Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Residents in the Mid-Valley saw federal agents in tactical gear this week. We’ll tell you why.

A police officer involved in a controversial arrest of an Aspen teenager says he’s leaving the department.

Proponents and opponents of a ballot measure to change Aspen’s land use code sound off at a town hall meeting.

A beloved restaurant in Aspen will keep its doors open longer than expected.

And, a popular Aspen bike-sharing program wants to expand its reach.

Elise Thatcher

Little Annie’s lives again. Aspen’s long suffering affordable eatery was supposed to close next week. But it turns out Little Annie’s can stay open. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has the story.

Elise Thatcher

Proponents of a land use referendum were the most vocal attendees, at a town hall forum in Aspen last night. Aspen Public Radio arranged the event, which had a panel of speakers for and against the referendum. Of the approximately sixty people in attendance, those in favor of the ballot question, and further restricting development, were more likely to ask questions.

Kathryn Trauger is running for an at-large seat on Glenwood Springs City Council. The long-time resident has made her opinions known on her blog. Now she wants a voice on city council. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

A few years ago Trauger says she became discouraged with some things happening in city government.

"I was seeing a lot of misinformation and some things that were not communicated correctly, so I decided to start writing a blog."

Facebook/U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security confirmed special agents with the department were in the Mid-Valley this week. Federal vehicles were seen in the Willits and El Jebel areas. 

Town Hall Meeting on the “Keep Aspen Aspen” ballot referendum recorded on Wednesday March 25th, 2015 at the Belly Up Aspen.

The forum is moderated by Aspen Public Radio News Director Carolyn Sackariason and features supporters and opponents of the May 5th ballot measure that would force a public vote for development variances over a particular threshold.

Auden Schendler – Aspen Skiing Company, Olivia Siegel – ACES, and Naomi Oreskes – filmmaker and historian on this weekend's showing of the film “Merchants of Doubt” at the Wheeler Opera House.

http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/detail/merchants-of-doubt

Marci Krivonen

In May, the bike sharing service WE-cycle will reopen for the summer season. The Aspen-based service is seeing success. WE-cycle provides bikes for short-term users at stations around town. The idea is to reduce car trips with the service.

2014 was WE-cycle's second year of operation. The organization saw a 76 percent jump in ridership compared to its inaugural year. Mirte Mallory with WE-cycle says many users live Downvalley, and use the bikes as the final leg of their commute.

  Standing on stage and telling a very personal story can take nerves of steel. Tonight, more than a handful of locals are giving it a try. The event is similar to the radio show The Moth. It’s part of a new local series by Justice Snow’s and Colorado Mountain College. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

Tony Hershey

Three people are vying to fill one at-large seat on the Glenwood Springs City Council. The contenders vary on their reasons for running, but all say it’s a crucial election. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen caught up with candidate Tony Hershey.

Reporter: "Why did you decide to run for Glenwood Springs City Council?"

Hershey: "I think there’s a lot of change coming and it’s an important time. I think the city definitely needs to move in a different direction."

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