Pitkin County

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.

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  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.

Elise Thatcher

The price of renting commercial space in Aspen is some of the highest rates the resort has seen in years, and there have been questions about whether it’s affecting business owners renting office space.

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.

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Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams was in Aspen Tuesday (12/15). He spoke to the Pitkin County Commissioners about a new voting system meant to make elections smoother. 

The Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s office is using voting equipment that’s 15 years old. A new system would count ballots faster and cut costs.

By the end of the month Williams will choose a new voting system that all 64 counties will eventually use. He says new technology will mean improved transparency when questions arise about election results.

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A group of health and human service organizations is recognizing the director of the Planned Parenthood office in Glenwood Springs. Rebecca Murray was awarded the Helen Klanderud Leadership award earlier this month. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, Murray says the award is a needed boost during challenging times.

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The public got a chance to weigh in Wednesday on what they want a new Pitkin County building to look like. The Public Safety and Administration building will be built near the courthouse.

Aspen Pitkin County Airport

The Pitkin County Commissioners have chosen two concepts for a new airport terminal. The decision comes after lots of public feedback. 

In an effort to monitor smell at a marijuana greenhouse near Basalt, Pitkin County has hired an “odor ranger.” He’s been tracking pot aroma for more than a month. It’s an attempt at taming one aspect of a new industry. But, few rules exist in Colorado around smell and marijuana. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

It’s mid-day along Highway 82. Ryan Randolph looks both ways and runs across the busy road. He’s in front of High Valley Farms.

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The Pitkin County Commissioners gave initial support last week for an updated Emergency Operations Plan. It details how the county is more ready than ever before to handle large-scale disasters. 

The last update was in 2012. Since then, the county has developed a Type Four Incident Management Team and fifteen support teams. These groups are made up of more than 200 highly-trained public safety officers and civilians. They would jump into action in a major disaster, like a wildfire, flooding or multiple bombs. Valerie MacDonald is the Pitkin County Emergency Manager.

Marci Krivonen

Local veterans are concerned about planned construction near a memorial site in downtown Aspen. They fear work on a new county building will impact the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial. Local vets and county staff have been in discussions on how to preserve the site, which some say is sacred. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Vietnam veteran Dan Glidden remembers how the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial came to be. It was the mid 1980’s and the Pitkin County commissioners agreed to dedicate a site near the courthouse.

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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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