Town of Basalt

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Basalt officials are working with the District Attorney’s office regarding a pending marijuana business deal in that town. Officials are trying to figure out what business arrangements may be behind a Craigslist ad that appeared late last month. It was for marijuana "medical and recreational permits and license for sale."

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork School District has added another new principal to the roster. Jennifer Ellsperman is taking over as Principal for Basalt Middle School. She previously taught fifth grade there, and most recently was assistant principal at Basalt Elementary School.

Marci Krivonen

In the Midvalley, it’s not uncommon for parents to add their child’s name to a waitlist at a childcare center long before the baby’s born. Michelle Oger directs Blue Lake Preschool.

“Several moms calls us once they find out that they’re expecting, to get on the waitlist even before they tell their spouse or extended family. They ask that we keep it a secret until they announce it to everybody else.” 

Joleen Cohen

Finding decent housing in Aspen and parts of the Roaring Fork Valley has always been difficult. But the increasing shortage in rentals, especially in the Mid-Valley, is having a significant impact on residents. In the first in our series about housing in the Valley, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

Marci Krivonen

Basalt Town Council met behind closed doors last night to discuss a possible land purchase and go over a new “roadmap” for downtown development. 

The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation is urging council to consider buying land it owns downtown. The non profit’s 2.3 acres is prime real estate along Two Rivers Road. Board President Michael McVoy says the corporation would like to retrieve its investment. The land was purchased as a partnership with the town in 2011.

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Basalt’s Town Council will meet Tuesday to discuss whether to purchase a key parcel of land downtown. The meeting comes after the land parcel’s owner suggested the sale last week. 

The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation owns 2.3 acres on what’s called the “Pan and Fork” site. The land has been eyed for development by the group Lowe Enterprises, which wants to build a hotel and condominiums. Council members had concerns with that proposal. Now, there’s an opportunity to purchase the parcel.

What's next for proposed downtown Basalt development?

Apr 20, 2015
ourtownplanning.org

What’s next for a proposed development in downtown Basalt is a question mark after a majority of community and council members Tuesday said the plan needed reworking. 

More than 150 people were at Tuesday’s meeting. Many said they didn’t want to sacrifice open space for condos, according to the Aspen Times.

Developer Lowe Enterprises wants to build 40 condominiums and a boutique hotel on the site. It’s prime real estate: 2.3 acres close to the Roaring Fork River, where the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park used to be. Lowe says one-third of the site would be open space.

Basalt welcomes first Habitat for Humanity home

Mar 10, 2015
Marci Krivonen

Basalt broke ground on its first Habitat for Humanity home Tuesday. A family of six will move into the house that’s near downtown. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Jacque Whitsitt: "I want to welcome everybody to our first-ever Habitat for Humanity home in the Town of Basalt!"

Basalt mayor Jacque Whitsitt spoke to a crowd at the future home site Tuesday. The Town sold the plot to Habitat for Humanity for ten dollars. A 1500 square foot home will be built here. Assaf Dory and his family will occupy the space.

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A plan to develop a boutique hotel and condominiums in downtown Basalt is moving forward. The developer, Lowe Enterprises, plans to take public input on the plan next month.

Lowe Enterprises first announced the development in November. Now, some details are emerging. A conceptual plan includes a 60-room hotel and 52 condominiums. Some of those condos could be rented.

Your Evening News - December 19th, 2014

Dec 19, 2014

Colorado’s Unemployment Picture

Colorado’s unemployment rate continues to drop. New figures by the Department of Labor and Employment show the rate dropped to 4.1% in November. The national unemployment rate is 5.8%.

The last time the Colorado unemployment rate was as low as 4.1% was in January of 2008. The largest job gains were in the trade, transportation and utilities, financial, mining, logging and information sectors. Month-over-month declines were felt in the leisure and hospitality industry, as well as construction.

Governor Hickenlooper lauded the news but said more work needs to be done. He says his office wants to come up with “creative and effective ideas that will help support those still looking for work.”

Over the year, the unemployment rate fell from 6.3% in November 2013 to 4.1% last month. Total employment year-over-year increased by 117,000 and the number of people unemployed decreased by about 60,000.

Mountain Edition - December 18th, 2014

Dec 18, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Schools in the Roaring Fork Valley get graded- some of the best and the worst in the state are here.

