Elise Thatcher

Mountain Edition - December 3rd, 2015

Dec 3, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

The Director of Aspen’s Development Office is leaving to start a private firm.

RFTA and its bus drivers are negotiating wages.

We say goodbye to a major figure in Aspen’s art community.

Town of Basalt

  Basalt officials are looking at what kind of park to have on the Pan and Fork property, and how much it could cost. The developer interested in building on the parcel supports the approach, but says he needs a key detail ironed out.

CDOT

  CDOT hopes to get a bigger turnout for its next meeting with movers and shakers in Glenwood Springs. It’s part of preparations for Grand Avenue Bridge construction in January, and the idea is for CDOT managers to stay in close contact with business owners, civic groups and other leaders.

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Trapping cats has been going on for years in Garfield County, and the methods include canned fish and humane cages. Those efforts will continue in Carbondale under the town’s new cat ordinance, and participants say their trapping won’t be used against so-called nuisance cats.

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

The Glenwood Springs Fire Department had a surprising holiday last Thursday. On Thanksgiving Day, a small winter wildfire broke out near Walmart, which is extremely unusual for the area.

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As Battlement Mesa residents prepare for more review of a possible drilling proposal within their unincorporated town, some are worried they’re stuck in a situation they didn’t know to avoid-- and don’t know a way out of.

Town of Basalt

  Like other towns and counties up and down the Roaring Fork Valley, the town of Basalt is hammering out its budget for next year. But first it’s also trying to shore up its 2015 funds. This year’s budget was supposed to be about $7 million. Now Town Council is considering adding more than $2.2 million more dollars to pay for unanticipated expenses.

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  Some of the fasted ski racers in the world will take on Aspen Mountain this weekend, when the resort once again hosts the women’s FIS Ski World Cup. We stopped by on Tuesday to see how the course is coming along.

 

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  Pitkin County has been spending millions of dollars on medical care for its workers. That’s dropped dramatically in recent years. Pitkin County is projected to spend more than $3.6 million in the 2015 calendar year, a significant drop from previous years.

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

  The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is joining the review into what caused a fire in a garage in Glenwood Springs on Sunday. Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson says bringing in the CBI doesn’t mean the fire was an arson, but it is a way to definitively rule out whether that played a role.

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