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Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week. 

The question of whether the city of Aspen’s community development department wields too much power when it comes to handling building proposals and the land use code is being debated.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Interior Department unveiled nearly a hundred tailored plans for improving the bird’s habitat across eleven Western States. That includes restricting what people can do in certain areas. Greater Sage Grouse populations have been struggling, and Garfield County Commissioners have their own plan in place to help the birds.

Elise Thatcher

Governor John Hickenlooper will be a part of the Aspen High School commencement ceremonies on Saturday afternoon. The governor, a Democrat, will deliver the keynote address at the Benedict Music tent for the Class of 2015.

Memorial Day kicks off the week, and the Roaring Fork Valley gets walloped by a communications blackout.

Aspen city council still can’t decide on a proposed affordable lodge. There could be a midvalley collaboration to increase childcare and affordable housing.

Carbondale’s marijuana industry continues to expand, as the Roaring Fork School District hopes to bring down the number of kids using pot.

Aspen’s mayor gets back from Italy with a new sister city. We get the latest for this year’s wildfire outlook, and the Hope Center celebrates 5 years.

Elise Thatcher

CenturyLink is investigating who the perpetrator was that caused thousands of its Roaring Fork Valley customers to not have cellular, landline or internet service for more than 16 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.  

On Tuesday night, Carbondale Town Trustees considered yet another aspect of marijuana in the midvalley. They approved $20,000 for the Roaring Fork School District for mental health counseling, and to educate kids and parents about pot. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with with the District’s Chief Academic Officer, Rob Stein.

Elise Thatcher

Carbondale’s marijuana industry is growing, and once again, the Doctor’s Garden is at the forefront. In 2014, the business opened the first retail marijuana store in the Roaring Fork Valley. Now, a new branch of that business has gotten the go-ahead to extract marijuana oil and make edibles with it.

  Mirte Mallory of We-Cycle on the expansion of the bike share program this year.

Pat Holloran of Aspen Community Theater talks about the community event honoring Beth Malone who has been nominated for a Tony Award.

Aspen council kicks the can on Base 2 decision

May 27, 2015

After nearly five hours of public review, the Aspen City Council last night put off approving a new affordable lodge on Main Street. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

It’s called Base 2 and is connected with another affordable lodge across town called Base 1, which was approved by council earlier this year. Combined, they would house around 80 rooms that would be priced at $150 a night.

  CenturyLink has restored cell coverage after a severe outage in Aspen and the midvalley. Service problems were especially affecting Carbondale residents. Centurylink spokesman Sara Spaulding says service was restored before 10 a.m. She sent this update earlier Wednesday morning.

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