Independence Pass

State Legislature
8:13 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Western Slope Lawmaker Carried Independence Pass Measure

State Rep. Millie Hamner stands above and to the right of Governor Hickenlooper during a bill signing. Hamner will discuss the measures she carried at the legislature during an event in Basalt Tuesday evening.
Credit Creative Commons/Flickr/Mike Johnston

State Representative Millie Hamner carried three times the number of bills this legislative session, than she did in the previous session. The democrat, who represents several Western Slope counties including Pitkin County, chairs the House education committee. She told Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen that she's most proud of two measures that bring hundreds of millions of dollars to Colorado schools.

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APR Local News
10:24 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Fatal Avalanche Big Enough to Destroy a House

A group of 7 skiers triggered an avalanche on the Twin Lakes side of Independence Pass Saturday. Two people were killed in the slide.
Credit Colorado Avalanche Information Center

A combination of record snow, wind and warming temperatures created a disaster in the backcountry over the weekend. An avalanche on the east-side of Independence Pass Saturday killed two skiers Saturday. And, the state’s avalanche center says it hasn’t seen such large, destructive avalanches in 20 years. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with John Snook, a forecaster at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

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Independence Pass
10:40 am
Tue July 2, 2013

State Patrol, Garmin Angling for Truck Drivers' Attention

Screenshot of portable GPS device for commercial truckers
Credit Garmin International

More commercial truckers are navigating Independence Pass... even though they’re not supposed to. That’s according to the Colorado State Patrol. This summer, officers are doing more to bring those numbers down. And the effort comes as a worldwide GPS company is also trying to get the attention of more drivers.

When traveling east of Aspen on Highway 82, there are several signs warning drivers, saying:

“No trucks over thirty five feet in length can drive up and over Independence Pass.”

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