UPDATE: Fallen Christiana Peak climber identified

Sep 29, 2015

UPDATE:  9/29/2015 9:05 p.m.

The body of Travis Boyle, 41, of Union, Kentucky was recovered by Mountain Rescue Aspen Tuesday afternoon. Boyle and two companions were climbing Christiana Peak west of Aspen when he reportedly fell 200 feet. 


There is an ongoing investigation regarding the cause of his death. 




Town of Snowmass Village

After hours of debate over details of a major development in Snowmass Village, members of Town Council took a big step toward restarting work on Base Village. 

Base Village stalled in the recession. This year Town Council has been reviewing a plan by developer Related Colorado to restart construction.

The document is preliminary, but Monday’s vote moves the plan into a final design stage. The decision by three members of council came after five hours of discussion.

A group that advocates for young people wants to create a mentorship program they say would grow Aspen’s economy.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

  Two men are recovering well after a plane crash in the Roaring Fork Valley on Sunday. Pilot Benoit de la Vaissiere was flying with a friend, when he had engine trouble just south of Glenwood Springs.

Jerry Morris / Garfield County Library

“Little Libraries” recently stationed at RFTA bus stops are so popular that the free-book program will continue indefinitely.

First Draft - Elissa Schappell

Sep 28, 2015

Elissa Schappell is an American novelist, short story writer, editor and essayist. Her first book of fiction, Use Me a collection of ten linked short stories, was published in 2000 by William Morrow, and was runner up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. A second book of fiction, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2011. It was chosen as a "Best Book of the Year" by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal.

Tactics to safeguard mountain resort communities against wildfire are improving but educating residents is still a hurdle. Wildfire officials gathered in Snowmass Village Friday (9/25) to go over new approaches to keeping high country homes from burning down. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Mountain communities like Snowmass Village have unique problems when it comes to wildfire — many homes are smack-dab in the middle of high risk fire zones. Even though a big fire hasn’t burned here for nearly a decade, Snowmass Fire Marshall John Mele says fire is probable.

Elise Thatcher

There’s two efforts in Basalt to gather support for how to use the Pan and Fork parcel. “We want this one of a kind riverfront property to include a multipurpose event center to reflect the citizen input,” says Doug MacDonald, “which centers on the desire for arts, events, family activities and river orientation, and strengthens our recreation-based economy.”

The Volkswagen and Audi dealership in Glenwood Springs says it’ll do everything it can to help customers. We have this look at what the international emissions scandal means for local drivers so far.

This week on Valley Roundup:

  • A marijuana grow facility in the Holland Hills neighborhood was granted permission to continue operating as long as it keeps the stink under control.