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Valley Roundup 4-15-16


Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The source of the sewage stench wafting up from storm sewers in downtown Aspen has been identified.

Aspen officials zero in on source of foul odors

Aspen’s sewage leak lasted for more than a month

And in Snowmass, voters are being asked to buck up for a new sewage plant.

Snowmass taxpayers asked to fund new sewer plant

There’s also an election in Pitkin County that asks voters to pick two of seven candidates to serve on the Aspen Valley Hospital board of directors.

Ballots for AVH board seats in the mail

And with the hospital’s expansion and other plans to make publicly-funded buildings bigger, some say government is trying to catch up to the overall growth the upper valley is experiencing.

Meanwhile, the city of Aspen is moving toward banning condos attached to new commercial buildings in the outlying areas of the core. That’s while a building moratorium is in effect and consultants, some of whom are former city employees, are getting government contracts to help with the effort.

Condo ban will likely spread to new zones

City hires familiar faces to consult on design standards

An email exchange between a newspaper publisher and a city councilman suggests a quid pro quo deal concerning the controversial power plant proposal.

Councilman: No favors exchanged over Aspen Power Plant proposal

Aspen Power Plant a nonprofit but not tax exempt

And in another email exchange, the sheriff of Garfield County calls the district attorney incompetent and ignorant.

Sheriff calls Caloia incompetent; she says he seeks control of DA office

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times and Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun. And a little later in the show, Glenwood Post Independent editor Randy Essex joins me by phone.

Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio news.