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Spring in the mountains means more skiers in the backcountry. Earlier this month, Blase Reardon from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center discussed the unusual 2016-17 ski season at a gathering hosted by Powder to the People. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy shared lessons about Aspen’s snowpack and avalanche conditions with producer Christin Kay.

 

Aspen City Council voted to table the application for the proposed Gorsuch Haus at the bottom of Lift 1A on Monday night. Though the applicants, led by Aspenite Jeff Gorsuch, presented a reconfigured proposal to address past community concerns, city staff suggests the council and the applicants would benefit from more time to work on the project.

A couple dozen feet made all the difference for a technicality that has caused Cale Mitchell to withdraw his name from the Aspen Mayoral race.

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Mount Sopris and Capitol Peak loom over McCabe Ranch, home to 450 head of cattle. This spring, the peaks are snow-capped, but the fields and pastures are dry and teeming with activity.

In 2014, the Town of Carbondale wanted to know if they were paying their employees enough. They hired HR-consulting firm, Mountain States Employers Council, who determined they were not.

EcoFlight says that becoming a member of the environmental air force is being a part of an organization that is actually making a difference. EcoFlight offers a different, bird's eye view of the landscape.

Off to the races

Mar 26, 2017
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  The unofficial kick-off to election season in Aspen is “lottery day,” when the order in which candidates names will appear on the ballot is determined.

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A state bill that would require oil and gas drilling operations to sit farther away from school property has cleared its first hurdle.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

It’s becoming routine for elected officials in Pitkin County to go out of their way to send a message to visiting family members of the president.

Currently, there are a handful of proposed developments in the Basalt area. The mid-valley is a desirable place to live, and the demand for housing has sparked fierce debates. Aspen Public Radio’s Wyatt Orme recently attended a meeting for The Tree Farm development, which is currently under review by Eagle County. He discussed the meeting, along the broader context of increased housing and business development in the mid-valley, with producer Christin Kay.

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The Grand Traverse backcountry ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen begins Friday at midnight. Two-person teams will make the overnight, 40-mile trek over the Elk Mountains, with the fastest teams sliding to the base of Aspen Mountain around 7 a.m.

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Warm temperatures have accelerated snowmelt, and local fire officials are advising caution with any kind of burning.

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

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 Real estate sales fell 30 percent in Aspen and Snowmass in 2016, but overall was still a $1.45 billion industry.

On this week's show, Jim Horowitz, CEO of Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Shawna Rahm, Director of Catering at Hotel Jerome, and  Vince Savage, Executive Director Aspen Homeless Shelter.

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The U.S. Forest Service faces a major backlog in trail maintenance and is now looking to identify a few key areas where it can pick up the pace.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and Claire Woodcock present a compilation of the week’s news.

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The U.S. Forest Service has released a draft decision that approves major recreation updates at Snowmass Ski Area.

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Congressman Scott Tipton held a telephone town hall earlier this month, where he discussed health care, energy policy and public lands. Last week, he was working on infrastructure ideas for the National Park Service and Forest Service. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat in on the phone call and has been following his work on public lands. She discussed the congressman’s policies and communication with producer Christin Kay.  

 

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