Valley Roundup for July 15, 2016

Jul 15, 2016

Aspen Public Radio News Director Carolyn Sackariason and Aspen Times columnist Andy Stone in the studio recording Valley Roundup on Thursday.
Credit Madeleine Osberger/Aspen Daily News

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The Aspen affordable housing program is in a mid-life crisis of sorts. How to manage nearly 3,000 subsidized units is weighing on public officials.

Affordable housing series: How one developer is trying to keep up with Aspen’s demandAspen retirees grateful housing policy lets them stayAffordable housing series: Retirement of Aspen’s aging work force will increase need for housingAffordable housing series: The program works, but it still has flaws

And a citizen committee’s recommendation on what to do with the Pan and Fork parcel in Basalt could cost big bucks if elected officials and the public have the appetite for it.

$8M plan unveiled for Basalt River Park

The city of Aspen is preparing to host the World Cup finals and hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money could be spent to pull it off.

SkiCo, city work on World Cup details

Meanwhile, as the Aspen Skiing Company gets closer to finishing its signature hotel, the Limelight in Ketchum, Idaho, development continues to languish in Snowmass’ Base Village.

Aspen Skiing Co. races ahead with construction of Limelight KetchumSnowmass Village ice age museum is ‘in limbo’ until suit settled

Judge denies key notice in Related development suit

And in Battlement Mesa and Parachute, plans to put oil and gas wells near homes and a high school are inching forward.

Ursa to host community meeting on TuesdayHearing on Battlement drilling proposals continued to future date

Oil, gas industry lambastes BLM in House hearing

Finally, we hear from our newest reporter about her coverage on the environment.

Last day for public input on biodiversity policyBear-proof containers required for next five years in Maroon Bells areaTraffic counters parked for local projectsNew wildfire prevention program for Eagle County homeownersCrowds tamed at North Star Preserve

Joining me this week are Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times, Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News and Ryan Hoffman, editor of the Rifle Citizen Telegram.

I’m Carolyn Sackariason. Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio News.