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Just after Christmas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised the nationwide minimum age to buy tobacco and nicotine vaping products to 21. Pitkin County health officials, who had previously sought local regulation to reduce youth tobacco use, are still pressing on with plans to make the same change in the county.

Pitkin County Updates Off-Leash Laws

May 21, 2019
Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

An old Pitkin County ordinance prohibits dogs running around off-leash. On Wednesday, county commissioners will change that.

The public told the county they wanted an area near the river in Jaffee Park to let their dogs run free.

Aspen Public Radio News

Pitkin County commissioners showed lukewarm interest Tuesday in Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ latest plan to offer affordable lodging to Labor Day festival concert-goers.

Valley Roundup, March 24, 2017

Mar 24, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, March 24, 2017

Mar 24, 2017

It’s becoming routine for elected officials in Pitkin County to go out of their way to send a message to visiting family members of the president.

Pitkin County

The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners approved a $102 million budget this month. Total spending is down from last year, when a large amount went to new facilities for government offices.

Aspen Public Radio News

In anticipation of future issues with parking around Aspen, a Pitkin County department head wants to convert an under-used part of the Buttermilk lot to a paid system.

Edible pot industry too young to regulate

Oct 23, 2016

 This spring, the Pitkin County Commissioners granted a license for a marijuana-infused jerky producer in the Aspen Airport Business Center. But they weren’t happy about it.

Valley Roundup for Oct. 24, 2016

Oct 21, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Valley Roundup, Oct. 14, 2016

Oct 14, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Accusations of corruption in the Garfield County commissioner race surfaced this week, angering one of the candidates.

Garfield Commissioner Martin repaid $1,800 to county after auditDems to Martin: Quit or face indictment

CDOT, county to alter 82 near pass

Sep 28, 2016

Pitkin County commissioners decided Tuesday to spend $250,000 to build a turnaround area for oversized trucks heading up Independence Pass.

 

The turnaround will be located right before the winter closure gate on Highway 82. It’s part of a two-pronged approach aimed at preventing semi trucks and other vehicles longer than 35 feet from going over the narrow stretch.

Caucus split raises questions

Sep 21, 2016
David Hiser / Snowmass/Capitol Creek caucus

A recent split in a citizen’s group in Pitkin County is a bad sign for local democracy, according to one of the founders of the caucus system.

Valley Roundup for Sept. 2, 2016

Sep 2, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, Sept. 2, 2016

Sep 2, 2016
Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County commissioners are considering a ban on marijuana edibles but some officials think it isn’t a problem. Joining news director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Jeanne McGovern, editor of the Aspen Times Weekly, Chad Abraham, reporter for the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex, publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation which includes on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today.

 

Valley Roundup for July 8, 2016

Jul 8, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

In its attempt to get more social media followers, the Aspen Police Department had a bit of fun with the resort’s reputation as a party town.

Small plastic bag found at grocery store checkout causes internet stir

And time will tell if two developers who want to build lodging at the base of Aspen Mountain can play well together.

Valley Roundup for June 17, 2016

Jun 18, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The International Ski Federation has given its final blessing for Aspen Mountain to host the world cup finals in March of 2017.

With decision made, now real work begins for 2017 World Cup FinalsBreaking news: FIS makes 2017 World Cup Finals official

 

 

Pitkin County commissioner candidate Greg Poschman

Jun 14, 2016
Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Brush Creek Village resident Greg Poschman is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with him at two places he says are at the heart of why he is running.

Valley Roundup 4-22-16

Apr 23, 2016
Madeleine Osberger/Aspen Daily News

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The man who pushed a local snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands in January is pleading not guilty to attempted first degree assault by reason of insanity. But he still needs to be examined by a psychiatrist.

 Aspen Highlands chairlift pusher enters insanity plea

Aspen Pitkin County Airport

The Pitkin County Commissioners have chosen two concepts for a new airport terminal. The decision comes after lots of public feedback.