Local Elections

Your Morning News - February 4th, 2015

Feb 4, 2015

Spring Elections Starting to Ramp Up

Municipal election campaigns in towns on both ends of the valley are in full swing. In Aspen, yesterday marked the beginning of election season. It was the first time nominating petitions could be picked up by potential candidates. They need 25 signatures from registered city voters to make the ballot.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, only city planning and zoning commissioner Keith Goode had picked up a petition. He will run to fill one of two City Council seats that are open. They are currently held by Adam Frisch and Dwayne Romero. The mayor’s seat, held by Steve Skadron, is also up for grabs. Frisch and Skadron have said they plan to run. Romero is still considering it.

Aspen City Clerk Linda Manning explains why the dates for submitting petitions changed this election.

“The nominating petition period has been extended to longer than what is normally expected. In the past elections, potential candidates wouldn’t pick up their nominating petitions until April. For this election, because it is a mail ballot election, all of the dates get pushed forward. So the nominating petitions starts today, Feburary 3, and at council’s direction, will be extended until March 9.”

In Glenwood Springs, the ballot has been finalized for this spring’s election. It includes eight candidates. Two out of four open seats will be contested. Planning and Zoning Commission Chairwoman Kathy Trauger, former Aspen Councilman Tony Hershey and West Glenwood resident Kathy Williams have declared their candidacy for the at-large seat. In addition, there will be a three-way race for the Midland Ward 1 seat currently held by Ted Edmonds, who is running for re-election. He is being challenged by Steve Davis and Rus Arensman.

The other two seats that are up, in Wards 3 and 4, look to be uncontested. The incumbents are Todd Leahy and Mike Gamba.

The election in Glenwood Springs will be held April 7th. In Aspen, ballots will be counted on May 5.

Valley Roundup - January 16th, 2015

Jan 16, 2015

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

The lodging review continues in Aspen and for the city council, this week, it was a mixed bag.

Meanwhile, the city employees reviewing those plans are looking for a new home of their own.

A proposed pot growing operation faces the NIMBY wrath in Silt.

Do we love the Maroon Bells too much and is that a problem?

Should Garfield County voters have the chance to vote for commissioners by district instead of at large?

Aspen and Glenwood Springs are going all mail balloting this spring

And what’s the lowdown on uphilling? That’s a conference coming on that topic.

Your Evening News - January 16th, 2015

Jan 16, 2015

Explore Booksellers Bought by Non-Profit Group

Aspen’s Explore Booksellers has a new owner. A corporation under the umbrella of the Public Interest Network purchased the historic building and book business for five million dollars. The sale closed earlier today.

The bookstore opened as usual on Friday, but with new owners. Previous owners Sam and Cheryl Wyly listed the property in June. Since then, efforts have formed around preserving the business – Aspen’s only bookstore.

The Public Interest Network stepped in and the sale was finalized Friday. Real estate broker Bob Ritchie represented the buyers.

“Right now they plan to operate it exactly how it’s been operated. They’ve rehired all of the same employees.”

Karen Setterfield is the real estate agent who worked with the sellers.

“I call it a win-win-win. It’s good for the buyer, the seller, it’s good for the community, it’s good for the bookstore and the property and it’s good for Pyramid Bistro, the tenant in the property.”

Ritchie says the new owners plan to bring to Explore interesting speakers and talks, and deepen ties with the Aspen Institute.

Valley Roundup - November 7th, 2014

Nov 7, 2014

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.  

Your Vote - Your Results!

Nov 4, 2014
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.

Mountain Edition - October 30th, 2014

Oct 30, 2014

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.

Mountain Edition - October 23rd, 2014

Oct 23, 2014

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:

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.”

Mountain Edition - October 16th, 2014

Oct 16, 2014

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.

Mountain Edition - October 9th, 2014

Oct 9, 2014

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.

Mountain Edition - October 24th, 2013

Oct 24, 2013

It’s election time and we’re taking a look at issues on the November ballot and what they could mean for a voter’s tax bill. First, there’s a statewide income tax increase for public schools.

And, there’s a local proposal to build a rec center in the Mid-Valley. Supporters say will enhance the community, while critics say it would mean hundreds more in property taxes for homeowners.

Basalt residents are being asked to redevelop land along the Roaring Fork River. The plan forces out more than a hundred people from a trailer park.

Finally, we’ll hear the latest weather forecast for the coming winter… there’s good news, and bad news.


 We’ve reported this week, starting Monday October 21st, on the various tax increases proposed in measures in next month’s election.  If all of them and Amendment 66 pass it could be one of the most expensive recent elections for many mid-valley voters.  The question is how expensive

Dwayne Romero Appointed to Aspen City Council

Jul 3, 2013

Dwayne Romero has been selected by process of the Aspen City Council as the newest member. Romero fills the space vacated by the election of Steve Skadron to Mayor of Aspen.

In April, Romero spoke to us about his campaign for office, his ideas and plans, if elected.

Valley Roundup - June 7th, 2013

Jun 7, 2013

On the show this week Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone, columnist for and former Editor of the Aspen Times, join us.

The top stories of this week:

Voters in Aspen, in a runoff election, chose current city council member Steve Skadron to become the next mayor.

Steve Skadron Is Aspen's Next Mayor

Jun 4, 2013
Roger Adams

Steve Skadron has won Aspen's mayor's race.

As of tonight’s results, Skadron won 52% of the vote.

That’s compared to 47% for the other candidate, city councilman Torre.

There are several dozen outstanding ballots, but not enough to change the results in the coming days.

Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen will have a full report during tomorrow’s morning news.

That’s at 6, 7, 8, and 8:30am tomorrow morning.

You can also follow our coverage on Twitter and Facebook.

Mountain Edition - May 30th, 2013

May 30, 2013

Aspen’s mayoral run-off election is next Tuesday.  We’ll check in with candidates Steve Skadron and Torre on some of the top issues the next mayor will likely face.

Aspen Mayoral Run Off - Torre Interview

May 30, 2013
Roger Adams

Torre - My Birth name is Ronald Wayne Maranian III. I was named Torre a week after I was born, now my license, passport and ssn all read, Torre.

Age: 43

Where are you from originally? Born in Silver Spring, MD. Grew up in St.Pete, FL. 

How long have you lived in Aspen? 20 years