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Pitkin County commissioners decided Tuesday yesterday to spend $250,000 to build a turnaround area for oversized trucks heading up Independence Pass.

 

The turnaround will be located right before the winter closure gate on Highway 82. It’s part of a two-pronged approach aimed at preventing semi trucks and other vehicles longer than 35 feet from going over the narrow stretch.

The highlight of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s season comes in March, with a one-night-only performance of “Shadowland” by Pilobolus. The piece features projected videos and shadowplay.

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 Not surprisingly, reaction to the first U.S. presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton largely depends on party affiliation.

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Transportation engineers are planning to significantly alter Highway 82 so that semi trucks and other over-sized vehicles cannot physically travel up Independence Pass.

 

 

Increased fines and road warnings to large truck drivers haven’t stopped them from heading over the pass. So, the latest proposal involves creating such a tight turning radius before the closure gate that over-length vehicles wouldn’t be able to go through.

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Last night, Aspen City Council approved an ordinance to fine heavy duty diesel vehicles that emit too much smoke.

 

The new law localizes a state-wide regulation that requires diesel vehicles to keep emissions below 40 percent opacity, which is the measure of the particulate in smoke from trucks. Trucks are periodically stopped and tested; six of the 33 trucks at a test conducted earlier this summer failed.

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After 40 years working for the U.S. Forest Service, Martha Moran is retiring. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spent a day at Maroon Lake last week with the recreation planner and has this profile.

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Watching the first presidential debate tonight? Follow along with NPR as they fact check the comments and claims that are made. Starting at 9PM EST, a live transcript will appear in this article.

Colorado is among a handful of states where voters will decide if the minimum wage should be increased. If approved, Colorado’s wage would go up each year until it reaches $12 an hour by 2020.

Sloan Shoemaker, Executive Director of Wilderness Workshop, and Will Roush, Conservation Director of Wilderness Workshop, discuss the organization's role in conserving and protecting public lands today and what the future holds. Challenges include overpopulation and climate change, but the Workshop remains optimistic.

Visit www.WildernessWorkshop.org for more information and links to events and membership. 

The legal bills are mounting in the town of Basalt after a tumultuous year for the municipality.

 

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Matt Miazgowicz is one of the actors in the play, “Rock the Presidents”. It’s a show designed to teach children up to middle school age about American presidents. All of them are named at least once. Miazgowicz spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about the show before it’s performed at the Wheeler Opera House Tuesday.

 On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy present a compilation of the week’s news.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A massive illegal pot grow near Rifle got busted up this week and over a dozen Chinese nationals working the crop were arrested. Police think they may be the victims of slave labor.

3,000 pot plants seized in illegal Garfield County grow

And in nearby Battlement Mesa, residents are trying to stave off a wastewater injection well from being put in their backyards.

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 The Carbondale Clay Center was awarded a grant from Colorado Creative Industries Wednesday.


The $6,500 grant will be used for operational expenses for year round programming.

The center’s executive director Angela Bruno said the nonprofit hopes to expand programming in Carbondale’s Creative District.

The replacement for a local judge has been narrowed down to three candidates. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

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An overcast afternoon didn’t stop visitors from going to the Maroon Bells Tuesday. Many were hiking and taking pictures, but a small assembly of photographers were present waiting for the right light to capture Aspen’s changing leaves.

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Candidates running for local, state, and national offices speak tonight in Carbondale about management and funding of public lands.

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Despite moderate growth in Colorado, non-partisan state legislative economists say the risk of a recession is rising here and across the nation. 

 

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A recent split in a citizen’s group in Pitkin County is a bad sign for local democracy, according to one of the founders of the caucus system.

 The Colorado End of Life Options Act, Proposition 106, is discussed this week on Cross Currents. Guests include proponent Randi Lowenthal and opponent Carrie Ann Lucas, along with Rabbi David Segal.

 

 

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