janes drowned after he fell from a raft Saturday. The accident happened east of the Grizzly Creek rest area. Janes was one of three people in the raft, which was not from a commercial company. He was wearing both a life vest and a helmet. River flows are strong this spring because of plentiful moisture and upstream reservoir releases.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is saying goodbye to a key member of its Glenwood Springs office. Engineer Joe Elsen is retiring at the end of June, after working on some of the biggest highway projects in the Roaring Fork Valley area. Those include Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, Snowmass Canyon on Highway 82, and now the Grand Avenue Bridge replacement in Glenwood Springs.

 

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A search for a missing Aspen man has been called off. Will Graham, 31, went missing Thursday. Law enforcement found his vehicle and some belongings at the Devil’s Punchbowl, a popular summertime recreation spot east of Aspen. A multi-day search ensued, involving overnight patrols and a swift water rescue team. If new information is uncovered, the search will resume. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call them at (970) 920-5300.

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