Pitkin County

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.

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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.

Marci Krivonen

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.

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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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  Pitkin County has been spending millions of dollars on medical care for its workers. That’s dropped dramatically in recent years. Pitkin County is projected to spend more than $3.6 million in the 2015 calendar year, a significant drop from previous years.

LIFT-UP gets big boost to open larger Aspen food pantry

Nov 17, 2015

  A local nonprofit will receive a more than $28,000 increase to its county funding in order to serve families in need in the Aspen area. Morgan Neely has the details.  

 

With seven area food pantries, LIFT-UP, based in Rifle, provides meals for thousands of valley residents every year. And now, with the help of Pitkin County’s Healthy Community Fund, Lift-up’s upgraded Aspen center will be able to provide more food, and a better variety of food, to families and individuals in need of temporary assistance.

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About one in ten kids in Pitkin County are living in poverty. That’s according to a statewide study discussed in Aspen last week. Officials with the Colorado Children’s Campaign visited with parents, elected leaders and child care workers about their latest findings. Shirley Ritter is a child advocate who runs Kids First — an Aspen center subsidized by taxpayers. She spoke with Marci Krivonen.

Shirley Ritter directs Kids First for the city of Aspen. 

Marci Krivonen

With the legislative session about two months away, State Senator Kerry Donovan is preparing her legislative agenda. She represents Pitkin, Eagle and other Western Slope counties. This session, she says finding ways to provide internet in rural areas will be a top priority. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.


  

Voters have approved question 3A in a 69 to 31 percent margin, which continues a property tax to fund the Aspen School District. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

 

Polls in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties closed about 30 minutes ago. Now it’s up to the clerks to tally up the votes, with final results expected between 10:30 and midnight.

Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill  reports that as of 6 p.m., just over 5,100 ballots were received, and 360 individualls voted in person at the Aspen Jewish Community Center, totaling 455 in-person voters.

Group looks to grow new farmers in Roaring Fork Valley

Oct 26, 2015
Marci Krivonen

There’s growing momentum around producing local food in the Roaring Fork Valley. The new group Roaring Fork Beginning Farmers and Ranchers sprung up earlier this year. It targets mostly young people and it’s meant to help new farmers with hurdles like expensive land. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

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By the year 2040, nearly 8 million people will call Colorado home. A new set of data shows the state’s population will grow by 40 percent. 

Rocky Mountain PBS and I-News examined numbers from the Census Bureau and state demographer. They released the data last week.

It shows Garfield County’s population will surpass 100,000 people sometime between 2035 and 2040. The latest population count shows 57,302 people live in the county. Most of the Western Slope, led by Garfield County, will experience strong growth between now and 2040.

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The budget for Pitkin County is getting reviewed ahead of a December deadline for adoption. The $104 million budget reflects upgrades to government buildings.

Each fall the county commissioners review every dollar the local government plans to spend in the coming year. In 2016, ongoing expenses like salaries, health services and public safety are rising by 1.7 percent. But, the overall budget will increase by 8.9 percent. That includes expected costs for a major construction project. Jon Peacock is county manager.

Aspen Skiing Company

Before the chairlifts start turning, the Aspen Skiing Company is providing a glimpse of how the upcoming season is shaping up. Company executives talked about the business outlook and efforts to combat climate change during a presentation to the Pitkin County commissioners Tuesday (10/20). Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Aspen Skiing Company President and CEO Mike Kaplan began the hour-long presentation with a weather forecast.

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