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Man sues city, council over alleged Base 2 shenanigans

Sep 24, 2015


   An Aspen man is suing the city in an effort to make an upcoming vote on a lodge proposal null and void. As Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports, the resident contends City Council abused its discretion when approving Base 2 lodge.

Tim Murray is asking a Pitkin County District Court judge to rescind the council’s June vote on the 37-room lodge because a former councilman who voted in favor of the project now works for the developer.

Hunt has new project plans filed in City Hall

Sep 15, 2015

Developer Mark Hunt has submitted a plan to scrape and replace a downtown Aspen building. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

  The land use application seeks to demolish the current building on Hopkins Avenue and construct a new one that would be two stories tall, plus a basement. The maximum height of the building would be 28 feet.

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Results are in from testing done after a release of water from Grizzly Reservoir last month turned the Roaring Fork River a dirty yellow.

The discoloration happened in mid-August after a dam problem forced the release of between 10 and 20 acre feet of water from Grizzly Reservoir on Independence Pass. The water flowed into Lincoln Creek and eventually into the Roaring Fork River. It raised alarm because of its color.

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The USA Pro Cycling Challenge brings to Aspen not just professional cyclists, but visitors, vendors and infrastructure. To put on the event that spans two days, the City of Aspen relies heavily on volunteers. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Volunteers trickle into headquarters in downtown Aspen early Wednesday. At the registration table, they grab lanyards and get directions.

"It’s slow and steady right now, but everyone’s excited and it’s good," says Beth Hansen.

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The biggest impact to local traffic this week from the USA Pro Challenge will be on Independence Pass.

The professional cyclists will arrive in Aspen Wednesday (8/19) via Independence Pass. They’ll leave town the next day, on Thursday (8/20), headed to Breckenridge in stage four of the race.

This is the fifth year the riders will move through Aspen. The race always brings traffic disruptions.

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On Thursday, City of Aspen and Pitkin County staff took water and sediment samples at Grizzly Reservoir following discoloration of the Roaring Fork River. The work follows concerns from elected leaders.

The crystal clear water turned brown early this week after a dam problem forced the release of muddy water from Grizzly Reservoir. Between 10 and 20 acre feet flowed from Lincoln Creek into the Roaring Fork River.

Bank looks to foreclose on Ute building on Hopkins Avenue

Aug 12, 2015
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  Foreclosure proceedings have begun on a high-profile building in downtown Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.


Alpine Bank has started foreclosure proceedings against the owners of a downtown Aspen building that has been the subject of several lawsuits, including one brought by the city government.


Valley Roundup - August 7, 2015

Aug 7, 2015

The sheriffs on both ends of the valley are crying foul over having to foot the bill for Hillary Clinton’s recent visit.

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An Aspen-area farm is taking cues from the “mecca” of sustainable agriculture. Joel Salatin runs the Polyface Farm in Virginia. Many agricultural operations have duplicated his practices, including Aspen TREE at Cozy Point Ranch. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Aspen TREE runs a relatively small farm and ranch in a rural area. But, it doesn’t always sound rural.

Aspen City Council Tuesday agreed not to purchase commercial spaces and affordable housing units in a historic downtown building. 

The City has a “right of first refusal” for units in the ISIS building, where Aspen’s movie theater operates. A buyer has offered $10.4 million for two retail spaces and a pair of affordable housing units, but not the theater. The deal requires keeping the residential units affordable.