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Valley Roundup 4-22-16

Apr 23, 2016

Clockwise: Aspen Public Radio news director Carolyn Sackariason, Aspen Times reporter Jason Auslander and Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt.
Credit Madeleine Osberger/Aspen Daily News

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.


The man who pushed a local snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands in January is pleading not guilty to attempted first degree assault by reason of insanity. But he still needs to be examined by a psychiatrist.

 Aspen Highlands chairlift pusher enters insanity plea

And it looks like the Shadow Mountain chairlift on Aspen Mountain will be here to stay, at least through next year’s World Cup finals.

Ski season comes to a close

In Carbondale, a student a private high school is involved in a federal lawsuit against the government for not taking action on climate change.

https://ecowatch.com/2016/03/10/climate-lawsuit-21-kids/

In Snowmass Village, the town council is being asked to propose a mill levy to voters to help pay for local schools. But how far that will go is questionable.

Property taxes being eyed for 
school request

And as the cost of living in the Roaring Fork Valley continues to increase, local governments and voting districts are undertaking studies to see how dire the situation is.

Finally, the Pitkin County Commissioners are worried about how edible marijuana products are being presented in the community and are considering steps to regulate that.

Joining me this week are Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times, Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News, John Colson, reporter for the Sopris Sun and Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times.

Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio news.