Rob St. Mary

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

RFTA gets millions for more parking, service, and facilities.

A Basalt woman is sentenced for causing a fatal accident last August.

Aspen Skiing Company and pro skier Alice McKennis look back on the season.

There’s a new book about Glenwood Springs history.

A nonprofit aims to restore part of the Crystal River in Carbondale.

And we find out about the country’s biggest conservation effort ever and a bird here in Colorado.

That’s ahead on Mountain Edition.

This year’s annual Aspen Film’s Shorts Fest features several documentaries on Colorado artists. One called “The Journey” follows sculptor James Surls. Austin Lottimer is co-director of the film. He spoke recently to Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary.

On today's show, Shirley Tipton and Jim Salan from the Aspen Elks Lodge on the lodge's volunteer efforts with the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

Also, Rob St. Mary with Laura Thielen and George Eldred from Aspen Film on this year's Shortsfest, April 7-12th.

Photo Courtesy of USA Pro Challenge

A new race is coming to the cycling circuit and will start in Colorado. The USA Pro Challenge announced today it will be opening a new competition for female racers starting this summer. The Women’s USA Pro Challenge will take place August 21st to the 23rd. The three day event starts in Breckenridge and will hit Fort Collins before wrapping up in Golden on August 23rd. This is the first time in the history of the USA Pro Challenge that parts of the men’s course will be open to women and competitors will race for the same prize money.

Tomorrow starts ten days of construction that will impact Aspen drivers. Between April 1st and 10th, North Mill Street between Bleeker and Main will be closed to through traffic as several construction projects take place. Detours will be posted for drivers and parking restrictions will affect Bleeker, Aspen, and Spring Streets as well as Rio Grande Place and North Mill Street. Also tomorrow, the Colorado Department of Transportation plans to replace traffic signals at Main and Mill. Expect lane closures for that work during the day on Wednesday.

AspenSpin.com

A retired Wall Street money manager turned local writer is running for a seat on the Aspen City Council. Andrew Israel says is behind the website AspenSpin.com.  Israel says, if elected, his first plan of action will be to keep city council meetings from going into the early hours of the morning.

Roger Adams

A well-known retired politician around Aspen is taking another run at city council. Former Mayor Mick Ireland says he’s seeking a council seat in this spring’s election. The former mayor says his emphasis will be on moderate, sustainable growth that respects the community’s character with a keen eye on land use and zoning issues.

“We need some more through thinking about our future and we need an alignment of our values with our land use code… and I think we have gotten a little off track.”

This week on CrossCurrents, Laura Thielen of Aspen Film and APR's Rob St. Mary with their picks on who will win at this year's Academy Awards.

Aspen Film continues with its “Hollywood’s Big Night” event this Sunday as a fundraiser for the non-profit’s programs in the Valley. You can find out more here: http://aspenfilm.org/index.php/events/special-events

Outside Magazine

Disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to hitting two parked cars in town late last year. Armstrong paid the fine via mail on Friday. The guilty plea closes the case and also keeps Armstrong from a court appearance in Pitkin County.

On December 28th, Armstrong's girlfriend, Anna Hansen, originally told Aspen police she was driving and that icy conditions caused the accident on the city’s west end. She later confessed to lying to police in an effort to avoid media attention.

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

The lodging review continues in Aspen and for the city council, this week, it was a mixed bag.

Meanwhile, the city employees reviewing those plans are looking for a new home of their own.

A proposed pot growing operation faces the NIMBY wrath in Silt.

Do we love the Maroon Bells too much and is that a problem?

Should Garfield County voters have the chance to vote for commissioners by district instead of at large?

Aspen and Glenwood Springs are going all mail balloting this spring

And what’s the lowdown on uphilling? That’s a conference coming on that topic.

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