Elise Thatcher

Elise Thatcher

Basalt is choosing from a list of four companies that want to build the town’s long-anticipated underpass.

Marci Krivonen

There’s growing concern in Carbondale about a concentration of marijuana businesses in one neighborhood. Sixteen pot-related operations are grouped in the Buggy Village area near Highway 133.

Barbara Platts

Three Town Council seats are up for grabs in Basalt’s spring election, and the mayor’s post is also in contention. Aspen Public Radio hosted a candidate forum last night at the Basalt Regional Library. Candidates staked out their positions and answered pointed questions.

Barbara Platts / Aspen Public Radio News

News Director Carolyn Sackariason moderates the two hour, live broadcast of APR's Town Hall Candidate Forum with five candidates running for three open Basalt Town Council seats and two candidates vying for the mayor’s seat.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Aspen City Council puts the brakes on development downtown.

Aspen Film announces the ShortsFest lineup.

The Roaring Fork Fishing Guide Alliance/Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife

It’s common to have stream closures this time of year — near the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. That’s to protect fish, and now there’s a new effort to make sure people follow the rules.

The idea is to protect spawning trout, which congregate in certain places upstream from the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. Fishing during spawning stresses out the trout, making it easier for them to die.

The closures mean no fishing and a new set of signs are alerting anglers to the restrictions. The postings are part of a collaboration by the Roaring Fork Fishing Guide Alliance and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.

Four streams in the Roaring Fork Valley area are affected by the closures. Those are Grizzly and No Name creeks, as tributaries to the Colorado River, and Three-Mile and Four-Mile creeks, as tributaries to the Roaring Fork River. The closures affect a half a mile on each creek.

Elise Thatcher

  As primaries continue across the country, Colorado legislators are mulling whether to return to that method or stick with just caucuses. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, election officials in the Roaring Fork Valley area have estimated how much more a primary would cost.

Elise Thatcher

Pedestrians no longer have their own bridge across the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. The popular mode of travel for getting from one side of town to the other is now a walkway, next to four lanes of traffic. Tourists and visitors appear to be embracing the new temporary connection.

  February was a rough month for tourism in the Aspen area. Little snow, high winds and an airport equipment problem made the Upper Valley less enticing and a lot harder to get to. But the real kicker was the long closure on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

  A troubled postal worker has been deported from the country. We have an update on a case that involved federal courts, immigration officials, firearms and a restraining order filed by a local woman.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt Town Council members are paid less than people in similar positions with other towns in the Roaring Fork Valley. Council members are now looking at increasing their pay. The review comes with an April election on the horizon.

Elise Thatcher

If you spend enough time in the Roaring Fork Valley, you’ll hear this sentence: the White River National Forest is the busiest, most visited National Forest in the country. But as the agency’s budget keeps dropping, officials say there will be significant changes down the road.

Elise Thatcher

  Traffic will likely be affected dramatically today. Crews are working in Glenwood Canyon and taking down the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge.

Elise Thatcher

The Aspen Pitkin County Airport is working on an Environmental Assessment of a new runway and terminal. The airport plan has been through several rounds of comment and review.

Elise Thatcher

As the Grand Avenue Bridge work is underway, Garfield County is trying to address another location where the roadway is vulnerable to river runoff.

Elise Thatcher

Pitkin County’s election workers have settled into their new home. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher swung by Thursday to check it out.

  Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Democrats in the Roaring Fork Valley vote for Bernie Sanders as their early presidential pick.

A Pitkin County Commissioner is trying to figure out who left a wad of cash in front of her house.

Elise Thatcher

It’s been a little trickier getting around the Aspen Pitkin County Airport, ever since officials expanded the secure passenger lounge. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the change has also prompted a big bump for one business inside the airport.

Elise Thatcher

Democrats in the Roaring Fork Valley chose Bernie Sanders last night. Participants in the 2016 caucuses also turned out in record numbers in two counties.

Jimmy Thomas

  Glenwood Canyon has been one of the hottest topics in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last two weeks, but there was barely a peep about one of the fastest ways to avoid closures or detours.

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