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The Colorado Department of Transportation says it will open two-way traffic through Glenwood Canyon around 4pm today.

Wide gaps in health throughout the state

Feb 25, 2016

  Colorado residents have vastly different health outcomes based in part on where they live in the state. Rocky Mountain PBS News analyzed health data to rank each of the state’s 64 counties based on a variety of health indicators from obesity to smoking. Bente Birkeland sat down with data reporter Burt Hubbard to learn more about the trends and growing health disparities.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

 

A women’s self defense class just launched in Aspen, teaching kicks, holds, grabs, and how it feels to connect a solid punch.

Elise Thatcher

  Basalt leaders have chosen to pursue a certain amount of development for part of the Pan and Fork parcel. But the decision is nonbinding and comes less than a month before a pivotal election.

On this week's show, the Rocky Mountain Institute's new building

Study: PitCo is the healthiest in Colorado

Feb 24, 2016

  Colorado is, overall, one of the healthiest states in the country. And out of the 64 counties in the state, Pitkin County is Number One. Capitol Correspondent Bente Birkeland has more in the first of a two-part series.

Elise Thatcher

  

  Comments about a Basalt whitewater park point to support for some amenities to be included.

Carolyn Sackariason / Aspen Public Radio News

  The Aspen City Council approved the initial development steps for city employee housing during its meeting on Monday. The resolution passed 4-1, Councilman Bert Myrin was the dissenting vote.

Mountain Chalet guests remember Ralph Melville

Feb 23, 2016
Courtesy, The Melville Family.

Ralph Melville, passed away last week at the age of 90. He was the founder and owner of the Mountain Chalet in Aspen. He was remembered for his generosity and humble nature. People at a big apres event were remembering him fondly.

Elise Thatcher

Learning how to fly can take a long time. Hours of practice and coursework are required, and now students at the Aspen School District can take those courses for credit. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher went inside the classroom last week and has this story.

 

Sallie Bernard is the Founder and Board President of Ascendigo, and says that the need for providing services to individuals and their families  on the autism spectrum is growing. Bernard is joined by Ascendigo's Executive Director, Hugh Zuker, and Ascendigo's Adult Program Manager, Carly Knauf. 

Learn more about Ascendigo and their programs in the Roaring Fork Valley at www.Ascendigo.org

Glenwood Canyon open to nighttime driving

Feb 22, 2016
Colorado Dept. of Transportation

  Glenwood Canyon has been partially reopened after being shut down a week ago due to multiple rockslides. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

The Colorado Department of Transportation opened one lane at 6 o’clock last night and will keep it open until 9 a.m. today. For the next several days, the canyon will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. so crews can continue removing loose rock, repairing the road and installing fencing to stabilize the rockwall.

Zach Ornitz

The founder of the Krabloonik dog sledding kennel has died. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, Dan MacEachen passed away this past weekend.

Elise Thatcher

  It’s take two for Basalt’s long awaited underpass. The Town had to go back to the drawing board last fall when bids came in too high.

Valley Roundup 2-19-16

Feb 19, 2016

  Guests this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt, Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle and Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

CDOT aims to reopen I-70 in Glenwood Canyon this afternoon.

Officials say delays will continue for at least a month, after the interstate opens back up.

January occupancy down; room rates up

Feb 18, 2016

  Occupancy numbers for January in Snowmass and Aspen came in just shy of last year’s bookings. Both resorts filled about 70 percent of their lodge rooms. Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Last-minute bookings are what saved January for both resorts — even though Aspen came in 2 percent behind last year and Snowmass 3 percent. According to central reservations agency Stay Aspen Snowmass, those numbers are remarkable given how light Australian business was, along with the X Games being a week later than usual.

FAA

  As visitors, businesses, and locals grapple with the Glenwood Canyon closure, the Aspen Airport has had to cancel or delay nearly thirty flights. Officials hope to be back up and running on all cylinders today.

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Feb 18, 2016

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Joleen Cohen

Landlord raise prices, get choosy as housing dearth deepens

Finding decent housing in Aspen and parts of the Roaring Fork Valley has always been difficult. But the increasing shortage in rentals, especially in the Mid-Valley, is having a significant impact on residents. In the first in our series about housing in the Valley, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

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