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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

A slew of changes are coming to the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority, the first of which passed last week. APCHA raised the asset cap for applicants. Alycin Bektesh covers housing issues and tells us what's in the works. If you're looking at affordable housing in Aspen, you want to hear this one.

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and Christin Kay bring you a compilation of the week's news. 

New guidelines have been approved regarding asset caps for those applying for Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority residences.

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On Thursday night, Eagle County commissioners will see updated plans for a mid-valley housing development. Woody Ventures is the developer on the proposed Tree Farm.

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Pitkin County’s plan for dealing with natural hazards is due for an update. The 2017 edition will consider climate change impacts.

Elise Thatcher

Last year, transportation officials from Aspen, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County commissioned a study on how best to improve traffic from Brush Creek to Aspen.

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Glenwood Springs is preparing for the closure of the Grand Avenue Bridge. This week, there’s a preview of the road ahead, and it’s being repaved.

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Local governments in the Roaring Fork Valley have long grappled with environmental issues, including work to lower greenhouse gas emissions, protect wilderness areas from overuse, keep water in the rivers and more. For the first time in many local elected officials’ tenure, these priorities are under threat from the national administration. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy asked local officials how they are working to influence national policy.

Our first guest is Steven Keating.  When a tumor was discovered in Steven’s brain, he wanted to know everything he could about it, even choosing to stay awake during the surgery that removed the mass. But getting information about his own treatment was much more complicated than he anticipated. His experience led him to become a patient advocate.  He now works on technology that would make medical data more accessible and easier to understand for patients themselves.  

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With summer season warming up, area wildlife agencies are reminding people to respect trails that remain closed.

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The Roaring Fork River is on Colorado’s list of impaired rivers, so City of Aspen officials are working on a plan to improve the health of the waterway. In the third conversation of a series, environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and producer Christin Kay discuss how homes and businesses have damaged some of the important areas riparian along the river.

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Aspen City Council adopted a new management plan for Cozy Point Ranch earlier this spring. The city is now looking to sign some long-term leases on the property.

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As of Tuesday, the state’s oil and gas operators should have inspected their pipelines within 1,000 feet of occupied buildings. In Garfield County, it’s unclear how many of those there are.

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Memorial Day services to honor local fallen service members will be held this Monday.

Veterans’ Park in Aspen is currently under construction so this year’s ceremony is in Connor Park, beginning at 11 a.m. The event includes a candle lighting, laying of a memorial wreath by Aspen Boy Scout Troop #201 and a roll call of Roaring Fork Valley men killed in action. The public is invited to stay for a community barbecue after the program, hosted by Aspen Elks Lodge #224.

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Liz Chapman from the Aspen environmental health department has been appointed to a state commission that regulates trash and hazardous waste.

President Trump’s assault on the media has prompted strong reaction from journalists and those who support a free press all over the country. This morning, we hear a rebroadcast of Valley Roundup recorded 40 days into Trump’s presidency.

Pitkin County officials are still scratching their heads about why the federal government has threatened one of their funding sources.

Pitkin County Sheriff, Joe DiSalvo, was recently contacted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. He learned the county is on a list with five others in Colorado who allegedly are going to lose federal funding.

The Dial- May 24, 2017

May 25, 2017

  The numbers are in on how the Aspen/Snowmass resort did during the 2016-17 ski season. And it was a story of feast or famine. News Director Carolyn Sackariason covers the ski industry. She breaks down the winter occupancy rate for us and lets us know just how busy we can expect it to be this summer.

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On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Wyatt Orme bring you a compilation of the week's news.  

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