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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.

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.

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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Pandora’s is not unknown terrain to many local skiers, but it does take a hike to get there. But maybe not for too much longer.

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It’s mid-April, with mild temperatures and sunshine on the snow-capped peaks above Avalanche Creek. The grasses and shrubs along the valley floor are still golden brown, inching toward green. It won’t rain today but there’s a front moving in tomorrow, and it’s windy. All of this means the variables are coming together for fire.

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Summer in Snowmass means biking, hiking, sightseeing and soon a climbing wall, zipline and an alpine coaster. The U.S. Forest Service gave initial approval last month for a suite of recreational activities on the Elk Camp side of the ski area. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with Forest Service mountain sports manager Roger Poirier about the plans.

 

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The U.S. Forest Service plans to burn up to 500 acres near Avalanche Creek today and this weekend, if the weather conditions allow.

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The U.S. Forest Service released its assessment of the environmental impacts that will come with a new plan to limit camping in overcrowded wilderness areas.

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The U.S. Forest Service faces a major backlog in trail maintenance and is now looking to identify a few key areas where it can pick up the pace.

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The U.S. Forest Service has released a draft decision that approves major recreation updates at Snowmass Ski Area.

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Congressman Scott Tipton held a telephone town hall earlier this month, where he discussed health care, energy policy and public lands. Last week, he was working on infrastructure ideas for the National Park Service and Forest Service. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat in on the phone call and has been following his work on public lands. She discussed the congressman’s policies and communication with producer Christin Kay.  

 

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The U.S. Forest Service has approved a plan for an alpine coaster and other recreation options at Copper Mountain Resort. A similar plan in Snowmass is still under review.

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The City of Aspen is working to retain conditional water rights to build reservoirs on Maroon and Castle Creeks, and the court battle could get expensive.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup.

The Aspen community lost a veteran newspaper columnist this week. Su Lum embodied watchdog journalism and never held back. Her co-workers and loyal readers remember her as a no-nonsense Aspen icon.

Longtime Aspen Times columnist Su Lum, known for acerbic wit, dies at age 80

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Aspen Skiing Company wants to make some changes to the Sam’s Knob area on Snowmass.  The U.S. Forest Service is now taking public comment on the plans.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

The Roaring Fork Valley is a biking wonderland in the summer months, rife with world-class singletrack trails and scenic, quiet roads. But in the winter, it’s a different landscape. Local mountain bikers are working to change that.

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