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Valley Roundup, Sept. 15, 2017


Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.


Joining me on Valley Roundup this week are Aspen Daily News columnist Mick Ireland and editor Curtis Wackerle, along with Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.


The Aspen Skiing Company has built its marketing plan around its values and politics.


Aspen Skiing Co. CEO’s post on ‘Dreamers’ spurs much support and an angry call for a boycott


SkiCo marketing goes all in with
 values message


The Aspen Club, which was a controversial development project several years ago, has stopped construction on its free-market homes and health facility due to financial problems.


The Aspen Club 
remodel deadline 
is delayed by 
loan refinancing


And another hotel/condo development in Aspen is back in front of city council after it was put on ice during the Great Recession.


Neighbors say approvals for Boomerang have expired


Battle lines drawn over Boomerang redevelopment


113-unit housing project in Basalt clears big hurdle

Also, there was an election in Rifle that resulted in two new council members and an affirmation that residents want recreational marijuana stores in their town.

Rifle elects four to council; favors pool and rec pot

And, a massive drug bust uncovered a distribution network of cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD and heroin from Basalt to Garfield County.

21 arrested in Garfield County drug busts


Finally, a tragic story is unfolding involving the death of a local teacher and the motorist who killed him, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Mick Ireland, columnist for the Aspen Daily News.


Driver charged with manslaughter hit teacher’s car at 104 mph; had lied about seizures


Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio news.



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