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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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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.

"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.

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Question 3A, which asks to continue a property tax to fund Aspen schools, is winning thus far with initial results in in Pitkin County.

The ballot measure so far is 66 percent for and 33 percent against. The $991,000 mill-levy override will help the district close the $1 million budget shortfall it faces for the next school year. It’s estimated the district will have to close a $4 million gap during the next five years.

John Maloy, superintendent of schools, says that the tax is critical for the school district.

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.

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Newspapers around Colorado last month published endorsements for issues and candidates that voters will decide on Tuesday (11/3). The editorials explain complex issues and detail the paper's decision to support a certain candidate or ballot measure. But with smaller staffs and more media scrutiny, do the opinions of editorial boards matter as much as they once did? Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explored the issue.

Ballot question seeks funding for Aspen Valley Hospital

Oct 27, 2015
Marci Krivonen

 

Aspen Valley Hospital is asking voters this fall to continue a property tax that has helped pay operating costs for the past twenty years. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, there’s no formal opposition to Question 5A, but voters are wondering when enough is enough when it comes to medical costs.

 

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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.

Marci Krivonen

Five people are vying for two open seats on the Aspen School District’s Board of Education. Issues being discussed this campaign season include district funding and school culture. All of the candidates support ballot question 3A, which seeks school funding through property taxes.

Mountain Edition - October 22nd, 2015

Oct 22, 2015

Aspen Public Radio's weekly newsmagazine

District funding, teacher housing and school culture are some of the issues candidates for the Aspen School Board are discussing this campaign season. Five people are running for two open seats. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with the contenders.

Voters in the Upper Valley will see the school board candidates listed on their ballot. On the same ballot another question asks property owners to approve a tax increase to avoid teacher layoffs, keep class sizes low and maintain programs the community values.

Mountain Edition - October 15, 2015

Oct 15, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

A developer behind a campaign in Aspen is infusing tens of thousands of dollars into an effort to build a hotel.

Base2 lodge is at the center of a ballot question. It was the theme of an Aspen Public Radio town hall meeting this week.

Voters in Snowmass Village recall a councilman who went to jail for drunk driving.

The fire departments in Carbondale and Basalt are asking voters for money in the fall election.

Construction on a new school in Carbondale is nearing completion.

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. 

Votes trickle in for Snowmass Village recall election

Oct 12, 2015
Town of Snowmass Village

The Snowmass Town Clerk has received nearly 500 ballots so far in a recall election of a town council member. It’s the first time ever the town has held such an election.

The turnout so far isn’t unexpected. Town officials thought between 600 and 800 ballots would be returned. By election day Tuesday, the votes may total that. In a typical election for town council, about 900 people vote. But, this election isn’t typical. A citizen led effort got the recall question on the ballot after councilman Chris Jacobson was arrested and jailed for drunk driving. Organizers of the petition said Jacobson’s actions were “unworthy of a town council member.”

When Wesley Clark ran for president in 2004, he tried to get the nomination on a platform of health care and tax reforms.

 

 

And although he was the winner of a state primary, John Kerry took the nomination. The democrats were defeated and George W. Bush began his second term in the White House.

Elise Thatcher

  It’s now more likely that Aspenites will decide the future of a lodge on Main Street. Aspen City Clerk Linda Manning says there are more than enough valid signatures to have a ballot measure in the fall. Petition organizers want Aspen residents to decide whether to allow the “Base 2” project.

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The two candidates squaring off for a seat on Aspen city council think change needs to happen in the city department that handles development proposals. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more from Thursday night’s “Squirm Night” forum.

The City’s community development department is made up of more than two dozen staffers. It handles construction plans and ensures developments comply with the city’s building code. It also enforces the land use code.

Aspen mayoral race: Steve Skadron

Apr 28, 2015
Roger Adams

Steve Skadron is hoping to hang on to the mayor’s seat in Aspen. He has one challenger in the May election but says his proven leadership will earn him votes. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Skadron has served two terms on council. This would be his second term as mayor. He runs a marketing business and has lived in town for two decades. He says he’s pursuing re-election as a commitment to public service.

Aspen mayoral race: Torre

Apr 27, 2015
Roger Adams

The race for mayor in Aspen has become more heated as election day gets closer. Two people are running for the seat. Ballots will be counted May 5th. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen sat down with candidate Torre.

Torre isn’t a newcomer to city politics. He served eight years on council. This is his fifth attempt to become mayor. The tennis instructor has lived in town for two decades and says he’s running because he feels the public’s voice has been lost.

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The candidates running in Aspen’s spring election are already raising thousands of dollars in the race for elected office. The first of three campaign finance reports was filed Tuesday.

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