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Basalt’s police chief is on a mission to make sure his department is meeting the community’s needs. Town Council heard about the beginning phases of that effort earlier this week. Chief Greg Knott is taking input from community members on how Basalt police can improve.

  Carbondale is developing its own backup plan if there’s another communications blackout. The arrangements come after the Roaring Fork Valley suffered massive service disruptions two weeks ago.

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A change to Aspen’s development requirements is not retroactive. That’s the opinion of an attorney hired by the City after a recent charter amendment. Voters decided last month that an election is needed if developers want exceptions for how big a project can be, or how much affordable housing or parking is required.

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Aspen City Council swore in members new and old Monday night. That included a grassroots organizer known for criticizing the group. Newly elected Bert Myrin took an oath with returning councilman Adam Frisch.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is saying goodbye to a key member of its Glenwood Springs office. Engineer Joe Elsen is retiring at the end of June, after working on some of the biggest highway projects in the Roaring Fork Valley area. Those include Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, Snowmass Canyon on Highway 82, and now the Grand Avenue Bridge replacement in Glenwood Springs.

 

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The Roaring Fork School District has added another new principal to the roster. Jennifer Ellsperman is taking over as Principal for Basalt Middle School. She previously taught fifth grade there, and most recently was assistant principal at Basalt Elementary School.

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  Teachers and students at Aspen’s Middle School are still adjusting to life without Kellie Schenck. She passed away on May 20th, at the age of 46, after a long battle with cancer. Schenck taught fifth grade for more than twenty years, inspiring a legion of students and fellow teachers. On Sunday, family and friends are holding a community celebration in her memory at the Benedict Music tent in Aspen. Principal Craig Rogers was a friend and colleague from the early years, and spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher.

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Today is a big day for a new Carbondale resident. The sculpture called “Sewing the Future,” is being dedicated. The twenty foot tall piece is planted in the middle of Carbondale’s new roundabout on Highway 133. Created by artist James Surls, it shows needles, a tree, and other elements arranged in a vase.

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The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission will review a proposed housing development in El Jebel today. It’s a project that could bring needed affordable homes to an area seeing barely any inventory and skyrocketing prices. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher continues our series on the housing shortage today with an exploration of new proposed developments, and some already in the works.

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  The Roaring Fork School District has a problem. There isn't enough room in schools for all their students, and some buildings are in bad shape. The District may ask voters this fall for money to fix those issues. The measure would also make sure the District can keep something called a BEST grant. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Assistant Superintendent Shannon Pelland about the grant and the possible fall funding measure. The District is expected to decide this summer whether to put the measure on the ballot.

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