Snowmass Village

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

The Aspen City Council this week chose a brewery/business incubator/TV station to be the new tenant at the old art museum.

The long dormant Buffalo Valley property outside of Glenwood Springs looks like it will become an apartment complex.

A new aerial fire center is coming to the Rifle airport. And the citizens of that town may just get a dose of fluoride in their water.

An Aspen City Council member is leaving his day job at the end of the month. Related Colorado, which is the developer behind Snowmass Base Village, says Dwayne Romero will be replaced as company president on April first. In a company announcement, Romero says he’s proud of the work he’s done at Related over the past seven years. Romero will be replaced by Jim D’Agostino who is coming back to the firm following his departure in 2012.

Elise Thatcher

Planning officials with Snowmass Village have finished their review of the latest with Base Village. Developers are proposing changes to the project, which require another round of oversight. Commissioners finalized recommendations on Wednesday for key issues to keep in mind on the project,  as well as directives for what the applicant should do now.

Town of Snowmass Village

Planning commissioners for Snowmass Village are getting closer to making recommendations about Base Village. Developers are asking for changes to the project. Commissioners so far are generally in favor of the changes, which include adding a new Limelight Hotel. But they’re concerned about several issues, including what’s called the community purpose replacements. Those are public facilities in exchange for exceptions already granted, like bigger and taller new buildings.

screen grab, Town of Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village Town Council is considering how detailed it should be in requiring changes at Krabloonik Fine Dining and Dogsledding. At a meeting Monday night, Council heard from the new owners and advocates about how to prevent animal cruelty charges from happening again. Those were leveled against the previous owner.

National Brotherhood of Skiers meets in Snowmass

Feb 26, 2015

The annual Black Ski Summit wraps up on Saturday in Snowmass Village. The week-long event is celebrating its 42nd year.

The event has its roots in Snowmass Village. The National Brotherhood of Skiers started in the early 1970’s when African Americans on the ski slopes were a rarity and black ski clubs an exception.

White River National Forest

The White River National Forest has moved one step closer to approving several winter enhancements on public land at the Snowmass ski area.

The Aspen Skiing Company proposed the projects and the Forest Service began an environmental review in August. They include a replacement and realignment of the 35-year-old High Alpine chairlift, additional snowmaking on the Green Cabin run and trail and glade construction projects. The Skiing Company wants to provide gladed terrain for non-expert skiers.

Elise Thatcher

Monday night, Snowmass Village Town Council and planning officials took a preliminary look at proposed changes to a major development project. Though construction for Base Village began in 2006, it's not even halfway done. That's largely because of the great recession. Now, developer Related Colorado is asking Snowmass Village for some modifications to the original plan. That includes adding fractionals to new condos, and combining two lots near the base of the Snowmass ski area. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Community Development Director Julie Ann Woods about whether her office is recommending Snowmass Village adopt the revisions. Woods says one of the biggest changes would be the addition of a new Limelight Hotel by the Aspen Skiing Company.  

Elise Thatcher

The dogs at an embattled dog sledding operation have seen a lot of change in the last year. The owner of the Snowmass Village-based Krabloonik Fine Dining and Dogsledding was charged with animal cruelty in late 2013, and some dogs were seized. Others were adopted out. One constant has been new manager and now owner Danny Phillips and his wife Gina. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a tour and filed this report.   Editor's note: At the bottom of this article you can hear our interview with Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs, a group that's helped improve conditions for the sled dogs.

Your Morning News - December 10th, 2014

Dec 10, 2014

Aspen Hires New Executive Director of the Housing Authority

The City of Aspen is naming a new Executive Director of the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority. Michael Kosdrosky of Denver was named to the post. He will start in mid-January. Kosdrosky has a B.A. in Political Science from Ashland University, and a MPA from the University of Colorado School Of Public Affairs. Kosdrosky stated his career in the public sector as a Legislative Manager and Policy Advisor in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Town of Snowmass Village

On Tuesday, voters in Snowmass Village chose a new mayor and two new town council members. The fresh faces could breathe new life into the board that’s grappled with tension and bickering. A unified voice may be needed with big projects on the horizon, like Base Village. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with reporter Jill Beathard with the Snowmass Sun.

Jill Beathard covers Snowmass Village Town Council for the Snowmass Sun and Aspen Times.

Marci Krivonen

Six candidates running for elected office in Snowmass Village discussed issues like the economy, development and marijuana at a candidate forum Thursday night. Three people are running for mayor. Another three are vying for two council seats. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was there and filed this report.

A moratorium on retail marijuana stores and improvements to public transit came up at the forum but the issue that got the most attention was Base Village.

Meet the Snowmass Council/Mayoral Candidates

Oct 17, 2014

Snowmass Village town council/mayoral candidates debated on Thursday night. Click "listen" below for the edited or raw versions of the forum.

    Meet the candidates:

Born in Durham, North Carolina, Bill Boineau grew up during what he calls “interesting times.”

“My parents exposed us to many current events of the time, from the segregation and desegregation of schools and the 1960s Civil Rights movement, where I watched as authorities tear-gassed demonstrators.”

Kaylan Robinson/Wanderlust

You may have noticed traffic jams and crowded streets in Aspen this summer. These are all anecdotes indicating the resort experienced a busy summer. But, the data proves it too. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

You may have experienced headaches on your drive into Aspen this summer...as eastbound traffic piled up on Highway 82. Turns out, the number of cars heading in and out of town in June, July and August was up three-and-a-half percent over last year.

Water Managers Discuss Drought And The Colorado River

Aug 26, 2014
Colorado River Water Conservation District

NOTE: In the on-air version of this story we incorrectly stated the date of a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announcement about Colorado River cut-backs to lower basin states. That announcement happened in 2013, not this year. (8/26/14)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced this month water releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead will increase next year, after historically low releases in 2014. Lake Mead has reached record low levels this summer. The Colorado River supplies these large reservoirs. At a water conference in Snowmass Village last week, drought and the Colorado River were discussed. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

It's been a busy summer at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms discusses the summer's line up of  lectures series, symposiums, workshops, and what happens when things settle down at the Ranch.

In August, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village hosted Making the Change They Want to See, a symposium featuring artists who are tackling social injustices through film, sculpture, photography, and performance. Steve McQueen, Academy Award-winning Director of 12 Years a Slave, was the keynote speaker. McQueen talks about his evolution through art and filmmaking, offers his advice to young artists, and discusses his new work.

It's auction time again at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Going into it's 34th year, the auction has a storied history and Jim Chaffin, has been there since day one. Doug Casebeer, Associate Director of Anderson Ranch, discusses the art that will be featured at the auction on Saturday, August 9th.

This summer,  the Anderson Ranch Arts Center is hosting a symposium series - new to the Ranch. Making The Change They Want To See is a symposium taking place August 13th and 14th. Curated by Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time in New York City, the symposium is bringing in nine artists who work to combat social injustice. The artists will share how they have used art as a platform for creating change.

Let's talk photography and digital media with Andrea Wallace of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Derek Johnston of the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College. Both are professional photographers and educators in the field. We discuss the photography workshop Johnston is teaching through the Ranch, and the rapidly evolving world of photography and digital media. 

Learn more about Johnston's workshop HERE, and visit AndersonRanch.org to learn more about the Photography and Digital Media department.