Garfield County

The two candidates vying for Garfield County Commissioner discussed their positions in a debate Wednesday hosted by Aspen Public Radio.

Garfield County Commissioners will discuss a permit for a natural gas pipeline today.


Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A large turnaround lane is planned to be built on Highway 82 so semi trucks won’t go over Independence Pass. Some people are skeptical.

CDOT, county to alter 82 near pass

Truck turnaround proposed at base of Indy Pass

And a Rifle-based journalist gets hazed about his column that takes a shot at Aspen.

The replacement for a local judge has been narrowed down to three candidates. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

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The state approved 22 oil and gas wells in a Battlement Mesa residential community late last week.

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The investigation into the death of 49-year-old Longmont resident Matthew Barz, who was found Monday on McClure Pass, has shown that he died of trauma from an accidental fall.

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Firefighters in Eagle and Garfield counties plan to ignite two prescribed burns in the upcoming weeks.


The fires will be on Bureau of Land Management lands in the coming weeks if the weather cooperates to keep conditions safe and to blow smoke away from local communities.

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A scheduled draining of Harvey Gap Reservoir and the corresponding fish salvage has been postponed at least a year because of a leaky ditch.

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Glenwood Canyon will be closed again this Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., forcing many motorists to seek alternate routes.

Aspen Public Radio

Those who live near proposed oil and gas wells were given a unique opportunity yesterday to voice their concerns directly to the state agency that oversees the industry.

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Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

Garfield County is taking a look at broadband, and officials want to know what internet access is like for residents and business owners.


  This week the American Lung Association, or ALA, released its review of air quality around the country. The national organization says Glenwood Springs has dangerously high levels of pollution.

Colorado Children's Campaign

Child poverty levels declined in back to back years for the first time in more than a decade, according to the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

Elise Thatcher

As the Grand Avenue Bridge work is underway, Garfield County is trying to address another location where the roadway is vulnerable to river runoff.

Valley Roundup 3-4-16

Mar 4, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

The Carbondale Town Trustees this week approved a new City Market that will be larger than the one that’s there now and will include a fuel station.

Cdale to get new City Market, fuel station


Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County is tightening its belt. With oil and gas revenues projected to drop significantly in 2017, the normally wealthy County is preparing for lean times.

Valley Roundup 12-25-15

Dec 25, 2015

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The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is offering $10,000 signing bonuses for new hires.

And a citizen-based planning commission in Eagle County is recommending denial of a residential project near El Jebel.  

But in Snowmass, a massive Base Village plan has been approved - after 16 years of back and forth.

There’s a new county manager in Garfield County.

Valley Roundup Nov. 27, 2015

Nov 27, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Homeowners in Battlement Mesa are stuck with oil and gas drilling in their backyards, and they say the potential for that activity was not disclosed to them when they bought their properties more than two decades ago.

Garfield County is buying the old Glenwood Springs Library to turn it into a senior citizen center, which is a needed service for the community.

Speeding fines double on Highway 82

Nov 16, 2015

  Local law enforcement agencies and CDOT have joined together in an attempt to reduce the number of wildlife collisions on Highway 82. Reporter Elise Thatcher has more.

Drivers who speed at night between mile markers 31 and 38 will now be fined double the normal amount. Wildlife officials want travelers to have more reaction time. The higher fines apply between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.