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The Pitkin County Board of Health got a primer on opioid use Tuesday. The nationwide health crisis has not left the valley untouched.

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, Aug. 11, 2017

Aug 10, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me this week are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News. I’m Carolyn Sackariason and you are listening to Valley Roundup, an analysis and commentary of the week’s news with writers and editors. We continue our conversation with Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

 This spring, the Pitkin County Commissioners granted a license for a marijuana-infused jerky producer in the Aspen Airport Business Center. But they weren’t happy about it.

Truck turnaround proposed at base of Indy Pass

Sep 27, 2016
Courtesy of Pitkin County

Transportation engineers are planning to significantly alter Highway 82 so that semi trucks and other over-sized vehicles cannot physically travel up Independence Pass.

 

 

Increased fines and road warnings to large truck drivers haven’t stopped them from heading over the pass. So, the latest proposal involves creating such a tight turning radius before the closure gate that over-length vehicles wouldn’t be able to go through.

Valley Roundup, July 1, 2016

Jul 1, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The primary election results are in. Two valley natives will advance to the fall election for a Pitkin County commissioner seat. And in Garfield County, a candidate has been selected who will be serving his sixth term as a commissioner. In the Colorado congressional race for the third district, it’s going to get interesting between Democrat Gail Schwartz and Republican Scott Tipton.

 

One week left in June primary

Jun 20, 2016
Elise Thatcher

  There’s one week to go in Colorado’s statewide primary. In the Roaring Fork Valley area, voters are largely choosing between congressional candidates and county commissioners.

Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock urged commissioners in a memo to “respectfully overrule” a directive from Aspen city council downsizing a new county office building.  

In a special meeting this afternoon, commissioners will vote on the final development plans for the Courthouse Plaza Building. Two thirds of the council must vote in support of the design in order to override Aspen City Council’s May 9th resolution requesting changes to the plans.

Ballots are mailed out for primary races

Jun 6, 2016

Ballots were dropped in the mail on Monday for this month’s primary election. In Pitkin County, the local race is between three candidates for county commissioner. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Voters can only choose one candidate. The two with the most votes advance to the November election, according to the Home Rule Charter. Greg Poschman, Scott Writer and Hawk Greenway, all longtime valley residents, are vying for the seat. It is currently held by Michael Owsley, who has to step down because of term limits.

Tipton gets blowback on drilling bill

Apr 27, 2016
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Representatives from the Wilderness Workshop and Thompson Divide Coalition had harsh words Tuesday for a proposed oil and gas lease swap. Meanwhile, Pitkin County commissioners expressed frustration that their input wasn’t considered in the latest proposal. Morgan Neely has more.

County officials received praise from conservationists in yesterday’s session for their work on protecting the Thompson Divide. Those same activists directed criticism towards a bill coming from Congressman Scott Tipton’s office. It would allow drilling in Delta County instead of the Divide.

Poss Architecture and Planning

Elected leaders in Pitkin County chose a concept Tuesday for what a new Public Safety and Administration Building will look like. 

The architects describe the concepts as the “skin” of the new 22,000 square foot building. It’ll be behind the Courthouse Plaza and house the sheriff’s department and other county offices.

PitCo to control odor monitoring at pot grow in Basalt

Nov 9, 2015
Marci Krivonen

  Pitkin County is now in charge of the smell test at a marijuana grow facility in Basalt. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

The county’s environmental health department has assumed control of odor monitoring at High Valley Farms. The grow facility, which supplies product to the Silverpeak Apothecary in Aspen, will pay for a third party to monitor the operation.

Marci Krivonen

Pitkin County staff are taking first steps to up-root and move ahead of a major construction project.

Pitkin County clerk's office on the move

Oct 12, 2015
Pitkin County

Pitkin County residents will be registering their cars and voting in a different location soon.

The Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s office is planning to move into three different locations next year so the annex building it currently occupies can be remodeled. County staff on Wednesday will ask the commissioners to approve three leases that combined will cost the county nearly $19,000 a month in rent. That’s almost a half a million dollars over the 2 years the departments will be in their temporary offices. That doesn’t factor in altering the new spaces. Janice Vos Caudill is Pitkin County’s clerk and recorder.

Valley Roundup 9-18-15

Sep 18, 2015

 

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun, Andy Stone, former editor and columnist for the Aspen Times, and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

Elected officials are considering giving themselves a 10 percent raise; they could go as high as 30 percent if they choose.

The Pitkin County commissioners will decide Wednesday whether to approve an update to projects planned at the Aspen airport.

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Pitkin County is looking to share 911 dispatchers with the Town of Vail to deal with a shortage of workers. 

Pitkin County Undersheriff Ron Ryan told county commissioners Wednesday the dispatch center is in “crisis mode.” 911 call centers typically experience difficulty in hiring, but for Aspen it’s especially tough because of its small staff. Just eight people are fully trained. That's about half of a full staff.

Elise Thatcher

Officials in the midvalley are trying to find a way to join forces on two big issues: childcare and affordable housing. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher was at an unusual collaborative meeting last night and has this report.     

Pitkin County

  Pitkin County is looking at buying more property. The County says it’s considering purchasing the Deer Creek Ranch parcel in Snowmass Canyon. The nearly 40 acre property is listed for sale at $2.9 million but the County is looking at offering $2.5 million. If purchased, it would be managed by the County’s Open Space and Trails program.

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Pitkin County is considering management changes in its latest update plan for the popular Rio Grande Trail. The plan examines the upper half of the 42 mile trail, from Emma to Aspen.

Under the plan, signs would be updated, trail connections, such as from the Aspen Village neighborhood to the trail, would be improved and a policy for special events may be developed.

Your Morning News - January 28th, 2015

Jan 28, 2015

Glenwood Hot Springs Responds to Bacteria Complaint

The Glenwood Hot Springs says it is keeping up with making sure one of its pools is safe to use. The business told Aspen Public Radio last night that routine maintenance already does a good job preventing too much of a certain kind of bacteria.

Last summer, the therapy pool at the Hot Springs tested positive for a bacteria that can cause what’s called hot tub rash. It is dangerous only for people with weaker immune systems like cancer patients. John Bosco is Chief Operations Officer with the business.

“The levels shown in the test results are, it’s arguable, whether it’s a level that’s deemed very dangerous or whether it’s not. The state does not currently have any requirements for testing and monitoring.”

Garfield County officials agree that the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Lodge has measures in place to keep the water clean. Josh Williams is Environmental Health Manager.

“I mean their monitoring and tracking of that is above and beyond the required testing is for bacterial contamination. Which is a good indicator that they take it very seriously.”

Garfield County says the bacteria are naturally occurring, though also the leading cause of hospital infections. The possibility of high levels at the Glenwood Hot Springs recently came to light after a local resident publicly complained this week saying government officials aren’t doing enough to prevent the bacteria from being dangerous. She had originally complained last year of ongoing severe intestinal sickness.

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