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Valley Roundup

This week, we talk with Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, about some of the biggest stories he's covered in his time in the Roaring Fork Valley. Essex is leaving his post for the Motor City, where he will be senior content director for business and auto news at the Detriot Free Press. 

 

This week, the votes are in. The Aspen School District Board of Education gets a new member, tax questions supporting Colorado Mountain College and Garfield County historical societies are shot down by voters, but taxes on tobacco and pot to help fund public health initiatives pass.

This week, a local immigration rights activist took sanctuary in a Carbondale church. There’s a freeze on some land-use applications in the mid-valley, and a long-debated Aspen project is sneaking back into the picture. The doors are still closed at Justice Snow's, an Aspen restaurant, while city council discusses its fate. And Coloradans are expecting to pay much more for health care next year.

 

Aspen City Council candidates Torre and Ward Hauenstein were in the hot seat during this week’s “squirm night” hosted by the local papers.

  Joining guest host Alycin Bektesh this week are  Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Elizabeth Milias who runs The Red Ant, and Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

Within the last week, local “thought leaders” came together to ponder the future of commercial regulations in Aspen, and the Aspen City Council passed four ordinances they hope will redefine the resort mountain town.

Valley Roundup for Dec. 9, 2016

Dec 10, 2016

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The Aspen City Council voted 3-2 this week to keep City Hall in the armory building instead of turning it over to community use.

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

On Tuesday, activists against energy development in the Thompson Divide met with the Forest Service at a potential drilling site. The Forest Service is reviewing an exploratory well proposal.

Valley Roundup - August 21, 2015

Aug 21, 2015

Valley Roundup brings together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the week's top stories.

This week, the City expands corner hangouts, and the library renovation budget.

Valley Roundup - July 17, 2015

Jul 17, 2015

Valley Roundup brings together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the week's top stories.

Valley Roundup - July 3rd, 2015

Jul 3, 2015

A Snowmass Town Councilman will likely face a felony charge for damaging infrastructure in the county jail after he was arrested for driving drunk.

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

Aspen lost one of its first cultural architects when novelist Jim Salter died earlier this month. He moved here in the '60s when many other renowned artists were planting their roots.

Snowmass Base Village developers are slowly rolling out their grand plan. Decision makers held a joint meeting as planning began.

Valley Roundup - June 19th, 2015

Jun 19, 2015

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

A news story about a missing Aspen native has created a  ruckus among longtime residents.

As summer sets in, so does the homeless population in Glenwood Springs, which is angst in the business community.

Meanwhile, a custody dispute involving a Snowmass Village father has garnered international attention.

When is a service dog a legitimate reason to take the pet into a restaurant or live in affordable housing?

Valley Roundup - May 29th, 2015

May 29, 2015

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

The question of whether the city of Aspen’s community development department wields too much power when it comes to handling building proposals and the land use code is being debated.

Valley Roundup - May 8th, 2015

May 8, 2015

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

The City of Aspen municipal election made history this week, with voters stripping some power away from their elected officials. And, two candidates vying for an open council seat are headed to a runoff election in June.

A prominent downtown Aspen landlord is eyeing more properties and has two more under contract to buy.

Valley Roundup - May 1st, 2015

May 1, 2015

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

The smells of legalization permeate up and down the valley, and the odor of marijuana has some people plugging their noses and complaining to city officials.

An investigation is brewing around a nonprofit in Glenwood and whether funds were misappropriated.

Meanwhile, there’s more debate on oil and gas drilling in the valley.

Valley Roundup - April 24th, 2015

Apr 24, 2015

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

We saw the end of the 2014-15 ski season when Aspen Mountain closed last weekend but why was it a ghost town at the base?

The City of Aspen just bought more wind power so it can operate on 100 percent renewable energy.

Meanwhile, the switch for the largest solar array in the valley was flipped this week.

The town of Snowmass is investigating why high levels of fecal matter are testing positive in a stream near a high-profile hotel.

Valley Roundup - April 10th, 2015

Apr 10, 2015

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

Glenwood Springs has two new council members.

It looks like the Thompson Divide will be safe from oil and gas drilling. But, what about other areas and how do residents there feel about that sort of activity in their backyards?

There’s movement and millions of dollars in play in getting a base village built at the base of Snowmass ski area.

Meanwhile, a new executive director has been hired at the Wheeler Opera House.

And, an Aspen City Council candidate is being scrutinized for something he did 10 years ago.

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Jill Bethard, editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

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