Pitkin County

2014 Election
7:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Aspen Ambulance District Asks Voters for First Raise in Thirty Years

Aspen Ambulance District Director Gabe Muething.
Credit 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.

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Election
6:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Candidate Clapper Says She's Voice Of The "Common Man"

Patti Clapper is campaigning for the District One seat in Pitkin County. Her opponent is county commissioner Rob Ittner.
Credit Facebook/Patti Clapper

In the race for the lone contested Pitkin County Commissioner seat, candidate Patti Clapper says she’s ready to return to the board. The former nurse and commissioner is running in District One against incumbent Rob Ittner. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen sat down with her.

Patti Clapper served on the elected board for more than a decade before she was term-limited. This time around, she says her focus is on funding for health and human service organizations and growth management. It's an issue where she says she and her opponent differ.

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Pitkin County
6:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Ittner Touts Business Savvy In Race For Pitkin County Commissioner

Rob Ittner is campaigning to keep his seat on the Board of Pitkin County Commissioners, in the county's only contested race.
Credit Rob Ittner

Pitkin County voters will see one contested local race when they receive their mail ballots later this week. In the race for District One in Pitkin County, former commissioner Patti Clapper is challenging incumbent Rob Ittner. In our first report on the race, Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen sits down with Rob Ittner.

How the candidates handle growth appears to be the top issue in the race. Ittner, who has held the seat for four years, says he is pro-growth, but also agrees with the county’s land use code. It’s a document he says smartly regulates development.

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APR Local News
7:56 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Pitkin County Clerk "Excited" To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

County clerks across Colorado will begin issuing marriage licenses for gay couples soon. This follows a non-decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.
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The Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder is already fielding inquiries after a U.S. Supreme Court non-decision on Monday opened the door for same sex couples to wed. The high court’s refusal to take up the issue impacts Colorado. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

County clerks across the state will begin issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples likely in a matter of days. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says a ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down gay marriage bans will apply in Colorado.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

ESPN: Fireworks, Alcohol Will Enhance X Games Experience

ESPN's Winter X Games kicks off at Buttermilk in January. In preparation, ESPN's asking Pitkin County to approve allowing fireworks and alcohol at music concerts.
Credit Marci Krivonen

ESPN is asking Pitkin County to consider allowing alcohol and fireworks at the upcoming X Games. An official from the network went before county commissioners on Tuesday with the requests. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

ESPN officials say they want to enhance the X Games experience at the base of Buttermilk. That’s the site where athletes test their skills on the superpipe and throw tricks on jumps and rails.

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