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This week, Snowmass Village town council unanimously approved a sale tax question for November’s ballot.

Marci Krivonen

This fall, Eagle County commissioners may ask voters to renew a property tax to fund the county’s open space program, but first, they want input.

Courtesy of City of Aspen

UPDATED Thursday, Aug. 16, 3:25 p.m.: Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission decided it would consider including provisions for zero-emission vehicles. Roaring Fork Valley officials were among those pushing for their inclusion. The commission will discuss the issue again in December, before making a final decision in March, 2019. 

On Tuesday night, Basalt's Town Council reviewed a new development proposal for the Pan and Fork property from Willits developer Tim Belinski.   


At its meeting Tuesday night, Basalt’s Town Council unanimously rejected Whole Foods’ application for a fermented malt liquor license. This would have allowed the grocery store to sell low-alcohol beer -- beer that contains less than 3.2 percent alcohol -- and alcoholic kombucha.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Earlier this month, the open space and trails boards for both the City of Aspen and Pitkin County agreed to move forward with plans to build a trail along Castle Creek Road. It will run just under a mile between the city trail from the Marolt housing to the campus of the Aspen Music School and Aspen Country Day School.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio


The U.S. Drought Monitor shows Pitkin County is now experiencing severe-to-extreme drought and, on Monday, city council agreed to implement Stage Two water restrictions. It's the first time the city has taken this step, which is meant to protect area rivers and preserve the city’s water supply.

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Aspen has hired a consultant to study ways to improve the "uphill economy."  

The work will cost $75,000 and is scheduled to be completed by June of next year.

Pitkin and Garfield counties will share broadband equipment to get Internet to their rural areas.

Raising a Reader is dedicated to fostering early literacy bonds between children and their parents to ensure that all young children from Aspen to Parachute develop a love of books and the skills to become successful readers. Executive Director Rick Blauvelt and Chair of Raising a Reader's Board of Directors Nate Adams discuss who Raising a Reader serves and the need for literacy in developing children. 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The Roaring Fork Conservancy celebrated the opening of its new headquarters Friday with a special guest: Gov. John Hickenlooper.

  While the nation continues to be divided along party lines, governors can play a pivotal role in building discourse  within their communities.

'The Fifth Kingdom' Invades Aspen

Aug 10, 2018

Local artist Jody Guralnick’s latest show “The Fifth Kingdom” opens Friday at Skye Gallery in downtown Aspen.

Mountain Edition: August 9, 2018

Aug 10, 2018

This week, hosts Zoe Rom and Ryer Gardenswartz bring you the week's news from the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

More than 250 people submitted comments on a proposed trail through the Crystal River Valley. Pitkin County released them Thursday; there is general support for the trail, but concerns remain.

The annual Ducky Derby sponsored by the Rotary Club of Aspen will be run a little differently this year, thanks to borrowed water and a computer algorithm.

GWS Fire Updates

Aug 8, 2018

A fire closed I-70 Wednesday afternoon near Glenwood Springs. The highway should be reopened in both directions around 5:30 p.m.

The lastest update from the Garfield County Sherriff's Office states that the efforts of the local firefighters have allowed reasonable control of the existing fire area and have stopped the previous spread. Operations will continue into the night to minimize the possibility of any flare-ups.

Pre-evacuation notices have been lifted for Amy's Acres and Mitchell Creek neighberhoods.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

On Tuesday, the Pitkin County Commissioners met with the Aspen City Council to discuss their intergovernmental agreement, dictating  how the workforce housing program is run.

A meeting Wednesday in Silt will address suicide in Garfield County.


Gina McCarthy is the director of the Center For Climate, Heath and the Global Environment at Harvard. She was the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama.