Elise Thatcher

  An Aspen retail marijuana shop was robbed on Tuesday. As of that night, the man is still at large. At 12:30pm Tuesday, a twenty something year old man stole marijuana from a store downtown called Stash. Owner Garrett Patrick calculates more than 400 grams were stolen, but declines to say what the value is.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain talks with journalist Lesley Stahl about what’s wrong with the Obama National Security Strategy. U.S. Senator McCain, along with other leaders on the United State’s Homeland Security front, spoke during the four-day Aspen Security Forum held at the Aspen Institute.

Elise Thatcher

  Aspen’s High School has a new principal.  45-year-old Tharyn Mulberry has been described as dramatically improving academics at the Pueblo high school where he’s principal now. Mulberry says he’s inspired to continue the already high achievement in Aspen.

Elise Thatcher

  Starting today, there’s roadwork on Highway 82, either on Main Street in Aspen or between the roundabout and the airport. It’s a paving project during Aspen’s busiest month for car traffic at the entrance to the resort community. This July there’s an average of 27,000 cars coming in or out of town each day

Elise Thatcher

  Aspen's School District may choose a final candidate for high school principal today. There are three candidates left. All were grilled Monday by more than 30 parents, teachers, students and board members.

Officials in the mid valley are continuing to look at a major development proposal near Whole Foods. The controversial Tree Farm plan could mean as many as 400 hundred residential units and more than a 130,000 square feet in commercial development. But if the property was a few football field lengths to the southeast, it would go through a whole different set of requirements.

 

Glenwood Springs is looking at charging locals who rent out their homes with Airbnb. City officials are considering requiring a business license and a permit, which adds up to more than $150.

 

Mountain Edition - July 16th, 2015

Jul 17, 2015

Good afternoon, it's Mountain Edition.

Emergency crews recover two bodies from a tent in the Maroon Bells Snowmass wilderness. Lightning may be to blame.

After too many bear-human conflicts, the Forest Service mandates bear-resistant containers for backpackers.

Elise Thatcher

It’s a cloudy summer day, and man named Paul is dropping off some cans and glass bottles at Basalt’s recycling site. He declines to give his last name, but shares a few thoughts about the drop off site. Like, “stay open later so the working man can get here.”

Carolyn Sackariason

  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.

Elise Thatcher

Ursa Resources Group held what it called an education meeting last night. The Battlement Mesa gathering was about a proposal for new natural gas drilling. Ursa wants to drill around 50 wells in the coming year or two.

Marci Krivonen

  Basalt’s Town Council is considering changes to its marijuana regulations to make then more similar to alcohol rules. Elected officials may allow medical and recreational pot shops to be open on Sundays and extend operating hours.

CDOT

Starting this morning, Monday, July 13th, it’s possible to hop on a CDOT bus to Denver, with a few stops in between. But there isn’t any weekend service. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with the agency’s top transit person and has this story.

Elise Thatcher

Public transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley could include light rail once again. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is reconsidering the service. RFTA is putting long term goals into something called an Integrated Transportation Plan.

Aspen residents and visitors will have a little more elbow room this week. The July 4th stretch is one of the busiest on the resort’s calendar, and the epicenter last week was the Aspen Institute’s campus. It’s home to the Aspen Ideas Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. And one longtime local was on the front lines directing the thousands of people passing through there.

 

Petitioners are getting signatures in an attempt to stop a hotel from being built in Aspen. As of last week, organizers have beyond the 680 signatures needed to get on the ballot for a public vote later this year. The question would be whether a hotel, called Base 2, should move forward.

Low natural gas prices are prompting a major Garfield County producer to cut back on drilling even more. Tulsa-based WPX Energy is downshifting to one rig in the Garfield County area. 

Elise Thatcher

More workers at the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority may be joining a union. Sixteen operations supervisors with RFTA say they’re interested in either starting their own chapter, or joining one created this spring by full time bus drivers. About half of supervisors also spend some working hours behind the wheel.

 

Elise Thatcher

Garfield County's Manager is out, and there’s already a replacement. Deputy County Manager Kevin Batchelder has taken the reins. Drew Gorgey says he doesn’t know what he’s doing next, aside from continuing some side projects. On Wednesday morning, he and Garfield County Commissioners formalized what’s being called “mutual separate agreement,” and Gorgey was officially finished as of 5pm Wednesday evening.

Congressman Paul Ryan was a special guest at the Pitkin County Republicans’ annual gathering last night. More than 250 people dined during the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village. The ballroom swelled with laughter and good-natured teasing among local party representatives. Visiting speaker and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan talked about his connection with the Roaring Fork Valley.

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