Town of Basalt

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Basalt town politics are still causing controversy; this time with an elected official lobbying her colleagues outside of the public eye.

  Ted Guy, of Basalt, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the town government for not being transparent enough. Guy is suing Basalt’s mayor, the town clerk and all five council members.


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Basalt Town Council voted unanimously last night to hire a public relations specialist. Jeanette Darnauer runs Darnauer Group Communications in Aspen.

She’s been working with the town government since September to improve communication with the public. However, her contract was a surprise to many, including some council members.

The contract is set at $10,000, plus out-of-pocket expenses, and ends Nov. 8, which is election day.

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A semi-truck carrying rocks to the Basalt whitewater park construction area overturned Tuesday afternoon. It spilled about 5 gallons of diesel fuel and a small amount of hydraulic fluid on the ground. Contractors contained the spill, and Pitkin County Environmental Health Manager Kurt Dahl said in a statement that he was confident it was contained. Project engineers will assess the site today.  

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A section of the Roaring Fork River is closed to boaters and anglers as crews start building two recreational waves above the Town of Basalt. Pitkin County attorney John Ely said the project is intended as a safeguard against drought.   

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Claims of a lack of transparency in Basalt town government has led to a surge of requests for public documents.

Town Clerk Pam Schilling has about a dozen requests by citizens and journalists for information filed under the Colorado Open Records Act. By law, she has three days to provide those public documents.

But because she is inundated with so many requests at once, she informed some individuals earlier this week that it’s going to take longer to assemble the public documents.

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All of the tearing down of homes and buildings in Pitkin County means most of that debris is heading to the landfill, which has 15 years left of life on it. City of Aspen officials are considering making it mandatory to recycle that material.

Hard choices 
are forecast for construction waste diversion

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A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge.

Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request


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The Aspen affordable housing program is in a mid-life crisis of sorts. How to manage nearly 3,000 subsidized units is weighing on public officials.

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  The unveiling of what’s now being called the “Basalt River Park” by a citizen’s committee earlier this week has turned some heads and raised some eyebrows. At $8 million dollars, elected officials and fiscal conservatives are wondering whether it’s worth it. Joining news director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times.

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In its attempt to get more social media followers, the Aspen Police Department had a bit of fun with the resort’s reputation as a party town.

Small plastic bag found at grocery store checkout causes internet stir

And time will tell if two developers who want to build lodging at the base of Aspen Mountain can play well together.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt may look at allowing marijuana businesses in a few more locations around town, after officials tightened up restrictions last summer.

  A long time childcare provider in Basalt has received initial approval for expanding into the Red Brick Center. An advisory board and town council have decided The Growing Years School is the best operator for the job.

Elise Thatcher

  The town of Basalt wants to end a lawsuit that was filed over an open records request.

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  The Town of Basalt is trying something new. It’s looking for a licensed operator to start a day care center in the town’s Red Brick building.

Elise Thatcher

  Eighty WE-cycle bikes are now at stations across Basalt and Willits. The Aspen-based bike sharing program rolled out the expansion over the past week.

Elise Thatcher

The Town of Basalt has released key information in a recent lawsuit and open records request.

Mary Kenyon

A Basalt woman said the Town of Basalt filed a lawsuit under the wrong statute. The town sued resident Mary Kenyon April 29 over her previously filed open records request.