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Valley Roundup for July 8, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

In its attempt to get more social media followers, the Aspen Police Department had a bit of fun with the resort’s reputation as a party town.

Small plastic bag found at grocery store checkout causes internet stir

And time will tell if two developers who want to build lodging at the base of Aspen Mountain can play well together.

Opposition to Gorsuch Haus project emerges

Public: Access is key in Gorsuch Haus plan

Gorsuch Haus: Believe the hype 
but see through the spin

City of Aspen wants changes to Gorsuch Haus

Meanwhile, construction activity in both Aspen and Glenwood Springs is on the rise.

$187 million in building permits have already been issued in the city in 2016

In Battlement Mesa and Parachute, oil and gas pressures are being applied in new ways.

Ursa well pad 700 feet from Grand Valley High offers 1st test of state rule


And in Basalt, plans to build a whitewater park have been approved but logistics could get dicey.

County awards contract for Basalt whitewater park

Finally, human run-ins with wildlife in urban areas are becoming more frequent. Be on the lookout for bears, moose and mountain lions.

RFTA closes portion of Rio Grande Trail due to mountain lion sightings

Two more Aspen campgrounds closed to tents after bear incidents

Cops: Moose charges woman walking dogs in Aspen

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Brent Gardner-Smith, executive editor of Aspen Journalism, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times and Snowmass Sun and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio news.