government shutdown

APR Local News
9:50 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

At Least 10% Maroon Bells Budget Lost In Shutdown

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The Maroon Bells took a big financial hit from the government shutdown this month.  As a result there might be some cutbacks at the Maroon Bells next year. The Forest Service lost revenue because it was unable to collect entrance fees.

Reporter: Scott Fitzwilliams oversees the White River National Forest… and he describes the shutdown as “cantankerous.”

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Mountain Edition
3:25 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Mountain Edition - October 10th, 2013

The government shutdown trudges on but Pitkin County is working to alleviate the pain by increasing access to a local attraction on federal land.

A proposal for funding public education has been called historic by Colorado’s governor. But, the ballot measure could stretch wallets.

The Aspen Skiing Company hopes to catch the eye of up and coming skiers from certain Asian countries.

And, changes may be in store if the USA Pro Challenge bike race returns to the upper Roaring Fork Valley next year. We talk with an economist who says big sporting events may not mean more money for the towns hosting them.

Finally, we get an update on local athletes training for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

Federal Shutdown
12:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Ski Co Offers Free Gondola Rides This Weekend

The Silver Queen Gondola
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For tourists streaming in this week for prime leaf viewing season, the Federal government shutdown may be altering their plans. The Forest Service closed the gates to vehicle traffic to the Maroon Bells on Tuesday. So, now, the Aspen Skiing Company is offering free gondola rides this weekend on Aspen Mountain.

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APR Local News
6:41 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Shutdown’s Effect on Roaring Fork Social Services Unclear

Some of the effects of lawmakers’ continuing impasse on the federal budget are easy to see in the Roaring Fork Valley. The government shutdown has affected federal offices that handle outdoor recreation and other agencies. And as Elise Thatcher reports, it's not clear what effect it could have on social services.

Reporter: The government shutdown is visible along Highway 82. Traffic signs flash warnings to drivers, saying the road to the Maroon Bells is closed to cars and busses.. And if you poke around, there are other indications, too.

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APR Local News
5:42 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Vehicle Access to Maroon Bells Closed due to Government Shutdown

The government shutdown prompted by lawmakers in Washington has limited access to the Maroon Bells. The peaks, outside of Aspen, can only be reached by bicycle and on foot.
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The government shutdown in Washington is limiting access to one Colorado’s most visited places: the Maroon Bells. The road outside of Aspen closed to traffic yesterday during prime leaf-peeping season. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The White River National Forest closed its facilities in the area Tuesday morning. Bathrooms are locked and campgrounds shuttered. The agency barricaded the popular parking areas just below the famed peaks. Pitkin County owns the two-lane road leading to the Bells. And, yesterday county commissioners were grappling with what to do.

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