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After a season where nearly 9 million acres of land nationwide have burned in wildfires, federal agencies are getting a jump on recruiting wildland firefighters.

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Aspen Skiing Company is looking for approval for a new lift on Highlands. The U.S. Forest Service is now taking public comment on several proposed projects at the ski area.

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Next summer, backpackers planning to stay overnight at Conundrum Hot Springs will need reservations.

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Off-highway vehicles, like ATVs, have long been illegal on Pitkin County roads, but the policy hasn’t been enforced. That will change soon.

 

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Local fire agencies plan to set a prescribed burn this week near El Jebel.

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The defendant accused of illegally growing marijuana on U.S. Forest Service land near Carbondale made his first court appearance Wednesday.

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Last week, federal officials discovered a major marijuana grow operation in the White River National Forest south of Carbondale and made one arrest.

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The U.S. Forest Service has a plan to clear cut some sections of the Upper Fryingpan Valley, beyond Ruedi Reservoir. As the agency assesses the environmental impacts of the project, some neighbors are preparing for a fight.

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The U.S. Forest Service announced a plan last week to limit crowds at Hanging Lake. The public has a chance to voice opinions Wednesday evening.

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The U.S. Forest Service has received three objections to a plan that would limit overnight use of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

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Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon is one of Colorado’s most popular hikes, and overuse is causing degradation to the fragile ecosystem. The U.S. Forest Service released a plan yesterday for how to manage visitors at the trail. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy discusses details of the plan with producer Christin Kay.

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The U.S. Forest Service is partnering with local environmental groups to repair damage on the Capitol Creek Trail this weekend.

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The U.S. Forest Service will be closing Difficult Campground on Tuesday, Aug. 15, for the remainder of the 2017 season.

Valley Roundup, July 7, 2017

Jul 7, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me in the studio this week are Jason Auslander, a reporter for the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News. And later, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent will join me via Skype.

 

 

Police are getting closer to identifying the suspect who slashed a $3 million painting in an Aspen gallery.

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The U.S. Forest Service released a draft decision yesterday on its plan to combat overuse in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The first step is to address the Conundrum valley.

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Conundrum Hot Springs has been targeted as a “hot spot” by the outdoor ethics organization Leave No Trace.

Valley Roundup, June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me in the studio this week are Brent Gardner-Smith, executive director of Aspen Journalism and Andy Stone, former editor of the Aspen Times, as well as Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent speaking via Skype.

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017

Hanging Lake, a popular hiking trail in Glenwood Canyon, has fallen victim to over-use. And now commercialism has compounded the problem.

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Aspen Skiing Company and the U.S. Forest Service have finalized plans for an expansion of summer activities at Snowmass Ski Area.

 

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With summer season warming up, area wildlife agencies are reminding people to respect trails that remain closed.

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