Pitkin County

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Pitkin County is drawing up comments for the Forest Service on a proposed replacement of Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain. 

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  Pitkin County has been spending millions of dollars on medical care for its workers. That’s dropped dramatically in recent years. Pitkin County is projected to spend more than $3.6 million in the 2015 calendar year, a significant drop from previous years.

LIFT-UP gets big boost to open larger Aspen food pantry

Nov 17, 2015

  A local nonprofit will receive a more than $28,000 increase to its county funding in order to serve families in need in the Aspen area. Morgan Neely has the details.  


With seven area food pantries, LIFT-UP, based in Rifle, provides meals for thousands of valley residents every year. And now, with the help of Pitkin County’s Healthy Community Fund, Lift-up’s upgraded Aspen center will be able to provide more food, and a better variety of food, to families and individuals in need of temporary assistance.

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About one in ten kids in Pitkin County are living in poverty. That’s according to a statewide study discussed in Aspen last week. Officials with the Colorado Children’s Campaign visited with parents, elected leaders and child care workers about their latest findings. Shirley Ritter is a child advocate who runs Kids First — an Aspen center subsidized by taxpayers. She spoke with Marci Krivonen.

Shirley Ritter directs Kids First for the city of Aspen. 

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With the legislative session about two months away, State Senator Kerry Donovan is preparing her legislative agenda. She represents Pitkin, Eagle and other Western Slope counties. This session, she says finding ways to provide internet in rural areas will be a top priority. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.


Voters have approved question 3A in a 69 to 31 percent margin, which continues a property tax to fund the Aspen School District. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.


Polls in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties closed about 30 minutes ago. Now it’s up to the clerks to tally up the votes, with final results expected between 10:30 and midnight.

Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill  reports that as of 6 p.m., just over 5,100 ballots were received, and 360 individualls voted in person at the Aspen Jewish Community Center, totaling 455 in-person voters.

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There’s growing momentum around producing local food in the Roaring Fork Valley. The new group Roaring Fork Beginning Farmers and Ranchers sprung up earlier this year. It targets mostly young people and it’s meant to help new farmers with hurdles like expensive land. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

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By the year 2040, nearly 8 million people will call Colorado home. A new set of data shows the state’s population will grow by 40 percent. 

Rocky Mountain PBS and I-News examined numbers from the Census Bureau and state demographer. They released the data last week.

It shows Garfield County’s population will surpass 100,000 people sometime between 2035 and 2040. The latest population count shows 57,302 people live in the county. Most of the Western Slope, led by Garfield County, will experience strong growth between now and 2040.

Pitkin County

The budget for Pitkin County is getting reviewed ahead of a December deadline for adoption. The $104 million budget reflects upgrades to government buildings.

Each fall the county commissioners review every dollar the local government plans to spend in the coming year. In 2016, ongoing expenses like salaries, health services and public safety are rising by 1.7 percent. But, the overall budget will increase by 8.9 percent. That includes expected costs for a major construction project. Jon Peacock is county manager.