Valley Roundup for Oct. 7, 2016

Oct 7, 2016

Left to right: Aspen Public Radio News Director Carolyn Sackariason, Aspen Times reporter Jason Auslander and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.
Credit Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Basalt town politics are still causing controversy; this time with an elected official lobbying her colleagues outside of the public eye.



Basalt councilman calls for colleague’s resignation

Basalt Councilwoman Riffle ruffles feathers with email on marijuana

And in response to the heightened pressure some town council members are feeling, they’ve hired a public relations firm.

Basalt council agrees to hire PR firm

Meanwhile, there is a three-way race for mayor in Carbondale. At the center of their campaigns is the safety of residents.

Carbondale’s mayor race attracts three candidate

Assault victim


There are no creepy clowns around here — but one law enforcement agency issued a warning about them.

No ‘clown issue’ in Rifle




In Aspen, a man pleaded guilty to DUI and vehicular assault after lying to a jury and the court during his multi-day trial.

Defendant’s loose lips sink his DUI trialLocal man pleads guilty on last day of accident trial

Also, developers who were hoping to build a Four Seasons hotel in a quiet Aspen neighborhood pulled their plans.

Developers pull West Hopkins hotel proposal

Finally, as the election draws near, the valley’s media outlets are planning public debates.

Joining me this week are Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times, John Colson, reporter for the Sopris Sun and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio news.