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If Aspen voters pass a charter referendum this spring, that will mean rewriting the city’s land use code. On Monday, City Council decided to tighten up when developers can build extra large buildings. Council Members restricted exceptions, called waivers, to five percent bigger than the square footage normally allowed, and two feet higher than maximum height. They also removed affordable housing waivers, except for projects benefitting the community or part of the historic preservation program. Council did not change parking requirements.

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It’ll be more than a month before the woman who caused a fatal accident on Highway 133 last summer will get to say her piece in court. Basalt resident Christine Tinner had pleaded guilty to two counts of careless driving. She hit a car last August, killing the driver and injuring a passenger. Tinner had an emotional breakdown last Friday during her multi-day sentence hearing. That meant the judge couldn't make a final decision about the sentence. Now Tinner is scheduled to appear in court, and tell her side of the story, on April 21st.

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Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health, on Aspen Public Radio.

This is the second episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today, we’ll find out what living longer can mean both emotionally and logistically.

“I ask people on a regular basis, if you have an extra 30 years, where would you put them. And no one has ever said, ‘I’d want to make old age longer.’ ”

We’ll also hear about one way of becoming younger by using blood. That’s right, blood.

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Life expectancy in the United States is radically longer now compared to a hundred years ago. Researcher Laura Carstensen studies what life is like during our later years. She’s Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher about exploring what we can do with longer lives.

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Aspen City Council has chosen a public-private model for the Old Power House. Council members decided that what’s been dubbed the “Power Plant” proposal is the best fit for the previous Art Museum building on Mill Street. It's a combination of the Aspen Brewing Company and small business incubator space. It also includes local TV station Aspen 82 and space for meetings and events. Council member Ann Mullins described it as “a unique Aspen mix of fun and work.”

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants input on how it should operate in the coming years. The agency generates its own $200 million dollar budget. The lion’s share comes from hunting licenses and similar fees. And that revenue is dropping because the agency is selling fewer licenses. CPW is looking for public input on how to make up for the losses, which could include new user fees. 

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    Family members of two Midwestern residents packed a Pitkin County courtroom last week, telling a judge why a Basalt resident should be held accountable for an accident she caused on Highway 133 in August. Indiana student Meleyna Kistner died and her boyfriend, Daniel Thul, was injured. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story on what comes next for their families and the defendant.

After two days of emotional testimony, there’s still no sentence in the case of a woman who died while driving on Highway 133 last August. Defendant Christine Tinner, of Basalt, has pleaded guilty to careless driving, which led to the death of Indiana resident Meleyna Kistner. This morning, Tinner had what was described as an emotional breakdown, after particularly strong criticism during testimony from a member of Kistner’s family. That included allegations that Tinner intentionally caused the accident in order to commit suicide.

There has not been a sentence handed down yet for a Basalt woman charged with killing another driver. The sentencing hearing for the case is unusually long. Twenty-one year-old Indiana student Meleyna Kistner was on a road trip last August when she died on Highway 133. She and her boyfriend were on a sharp curve south of Carbondale, when they were struck by Christine Tinner, of Basalt. Tinner has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors, both for careless driving.

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Planning officials with Snowmass Village have finished their review of the latest with Base Village. Developers are proposing changes to the project, which require another round of oversight. Commissioners finalized recommendations on Wednesday for key issues to keep in mind on the project,  as well as directives for what the applicant should do now.

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