Valley Roundup for Nov. 18, 2016

Nov 18, 2016


Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Crimes associated with methamphetamine are making headlines in newspapers up and down the valley. But whether that indicates an uptick in crime is unlikely.

 

 Garfield County sheriff’s deputies: Accused meth dealer shoots up woman’s car

 

Sheriff: No illegal drugs found in Aspen hostage taker’s blood

In Aspen, a man Time Magazine once called one of the top 10 imposters built a rogue shack on Shadow Mountain and is now in jail.

 

Cops: Aspen Mountain shack squatter is notorious con man

Stolen bike, $17k in cash tied to Aspen Mountain shack man

Cash, ski gear found in Aspen Mountain shack dweller’s SUV

Aspen Mountain shack resident arrested in library

Con man arrested at Pitkin County Library

Police find allegedly stolen ski gear and cash in man’s SUV

Mystery man arrested at library

Police: After prison, ‘mystery’ man has returned to Aspen

 

A grass fire broke out just east of Glenwood Springs last week and took down one house. Traffic headed west on Highway 82 was jammed up for miles as a result.  

 

The owners of Hotel Denver bought the Redstone Castle for just over $2 million. They say they are going to keep it open to the public and even let people rent rooms.

 

Hotel Denver owners buy Redstone Castle for $2.2M

Glenwood Hot Springs under contract to buy Hotel Colorado

 

And the Forest Service has a plan to control the masses in the high country. It’s the highly anticipated permitting system.

 

Forest Service to limit overnight wilderness campers

Plan unveiled to manage overnight use in Aspen’s Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

 

Meanwhile, Snowmass Village is on a trajectory of success with record sales tax revenues and higher than normal real estate sales. Plus, it looks like the sale of Base Village will happen soon.

Finally, the construction boom is having an effect, both positive and negative, on the valley.

 

Base Village sale on schedule says East West

Summer season sales taxes reach a record high for Snowmass Village

Goodwin settles lawsuit against the town of Snowmass Village

 

Joining me this week are Jason Auslander, crime reporter for the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio news.