Basalt has its first menorah lighting to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah.

Aspen’s new Airport Director takes the helm as County Commissioners decide how to widen the airfield.

New owners at Krabloonik aim for a kinder, friendlier era and they are receiving a “thumbs up”, so far, from a group whose aim is to make sure the sled dogs are well cared for.

Marci Krivonen

The committee that’s reviewing ideas for downtown redevelopment in Basalt received a letter from local businesses last week. The business owners are concerned they’re not being included in the process.

The letter is signed by five property owners with land in the heart of downtown. The group charged with visioning redevelopment, the Downtown Area Advisory Committee, has included the private parcels in their consideration.

Valley Roundup - October 31st, 2014

Oct 31, 2014

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

This week - getting citizens behind urban planning.  In Basalt, angry pro-development residents hammer town council.

In Aspen, the city tries citizen surveys to move on a lodging incentive package.

There is a big drug bust mid-valley with more arrest to come.  And for the now legal drug, more marijuana grow operations approved in Missouri Heights.

Also this week Sam Wyly says he is bankrupt.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary, a look at online election information.

Mountain Edition - October 30th, 2014

Oct 30, 2014

A Town meeting in Basalt got heated this week as community members and elected leaders discussed development downtown.

After scrapping a controversial ordinance, the City of Aspen is trying to find out what citizens want in local lodging.

The only contested race in Pitkin County this election is between commissioner Rob Ittner and democrat Patti Clapper. We speak with both of them.

Carbondale is getting a new laboratory that tests marijuana for contaminants.

And, Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House is saying “goodbye” to its long-time executive director.

Mountain Edition - October 23rd, 2014

Oct 23, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

A memorial service is planned for a long-time Aspen firefighter and teacher.

And the applications are in for who wants to rent the old power house building in Aspen...that used to house the Aspen Art Museum.

Aspen area voters will see a tax question their ballots asking for money to fund ambulance service.

Meanwhile, downvalley voters will choose between a Garfield County commissioner and a candidate with some very different viewpoints.

Mountain Edition - September 25th, 2014

Sep 25, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

The Roaring Fork Valley is awash with fall colors this week.

Basalt puts together a commission to decide on a way to revitalize old town.

Health insurance rates are going down next year for some residents in the Glenwood Springs area. And that’s partly because some doctors and hospitals have agreed to get paid less.

U.S. Senate candidates in Colorado battle it out for the women’s vote in the November election.

And we look at the 35th annual Aspen Film Fest, opening this weekend.

Bear Problems In Basalt Prompt Public Meetings

Sep 9, 2014
Basalt Police Department

Bear activity in Basalt is picking up and Town Government is holding a series of public meetings to address the problem. At least nine bears have made neighborhoods in Old Town Basalt their home, and some have broken into vehicles and garages. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Police Chief Greg Knott who says his department has responded to more bear calls this year, compared to the year before.

Marci Krivonen

Wildfire season is well underway in the West, as crews battle destructive blazes in California. Rain clouds and even snow have been more common in the Roaring Fork Valley this spring, but wildfire officials say right now is the time to prepare. The Town of Basalt is holding a Wildfire Preparedness Workshop on Wednesday. One of the presenters is Assistant District Forester Kamie Long, with the Colorado State Forest Service.

Marci Krivonen

If you’ve driven through downtown Basalt recently, it’s hard to miss the mess of trees, electrical boxes and garbage covering a central stretch of land. It’s the site of the old Pan and Fork Mobile Home park, where more than 300 people used to live. The Town of Basalt helped those residents relocate and now it’s focusing on redeveloping the five acres. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen walked through the area with Town Manager Mike Scanlon.

Mountain Edition - March 27th, 2014

Mar 27, 2014

A long-time local accused of murdering Aspen resident Nancy Pfister was in court on Wednesday. Kathy Carpenter is one of three arrested for the crime.

Voters in Basalt next week will elect three new Town Council members. We hear from business owners about what they want from the elected officials.

Across the nation the number of heroin and opiate overdoses is increasing...and, there’s an uptick in heroin use here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

We talk with two young men who have struggled with heroin addiction...they describe the pain of running out of the drug and the threat of overdose.

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