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Your Morning News - December 5th, 2014

Dec 5, 2014

Krabloonik to Get New Owners

There are officially new owners of the Valley’s troubled dog sled operation. Danny and Gina Phillips have completed paperwork for buying Krabloonik Fine Dining and Dogsledding, based in Snowmass Village.

The couple, also in Snowmass, is taking over the operation. It’s been on unsteady ground since the founder, Dan MacEachen was charged with animal cruelty. That was late last year and MacEachen is expected to stand trial in May.

Your Evening News - December 4th, 2014

Dec 4, 2014

Snowmass Village Takes Public Comment on Council Replacement

The Town of Snowmass Village is taking public comment on its effort to fill a fifth town council seat. Voters last month elected Markey Butler as Snowmass Village mayor, so the council seat she previously held became available. On Monday, town council members interviewed eight citizens interested in filling the seat. Now it’s up to the community to narrow the pool before the council votes for a candidate on December 8th. Butler said in a statement the council is calling on the community to help identify which candidate is a good fit on council and a good representative for the community. The interviews with the eight candidates can be seen online at Feedback must be submitted to the town via email before Monday’s meeting.

Bad Flu Circulating in Colorado

Colorado’s health department is warning the flu season could be especially bad this winter. That’s because a certain strain has been showing up more often. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Employment says influenza A is more likely to send someone to the hospital and it’s been the culprit for most cases this year.

There’s been a bump in people getting sick from the strain at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In other years, Influenza A has caused more hospitalizations and deaths.

The Health Department is recommending signing up the flu vaccine to best avoid it, although officials also admit about half of the flu viruses showing up are not in this winter’s flu shot.

Your Morning News - December 4th, 2014

Dec 4, 2014

Big Bike Race Comes Back to Aspen

Aspen will be included in the USA Pro Challenge once again.The route for the 2015 cycling race was announced live on Denver’s 9news this morning. The race starts on August 17th in Steamboat Springs and moves through Arapahoe Basin and Copper before it arrives in Aspen. From Aspen, the cyclists head to Breckenridge.

Aspen has hosted the race several times. In August of this year, it started in Aspen/Snowmass.

Your Morning News - December 3rd, 2014

Dec 3, 2014

Health Care Sign Ups Are Go

Residents in the Roaring Fork Valley and around Colorado have had about two weeks to sign up for health insurance through the statewide online marketplace, called Connect for Health.

Your Evening News - December 2nd, 2014

Dec 2, 2014

Glassier Open Space Comment Deadline Approaches

The deadline is looming to comment on a management plan for a new open space parcel in the mid-valley. The Glassier open space near Emma will be used for recreation and agriculture.

Unlike most Pitkin County-managed open space parcels, the Glassier land will give agricultural producers a chance to grow crops. About half of the 282-acre land is irrigated and at one time, was used for ranching.

Your Morning News - December 2nd, 2014

Dec 2, 2014

Aspen Considers New Lodging Incentives

Aspen City Council has decided to once again move forward with trying to improve lodging in the resort. At a special meeting last night, elected officials decided to go with a much more mild version than previously.

Small lodges were one of the key themes of the night, with several people speaking in favor of making it easier for those establishments to freshen up their interiors or get a facelift. Marcia Goshorn made this public comment about the importance of making sure small lodges don’t disappear.

Your Evening News - December 1st, 2014

Dec 1, 2014

Local Farmers Look for More Local Sales

There’s an effort to make it easier for local farmers to grow food and get it to buyers in the Roaring Fork Valley. A group working on that issue is trying to get farmers to be part of a Valley-wide registry.

The Roaring Fork Food Policy Council is nailing down what growers need the most, and they’re starting by putting together a directory. Gwen Garcelon is Director. She says so far the most common complaint from farmers is getting access to land which can be expensive.

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Your Morning News - December 1st, 2014

Dec 1, 2014

Austrian Takes First at World Cup

Thirty-one year old Nicole Hosp of Austria defeated the world’s top female skiers to capture gold at the Ski World Cup competition on Aspen Mountain. ESPN reports it’s her first world cup victory since 2008.

None of the American alpine racers took the podium. Favorite Mikaela Shiffrin was in the lead after the first run, but landed in fifth overall. Resi Stiegler, another American skier, came in 11th place.

Your Evening News - November 28th, 2014

Nov 28, 2014

Winternational Comes to Aspen

Aspen Skiing Company is hosting two world cup races this weekend. Starting tomorrow, some of the top skiers in the world will battle their way down Aspen Mountain.

For the first time since 2012, Ajax is hosting the slalom and giant slalom races. Aspen Skiing Company has moved public access one street over... and rearranged the main viewing area... in hopes of improving safety and making spectating more fun.  The TV audience is also important. Jeff Hanle is with Ski Co.