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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

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Aspen City Council’s decision this week to pull the plug on letting a for-profit company operate in the old powerhouse is tied to controversy surrounding the idea of building a new $48 million City Hall. Carolyn Sackariason caught up with Mayor Steve Skadron as he was a boarding a plane. He says there were too many issues to carry the Aspen Power Plant proposal forward.

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In an abrupt move Tuesday night, Aspen City Council ended lease negotiations with the group it chose over a year ago to operate in the historic powerhouse building.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The source of the sewage stench wafting up from storm sewers in downtown Aspen has been identified.

Aspen officials zero in on source of foul odors

Aspen’s sewage leak lasted for more than a month

And in Snowmass, voters are being asked to buck up for a new sewage plant.

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The nonprofit designation of Aspen Power Plant was questioned by attendees of a community meeting held last week.

Negotiations are underway between the city of Aspen and the group planning to take over the old Power Plant building. As Carolyn Sackariason reports, the municipal government isn’t the only entity the group has to negotiate with.

 

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This month, we’ve been examining what it takes to live and work in Aspen, and whether the middle class is being priced out. Today we focus on young entrepreneurs and the barriers they face when opening a business in Aspen. For some the high rents and seasonal business is worth it, while others were forced to move Downvalley to make it work, financially. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Bo Gallagher, 24, switches on a large dryer in his silk-screening store, Zapazoo Inkworks. Unlike a clothes dryer, this machine has a wide conveyer belt.