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Heavy rain Tuesday night boosted the Roaring Fork River in Aspen to flood stage. Minor flooding is possible in low-lying areas. 

Flows in the Aspen stretch of the Roaring Fork were nearly four times the typical amount Wednesday morning. Pitkin County Sheriff Joe Disalvo says people with homes in a floodplain should be prepared to sandbag and self-rescue if waters get too high.

If a major catastrophe were to happen in the mid or upper Roaring Fork Valley, emergency workers say they’re now better prepared to handle it. Wildfires and other dire circumstances often require a state team of emergency experts. Now, law enforcement, paramedics, and fire departments in the Valley are rebooting their own disaster management effort.

Search for missing Aspen man suspended

Jun 8, 2015
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A search for a missing Aspen man has been called off. Will Graham, 31, went missing Thursday. Law enforcement found his vehicle and some belongings at the Devil’s Punchbowl, a popular summertime recreation spot east of Aspen. A multi-day search ensued, involving overnight patrols and a swift water rescue team. If new information is uncovered, the search will resume. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call them at (970) 920-5300.

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Attorneys and marijuana advocates gathered in Aspen this weekend. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, has been meeting in Aspen since the early 90s. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this snapshot of the event.

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CenturyLink is investigating who the perpetrator was that caused thousands of its Roaring Fork Valley customers to not have cellular, landline or internet service for more than 16 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.  

Case dismissed against elderly driver

May 20, 2015

  A judge has dropped charges against an elderly man who caused a fatal car crash last summer on Highway 82. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

89-year-old John Walls of Carbondale was charged with careless driving causing death, a result of an accident that killed Basalt resident Patrick Dunn. Dunn was on his motorcycle when Walls crossed into the westbound lane and hit him head on with his car.

New building planned behind courthouse

May 13, 2015

  Pitkin County plans to expand its office space with a new building behind the courthouse. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason sat down with County Manager Jon Peacock and undersheriff Ron Ryan about the project.

That was Jon Peacock and Ron Ryan, Pitkin County’s manager and undersheriff. They talked with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

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A tanker truck crashed on Capitol Creek Road in Old Snowmass Thursday afternoon, spilling fuel onto the landscape. 

The accident happened shortly before 1 o’clock in a rural area across from what’s known as the “llama and alpaca ranch.” One vehicle was involved: the fuel truck. Photos show it upside down on a grassy area, possibly resting on a ditch.

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The radio system used by public safety agencies in the Roaring Fork Valley is encountering problems and Pitkin County is considering a multi-million dollar fix. 

Law enforcement and fire agencies have complained of interference, signal distortion and the inability to communicate with regional and state agencies that use a different system. For example, Pitkin County’s snow plow drivers can’t communicate with the Colorado Department of Transportation. And, the bus system’s radios don’t communicate with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement agencies in Aspen have been breaking a law that’s been on the books for 23 years, or at least the spirit of it. As Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports, the law is meant to limit pollution.

If you walk by the offices of the Aspen Police or Pitkin County Sheriff on any given night, you might notice the sounds and smells of idling car engines.

Pitkin County launches domestic violence website

Mar 1, 2015
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Pitkin County’s Health and Human Services Department is launching a new website Monday meant to help with domestic violence. The site is called stopfightingithurts.com. It was designed to educate the community about the problem, and how it impacts children. Health and Human Services Director Nan Sundeen says it’s meant for neighbors, family and partners in relationship.

Long-time local who died in avalanche "skied everyday"

Feb 25, 2015
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The man who died in avalanche on the west side of Aspen Mountain was a long-time local who skied every day. John Martin Gancsos went by “Marty,” and had two passions: skiing and whitewater kayaking. The avalanche he was caught in Monday happened outside the ski area boundary, in an area Gancsos knew well. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The atmosphere at Little Annie’s Eating House Tuesday was somber. Marty Gancsos had been working night shifts at the restaurant as a favor to a friend. Rohn Fleming owns Little Annie’s and asked Gancsos to jump on board.

Update: Name released in avalanche fatality off of Ajax

Feb 24, 2015
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 February 24th, 4pm UPDATE: The Pitkin County Sheriff's office says the victim of Monday’s avalanche outside the boundary of Aspen Mountain has been identified as John Martin Gancsos. Mr. Gancsos, who was 64 years old, was more commonly known to local area residents as “Marty.” Information related to cause/manner of death will be released by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office at a later date after completion of a post-mortem examination. Aspen Public Radio will have a remembrance of Gancsos tomorrow, Wednesday, morning.

Your Morning News - February 17th, 2015

Feb 17, 2015

Pitkin County Creates New Air Travel Website

In order to avoid travel troubles at the Aspen airport, Pitkin County has launched a new website. It’s in response to the delays, cancelations and diversions experienced over the holidays.

The Saturday after Christmas, more than 300 planes either landed or took off from the Aspen Airport, according to the Aspen Daily News. The large amount of traffic coupled with snowy weather caused headaches for travelers.

The website aspentraveltips.com is the result of brainstorming by airport officials, airlines and several local organizations, including the Aspen Skiing Co. and the Aspen Institute.

It offers real time information about ground transportation, rental cars and road conditions to Denver. Travelers will also find last-minute lodging availability in Aspen and Snowmass, should they decide to wait out the weather. Airport officials say it’s the first of several initiatives they’re considering to make peak season travel smoother.

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Even though snowfall is likely weeks away, law enforcement and businesses in Aspen are gearing up for winter and for tourists trying marijuana. A local marijuana safety group is drawing up a pamphlet it plans to place in hotel rooms throughout the resort. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen explains.

The Aspen Square Condominium Hotel is a short walk from the ski gondola and, from a retail marijuana store. Now that pot’s legal, General Manager Warren Klug says he’s concerned about people smoking in their rooms and staff taking home what guests leave behind.

Elise Thatcher

 

Judge Gail Nichols, in Aspen, has released some of the details in why law enforcement originally arrested three people this spring in the death of Aspen native Nancy Pfister. One of the three, William "Trey" Styler, confessed last month to murdering her in February. But questions continue about why Styler's wife, and a long time local, were also held for months without bail on murder charges. 

Elise Thatcher

Last Friday saw a strange turn in the case of what happened to Aspen native Nancy Pfister. One of the three defendants pled guilty in court and was sentenced.  Murder charges were dropped against the third and last defendant, but she wasn’t completely cleared, and attorneys raised questions about what they say were major mistakes in the investigation. 

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A judge sentenced William "Trey" Styler today to 20 years in prison for 2nd degree murder in the case of Aspen native Nancy Pfister. Styler plead guilty, saying it was crime of passion, and that accepted responsibility for Pfister's death. 

Elise Thatcher

 As the campaigning for governor heats up, Governor Hickenlooper is facing lingering anger over new gun regulations he signed in to law.  Last week, on a visit to Aspen, Hickenlooper faced some of his toughest critics over the new laws; county sheriffs. Fifty-six of them have sued the governor to rescind the gun restrictions.  

An Aspen judge has decided to release most of the court documents related to an Aspen murder case. They'll be made public this Thursday, June 12th. The decision comes as attorneys on all sides are getting ready to argue what they believe happened to Aspen native Nancy Pfister, who died earlier this year. 

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