Local Elections

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week you went to the polls, we take a look at some of the key races – what they mean and what could be the path forward for development and the future of Snowmass’s Base Village.

In non-election news, the Aspen Airport has a new director and our panel will give him some advice.

Speaking of travel, this summer was the best for tourism in the history of the State of Colorado and this winter, into 2015, could top that. We’ll chat about the pluses and minuses of the busy seasons.

And on the Download, you’ve heard of tweeting and facebooking – we’ll introduce you to an Aspen bartender and entrepreneur who wants the term “soapboxing” to be just as ubiquitous.  

Elise Thatcher

This page will feature the returns from local, state, and national elections. It will be updated after the polls close and through the night.

You can also hear the returns and analysis live on Aspen Public Radio starting at 6pm this evening.

UPDATE 10:55pm: Several local and state races are still coming in or too close to call. For a look at many of the races across the state, check out this page from the Denver Post.

UPDATE 9:09pm: Amendment 67, the "personhood amendment", has failed according to projections from NPR News.

UPDATE 8:23pm: NPR News projecting a win for Cory Gardner over Mark Udall for U.S. Senate in Colorado.

UPDATE 8:13pm: Early results are starting to come in from Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties. Garfield is seeing Commissioner Tom Jankovsky, Congressman Cory Gardner for U.S. Senate, and Congressman Scott Tipton in the lead. Pitkin is showing a lead for Senator Mark Udall.

UPDATE 7:42pm: Early results are starting to come in from both Eagle and Garfield Counties. Garfield County officials believe they have a 67% turn out, but have not yet released results. Eagle County shows leads for Sen. Mark Udall, Congressman Scott Tipton, and Governor John Hickenlooper.

UPDATE 7:04pm: The polls have closed in Colorado. Stay tuned for updates as the results come in.

UPDATE 6:36pm: Polls are still open in Colorado until 7pm. Expect results, updates starting around 8pm from Aspen Public Radio News.

A Town meeting in Basalt got heated this week as community members and elected leaders discussed development downtown.

After scrapping a controversial ordinance, the City of Aspen is trying to find out what citizens want in local lodging.

The only contested race in Pitkin County this election is between commissioner Rob Ittner and democrat Patti Clapper. We speak with both of them.

Carbondale is getting a new laboratory that tests marijuana for contaminants.

And, Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House is saying “goodbye” to its long-time executive director.

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

A memorial service is planned for a long-time Aspen firefighter and teacher.

And the applications are in for who wants to rent the old power house building in Aspen...that used to house the Aspen Art Museum.

Aspen area voters will see a tax question their ballots asking for money to fund ambulance service.

Meanwhile, downvalley voters will choose between a Garfield County commissioner and a candidate with some very different viewpoints.

Elise Thatcher

If someone has a heart attack-- or breaks a leg-- in the Aspen area, there’s a small fleet of ambulances ready to pick them up. Even if the  person is up a dirt road near Independence Pass or on top of Aspen Mountain. But there’s a key part of that access that’s becoming a big problem. And the ambulance district is asking for a half million dollar budget increase to pay for it.

Meet the Snowmass Council/Mayoral Candidates

Oct 17, 2014

Snowmass Village town council/mayoral candidates debated on Thursday night. Click "listen" below for the edited or raw versions of the forum.

    Meet the candidates:

BILL BOINEAU
Born in Durham, North Carolina, Bill Boineau grew up during what he calls “interesting times.”

“My parents exposed us to many current events of the time, from the segregation and desegregation of schools and the 1960s Civil Rights movement, where I watched as authorities tear-gassed demonstrators.”

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Hospitals in the Roaring Fork Valley are keeping an eye on how they should be prepared for Ebola cases.

New construction gears up in Basalt on two different projects.

There’s one contested Pitkin County Commissioners’ race this election. We hear from both candidates.

A poll of Latino voters shows this group is leaning toward Democratic candidates… but a large chunk believe that party may be taking them for granted.

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

This week county clerks in Colorado began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. We catch up with the first couple to wed in Garfield County.

Residents of the Valley who operate lodging businesses say natural gas drilling in the Thompson Divide would hurt their bottom line.

And, we hear from the two state house candidates working to earn votes in Pitkin County.

Finally, we catch up with filmmaker Jason Reitman whose new movie, “Men, Women and Children” screened in Aspen last week.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

Voters in Carbondale are making a decision tomorrow. Five people are running for three open seats on the Board of Directors, for the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District. The board helps steer the district, which is mostly made up of volunteer firefighters. And a failed tax measure last fall prompted controversy over whether the district is meeting residents' needs.  

Ballot Issues 4C and 4D - the proposed Crown Mountain Recreation Center in the mid valley. Amy Conrardi, board member of the Crown Mountain Rec Center and a proponent of the center. Katie Schwoerer, former Basalt City Council member, is on the issue committee No on 4C/4D will discuss the center.

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