Elise Thatcher

American Museum of Natural History/Rob Moyle

Researcher Chris Filardi loves birds and he’s spent decades studying them in the Solomon Islands. Filardi is director of Pacific Programs at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

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The Aspen Mountain Ski and Snowboard School is shaken after the death of longtime instructor Hansi Brenninger.

Elise Thatcher

Voters in Carbondale and Basalt are casting their ballots for the spring election, which ends Tuesday evening. Proponents of a new tax have raised-- and spent-- the most campaign dollars in Carbondale. In Basalt, that’s true of candidates for the mayor’s seat.

Elise Thatcher

  Mountain Family joins four of the biggest employers in the Aspen area, which created the Valley Health Alliance to help workers get healthier and save money for employees and employers.

Carbondale Police Department

  Serious crime has gone up in Carbondale over the last year and a half, including the armed robbery at a retail store earlier this week.

  Carbondale voters are considering increasing taxes. One would allow property taxes to go up to help pay for capital costs — like sidewalks and roads. The other would tax electricity and natural gas use. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the energy tax is modeled closely on a similar one in Boulder.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

After Tuesday’s attack in Belgium, there’s extra law enforcement at the Aspen airport.

 

The Basalt spring election keeps getting hotter.

The city of Aspen needs help deciding how to use a 400-acre public parcel.

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  The Colorado Attorney General’s Office says Glenwood Springs doctor Frederick Oakes has repaid $16,006.32 to a state agency, after an investigation revealed the doctor had filed for extra Medicaid payments.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt Town Council has voted unanimously to give elected officials a pay raise. The change goes into effect this spring, for about half of the board.

Elise Thatcher

  Water managers are planning to send extra water from Ruedi Reservoir downstream this summer and fall. That’s to help out fish species in the Colorado River, but the effort is once again raising concerns.

Elise Thatcher

The Basalt election keeps getting hotter. With two weeks until the end, voters have been dropping off ballots at Town Hall, and controversy over yard signs continues.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt is choosing from a list of four companies that want to build the town’s long-anticipated underpass.

Marci Krivonen

There’s growing concern in Carbondale about a concentration of marijuana businesses in one neighborhood. Sixteen pot-related operations are grouped in the Buggy Village area near Highway 133.

Barbara Platts

Three Town Council seats are up for grabs in Basalt’s spring election, and the mayor’s post is also in contention. Aspen Public Radio hosted a candidate forum last night at the Basalt Regional Library. Candidates staked out their positions and answered pointed questions.

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News Director Carolyn Sackariason moderates the two hour, live broadcast of APR's Town Hall Candidate Forum with five candidates running for three open Basalt Town Council seats and two candidates vying for the mayor’s seat.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Aspen City Council puts the brakes on development downtown.

Aspen Film announces the ShortsFest lineup.

The Roaring Fork Fishing Guide Alliance/Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife

It’s common to have stream closures this time of year — near the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. That’s to protect fish, and now there’s a new effort to make sure people follow the rules.

The idea is to protect spawning trout, which congregate in certain places upstream from the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. Fishing during spawning stresses out the trout, making it easier for them to die.

The closures mean no fishing and a new set of signs are alerting anglers to the restrictions. The postings are part of a collaboration by the Roaring Fork Fishing Guide Alliance and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.

Four streams in the Roaring Fork Valley area are affected by the closures. Those are Grizzly and No Name creeks, as tributaries to the Colorado River, and Three-Mile and Four-Mile creeks, as tributaries to the Roaring Fork River. The closures affect a half a mile on each creek.

Elise Thatcher

  As primaries continue across the country, Colorado legislators are mulling whether to return to that method or stick with just caucuses. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, election officials in the Roaring Fork Valley area have estimated how much more a primary would cost.

Elise Thatcher

Pedestrians no longer have their own bridge across the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. The popular mode of travel for getting from one side of town to the other is now a walkway, next to four lanes of traffic. Tourists and visitors appear to be embracing the new temporary connection.

  February was a rough month for tourism in the Aspen area. Little snow, high winds and an airport equipment problem made the Upper Valley less enticing and a lot harder to get to. But the real kicker was the long closure on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.

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