Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.
A massive illegal pot grow near Rifle got busted up this week and over a dozen Chinese nationals working the crop were arrested. Police think they may be the victims of slave labor.
And in nearby Battlement Mesa, residents are trying to stave off a wastewater injection well from being put in their backyards.
Developing the bases of ski areas is what’s capturing headlines in Aspen. The developer of Base Village is selling its assets so the Aspen Skiing Co and an Avon-based company can finally build at the bottom of Snowmass Ski Area.
In Aspen, a group of locals trying to build a hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain got shot down unanimously by a review committee this week.
And the SkiCo is in the process of buying the resort’s central reservations agency and moving the operation to Basalt.
Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News and Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News.