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Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Pitkin County Airport Director John Kinney told City Council on Tuesday that it’s important to reach out to all interested parties prior to launching an environmental assessment required for a terminal expansion.

Elise Thatcher

  Water managers are planning to send extra water from Ruedi Reservoir downstream this summer and fall. That’s to help out fish species in the Colorado River, but the effort is once again raising concerns.

Elise Thatcher

The Basalt election keeps getting hotter. With two weeks until the end, voters have been dropping off ballots at Town Hall, and controversy over yard signs continues.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt is choosing from a list of four companies that want to build the town’s long-anticipated underpass.

Colorado law states that if a government agency is found to have “wrongfully withheld” public records, the plaintiff's court fees must be paid for by the agency. It’s a way of making sure individuals are not dis-incentivised for seeking public information just because they can’t afford the litigation costs that might result if the government refuses to hand over public records.

Pitkin County commissioners will be asked during their work session today to approve the $100,534

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

In the early stages of a land management plan for Cozy Point open space, the city of Aspen is attempting to reconcile the needs of an equestrian facility, sustainable farm, recreation enthusiasts and native wildlife.

Buddy Program Board Member and former Big Buddy, Peter Waanders, is joined by his little buddy of 10 years, Egbert Ospina. Waanders and Ospina met almost 14 years ago when Ospina was in 3rd grade. Now studying at American University and set to graduate in spring 2016, Ospina credits Waanders with his success and confidence. The two say their involvement as buddies with the Buddy Program's Community Mentoring Program not only changed their daily lives, but gave them a lifelong friendship.

Moose are starting to appear in more populated areas in Colorado. One was spotted only a couple of weeks ago in Glenwood Springs. Experts/wildlife officials said this is expected to become more common as the moose population continues to grow in the state. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts has the story.

Marci Krivonen

There’s growing concern in Carbondale about a concentration of marijuana businesses in one neighborhood. Sixteen pot-related operations are grouped in the Buggy Village area near Highway 133.

The future Aspen City Hall building is excluded from the emergency moratorium on development applications passed last week.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.



The Grand Traverse is a ski mountaineering race, from Crested Butte to Aspen. Beginning at midnight, racers ascend 7800 vertical feet and trek 37 miles... crossing the finish line at the base of Ajax.

This is the 19th year of the event which has seen growing interest and increasingly fast winning times. It is a ‘bucket list” item for many participants who range in age and come from all over the country.

Barbara Platts

Three Town Council seats are up for grabs in Basalt’s spring election, and the mayor’s post is also in contention. Aspen Public Radio hosted a candidate forum last night at the Basalt Regional Library. Candidates staked out their positions and answered pointed questions.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Aspen City Council puts the brakes on development downtown.

Aspen Film announces the ShortsFest lineup.

  ACES Rock Bottom Ranch has just been designated "Certified Wildlife Friendly". 

Three Aspen residents became U.S. citizens this week after taking the Oath of Allegiance at the federal courthouse in Grand Junction. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts has the story.

Snowmass Village looks to expand recreation

Mar 16, 2016
Courtesy of Snowmass Recreation Center

Residents of Snowmass Village want more opportunities for recreation and town officials are listening. Morgan Neely has more about the town’s strategic plan for expanding its offerings.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

The Grand Traverse is a ski mountaineering race, from Crested Butte to Aspen. Beginning at midnight, racers ascend 7800 vertical feet and trek 37 miles... crossing the finish line at the base of Ajax.

The Roaring Fork Fishing Guide Alliance/Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife

It’s common to have stream closures this time of year — near the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. That’s to protect fish, and now there’s a new effort to make sure people follow the rules.

The idea is to protect spawning trout, which congregate in certain places upstream from the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. Fishing during spawning stresses out the trout, making it easier for them to die.

The closures mean no fishing and a new set of signs are alerting anglers to the restrictions. The postings are part of a collaboration by the Roaring Fork Fishing Guide Alliance and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.

Four streams in the Roaring Fork Valley area are affected by the closures. Those are Grizzly and No Name creeks, as tributaries to the Colorado River, and Three-Mile and Four-Mile creeks, as tributaries to the Roaring Fork River. The closures affect a half a mile on each creek.

Carolyn Sackariason

  Statewide skier visits are up just over 6 percent so far this year and Aspen Skiing Co. is reporting even higher numbers. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

SkiCo is reporting that skier visits are up just over 7 percent season-to-date. And in the second period of the season, defined as Jan. 1 through Feb. 29, SkiCo posted an increase of 5 percent.