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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Carolyn Sackariason

A potential recall of a Snowmass Village town councilman is one step closer to reality. The town clerk verified a citizen’s petition Thursday.

Councilman Chris Jacobson was charged with a felony last month for allegedly trashing the Pitkin County Jail. The damage may total more than $14,000.

Former councilman Fred Kucker gathered signatures for a recall election of Jacobson. He helped deliver more than 320 signatures to town hall Monday. The clerk verified there are enough valid signatures to call a recall election. 

William “Trey” Styler found dead

Aug 6, 2015

Updated (Thursday 8/06/2015 5:40pm): Convicted murderer William “Trey” Styler was found dead in his cell Thursday. Styler was serving a twenty year sentence for killing Aspen native Nancy Pfister. A press release from a public relations firm, sent out Thursday afternoon, announced Styler’s passing, saying the 67-year-old was found hung to death. The Colorado Department of Corrections later confirmed he had died.

Marci Krivonen

An Aspen-area farm is taking cues from the “mecca” of sustainable agriculture. Joel Salatin runs the Polyface Farm in Virginia. Many agricultural operations have duplicated his practices, including Aspen TREE at Cozy Point Ranch. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Aspen TREE runs a relatively small farm and ranch in a rural area. But, it doesn’t always sound rural.

  The Buddy Program is expanding into Carbondale. The mostly Aspen-based nonprofit has served 3100 kids, mainly in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. Now it’s opened an office in Carbondale. The Buddy Program matches high school or adult mentors with youth aged 6 through 18 years old. The nonprofit has been working with kids in Carbondale since 2010, but only this summer did the the Buddy Program move into the 3rd Street Center.

A summer of consistent  bear encounters has led to a Forest Service order closing camping at crater lake in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

This week on CrossCurrents, the president and founder of AREDay, Chip Comins. The 12th Annual AREDay Summit is August 8-13th in Snowmass Village.

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Aspen City Council Tuesday agreed not to purchase commercial spaces and affordable housing units in a historic downtown building. 

The City has a “right of first refusal” for units in the ISIS building, where Aspen’s movie theater operates. A buyer has offered $10.4 million for two retail spaces and a pair of affordable housing units, but not the theater. The deal requires keeping the residential units affordable.

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A renowned climate scientist spoke in Aspen Tuesday about connecting the global challenge of climate change to local response. Katharine Hayhoe spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen about how climate change impacts Aspen and, the controversial White House plan announced Monday to cut carbon emissions.

  Basalt resident Christine Tinner has been ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars in restitution. She accidentally killed an Illinois woman in a crash last summer. Tinner must pay more than thirty thousand dollars to the family of Meleyna Kistner.

When it comes to health, communities in the Midvalley struggle with binge drinking and, just slightly, with obesity. Public health officials are sharing results of a survey with local governments. Jordana Sabella is the Public Health Planner for Pitkin and Western Eagle Counties. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.

Jordana Sabella is Public Health Planner for Pitkin and Western Eagle Counties. 

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