Pitkin County

APR Local News
7:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Pitkin County's "Aging Well Initiative" Prepares For Aging Boomers

This map shows the growth of the senior population in Pitkin County from 1990 to 2014. As baby boomers age, the County is preparing for more growth.
Credit Pitkin County Senior Services

Just like around the nation Pitkin County’s population of seniors is expected to grow dramatically over the coming years. Already, 20 percent of the people living here are age 60 and older. By 2030, that group is expected to grow by 75 percent. The county is preparing by investigating what’s needed to accommodate this growing demographic. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

On Tuesday, seniors from around Pitkin County joined elected leaders and other community members in Aspen for a presentation on aging. Curt Strand was among the participants.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Pitkin County Working To Close Loophole After Large Wedding Angers Residents

A huge wedding on the backside of Aspen Mountain on Saturday angered area residents. Now local elected leaders are trying to make sure such a mega-event doesn't happen again.
Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

A loophole in Pitkin County’s land-use code allowed a huge wedding on the backside of Aspen mountain last weekend. The size of the ceremony angered area residents. Now, Pitkin County Commissioners are scrambling to close the loophole.  How they plan to do that is still up in the air. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen attended their meeting yesterday and filed this report.

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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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Oil and Gas
7:16 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Pitkin County To BLM: Cancel Thompson Divide Leases

Pitkin County is sending a letter to the BLM urging the agency to cancel oil and gas leases that overlap the County and the Thompson Divide, southwest of Carbondale.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Pitkin County is reiterating its opposition to drilling in the Thompson Divide area through a letter to the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM is taking comments on its review of 65 oil and gas leases that stretch over the White River National Forest. Twenty-five of those leases are in the Thompson Divide, southwest of Carbondale.

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Oil and Gas
6:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Oil, Gas Advocates: Leases Should Not Be Cancelled

This Bureau of Land Management map shows the oil and gas leases under review by the BLM. They're shaded in purple.
Credit Bureau of Land Management

A set of meetings on how to manage dozens of oil and gas leases in Western Colorado wrapped up last week, and opinions vary wildly. The Bureau of Land Management held the meetings in April and May to solicit public feedback.

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