Aspen City Council

Elise Thatcher

Ballots for Aspen’s runoff election go in the mail this Friday, and early voting begins on Monday at City Hall, as residents choose between grassroots activist Bert Myrin and longtime civil servant Mick Ireland. They’re battling it out for an Aspen City Council seat. The election will be run nearly identical to the one that ended earlier this month.

Elise Thatcher

Two Aspen political allies will have to definitely battle it out for a City Council seat. Longtime political servant Mick Ireland and grassroots organizer Bert Myrin will face off in June for a four year city council seat. Neither got enough votes in the spring election to land the post outright.

Elise Thatcher

There’s no answer yet on whether Aspen will have a runoff election in June. Election officials have until this evening to figure out whether twenty-three ballots are valid. They’ve already confirmed that three qualify to be counted.

Elise Thatcher

History was made last night when the majority of Aspenites changed the city’s home rule charter, stripping power away from elected officials. Referendum 1, also known as “Keep Aspen, Aspen” passed by a slim margin of 53% to 47%. The ballot count came in at 1297 to 1141 votes Tuesday night.

Elise Thatcher

Aspen voters re-elected their mayor and kept a city council member. A second council seat is to be determined. It was a night of awkward moments, as incumbent Mayor Steve Skadron once again bested Torre. The two went toe to toe in a runoff two years ago. This time, Skadron won handily, by about 400 votes.

Elise Thatcher

UPDATE - 11:21pm

Unofficial final results - Steve Skadron will keep his seat as Mayor against his second challenge from Torre. Skadron takes the win by about 400 votes.  

Carolyn Sackariason

If a governmental entity wants to build in Aspen's city limits, they have to get a review in 60 days. But that fast track does not apply to building projects by the City of Aspen. Confused? Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher explains.

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City Council incumbent Adam Frisch is at the head of the pack, when it comes to raising money for this spring election, and keeping his Council seat. Frisch raised more than $8,000 from April 10th to April 28th. That’s almost twice of the runner up, Mick Ireland.

Aspen mayoral race: Steve Skadron

Apr 28, 2015
Roger Adams

Steve Skadron is hoping to hang on to the mayor’s seat in Aspen. He has one challenger in the May election but says his proven leadership will earn him votes. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Skadron has served two terms on council. This would be his second term as mayor. He runs a marketing business and has lived in town for two decades. He says he’s pursuing re-election as a commitment to public service.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

We saw the end of the 2014-15 ski season when Aspen Mountain closed last weekend but why was it a ghost town at the base?

The City of Aspen just bought more wind power so it can operate on 100 percent renewable energy.

Meanwhile, the switch for the largest solar array in the valley was flipped this week.

The town of Snowmass is investigating why high levels of fecal matter are testing positive in a stream near a high-profile hotel.

Elise Thatcher

Candidates for Aspen’s City Council met for another forum last night. It focused on issues that are key for many to residents in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Six contenders perched on bar chairs and answered questions in the Sky Hotel. Most were about affordable housing and how to develop better job opportunities in the community.

In anticipation of a ballot question getting passed this spring, developers are busy getting their land use applications on file in City Hall. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Land use planners who represent Aspen property owners say Referendum 1 is spurring them to file development applications earlier than expected. If passed, the citizen ballot initiative would amend the City Charter to require a public vote on development projects with exceptions for height, size, parking, or affordable housing.

Mountain Edition - April 16, 2015

Apr 16, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition. 

Glenwood Springs swears-in two new city council members.

Pitkin County judges rule on three high profile cases.

Ballots go in the mail to voters for Aspen’s spring election.

As the Aspen chamber of commerce comes under fire for a campaign.

We’ll find out which candidates in the Aspen race have raised the most money so far.

Questions are raised about the main affordable housing program in the Upper Valley.

We hear from a Forest Service District ranger about controlled burns.

  Concerns about  Aspen's Chamber of Commerce and a ballot referendum got a close look at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Backers of the referendum argue it's inappropriate for the Aspen Chamber Resort Association to lobby against the local measure, since the group receives public funding through the City of Aspen. They also point out it looks shady that two City Council members are part of the Chamber's campaign.

Elise Thatcher

Ballots will be dropped in the mail today for the Aspen municipal election. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Around 6,100 ballots will be mailed to registered voters. City Clerk Linda Manning hopes to get back less than a third of those--about 2,500. If you haven’t received a ballot by Friday, contact her office in City Hall, or just come in person.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

Glenwood Springs has two new council members.

It looks like the Thompson Divide will be safe from oil and gas drilling. But, what about other areas and how do residents there feel about that sort of activity in their backyards?

There’s movement and millions of dollars in play in getting a base village built at the base of Snowmass ski area.

Meanwhile, a new executive director has been hired at the Wheeler Opera House.

And, an Aspen City Council candidate is being scrutinized for something he did 10 years ago.

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Jill Bethard, editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

Elise Thatcher

Last night, Aspen City Council candidate Bert Myrin defended altering opposing campaign materials ten years ago, to benefit a political cause. The issue came up during the Aspen Chamber Resort Association candidate forum.

Today on CrossCurrents – a portion of the live Town Hall event from the Belly Up Aspen on the "Keep Aspen Aspen" ballot referendum with Carolyn Sackariason, Michael Kinsley, Michael Behrendt, Marcella Larson, Bill Stirling and Ann Mullins.

http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/live-event-keep-aspen-aspen-ballot-referendum-town-hall

Aspen City Council race: Mick Ireland

Apr 8, 2015
Roger Adams

Former Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland is in familiar territory. He’s out campaigning for office like he’s done several times before. This time, Ireland is hoping to fill one of two open seats on city council. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Ireland served as a Pitkin County Commissioner for 13 years and mayor for six. He grew up in a family of public servants, he says.

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Questions have been raised about the integrity of an Aspen City Council candidate. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the story.

An affidavit signed by Bert Myrin acknowledges he manipulated a message from a powerful local business group deliberately misrepresenting the organization’s position on a visitor’s center proposal in 2004.

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