Valley Roundup

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In our survey of the week’s top stories, Valley Roundup brings together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the news. Valley Roundup goes beyond the headlines with reporters and editors discussing issues important to the Roaring Fork Valley.  These journalists are keeping an eye on local government, public utilities, the environment, the arts and much more.  On Valley Roundup each week, they’ll be in casual conversation about the stories they cover and why they matter to us.   

Valley Roundup is more than just a week-in-review – it’s your connection to your community and beyond.

Hosted by APR News Director Carolyn Sackarison, guests include editors and reporters from The Aspen Daily News, The Aspen Times, The Glenwood Springs Post
Independent, and others.  

Valley Roundup received a Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) Award of Excellence for Best Public Affairs Program in 2015. 

Support for Valley Roundup on Aspen Public Radio comes from Balcomb and Green, PC, a full-service law firm with offices in Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Basalt. Learn more at www.balcombgreen.com.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

All of the tearing down of homes and buildings in Pitkin County means most of that debris is heading to the landfill, which has 15 years left of life on it. City of Aspen officials are considering making it mandatory to recycle that material.

Hard choices 
are forecast for construction waste diversion

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Vail Resorts bought Whistler this week for $1 billion. How that will affect attracting guests to Aspen/Snowmass is a question industry observers are asking.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The news that the Bureau of Land Management plans to cancel 25 oil and gas leases on the Thompson Divide has all sides reacting.

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/172009

http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/25-thompson-divide-leases-canceled

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge.

Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request

 

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Madeleine Osberger/Aspen Daily News

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The Aspen affordable housing program is in a mid-life crisis of sorts. How to manage nearly 3,000 subsidized units is weighing on public officials.

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In its attempt to get more social media followers, the Aspen Police Department had a bit of fun with the resort’s reputation as a party town.

Small plastic bag found at grocery store checkout causes internet stir

And time will tell if two developers who want to build lodging at the base of Aspen Mountain can play well together.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The primary election results are in. Two valley natives will advance to the fall election for a Pitkin County commissioner seat. And in Garfield County, a candidate has been selected who will be serving his sixth term as a commissioner. In the Colorado congressional race for the third district, it’s going to get interesting between Democrat Gail Schwartz and Republican Scott Tipton.

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

There is a primary election this month among three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. In a forum held this week, accusations flew from one candidate to another about conflicts of interest.

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/columnist/171422

Housing, open space dominate 'Squirm Night'

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The International Ski Federation has given its final blessing for Aspen Mountain to host the world cup finals in March of 2017.

With decision made, now real work begins for 2017 World Cup FinalsBreaking news: FIS makes 2017 World Cup Finals official

 

 

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

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Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A management plan has been adopted for the Crystal River but getting ranchers to agree to divert less water is still a challenge.

Keeping water in the Crystal

And rivers around the state are about to hit their peaks.

And in Glenwood Springs, a rare collision between a truck and an Amtrak train has made headlines.

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Elected officials in the town of Carbondale are considering an attempt to regulate the free market by not allowing some residential units to be rented to tourists.

http://www.postindependent.com/news/22098234-113/carbondale-scrutinizes-short-term-rentals

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Today I am joined in the studio with Amanda Rae Busch, columnist for the Aspen Times Weekly and her editor Jeanne McGovern. Also with us is Aspen Daily News columnist Beth Brandon and her editor, Madeleine Osberger.

We are talking about women’s role in the media and how it can empower others. In the case of Beth and Amanda, both are victims of abuse. But as we have learned by reading their newspaper columns over the years, they are much more than that.

 Welcome to Valley Roundup.

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

The mayor of Carbondale is resigning because she is moving to Redstone. Her move brings up the question of whether the once sleepy town of Carbondale is becoming unaffordable

Carbondale Mayor Bernot moving, steps down

Madeleine Osberger/Aspen Daily News

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The man who pushed a local snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands in January is pleading not guilty to attempted first degree assault by reason of insanity. But he still needs to be examined by a psychiatrist.

 Aspen Highlands chairlift pusher enters insanity plea

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The source of the sewage stench wafting up from storm sewers in downtown Aspen has been identified.

Aspen officials zero in on source of foul odors

Aspen’s sewage leak lasted for more than a month

And in Snowmass, voters are being asked to buck up for a new sewage plant.

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

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