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

A newspaper editor in Glenwood Springs is catching heat for cutting off vulgar comments on his Facebook’s community forum page. Those censored argue their right to freedom of speech is being violated.

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The offerings along Aspen’s shopping strips aren’t exactly what you would find on the weekend chore list; a new Tesla showroom on the Cooper Avenue Mall comes to mind.

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A year-long moratorium on commercial development in downtown Aspen is expected to be lifted next month. But that won’t happen until city council passes new laws restricting developers. Council will consider them Monday night. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with Jessica Garrow, the city’s community development director, about how the landscape is changing.

 

  Now’s the time to speak up about Aspen’s next affordable housing developments.

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Tucked away on the far east side of town is one of the largest commercial developments Aspen has seen in quite a while. The overhaul of the Aspen Club and the construction of a new wellness campus is an $80 million project. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason walked the site with club owner Michael Fox, who gives us this update.

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Lifting a moratorium on development in downtown Aspen and dealing with the decades-old problem of bottleneck traffic coming into town are on the top of the to-do list for mayor Steve Skadron. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason caught up with him in the Silver Queen gondola to talk about what 2017 looks like for him and his constituents.

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Aspen’s mayor is hoping to be re-elected in the spring.

 

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Earlier this fall, Aspen City Council heard loud and clear that residents don’t want to see dams on Castle or Maroon creeks, and then filed to keep the rights to build reservoirs there anyway. Now the city is making good on its promise to explore other options.

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 After three years of back-and-forth on how to revamp and expand municipal offices in Aspen, the local government is getting ready to review its own land-use application.

 

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A group of locals, including two former mayors, are pushing elected leaders to ban chain stores in Aspen’s downtown core. They are afraid there won’t be anywhere to shop or eat for the average person. But there could be some serious unintended consequences for the commercial landscape and the local economy.

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Last year, the Aspen City Council took a chance by bankrolling a citizen-led initiative meant to help young entrepreneurs.

Spaces that occupy stores like Brunello Cucinelli, Prada and Moncler were once locally serving businesses. As in, the average person could buy stuff without draining their bank account. Now, there’s an idea afloat to ban chain stores in town. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason explores this issue with area journalists on Valley Roundup.

 

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today right here on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

Aspen’s elected officials are inching forward with their plans to overhaul government buildings.

 

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After sitting on prime Aspen real estate for years, the city council is making moves to develop new affordable rental units in town.

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Aspen councilman Bert Myrin was elected into office on an anti-development platform. Now, with several months left before the end of a development moratorium, he speaks with Alycin Bektesh on the future of building in Aspen. The first public hearing on the changes is scheduled for October 24th.

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Aspen City Council voted unanimously last night to keep the water rights to build reservoirs on Maroon and Castle creeks. The vote comes despite public opposition.

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Local governments are opening up their spreadsheets as the 2017 budget process begins Tuesday.

  Aspen’s historic preservation commission (HPC) is a volunteer board with a lot of power. The group reviews developments within designated historic districts in town. HPC makes the final call for many new buildings — even going against City Council recommendations.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Politics is heating up in Basalt and now that the town manager up and resigned, the government  and its elected leaders are facing heavy scrutiny.

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Government transparency, civil discourse and what to do now that the town manager has quit are issues facing the town of Basalt. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Scott Condon, reporter for the Aspen Times, Cindy Hirschfeld, editor of Aspen Sojourner Magazine and Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt.

You can hear more of the conversation which includes Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle at 3:30 p.m. on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

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