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  The busy summer months in the upper valley are coming to an end. News director Carolyn Sackariason has been digging into summer occupancy numbers for both Aspen and Snowmass. She discusses them with producer Christin Kay.

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The City of Aspen has been working toward building a new city facility on Rio Grande Plaza for years – now comes paying for it. Last month, the Aspen City Council decided in a work session that it would be too risky to send a question to voters this fall about financing the building.

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This past spring, Aspen City Council approved a new ordinance that regulates outdoor water use. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been reporting on what this means for local homeowners and landscape architects. She discusses the water efficiency for landscaping ordinance with producer Christin Kay.

 Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

 

Joining me in the studio this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Brent Gardner Smith, executive director of the nonprofit, Aspen Journalism. Then later I talk with Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

 

 

 

Aspen City Council is setting its goals for the next two years in a multi-day retreat.

 

 

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The City of Aspen has long encouraged residents to cut back on water consumption: Buy an efficient showerhead, turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. But now, officials are taking that message outside.

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As it faces opposition to its water rights to build dams on Castle and Maroon creeks, the City of Aspen is now is under contract to buy land as an alternative site for a reservoir.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me in the studio this week are Brent Gardner-Smith, executive director of Aspen Journalism and Andy Stone, former editor of the Aspen Times, as well as Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent speaking via Skype.

 

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Joining me this week are David Krause, editor of the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times and the Snowmass Sun, and Olivia Oksenhorn, Aspen Public Radio’s summer intern.

 

 

 

The city of Aspen is beginning to fill up, with the Food and Wine Classic kicking off Thursday. Most businesses consider this weekend to be the unofficial start to the summer season.

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Representatives from 27 Colorado communities took a pledge last week in Aspen to act aggressively on climate change.

 Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week to discuss the week’s news are Aspen Times editor David Krause, Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle and Carla Jean Whitley, features editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

 

 

There’s a chirping crisis in downtown Aspen that city officials are hoping will fly away.

City is looking to quell new Main Street ‘chirping’ signals

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me this week are Aspen Times reporter Jason Auslander and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News, in the studio, along with Carla Jean Whitley, features editor of the Glenwood Post Independent via Skype.

 

Aspen police are looking for an unidentified suspect who ran into an art gallery and slashed a $3 million painting.

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron has joined 17 other elected officials around the state urging Colorado’s congressmen to support the Bureau of Land Management’s methane rule.

A letter signed by 18 mayors of cities and towns around the state was sent yesterday to Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet. The letter states how the rule ensures fair return to taxpayers, improves our air quality, and cuts energy waste.

Nancy Rice, the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, was in the Roaring Fork Valley earlier this month. She met with the local bar associations and visited the courthouses in the Ninth Judicial District. She also spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason about pay raises for judges and how local rulings are handled in Denver.

 

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A local environmental nonprofit and the City of Aspen have been taking steps toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Artist Sonja Hinrichsen has been bringing attention to the issue with snowshoers in the valley through an environmental art project.

A couple dozen feet made all the difference for a technicality that has caused Cale Mitchell to withdraw his name from the Aspen Mayoral race.

The pool of candidates running for three open seats on Aspen City Council is now solidified — kind of.

Technically, six people are running for two open council seats, currently held by Art Daly and Ann Mullins, both of whom are seeking another term. Their challengers are former councilman Torre, current planning commissioner Skippy Mesirow and Aspen residents Ward Hauenstein and Sue Tatem.

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Aspen City Council approved requests Monday night to fund two studies that are designed to analyze the risks to the town’s future water supply.

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Jay Parker knows his way around Aspen’s mine tunnels. He’s spent about 40 years working at the Smuggler Mine. On a recent tour, he added consideration of water storage to the history and geology that he provides.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A manhunt for two fugitives who are accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint in Carbondale ended peacefully with their arrests this week. But the nearly two-day search had many valley residents on edge.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle and Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon. I speak with them first about the manhunt in Basalt.

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