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2015 has been a robust year in Aspen, but the newly-released August consumption tax report shows a flatline.

Man sues city, council over alleged Base 2 shenanigans

Sep 24, 2015

 

   An Aspen man is suing the city in an effort to make an upcoming vote on a lodge proposal null and void. As Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports, the resident contends City Council abused its discretion when approving Base 2 lodge.

Tim Murray is asking a Pitkin County District Court judge to rescind the council’s June vote on the 37-room lodge because a former councilman who voted in favor of the project now works for the developer.

Hunt has new project plans filed in City Hall

Sep 15, 2015

Developer Mark Hunt has submitted a plan to scrape and replace a downtown Aspen building. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

  The land use application seeks to demolish the current building on Hopkins Avenue and construct a new one that would be two stories tall, plus a basement. The maximum height of the building would be 28 feet.

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Results are in from testing done after a release of water from Grizzly Reservoir last month turned the Roaring Fork River a dirty yellow.

The discoloration happened in mid-August after a dam problem forced the release of between 10 and 20 acre feet of water from Grizzly Reservoir on Independence Pass. The water flowed into Lincoln Creek and eventually into the Roaring Fork River. It raised alarm because of its color.

Volunteers essential to USA Pro Challenge in Aspen

Aug 19, 2015
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The USA Pro Cycling Challenge brings to Aspen not just professional cyclists, but visitors, vendors and infrastructure. To put on the event that spans two days, the City of Aspen relies heavily on volunteers. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Volunteers trickle into headquarters in downtown Aspen early Wednesday. At the registration table, they grab lanyards and get directions.

"It’s slow and steady right now, but everyone’s excited and it’s good," says Beth Hansen.

Pro cycling race will close Independence Pass

Aug 17, 2015
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The biggest impact to local traffic this week from the USA Pro Challenge will be on Independence Pass.

The professional cyclists will arrive in Aspen Wednesday (8/19) via Independence Pass. They’ll leave town the next day, on Thursday (8/20), headed to Breckenridge in stage four of the race.

This is the fifth year the riders will move through Aspen. The race always brings traffic disruptions.

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On Thursday, City of Aspen and Pitkin County staff took water and sediment samples at Grizzly Reservoir following discoloration of the Roaring Fork River. The work follows concerns from elected leaders.

The crystal clear water turned brown early this week after a dam problem forced the release of muddy water from Grizzly Reservoir. Between 10 and 20 acre feet flowed from Lincoln Creek into the Roaring Fork River.

Bank looks to foreclose on Ute building on Hopkins Avenue

Aug 12, 2015
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  Foreclosure proceedings have begun on a high-profile building in downtown Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Alpine Bank has started foreclosure proceedings against the owners of a downtown Aspen building that has been the subject of several lawsuits, including one brought by the city government.

 

Valley Roundup - August 7, 2015

Aug 7, 2015

The sheriffs on both ends of the valley are crying foul over having to foot the bill for Hillary Clinton’s recent visit.

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An Aspen-area farm is taking cues from the “mecca” of sustainable agriculture. Joel Salatin runs the Polyface Farm in Virginia. Many agricultural operations have duplicated his practices, including Aspen TREE at Cozy Point Ranch. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Aspen TREE runs a relatively small farm and ranch in a rural area. But, it doesn’t always sound rural.

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Aspen City Council Tuesday agreed not to purchase commercial spaces and affordable housing units in a historic downtown building. 

The City has a “right of first refusal” for units in the ISIS building, where Aspen’s movie theater operates. A buyer has offered $10.4 million for two retail spaces and a pair of affordable housing units, but not the theater. The deal requires keeping the residential units affordable.

Valley Roundup 7-13-15

Jul 31, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Andy Stone, columnist and former editor of the Aspen Times and Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

Aspen residents continue to take their town back by slowing growth and development in their own grassroots way. It’s anyone’s guess how elected officials will respond.

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The City of Aspen is looking to plug in an effort to decrease its carbon footprint. 

Last year nineteen percent of Aspen’s greenhouse gas emissions came from vehicles and buses moving, sometimes crawling, through town. Tyler Svitak with the Denver group Clean Cities Coalition did a study. He told city council Tuesday it recommends plug-in electric cars to replace aging city vehicles and...

A significant chunk of workers in Aspen have high blood pressure.That’s according to data from health fairs last fall, coordinated by the five biggest employers in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. They’re part of the Valley Health Alliance, a new nonprofit aimed at improving health in the Upper Valley.

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To make way for a new home in Aspen’s west end neighborhood, the property owner recently cut down several trees. That kind of removal must pass muster with the City of Aspen, which considers the trees in town a “community forest.” Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with city forester Ben Carlsen about when removing a tree is permitted.

Ben Carlsen is the City of Aspen Forester. He says the tree mitigation costs for the home on Aspen Street reached nearly $40,000.

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  Aspen has city rules preventing employees and elected officials from accepting certain kinds of gifts. At the same time, employees accept expensive passes to one of the biggest events of the summer.

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A study is underway in the upper valley (Aspen/Pitkin County) to see what people are tossing in the trash. It’s a dirty job, but the goal is to find ways to get more people to recycle and extend the life of the Pitkin County landfill. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

A front loader dumps bags of trash onto a tarp at the Pitkin County landfill. It’s garbage from households and businesses from Carbondale to Aspen.

Nearby a group of ten workers in white safety suits is picking through the trash.

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In Aspen’s busy summer season, about 1500 vehicles move through downtown intersections each day. To make streets safer, city council made it a priority, creating the “Rethink the Streets” program. It includes a temporary project at the corner of Galena and Hopkins. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen met City Engineer Trish Aragon there. Here's their interview:

Trish Aragon is City Engineer in Aspen. The city is holding an ice cream chat to take feedback on the downtown street project Wednesday afternoon, starting at 4 pm outside of city hall.

City of Aspen hires new parking director

Jun 17, 2015

  After an extensive search, the city of Aspen has hired a new parking director. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

Plan aims to conserve water across Roaring Fork Valley

Jun 16, 2015
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It’s hard to think of conserving water when rivers and streams are swollen with spring runoff...but, city of Aspen officials are mulling how to prepare for a drier future. 

Aspen is one of five communities involved in a regional water conservation effort. Organizers say the efficiency plan is the first of its kind in the state to encompass an entire watershed. Mark Fuller is executive director of the Ruedi Water and Power Authority.

"The idea is to reduce future municipal demands and it’s part of an overall watershed effort to increase streamflows," he says.

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