Pitkin County

APR Local News
10:19 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Pitkin County Explores Building More Trails in the Upper Valley

Pitkin County wants input from trail users like equestrians on the possibility of developing more trails in the Upper Valley.
Credit Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County is leading an effort to explore the development of new trails in the Upper Valley. At issue is whether new trails are needed for users like mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians. The effort is also meant to stop illegal trails from being built.

The County is focusing on a 125,000 acre swath of public land that covers areas from Woody Creek to Independence Pass, and acreage in between.

Gary Tennenbaum with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails said the Upper Roaring Fork Trails Plan will guide trail planning for the next 10 to 20 years.

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Thompson Divide
10:31 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Pitkin County Commissioners Urge Tipton to Support Thompson Divide Bill

Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colorado) represents Colorado's third congressional district, which includes the Roaring Fork Valley. Elected leaders in Pitkin County are hopeful he'll support a federal legislative effort to protect the Thompson Divide.
Credit tipton.house.gov

In a meeting with Pitkin County Commissioners last week, U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton said he doesn’t support legislation to protect the Thompson Divide from oil and gas drilling. Instead, Tipton wants negotiations between conservationists and energy companies to continue. For years, the sides have been working on an alternate plan to protect the area. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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APR Local News
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Aspen & Pitkin County: Buy New Holiday Lights, Give Us Your Old Ones

If you’ve had your holiday lights for a while… especially if that’s more than a couple of years  … Pitkin County and the City of Aspen are hoping you’ll consider buying new, more energy efficient lights to put up over the coming weeks. It’s part of an effort to lower energy use in the Aspen area… and make some cash, too. APR’s Elise Thatcher has more.

Reporter:  Let’s get to the money first. Liz O’Connell is with the City of Aspen.

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Basalt
11:25 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Construction Could Start on Facility for Seniors in 2015

Basalt Town Council approved a continuing care retirement community near the high school. Now, the non profit behind the project is ramping up marketing.
Credit Design Workshop

Now that the Basalt Town Board has green-lighted a senior housing facility, marketing efforts to reach area seniors will ramp up. The non-profit behind the Continuing Care Retirement Community wants to start building in 2015. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Environment
6:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Climate Change Measured on Open Spaces near Aspen

Scientists hike snowy trails to reach one of two soil moisture towers located on Pitkin County Open Space properties.
Marci Krivonen

In the future, the forests surrounding Aspen will look different. Already, mountain shrubs are replacing some Aspen stands and changing the complexion of the area.   This is likely due to due a warming climate.

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