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Aspen City Council will be hearing several updates regarding water storage this week. It comes nine months after council asked staff to explore alternatives to reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been following this story and talked with Christin Kay about what consultants have found.

Elise Thatcher

On Tuesday, Aspen City Council gave the “go ahead” for a mass-scale transportation experiment.

Kim Levin is the Pitkin County Medical officer. For years now, she’s been working to pull off something no one else in the state has done: Increasing the buying age for tobacco from 18 to 21.

Ann Mullins and Ward Hauenstein fought their way through a crowded field to be elected to Aspen City Council. Mullins was elected in the first round of voting. Hauenstein was elected Tuesday night by a narrow margin of just 29 votes in the runoff election.

Christin and Alycin Bektesh sat down to talk about sthe mood on election night, big decisions facing the council and what the new dynamic might bring.

      

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After a months-long campaign in crowded field with two rounds of votes, Ann Mullins and Ward Hauenstein have been elected to Aspen City Council.

The final results were put up Tuesday evening

First-time candidate Ward Hauenstein has bested competitor Torre by 29 votes to become Aspen’s newest councilmember. Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh was on hand at the city clerk’s office last night as the results were announced and brings us this report.

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This week the Aspen City council held a first reading on an ordinance that would change the legal age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Newspapers traditionally endorse political candidates during election season. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason this morning on Valley Roundup about why a newspaper’s opinion matters in elections are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Roger Marolt, a columnist for the Aspen Times.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

This is Aspen Public Radio. I’m Christin Kay. Aspenites are deciding now and in coming weeks who to elect as mayor and who fills two council seats. There’s been a few public debates and the candidates are starting to show their colors. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason moderated two debates and has attended others.

 

After four years in office, Aspen City Councilman Art Daily who is running for another term, is finally receiving emails that are being delivered to his government account.

On Monday, the city of Aspen’s IT department began forwarding Daily’s emails to his private business account at the law firm, Holland & Hart, LLP The move is in response to the revelation that Daily has never looked at his City of Aspen email account.

Aspen’s elected officials are considering two proposed laws that combat tobacco use. One of them would prohibit the sale of all tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21. Right now, you only have to be 18 to buy tobacco in Colorado.

The matter was originally brought forward by Dr. Kim Levin, Pitkin County’s medical officer, and representatives of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. It’s part of an initiative called “Tobacco 21”.

The second ordinance sets out a licensing program for businesses that sell e-cigarettes.

Photo Illustration/Alycin Bektesh

Candidate expense reports were due this Tuesday for Aspen’s spring municipal election. City council candidate Ward Hauenstein has raised the most money, around $8,000. First time candidate Sue Tatem bottoms out the list with $186 in donations.

Torre and Skippy Mesirow are also top earners. The three candidates have spent much of their earnings on campaign flyers, yard signs and food at rallies. Mesirow also paid for professional video work for an online commercial.

Running for: Mayor

Candidate Statement: Dear Citizens, I'm known for being a straight shooter and the voice of the common man. The bigger the government, the less the liberty — in the spirit of liberty of Hunter S. Thompson; Let's keep Aspen funky.

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Running for: Mayor

Candidate Statement: Skadron has yet to answer our questionnaire.

Running For: City Council 

Candidate Statement: I am running for City Council because I love Aspen. I met my wife of 36 years in the Bell Mountain lift line. We have two children that were born here, went to school here and both learned to ski at age 3. We, along with a couple of friends, started the Aspen Gymnastics program. We have dedicated our lives and time to raising our girls in this community, endless white knuckle drives to the front range for hockey, gymnastics and soccer included. I have more time now.

Running for: City Council

Candidate Statement: Dear Aspenites,

Over the past several years I have had the privilege to serve our community as a founder and two-term Chair of the Aspen Next Generation Advisory commission, current Chair of the Aspen Planning & Zoning commission, and helped launch critical community non-profits like the Aspen Mentorship Program, Aspen City of Wellbeing, and Aspen Entrepreneurs. These relevant experiences have shown me what is possible and motivated me to seek the opportunity to serve our community as your Council member.

Running for: City Council 

Candidate Statement:  These questions are over simplistic and too black & white. Each issue mentioned has an impact on another so ranking is difficult and potentially not meaningful. I support protecting our valleys, our rivers & steams, and our people, and I will do everything I can at the council table to accomplish that goal.

Running for: City Council

Candidate Statement: I am running for office to reconnect our community to the policy making of the Council and represent the voice of the people. Please cast one of your votes for Torre for Council.

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