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Valley Roundup 11-20-15


  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

The Bureau of Land Management is poised to cancel oil and gas leases in the coveted Thompson Divide, angering the industry and giving a sigh of relief to environmentalists.


BLM proposes to cancel most Thompson Divide leases


Construction of the Grand Avenue Bridge is happening sooner than expected, with causeways being built over the river beginning in January.

And that bridge will serve as a thoroughfare for thousands of people commuting upvalley.

Grand Avenue bridge gets final OK, work starts in January


With all the growth the valley is facing, are community and regional plans on the minds of elected officials?

Jewish parents are asking the Aspen School District to respect their religion by not scheduling outdoor education trips during the High Holidays. But, there has been pushback.

Parents fill Aspen School Board room, talk of recalling Sheila Wills

The Pitkin County Library has raised $4 million in private donations for its renovation and addition.

Private donations prop up Pitco Library renovation, expansion


And finally, multi-million-dollar penthouses are causing disturbances in downtown Aspen in more ways than one, amidst a serious affordable housing crunch.

What’s the Big Deal? Eight figures for unfinished penthouse

Ute building owners foreclosed on; bank makes only bid

Housing crunch in Aspen as bad as many have ever seen

Joining me are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Times columnist Andy Stone and Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher.

Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio news.