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Local law enforcement agencies are hoping to simplify the process of getting help to victims of domestic violence. On Tuesday (10/20) Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt police joined the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office in creating the Valley’s first Advocate Initiated Response referral system.

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The Pitkin County Commissioners Tuesday (10/6) will review a new law that prohibits semi trucks on Independence Pass. This is the first full season with the restrictions.

House Bill 1021 went into effect last August but local law enforcement officials say some truckers are slow to follow it. If semi trucks 35 feet in length travel over the pass, they can be fined up to $1600. Alex Burchetta with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office says even with the law, tickets are still being handed out.

UPDATE: Fallen Christiana Peak climber identified

Sep 29, 2015

UPDATE:  9/29/2015 9:05 p.m.

The body of Travis Boyle, 41, of Union, Kentucky was recovered by Mountain Rescue Aspen Tuesday afternoon. Boyle and two companions were climbing Christiana Peak west of Aspen when he reportedly fell 200 feet. 


There is an ongoing investigation regarding the cause of his death. 




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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.

Attorney: Video of Jacobson is a public record

Aug 3, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

  A prominent Colorado First Amendment attorney says it was legal to release a controversial video of a Snowmass official. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.


A First Amendment attorney says the release of a video that shows town councilman Chris Jacobson destroying items in the Pitkin County Jail after his drunk driving arrest is legal, and the public has a right to see it.

Father and son die of carbon monoxide poisoning

Jul 27, 2015

The Pitkin County Coroner’s office has ruled that the father and son camping in the Maroon Wilderness area earlier this month died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Colorado Springs residents Jeffery Beard, 41, and his son, Cameron Beard, 13, were camping above Crater Lake with two other children in the family.

The circumstance of the death was the use of a camp stove in an 
enclosed space of a tent. Authorities first suspected lightning as the cause because of a burn on one of the deceased's body. That was likely a result of the stove.

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The Pitkin County Sheriff's Department confirmed today that a recent body recovery involved missing Aspen local William Graham.

Confirmed: Body of Will Graham recovered

Jul 17, 2015
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Update (7/17/15 6:58pm): 

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Department confirmed today that a recent body recovery involved missing Aspen local William Graham.

Jacobson turns himself in

Jul 10, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

A local elected official turned himself into authorities yesterday, answering to a felony charge related to an alleged outburst when he was arrested for driving drunk. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

  Snowmass Town Councilman Chris Jacobson appeared handcuffed in front of a judge Thursday. He was advised that he is charged with criminal mischief, a class 5 felony. His arrest warrant says he trashed the Pitkin County Jail on June 26, when he was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.

Councilman likely to be charged for trashing jail

Jul 1, 2015
Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

  A Snowmass Town Councilman could end up behind bars again, because he allegedly trashed the Pitkin county jail so badly last week. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Councilman Chris Jacobson was arrested early Friday for allegedly driving drunk. Once in jail, he also allegedly damaged two different rooms. Officials say Jacobson ruined a vanity, ripped equipment off walls, including a stainless steel mirror, sound insulation, plus molding off the floor. Jacobson was put in a restraint chair that he then unbolted from the ground.