Elise Thatcher

Elise Thatcher

Planning commissioners cast votes against the sizable Tree Farm proposal on Thursday night. That decision took hours as commissioners weighed their concerns. It was a unanimous recommendation of denial by the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Development proposals in the mid Roaring Fork Valley have prompted law enforcement officials to discuss whether more officers are needed. The Basalt Police Department and Eagle County Sheriff’s office have been talking for a while now about staffing in the El Jebel area. The two agencies often trade off handling cases, based on which has more officers on duty.

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The proposed Tree Farm development has gotten a lot of attention in the last several months, and it’s not even in the final review yet. On Thursday night, planning commissioners responsible for what’s developed in the El Jebel area will consider whether to support the project.

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Voter turnout in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties ranged from 33% to 39%. That’s based on the number of people voting versus those who received a ballot.  In Eagle and Garfield, about 10,000 people voted in each county, and more than 5,000 turned out in Pitkin. Residents in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood voted to pay more in property taxes to support schools and a sizable fire district.

 

  Eighth graders are deciding between different professions, as part of a new career mentoring program with Glenwood Springs Middle School and a Carbondale-based nonprofit. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher attended a career expo for the program and has this story.

  A state senator is hoping to help people in the Roaring Fork Valley who have to get a new insurance plan for next year. About seven thousand residents in the Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield and Summit counties will have to shop for new health coverage, after the state dropped the ax on the health insurance carrier Colorado HealthOp.

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  Battlement Mesa residents say they’ll continue fighting a proposal to drill near homes, a golf course and other areas nearby. Ursa Resources wants to drill two pads in Battlement Mesa, with a total of more than fifty wells combined.

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Something called a virtual guardrail could make it safer-- and faster-- to drive on Interstate 70. The Colorado Department of Transportation unveiled a push this week to use more technology on Colorado’s roadways. CDOT hopes to start by increasing how connected drivers are when they’re out on the road.

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Colorado’s top election official and local county clerks are asking voters to drop-off their fall ballots by hand if they haven’t already put them in the mail. The issue is whether the postal service can deliver ballots back to county officials in time for the election.

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  A Basalt High School teacher is one of of the best in the state, and her main focus is working with students learning English as a second language. At a surprise assembly on Monday, Colorado Education Commissioner Elliott Asp spoke glowingly about Leticia “Ticia” Guzman Ingram.

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  The Valley Health Alliance will be hearing from a national expert on worker health and safety on Thursday, October 15th. Researcher Doctor Casey Chosewood is with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control.

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  Two Garfield County groups are calling on Governor John Hickenlooper, after reviewing draft oil and gas rules. The proposed regulations are supposed to address major concerns, like how much drilling to allow near homes and schools.

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  The old Sopris Restaurant south of Glenwood Springs could be replaced by businesses instead of houses. Most recently home to Dos Hermanos, the empty restaurant sits south of the intersection of Spring Valley Road and Highway 82, on land that’s been zoned for homes.

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A new hotel in Willits Town Center already has more applicants than job openings. Hotel management held a job fair Tuesday, screening people who want to work there. Called the "Element by Westin Basalt-Aspen," the establishment is expected to open in early December.

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Glenwood Springs charity leaders took small steps towards addressing concerns about homelessness. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this look at how businesses are reacting to a gathering held earlier this week.

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  Charlotte Graham is curious what people remember about days gone by. She’s the author of “Memoirs of a River… Up the Crystal: People and Places in the Crystal River Valley.” Her second volume is out and it’s all about Carbondale’s history.

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  Colorado Mountain College is looking at offering a new graduate program. But it would be through a school known for student loan debt.

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  State Representative Millie Hamner is getting ready to take on a big job. Starting in November, she’s overseeing a committee that puts together Colorado’s budget. Hamner spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher while on a recent listening tour. A hot topic was the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR. The state constitutional amendment limits how taxes are collected in Colorado.

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  There’s a community meeting in Glenwood Springs tonight about what some say is a growing homeless problem. This summer, Glenwood saw more transient visitors than usual, coming to town for panhandling, hot meals, and other activities normally associated with homelessness.

Carbondale residents and officials are continuing to try to herd in the cats that are allegedly killing birds in the area. Mary Harris is worried that cats are killing enough birds in the Carbondale area to cause a real problem. “I field calls all the time with people saying that... they see their neighbor’s cat killing birds,” says Harris, who’s President of the Roaring Fork Audubon Society.

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