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A warrant is issued this week for a Carbondale man accused of killing his wife.

A long-time local and avid skier dies in an avalanche outside the Aspen Mountain ski area boundary.

And, a popular watering hole is closing in Aspen this spring.

Bus drivers in the Valley are voting to unionize. They’re concerned about wages.

Governor Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force released its findings. They’re getting mixed reviews.

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The annual Black Ski Summit wraps up on Saturday in Snowmass Village. The week-long event is celebrating its 42nd year.

The event has its roots in Snowmass Village. The National Brotherhood of Skiers started in the early 1970’s when African Americans on the ski slopes were a rarity and black ski clubs an exception.

White River National Forest

The White River National Forest has moved one step closer to approving several winter enhancements on public land at the Snowmass ski area.

The Aspen Skiing Company proposed the projects and the Forest Service began an environmental review in August. They include a replacement and realignment of the 35-year-old High Alpine chairlift, additional snowmaking on the Green Cabin run and trail and glade construction projects. The Skiing Company wants to provide gladed terrain for non-expert skiers.

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  It’s getting into tax season, and this is the first time residents will have to pay a fine if they didn’t have health insurance in 2014. That’ll be true for 2015 taxes as well, if someone can’t prove they have health insurance this year. For those signing up for health coverage through the statewide online exchange, counties in the Roaring Fork Valley worked together to get as many people signed on as possible. 

Roaring Fork Transit Authority

Full time bus drivers for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority are voting on whether to unionize. If approved, it would be the first time in more than a decade for drivers to be a part of a union. 

Ed Cortez was selected by other bus drivers to lead the union vote. He’s been a full time driver for two and a half years, and describes what it was like getting behind the wheel. 

“Well, initially I was very nervous, very intimidated. Slowly but surely I realized that I really loved driving.”

A big reason is getting to know riders from all backgrounds-- from regular folks to politicians.

Today on CrossCurrents - Lara Beaulieu of English in Action and writer/speaker Ted Conover. English in Action is celebrating 20 years with a party at the Wyly on February 26th.

About English in Action:

The future owner of the space where Finbarr’s Irish Pub and Kitchen is located says he plans to keep it as a bar and restaurant. Karim Souki says he is looking for an operator to run a place where locals will come. When the establishment will open is unknown, but it could be months after Finbarr’s April 2nd closing. That’s partly because the adjacent “speakeasy” space needs to be remodeled and will be part of the new restaurant.

Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol

The man who died in avalanche on the west side of Aspen Mountain was a long-time local who skied every day. John Martin Gancsos went by “Marty,” and had two passions: skiing and whitewater kayaking. The avalanche he was caught in Monday happened outside the ski area boundary, in an area Gancsos knew well. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The atmosphere at Little Annie’s Eating House Tuesday was somber. Marty Gancsos had been working night shifts at the restaurant as a favor to a friend. Rohn Fleming owns Little Annie’s and asked Gancsos to jump on board.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) says there is an arrest warrant issued for Arturo Navarrete-Portillo (DOB: 11/14/68) of Carbondale for his alleged role in the death of his wife, Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya (DOB 05/26/1984), last week. Navarrete-Portillo faces charges of first degree murder for the crime occurring on February  16, 2015.

Update: Name released in avalanche fatality off of Ajax

Feb 24, 2015
CAIC/Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol

 February 24th, 4pm UPDATE: The Pitkin County Sheriff's office says the victim of Monday’s avalanche outside the boundary of Aspen Mountain has been identified as John Martin Gancsos. Mr. Gancsos, who was 64 years old, was more commonly known to local area residents as “Marty.” Information related to cause/manner of death will be released by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office at a later date after completion of a post-mortem examination. Aspen Public Radio will have a remembrance of Gancsos tomorrow, Wednesday, morning.

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