Pitkin County

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Pitkin County commissioners are moving forward with a plan to remove loose rocks from the Ute Trail.

 

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

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  As wildfires burn across the west and communities regroup after devastating hurricanes in the south, Pitkin County officials discuss how to prepare for and prevent natural disasters.

A 21-year-old man was found dead Sunday after summiting Capitol Peak with a friend the day before, according to a press release from Pitkin County. This marks the fifth death on the 14,000 foot peak this summer and the seventh in the area.

 

More changes are happening in the ski industry, and paid parking is coming to Buttermilk.

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On Thursday, the board of directors for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) met to decide on the future of e-bikes on the Rio Grande Trail, the 42-mile trail stretching from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.

Elise Thatcher

This Fall, ballots will include school board elections for the Aspen and Roaring Fork School Districts, as well as finance questions from the Carbondale Fire District and the Starwood metro district. Snowmass Village is asking voters to opt out of municipal broadband restrictions. Colorado Mountain College Aspen has candidate races and two issues to put to voters.

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On Tuesday, Colorado became the latest state — and the first in the Rocky Mountain region — to commit to fighting climate change.

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This week, Pitkin County Commissioners will consider changes to the parking area at Buttermilk.

 

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Pitkin County’s plan for dealing with natural hazards is due for an update. The 2017 edition will consider climate change impacts.

This spring, Karen Koenemann was hired as Pitkin County’s first public health director.

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The City of Aspen is working to retain conditional water rights to build reservoirs on Maroon and Castle Creeks, and the court battle could get expensive.

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Snowmobilers and backcountry skiers can no longer park along Woody Creek Road near Lenado, a Pitkin County District Judge ruled.

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Mountain lion activity on the Rio Grande Trail near the Aspen Airport Business Center has Pitkin County officials on alert.

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The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners approved a $102 million budget this month. Total spending is down from last year, when a large amount went to new facilities for government offices.

The 100 or so inmates jailed on both ends of the valley will enjoy holiday meals.

Barbara Platts

The Pitkin County Emergency Dispatch Center hired a new communications director this month, but they are still operating with only half of a staff.

A groundbreaking ceremony today kicks off a two-year overhaul of Pitkin County government offices.
 

Basalt joined forces with Aspen, Snowmass and Pitkin County this week in hiring an attorney to negotiate “franchise agreements” with Comcast.

In November, voters allowed Pitkin County to provide broadband services.

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