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Valley Roundup for July 29, 2016

Jul 29, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge.

Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request

And it appears that law enforcement agencies in Garfield County could be more forthcoming with information, especially when it comes to public safety.

Carbondale police investigating pair of sex assaults

Meanwhile, a gunman took a hostage and had others at gunpoint up Lincoln Creek Road along Independence Pass on Wednesday.

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That incident closed Highway 82 over the pass for a couple of hours, adding to traffic pressure because Glenwood Canyon had been closed for most of the day.

Many truckers ignore Independence Pass warnings

Traffic is on the minds of elected officials who authorized a $500,000 study to find alternative forms of transportation to relieve the bottleneck that is the entrance to Aspen.

EOTC approves $500,000 to fund broad entrance to Aspen study

And growth pressures up and down the valley continue to beg the question of how many people the infrastructure.

The city of Aspen is asking itself that question as they contemplate keeping its right to build 150-foot-tall dams in the Castle and Maroon creek valleys.

Read more about it in the WW newsletter.

Joining me this week are Brent Gardner-Smith, executive editor of Aspen Journalism, Scott Condon, reporter for the Aspen Times, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.


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