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Valley Roundup for Nov. 25, 2016

Nov 25, 2016


Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Politics are still in play in Basalt — after two elections and the resignation of the town manager.

 Former Basalt Town Manager Scanlon working for Tree Farm development teamBasalt council schedules executive session on former town manager Scanlon’s employment with midvalley developer

 

Former Basalt town manager Scanlon says he shouldn’t be council’s scapegoat for budget

  

And if several development proposals in the midvalley get approved, there could be up to 1,000 new housing units along the Highway 82 corridor.

 Midvalley on the move with affordable housing as El Jebel Mobile Home Park addition starts

Revised El Jebel development proposal adds apartments, reduces commercial space

  

Meanwhile, the city of Aspen is igniting a few plans for affordable housing as well.

 Affordable housing plan approved for former Poppies site

New affordable rentals coming to Aspen

The elusive goal of optimal housing  

The Pitkin County Jail is serving as home to two convicted drunk drivers. One received 400 days for his crime, which led to a victim being seriously hurt. The other got 90 days in jail for her fifth DUI.

 

No joking matter: Man gets nearly 400 days in jail

Aspen judge goes his own way with DUI crash sentence

Aspen woman is sentenced to 90 days jail for fifth DUI

Aspen woman receives 3 months in jail for felony DUI plea  

And, environmentalists are praising the federal government’s decision to cancel 25 leases in the Thompson Divide near Carbondale.

 Thompson Divide leases formally canceledPitCo commissioners applaud Thompson Divide cancellations

 

Thompson Divide leases canceledSG Files to Drill on Thompson Divide  

Another headline this week is the lack of snow. It’s making skiers and riders antsy that the 2016-17 season is getting off to a slow start.

 Extended Ajax snowmaking could improve early prospects  

Finally, we acknowledge the departure of the general manager of community access radio, KDNK, in Carbondale.

 KDNK fires long-time station manager  

Joining me this week are Scott Condon, reporter for the Aspen Times, Andy Stone, columnist and former editor of the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio news.