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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Elise Thatcher

  Fracking can produce air pollution, but many more emissions likely happen during the next stage at a natural gas well.

Carolyn Sackariason

On Wednesday, Carbondale Trustees will hear about new data on students and drug use, after the town government helped fund a survey.

Barbara Platts / Aspen Public Radio News

Hawk Greenway is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh sat down with Greenway as part of our series of conversations with the candidates.

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Brush Creek Village resident Greg Poschman is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with him at two places he says are at the heart of why he is running.

CDOT

  The Colorado Department of Transportation is asking for public input, with telephone town hall meetings around the state. That includes one in the Roaring Fork Valley area.

The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen is three days away. Around town, businesses are preparing for one of the busiest weekends of the summer.

Carolyn Sackariason/Aspen Public Radio News

Thanks to a wet spring, the Roaring Fork River in the coming days will see even bigger flows than this past weekend’s peak runoff levels. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

 

The Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Company has notified local governments that the Twin Lakes Reservoir will reach capacity on Wednesday, which means there will be no diversions to the Front Range starting today.  

April Long, the city’s clean river program manager, said higher flows could last up to three weeks, which is a good thing.

Nina Gabianelli is the Vice President of Education and Programs at the Aspen Historical Society. You may have seen her sporting a Victorian-era costume at one of the historical society's properties or giving a walking tour around town. 

Gabianelli describes the summer programs and tours offered by the historical society, and discusses the organization's archives, which is comprised of over 50,000 objects, photographs, documents, and records. 

A conversation with Pitkin County commissioner candidate Scott Writer

Aspen resident Scott Writer is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher sat down with Writer as part of our series of conversations with the candidates.

Elise Thatcher

  Eagle County residents support raising sales taxes to fund more affordable housing and child care. If approved, such services also could get beefed up in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock urged commissioners in a memo to “respectfully overrule” a directive from Aspen city council downsizing a new county office building.  

In a special meeting this afternoon, commissioners will vote on the final development plans for the Courthouse Plaza Building. Two thirds of the council must vote in support of the design in order to override Aspen City Council’s May 9th resolution requesting changes to the plans.

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

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

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  Buses to the Maroon Bells will be up and running Saturday for the summer season, but tickets and parking will be more expensive.

This week on Cross Currents, learn about the eightth annual Aspen Fringe Festival. Guests are David Ledingham, Brian Kusic, Anjali Austin and Mo Lamee.

To learn more, click here.

 

  Two candidates for Pitkin County commissioner have raised money so far in this month’s primary race. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Greg Poschman has raised nearly $8,000. His opponent, Hawk Greenway, says he has raised just over $1,500. The third candidate, Scott Writer, turned in a campaign finance report on Tuesday, reporting zero dollars raised or spent.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation

  The jury trial for a El Salvadoran man continues in Glenwood Springs Thursday and likely through much of next week.

Is Aspen worth it?

Jun 8, 2016
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

As the largest employer in the valley, the Aspen Skiing Company has a lot of heft when it comes to local issues. From endorsing ballot measures, to providing housing, to driving the economy, the character of the resort is in many ways synonymous with the company. Now, SkiCo is working to fully understand the community it defines.

City of Aspen

Aspen City Council’s decision this week to pull the plug on letting a for-profit company operate in the old powerhouse is tied to controversy surrounding the idea of building a new $48 million City Hall. Carolyn Sackariason caught up with Mayor Steve Skadron as he was a boarding a plane. He says there were too many issues to carry the Aspen Power Plant proposal forward.

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