Pitkin County

Opinion/Editorial
8:33 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Why did the ballot measures fail?

Traveling throughout the Roaring Fork Valley in the days leading up to the November 5 election, I was impressed by the slick signs trumpeting two of this year’s ballot issues in Pitkin County: “Vote YES on Amendment 66” and “Vote YES on Questions 4C and 4D.”  Amendment 66 was, of course, the statewide financing proposal for public education that would have raised the income tax rate for all Coloradans, by 8% for those making $75,000 or less a year and by 27% for people making above that amount.  Questions 4C and 4D were about a new recreation center in the mid-valley Crown Mountain Park and

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APR Local News
5:42 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Vehicle Access to Maroon Bells Closed due to Government Shutdown

The government shutdown prompted by lawmakers in Washington has limited access to the Maroon Bells. The peaks, outside of Aspen, can only be reached by bicycle and on foot.
Credit snowpeak/Flickr/Creative Commons

The government shutdown in Washington is limiting access to one Colorado’s most visited places: the Maroon Bells. The road outside of Aspen closed to traffic yesterday during prime leaf-peeping season. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The White River National Forest closed its facilities in the area Tuesday morning. Bathrooms are locked and campgrounds shuttered. The agency barricaded the popular parking areas just below the famed peaks. Pitkin County owns the two-lane road leading to the Bells. And, yesterday county commissioners were grappling with what to do.

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Health Care
8:35 am
Mon September 30, 2013

What You Need to Know about Colorado's Insurance Marketplace

Colorado's insurance marketplace opens on Tuesday. Most Coloradans say they're still confused about federal health care reform.
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More than two-thirds of Colorado residents say they don’t understand President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. That’s according to a USA Today poll taken earlier this month.

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Affordable Housing
3:53 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Summit County Wants Act of Congress

Lake Hill Parcel, Dillon Ranger District, White River National Forest.
Credit Office of Senator Mark Udall

Summit County is angling for an Act of Congress. Not just any act-- one that allows the County to buy a chunk of Forest Service land. The idea is to use it for affordable housing... an unusual plan in Colorado.

The next time you drive through Summit County on Interstate 70, look southeast, towards Dillon Dam Road and Dillon Reservoir. Forty acres there could become home for local residents. County Commissioner Dan Gibbs, a big supporter of the plan, says the land has “lost its forest character.”

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Pitkin County Library
4:33 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Pitkin County Library gets green light for design phase

Jeremy Rosenshine browses the non-fiction collection at the Pitkin County Library. One of the improvements the library hopes to make with its new design plan is shorter shelves for easier access.
Credit Rebecca Kruth

On Tuesday, the Pitkin County Library got the go-ahead from county commissioners to begin gathering bids for a new design plan. Last November, voters struck down two ballot measures that would have raised taxes for library improvements. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth visited the Pitkin County Library to look at the new plans.

Inside the meeting room at the Pitkin County Library, more than a hundred children are waiting for “Tunes and Tales.” It’s one of the library’s storytelling events.

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