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Mountain Edition - November 5th, 2015

Nov 5, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

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.

Facebook/Aspen's Community Center

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.

Marci Krivonen

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.

"No" on Base 2 camp reacts to failure of Question 2A

Nov 3, 2015
Marci Krivonen

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.

Aspen voters weigh in on hot-button issue

Nov 3, 2015
Marci Krivonen / Aspen Public Radio

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
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

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 www.aspenpoetsociety.com or 379-2136.  

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By the year 2040, nearly 8 million people will call Colorado home. A new set of data shows the state’s population will grow by 40 percent. 

Rocky Mountain PBS and I-News examined numbers from the Census Bureau and state demographer. They released the data last week.

It shows Garfield County’s population will surpass 100,000 people sometime between 2035 and 2040. The latest population count shows 57,302 people live in the county. Most of the Western Slope, led by Garfield County, will experience strong growth between now and 2040.

Marci Krivonen

Heavy machinery and construction workers have replaced books and patrons at the Pitkin County Library. County elected leaders toured the work site Wednesday (10/21). They agreed in August to help pay for the project. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Project manager Jodi Smith hands out hard hats to a small group at the Pitkin County Library. Two county commissioners, a few county staff and construction workers are along for this tour.

Once inside, commissioner Patti Clapper walks across the main floor. It feels bigger without desks and shelves.

Courtesy, CDOT

Bustang, a service provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation, is expanding its service next month.

Poet Cam Scott moved to the Roaring Fork Valley eight years ago. He writes a poem every day, and has been doing so for decades. He said that his first order of business after moving was to find a local poetry group. He found that in the Aspen Poets' Society.

Scott discusses the evolving poetry movement on Colorado's Western Slope and how poetry has helped shaped his life. Kim Nuzzo, co-founder and president of the Aspen Poets' Soceity, also contributes. 

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Bridge repair will disrupt traffic on Castle Creek Road

Oct 18, 2015
City of Aspen

A pedestrian bridge over Castle Creek Road near Aspen was damaged this summer. Now it’s getting fixed, which means the road will be closed to traffic later this month. 

On June 18th an oversized construction vehicle clipped the the bridge on its way up Castle Creek Road. The wooden bridge connects two open spaces. The truck ripped off part of the support structure on the bridge’s underside. Matt Kuhn is the City of Aspen Trails Manager.

Marci Krivonen

Pitkin County staff are taking first steps to up-root and move ahead of a major construction project.

Base2 lodge debate focuses on nostalgia versus growth

Oct 13, 2015
Marci Krivonen

Supporters and opponents of a hotel development in Aspen, debated density, parking and employee housing Tuesday. 

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Lyrics Born is a Berkeley, California-based rapper whose latest album “Real People” came out earlier this year. He will be playing at Aspen’s Belly Up tonight. “Real People” was crowdfunded, and relied on the donations of his fans to help him produce his album. But his big goals for his album had him coming back to his roots as an independent artist.

Aspen Snowmass

The insides of the Wheeler Opera House will look completely different to those who step inside after mid-December.

 

The $3-4 million renovations include new restrooms, HVAC infrastructure and a bar with a better service area.The current layout becomes crowded easily and is often difficult to move around in.

 

The first floor of the building will become a true lobby area, while the second floor will have the bar, and a portable stage for small performances to happen.

 

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