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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Basalt town politics are still causing controversy; this time with an elected official lobbying her colleagues outside of the public eye.


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A Basalt town council member violated open meeting law after she emailed her colleagues asking them to vote a particular way on a resolution coming before them. For commentary on this issue, John Colson, a reporter for the Sopris Sun, Curtis Wackerle, editor at the Aspen Daily News, and Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times join Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m.


  The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) is seeking public input about its online presence.

Three men who have been involved in the Aspen Center for Physics won the Nobel Prize this week.

  Ted Guy, of Basalt, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the town government for not being transparent enough. Guy is suing Basalt’s mayor, the town clerk and all five council members.


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The Meeting happens in early October each year in Aspen. The three-day event started yesterday, and concludes tomorrow. One Friday event discusses how virtual reality is changing the action sports film industry.

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 Presidential hopeful Donald Trump brought his campaign message to Colorado Monday with stops in Pueblo and in Loveland.

Skippy Mesirow of Aspen NextGen Commission, and Ashely Feddersen of Aspen Young Professionals Association with details on their election event at the Limelight Hotel Oct. 5.

 The 14 suspects arrested last month at an illegal marijuana grow operation near Rifle will not be formally charged at this time.

The District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that there is not enough evidence to file charges against the workers found on the 40-acre property.

  Propositions 107 and 108 — Primary elections

Both propositions would allow unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in a primary election

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and a statewide advocacy group spoke to Colorado’s transit needs yesterday.

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The board for Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) meets in Carbondale on Thursday and Friday.  

The organization uses Colorado Lottery revenue to provide grants to projects that protect and enhance Colorado’s parks, trails, wildlife and open spaces. Since its inception in 1992, GOCO has given about $18.5 million to Eagle County, $10.2 million to Garfield County and $7.6 million to Pitkin County.  

Temperatures are dropping and snow is starting to fall in the Roaring Fork Valley.'s Cory Gates has made his winter predictions and it looks like it will be better than last season. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with Gates about his winter outlook.

Governor John Hickenlooper has selected a new judge to serve in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.


The number two person in the Ninth Judicial District has been tapped to serve as a district court judge. Anne Norrdin, who has been in the DA’s office for more than eight years, will replace judge Daniel Petre, who retired last week. She will be based out of the Garfield County courthouse and will serve that county, as well Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties.

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Basalt Town Council voted unanimously last night to hire a public relations specialist. Jeanette Darnauer runs Darnauer Group Communications in Aspen.

She’s been working with the town government since September to improve communication with the public. However, her contract was a surprise to many, including some council members.

The contract is set at $10,000, plus out-of-pocket expenses, and ends Nov. 8, which is election day.

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A semi-truck carrying rocks to the Basalt whitewater park construction area overturned Tuesday afternoon. It spilled about 5 gallons of diesel fuel and a small amount of hydraulic fluid on the ground. Contractors contained the spill, and Pitkin County Environmental Health Manager Kurt Dahl said in a statement that he was confident it was contained. Project engineers will assess the site today.  

A voter information event held at the Limelight Hotel this evening aims to increase turnout in an underrepresented demographic.


Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night.
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Local governments are opening up their spreadsheets as the 2017 budget process begins Tuesday.

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Snowmass Town Council will review the final draft of a recreation and open space plan today.