Pitkin County

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Bears are crafty and have good memories, and when they’re hungry, it’s a lot easier to dig into the neighbor’s trash than to find a dozen pounds of berries.

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At a work session Tuesday, Pitkin County commissioners discussed plans for spending $2 million generated by the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program, where developers have to pay to offset energy demands.

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Glenwood Canyon will be closed again this Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., forcing many motorists to seek alternate routes.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

  Two local governments are joining other Colorado cities and counties to collectively lobby for climate change legislation.

Elise Thatcher

A supervisor can have a bigger impact on a worker’s health than a primary care doctor. That’s according to the The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The federal office recently sent experts to Aspen to teach managers how to handle that power wisely.

Last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper expressed concern about whether film incentives would be cut from the state budget. Film crews have brought $151 million into the state’s economy. It’s a big concern that is already showing itself in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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A prescribed burn is tentatively scheduled to take place later this month in the Hunter Creek Valley.

Colorado Children's Campaign

Child poverty levels declined in back to back years for the first time in more than a decade, according to the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

PitCo resident wins CORA legal battle

Mar 10, 2016
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A Red Mountain resident now knows which one of her neighbors complained about an unapproved construction project at her property almost four years ago. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The identity of the so-called whistleblower and citizen complaint were made public Tuesday after the district court was ordered to release documents demanded by property owner Elesabeth Shook.

PitCo limits gifts for public officials to $100

Feb 29, 2016

A Pitkin County elected official is trying to solve the mystery of who left a pile of cash at her house. According to the government’s policy, she wouldn’t be able to accept it even if she wanted to. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

County commissioner Patti Clapper took the $1,000 to the Aspen Police Department after the envelope was left on her front gate anonymously. She is worried it could be a bribe.

$1K left anonymously for PitCo official

Feb 29, 2016

An elected official in Pitkin County is trying to find out who left a thousand dollars in cash on her front gate earlier this month. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

County commissioner Patti Clapper returned from work one day to find an envelope addressed to “Pat C.” written on it and 10 $100 bills inside. The anonymous note said, “for past good deeds.”

 

She says her first reaction was she that wanted to throw up.

Elections department has moved

Feb 25, 2016

  Pitkin County’s elections department has had a change of address. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The new reception area and ballot processing center is on East Hyman Avenue, in the Ute City Banque building. The space, located in the southeast corner of the building, used to be a lingerie shop.

 

County clerk and recorder Janice Vos Caudill joked with elected officials when she gave  an update this week.  

 

“Elections are sexy," she says.

Wide gaps in health throughout the state

Feb 25, 2016

  Colorado residents have vastly different health outcomes based in part on where they live in the state. Rocky Mountain PBS News analyzed health data to rank each of the state’s 64 counties based on a variety of health indicators from obesity to smoking. Bente Birkeland sat down with data reporter Burt Hubbard to learn more about the trends and growing health disparities.

Study: PitCo is the healthiest in Colorado

Feb 24, 2016

  Colorado is, overall, one of the healthiest states in the country. And out of the 64 counties in the state, Pitkin County is Number One. Capitol Correspondent Bente Birkeland has more in the first of a two-part series.

Elise Thatcher

  

  Comments about a Basalt whitewater park point to support for some amenities to be included.

 Living in rural Pitkin County may no longer mean living without Internet.

Elise Thatcher

There’s a whitewater park in the works near Basalt, and the key is now figuring out how many amenities it should have.

Elise Thatcher

  The Valley Health Alliance is reviewing new information showing the top three medical problems workers are dealing with. A recent report looks at health fair data from workers with the City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Aspen Valley Hospital, and the Aspen School District.

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The director of the 911 dispatch center in Pitkin County is no longer at the helm. Bruce Romero’s last day was in early December. He took a job with the Colorado 911 Resource Center in Denver. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with Romero after his departure.

Bruce Romero is the former Emergency Dispatch Director for the Pitkin County Dispatch Center. He’s now based in Denver. The local dispatch center has an interim director until the position is filled.

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