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A man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of liquor from stores in Snowmass Village and Basalt has been identified. David Tiberious Rougeau, 40, of Spring, Texas is suspected of stealing more than $2000 worth of liquor from two stores in Snowmass Village - Sundance Liquor and The Daly Bottle Shop. The thefts happened within minutes of each other on Tuesday (10/6). Then, two days later, on Thursday (10/8), a man shoplifted a $2500 bottle of Congac from Jimbo’s Liquors in Basalt. In all of the thefts, the suspect was dressed as a construction worker.

Mountain Edition - October 8th, 2015

Oct 8, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

A developer in Snowmass Village is stepping away from Base Village and selling its assets.

Both sides of a heated election campaign in Aspen are focusing on parking.

Glenwood Springs leaders and businesses mull over how to address homelessness.

The life of a long-time Aspen local and former ski shop owner is remembered.

And, we talk budget with a state legislator who represents communities in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Vail development group plans to acquire Base Village

Oct 7, 2015
Town of Snowmass Village

A Vail development group announced Tuesday (10/6) it will buy most of the remaining assets of Base Village in Snowmass Village. The major project at the base of the ski area is currently being managed by Related Colorado.

East West Partners and an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners have entered into a Letter of Intent with Related Colorado. That means they will assume the role of master developer for projects such as the next phase of the Viceroy Hotel. The Aspen Skiing Company’s plans to develop the Limelight Hotel have not changed.

Town of Snowmass Village

After hours of debate over details of a major development in Snowmass Village, members of Town Council took a big step toward restarting work on Base Village. 

Base Village stalled in the recession. This year Town Council has been reviewing a plan by developer Related Colorado to restart construction.

The document is preliminary, but Monday’s vote moves the plan into a final design stage. The decision by three members of council came after five hours of discussion. 

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Tactics to safeguard mountain resort communities against wildfire are improving but educating residents is still a hurdle. Wildfire officials gathered in Snowmass Village Friday (9/25) to go over new approaches to keeping high country homes from burning down. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Mountain communities like Snowmass Village have unique problems when it comes to wildfire — many homes are smack-dab in the middle of high risk fire zones. Even though a big fire hasn’t burned here for nearly a decade, Snowmass Fire Marshall John Mele says fire is probable.

Snowmass Village summertime business sees growth

Sep 24, 2015
Marci Krivonen

Tourism officials in Snowmass Village are pleased with visitation this summer. Growth was seen each month from June through September.

September is seeing the biggest hike in visitation. So far, overnight stays in hotels and lodges are pacing 41 percent higher than the same month last year.

Christine Newcomb sees it first-hand. She’s a server at Big Hoss Grill on the Snowmass Mall.

"We’ve been getting busier and busier every summer. It’s only gotten busier since I started working here four years ago."

Snowmass Mall businesses: restart Base Village...soon!

Sep 21, 2015
Marci Krivonen

Elected leaders in Snowmass Village Monday (9/21) decided to put on hold a decision about whether to move forward a re-start of construction at the base of the ski resort. If a preliminary plan is approved, Base Village will move into its final design stage. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Snowmass Town Council may vote Monday (9/21) on a resolution that would move forward the next phase of development at Base Village. The recession stopped construction at the base of the ski resort. With council approval, it could restart in the spring and include a new hotel, retail spaces, condos, affordable housing, a health clinic and a town-owned building. That building could become a museum to show off the town’s fossil find. Marci Krivonen spoke to Julie Ann Woods, Community Development Director for the town.

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Snowmass Village Police continue to investigate a report last week of a sexual assault. A woman walking home from a friend’s house was reportedly attacked. The investigation is ongoing but few details are emerging. Law enforcement says such a sensitive crime needs a certain level of privacy, especially in a small town. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Reporter: "The occurrence of sexual assault crimes like this, how common is it that your department handles such cases?"

Chief Brian Olson: "Looking back at statistics, we investigate two cases a year."

Nancy Wilhelms, the Executive Director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, discusses the upcoming fall programs and workshops at the arts center, as well as Ranch's upcoming 50th anniversary.  

The Ranch will offer two workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in October; one focused in ceramics, the other in photography. Learn more about these destination workshops HERE.  

Aspen Daily News

Friday (8/21) is the deadline to submit protests to a petition asking for an election to recall Snowmass Village Town councilman Chris Jacobson. 

Creative Commons/Flickr/Frank Denis Chalk it up

Snowmass Village residents are generally happy with their quality of life and feel safe in town, according to results from a community survey.

This is the third time Snowmass has conducted such a survey. It’s like a report card for Town government, giving full and part time residents as well as visitors a chance to rate services, like transit and public safety.

Travis Elliot is with the Town of Snowmass. He helped get the word out about the survey.

Alec Soth is a renowned photographer who lives in Minnesota and traveled to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center to speak at the Summer Lecture Series. He discusses his work, his vulnerability as a photographer, and what inspires him. 

Visit www.AlecSoth.com to see Soth's work, and visit www.AndersonRanch.org to learn more about the Ranch's Summer Lecture Series. 

On today's episode, Casey Reas, an artist and educator who is pioneering the field of visual design. He's teaching a week-long code and digital fabrication summer workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. Reas discusses his workshop and how he blends computer programming and the visual arts. 

Visit www.reas.com to see more examples of Casey Reas' work, and www.andersonranch.org to learn more about summer workshops at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. 

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Snowmass Village Police are keeping a closer eye on certain areas, after a rash of bicycle thefts. 

The thieves have stolen bikes from decks, bike racks and car racks at condominiums in the Woodbridge area and the upper village parking lots. A total of nine bikes have been stolen in less than a month. Police Sgt. Dave Heivly says that’s unusual.

Valley Roundup - August 7, 2015

Aug 7, 2015

The sheriffs on both ends of the valley are crying foul over having to foot the bill for Hillary Clinton’s recent visit.

Carolyn Sackariason

A potential recall of a Snowmass Village town councilman is one step closer to reality. The town clerk verified a citizen’s petition Thursday.

Councilman Chris Jacobson was charged with a felony last month for allegedly trashing the Pitkin County Jail. The damage may total more than $14,000.

Former councilman Fred Kucker gathered signatures for a recall election of Jacobson. He helped deliver more than 320 signatures to town hall Monday. The clerk verified there are enough valid signatures to call a recall election. 

If you're a serious artist, or want to be, you're probably familiar with artist-in-residence programs. It's an important step in an artist's career according to Doug Casebeer, the Associate Director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Casebeer played a major role in developing the residency program in 1985, when it was founded. Julia Galloway is a ceramic artist and was a resident at the Ranch almost two decades ago.

On Saturday, August 1st, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center will host its 35th annual Art Auction and community picnic. Becky Murray is a member of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center Board of Trustees and is the head of the Development Department, and Hailey Walsh is the Special Events Assistant. They discuss the history and details of the event. 

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A new study in Aspen and Snowmass Village will attempt to quantify just how large the “vacation rental by owner” sector is. 

More visitors to Aspen and Snowmass are using websites like Airbnb and VRBO to book overnight stays. It’s unknown, though, how big this sector is compared to traditional hotels and lodges. The tourism agencies Stay Aspen Snowmass and Destimetrics are trying to find out. Bill Tomcich is with Stay Aspen Snowmass.

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