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.

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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.

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

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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.

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  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.

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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.

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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.