USA Pro Challenge en Basalt, Carbondale Get First Taste of Pro Challenge <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The USA Pro Challenge will return to the area this August, only this time it’ll cover more ground in the Roaring Fork Valley. The race will spend the first day in Aspen and Snowmass Village. The second day, riders head down valley through Basalt and Carbondale, then cycle over an unpaved pass to Crested Butte. Like in previous years, the route has prompted debate among local officials about which roads are best. So far at least one official is in favor of the proposed itinerary.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 04:34:49 +0000 Elise Thatcher 18131 at Basalt, Carbondale Get First Taste of Pro Challenge Save Wagner Park <p><strong>FULL DISCLAIMER:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>I live near Wagner Park in the center of Aspen.&nbsp; I love Wagner Park.&nbsp; My dog and I have played ball in Wagner Park almost every day for 11 years.&nbsp; I believe that open spaces should be cherished and protected.&nbsp;&nbsp; I want to save Wagner Park.</em></p><p>I have lost complete confidence in our elected officials and the City of Aspen to make well informed and reasonable decisions, especially concerning Wagner Park. They always seem to sell out to the highest bidder.&nbsp; My Mom &amp; Dad taught me to stick-up for myself, but warned me not to be a complainer.&nbsp; Every once in a while those two traits come to loggerheads.&nbsp;&nbsp; I don't want to sound like a complainer....but here's my take. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 00:42:07 +0000 Aspen Spin 9932 at Save Wagner Park Mountain Edition - October 10th, 2013 <p>The government shutdown trudges on but Pitkin County is working to alleviate the pain by increasing access to a local attraction on federal land.</p><p>A proposal for funding public education has been called historic by Colorado&rsquo;s governor. But, the ballot measure could stretch wallets.</p><p>The Aspen Skiing Company hopes to catch the eye of up and coming skiers from certain Asian countries.</p><p>And, changes may be in store if the USA Pro Challenge bike race returns to the upper Roaring Fork Valley next year. We talk with an economist who says big sporting events may not mean more money for the towns hosting them.</p><p>Finally, we get an update on local athletes training for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:25:00 +0000 Elise Thatcher & Marci Krivonen 8697 at Economic Boost from Bike Race? Probably not. <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Planning for next year&rsquo;s USA Pro Challenge bike race in Aspen is already underway.&nbsp;&nbsp; Despite some complaints this year because of road closures it appears the bike race has the support of local government officials and will become a yearly event.&nbsp; This despite a lack of evidence showing any economic gains for the upper valley. &nbsp; Aspen Public Radio&#39;s Roger Adams explains:</span></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:55:47 +0000 Roger Adams 8627 at Economic Boost from Bike Race? Probably not. Fewer Road Closures for Bike Race Next Year? <p>The USA Pro Challenge finished just over a month ago, and planning for next year&rsquo;s edition has already begun. Aspen plans to apply to host the race again in 2014... and officials have started looking at whether to improve on how things went during the 2013 edition of the race<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Discussions range from road closures to conversations with international cycling officials in Europe.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 20:36:32 +0000 Elise Thatcher 8569 at Fewer Road Closures for Bike Race Next Year?