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Town of Snowmass Village

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  After eight years of stalled development at Base Village in Snowmass, a new development group, which includes the Aspen Skiing Company, is taking over. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor at the Aspen Daily News and Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News.

You can hear more of the conversation which includes Randy Essex, editor and publisher of Glenwood Post Independent at 3:30 p.m. on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

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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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Community Development Director Julie Ann Woods told Snowmass elected leaders this week that the 6-year-old comprehensive plan needs more than a couple of tweaks here and there.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The man who pushed a local snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands in January is pleading not guilty to attempted first degree assault by reason of insanity. But he still needs to be examined by a psychiatrist.

 Aspen Highlands chairlift pusher enters insanity plea

Elise Thatcher

  Getting around Snowmass Village can be difficult at times, especially if you’re trying to walk from one side of a busy road to another. So town officials are narrowing down ways to improve tricky spots.

Days after Related Company announced that it would remain the master developer of Base Village, it gained final approval for the plans yesterday.

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Almost 700 people voted in the Town’s first recall election.

Councilman likely to be charged for trashing jail

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  A Snowmass Town Councilman could end up behind bars again, because he allegedly trashed the Pitkin county jail so badly last week. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Councilman Chris Jacobson was arrested early Friday for allegedly driving drunk. Once in jail, he also allegedly damaged two different rooms. Officials say Jacobson ruined a vanity, ripped equipment off walls, including a stainless steel mirror, sound insulation, plus molding off the floor. Jacobson was put in a restraint chair that he then unbolted from the ground.

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The lease for Krabloonik Fine Dining and Dogsledding could be officially confirmed this week. Snowmass Town Council has approved most of the updated lease, but a few more details are being added in.

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The Aspen School District is looking to the Town of Snowmass Village to fill a budget shortfall. The district is proposing a sales tax, just like the one in place in the City of Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

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The former owner of Krabloonik dog sledding kennel was sentenced today to 30 months of probation, with a condition that he cannot own a dog or have any interest in a business that has them.

  Snowmass Village officials continue to hash out what they want from a developer before Base Village construction can continue. Tonight Town Council will review changes requested by Related Colorado, for its plan to finish building Base Village. The project overall is about a third done now, and residents, officials, and businesses alike are anxious for construction to begin again. But not without making sure there’s enough of what’s called Community Purpose amenities.

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.

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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.

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An elected board that makes decisions on local transit considered a series of funding requests Thursday. The Elected Officials Transportation Committee approved 3 of 4 requests for projects from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.

The board is in charge of a fund that collects money from Pitkin County half-cent sales and use taxes. Much of the money funds the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. Those behind last night’s proposals were hoping to get some of the remaining dollars.

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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.

Your Evening News - February 4th, 2015

Feb 4, 2015

Retail Sales in Aspen Up 10% in 2014

The city sales tax report for 2014 is in. It appears the Aspen economy has more than rebounded.

People in Aspen shopped more, drank more, ate more and consumed pot more in 2014 than the previous year.

That’s according a recently-released sales tax consumption report, which shows economic activity within the city of Aspen last year is up 10 percent over 2013. That amounts to nearly $624 million in commerce.

Sports equipment, clothing and luxury goods were up significantly for the year. Combined, those categories generated around $153 million in sales. Restaurant and bars were up 11 percent, bringing in about $111 million dollars. And with recreational marijuana coming on the scene last March, sales in that category spiked dramatically. The liquor and marijuana category saw an increase of 25 percent, generating more than $13 million throughout 2014. All of those industries posted increases for the month of December as well. Another big gain last year was revenue generated by accommodations up thirteen percent. That amounts to more than one-hundred-seventy-three million dollars that flowed into the local economy.

Your Morning News - February 3rd, 2015

Feb 3, 2015

Aspen Talks Health & Human Services Funding

Aspen City Council continued a conversation last night about funding health and human service organizations. Right now, the City doles out $400,000 annually to various charities.

The council’s conversation centered around whether additional dollars should be pulled from another pot of money and if the method currently used for choosing worthy organizations should continue. Right now Pitkin County decides where the money goes.

Mayor Steve Skadron suggested pulling additional dollars from a tax dedicated to the Wheeler Opera House.

“This is how I think it should go: should new incremental money come into our pool of contributions, I believe that money should have a focused outcome. I think the focus should be on uniquely Aspen problems.”

He’d like to support seniors in need, substance abuse, mental health and suicide. The conversation will continue later this month, when councilman Dwayne Romero is present.

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.  

Your Evening News - December 9th, 2014

Dec 9, 2014

Environmentalists Praise White River National Forest Drilling Plan

The White River National Forest released a “conservation-minded” plan Tuesday for future oil and gas drilling. Conservation groups are cheering the plan, saying it protects much of the contested Thompson Divide. The long-awaited plan maps out where future oil and gas leasing can happen on the 2.2 million acre White River National Forest. It calls for closing more than 1.2 million acres to oil and gas leasing including much of the contested Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. The Thompson Divide Coalition is working to protect that area. Executive Director Zane Kessler calls the plan “a good step.”

“We’re excited that the Forest Service has taken a very strong, conservation minded lead on this.”

More work needs to be done, he says, because 100,000 acres already leased on the Divide won’t be affected by the Forest Service plan. The plan only applies to future leasing.

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