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Voters in Aspen this week turned down a new lodge proposed on Main Street. Now, the developer is moving forward with an alternative.

With fresh snow, mountain roads are closing and buses are getting outfitted for skis.

Western Slope officials are making their message clear about the statewide water plan.

And, a proposed development in El Jebel has officers realizing there isn’t enough law enforcement in the area.

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Perhaps not surprisingly, the City of Aspen’s economy was driven by marijuana, booze and construction sales in September. 

Those categories were the drivers of a 15 percent increase in overall retail sales compared to the same month in 2014, according to a city report. Sales of sports equipment and clothing also saw a jump. One category did see a decline in September: miscellaneous sales. That includes sectors like health/beauty and banks/finance.

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Now that the electorate narrowly approved using Aspen City Hall for “community use” in the future, a group is moving forward with plans to return the building to its roots. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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The developer behind a proposed lodge on Main Street in Aspen, said Tuesday he wouldn’t be surprised if voters turned down Base 2. And, that’s exactly what they did. The issue — called Question 2A on the ballot — was polarizing, with many saying the lodge was a step toward progression. Others said it broke city rules and didn’t fit in. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with developer Mark Hunt before the results were released late Tuesday night.

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Voter turnout improved on election day Tuesday (11/3) in Pitkin County. More than 5600 people turned in ballots. That's more than the last odd-year election, which yielded 4800 votes.

A majority of voters decided against Base 2 Lodge. It was the most controversial measure on the ballot. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

The “no” vote won easily, even though the “pro” campaign had more money. Preliminary results show 62 percent of voters decided against building Base 2 lodge on the corner of Monarch and Main streets. 37 percent voted in favor of it.

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There was a steady stream of voters flowing into the Aspen Jewish Community Center Tuesday. The Center served as a polling place for Aspen voters. Many voters said Question 2A brought them to the polls. If approved, a new hotel called Base 2 would be built on Main Street.

Curated -- November 2nd

Nov 3, 2015

This week on Curated, we talk with the lead singer of Rusted Root, find out how a tragedy let people discover new art, and hear the song of the week!

Aspen’s ghosts come alive on this local’s tour

Oct 29, 2015
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Halloween brings the spookiness out in people...those who are among the living anyway.

But there does exist a local who brings to life some of the more spine-tingling stories of the dead, and his name is Dean Weiler.

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In a matter of a month, the issue committee backing Base 2 lodge on the fall ballot has spent nearly $30,000. Election groups filed their final campaign finance reports with the City of Aspen on Tuesday (10/27). 

Citizens for Aspen Alive is working to get people to vote yes on Question 2A. It would allow developer Mark Hunt’s Base 2 lodge to be built on the corner of Monarch and Main streets. Hunt’s the lone contributor to the issue committee, spending $50,000 of his own money on things like mailers, newspaper advertising, t-shirts, pizza and beer.

The Aspen Poets' Society was founded nine years ago with the mission to bring the written and spoken words of poetry to audiences in the Aspen area and beyond. The organization currently hosts monthly live poetry readings at Victoria's cafe in Aspen and works with local schools. Audiences are steadily growing, but as co-founders Kim Nuzzo and Lisa Max Zimet explain, it's time for the next phase of growth and expansion. 

Learn more about the Aspen Poets' Society and their monthly live poetry readings at or 379-2136.