city of aspen

Elise Thatcher

A supervisor can have a bigger impact on a worker’s health than a primary care doctor. That’s according to the The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The federal office recently sent experts to Aspen to teach managers how to handle that power wisely.

 This is from the Cross Current archives. This program takes an in depth look at the recent prescribed burn in the Hunter Creek Valley, why it was scheduled and what results can be expected.

  A city of Aspen employee was able to bypass the affordable housing lottery system by claiming a medical hardship, jumping ahead of dozens of other locals who would have competed for the house in a subdivision on the east end of town. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup today are Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

The mayor of Carbondale is resigning because she is moving to Redstone. Her move brings up the question of whether the once sleepy town of Carbondale is becoming unaffordable

Carbondale Mayor Bernot moving, steps down

  "Drug Take Back" day takes place Saturday at the Aspen Police Department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It’s an event where people can anonymously drop off medication that will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

Police will accept prescription medication in the form of tablets, capsules and other solids. The Aspen Police Department hosts this event twice a year — in the spring and fall, to give people the opportunity to dispose of drugs that are expired or unused.

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Aspen city government is watching to ensure that whatever goes in the former Little Annie’s space keeps its prices reasonable. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

City officials have built on their experience negotiating with business interests in the past. The deed restriction on the Little Annie’s building is more restrictive than other ones in town.

City of Aspen

Commuters will experience a new look while traveling over Castle Creek Bridge beginning today — whether it be by foot, bicycle, or motor vehicle.

Courtesy of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

A prescribed burn is tentatively scheduled to take place later this month in the Hunter Creek Valley.

Marci Krivonen

Aspen City Council is attempting to shut down further development in the downtown and commercial cores.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

An expansion has been approved for St. Mary’s Church in Aspen, spurring debate about how new architecture blends in with historic buildings in town.

 

Roger Adams

City Manager Steve Barwick announced March 8, that former long-range planner Jessica Garrow is now leading the Community Development Department. 

January retail sales decline in Aspen

Mar 8, 2016
The city of Aspen

  January was a relatively slow month in downtown Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Retail sales were down 5 percent compared to the same month last year. Consumers spent just over $77 million in January in Aspen, according to the latest consumption report released by the city. Luxury goods saw the largest decline, at 39 percent behind last year. Clothing sales were down 12 percent.

Valley Roundup 2-12-16

Feb 12, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The federal government’s review of 65 oil and gas leases includes recommendations for the ones situated in the Thompson Divide.

http://www.postindependent.com/news/20584103-113/blm-aims-to-cancel-divide-leases-outright

 

Meanwhile, the effects of the Grand Avenue Bridge are starting to really become clear.

Valley Roundup 02-05-16

Feb 5, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

 

Two candidates who sit on opposite sides of development are running for the mayor’s seat in Basalt. Unlike previous elections in that town, candidates’ positions are clearly different.

Differences abound among Basalt mayoral candidates Whitsitt and Stevens

 

Valley Roundup 1-29-16

Jan 29, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week are Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

Municipal elections are a few months away in towns throughout the valley and along the I-70 corridor. New Castle is entering new territory with the possibility of multiple recalls.

Valley Roundup 1-22-16

Jan 22, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Law enforcement are investigating why a skier pushed a snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands.

Authorities have a lead in chair lift assault case

Police may have suspect in chairlift incident

After 30 years, McDonalds has closed its doors in Aspen.

Elise Thatcher

  The Valley Health Alliance is reviewing new information showing the top three medical problems workers are dealing with. A recent report looks at health fair data from workers with the City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Aspen Valley Hospital, and the Aspen School District.

The Red Brick Center for the Arts is home to nine non-profit organizations (including Aspen Public Radio), fine art and rehearsal studios, public conferences spaces, resident artist studios, and a gallery space. Board Member Emeritus, Bob Camp, explains the history of the organization and how it came to acquire the Red Brick building, which was previously occupied by the Aspen School District. 

To learn more about the history of the Red Brick Center for the Arts and their programs, visit www.AspenArt.org

Aspen in the environmental spotlight worldwide

Dec 23, 2015

  Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron was recently at the climate talks in Paris. One of the takeaways was that the Aspen community may be small on the world stage but its environmentalism has the spotlight.

Skadron says he was surprised by how many leaders knew not only about Aspen but were familiar with its environmental initiatives. Skadron says Aspen’s Canary Initiative, transportation plan and affordable housing program all serve as efforts more easily done on a local level than on a national one.

Creative Commons/Flickr/Pictures of Money

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.

Pages