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Elise Thatcher

  Carbondale’s fire district will spend time talking with voters before a funding measure this fall. In November, the Carbondale and Rural Fire District will ask taxpayers for about $600,000 in property taxes. That’s after an outside review by two consulting firms, which found the District is doing a good job overall, but running out of money.

Mountain Edition - August 20th, 2015

Aug 20, 2015

The USA Pro Challenge returns to Aspen with help from a small army of volunteers.

Hazy air also arrived this week, from fires in the Pacific Northwest.

We hear from a painter who also wrote lyrics for Elton John.

The Aspen Music Festival and School gets ready to wrap up another season.

Carbondale commuters deal with a restricted popular park and ride.

And an Aspen developer drops an affordable lodge plan to avoid a ballot measure.

Festival Las Americas

An event aimed at showing the Carbondale community its diversity will come to Sopris Park this weekend. The 13th year of Festival Las Americas is what has been called a “cultural mixer” by some of its organizers.

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School starts next week for students across the valley. The Roaring Fork School District operates schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke to superintendent Diana Sirko about how this year will be different than past years.

Diana Sirko is superintendent of schools for the Roaring Fork School District. This fall, the district may go to the voters for help in funding new school buildings and teacher housing. The school board will make a decision next week on whether to hold an election.

EcoFlight

The Pitkin County Commissioners are unhappy with what they’ve seen so far in a BLM plan for existing oil and gas leases on the Thompson Divide. They’re crafting a letter to the agency. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Pitkin County gets an early look at the BLM’s preliminary draft Environmental Impact Statement because it’s a cooperating agency. A public version will be released in November. It’ll decide what to do with more than two dozen undeveloped oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide, southwest of Carbondale. Pitkin County wants the leases canceled.

Expansion begins for Carbondale Park and Ride

Aug 17, 2015
Courtesy Roaring Fork Transportation Authority

Sixty-nine new parking spaces are being created at the Carbondale Park and Ride, along with additional bike parking and restroom facilities for drivers and the public. RFTA facility director Mike Hermes says he hopes this will help fill a need, at least for a year or two.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

  Residents and businesses in Carbondale, and in the surrounding areas, are in a bind. Their fire district is running out of money. After hiring local and national consultants, the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is now reviewing a new Master Plan. The Board of Directors for the fire district will meet on Wednesday to consider the inch-thick document, which came with a less than $90,000 price tag.

Health clinic to open in Roaring Fork High School

Aug 10, 2015
Elise Thatcher

  Students at Roaring Fork High School will soon be just down the hall from a doctor. A clinic is opening at Carbondale’s High School, after three successful locations in the Basalt schools. Haidith Ramirez-Leon is overseeing the expansion. She says Medicaid or private insurance are billed first.

Andrea Korber

  Carbondale’s Third Street Center is five years old this summer, and it might be due for an upgrade. The Center is home to several nonprofits and other entities, and hosts lots of public events.

 Chances are, you've never heard of Public Counsel of the Rockies...until now. This little organization is based out of the Benedict Building in Aspen, and has no staff, but is a heavy hitter when it comes to making big changes on issues of public interest. Tim McFlynn is the founder and board chair of Public Counsel. He shares the organization's history and his inspiration for creating it. Chelsea Brundige is a trustee on the board of Public Counsel, and runs the Counsel's Smart Water Program. She also joins the conversation. 

Thompson Divide Coalition

The Thompson Divide Coalition hopes a successful negotiation with an energy company in Gunnison will set a precedent closer to home. 

The Coalition is working to keep natural gas drilling out of the Divide, southwest of Carbondale. Three companies have undeveloped leases. The second largest, Gunnison Energy, this week agreed to protect the land surface in the Divide through methods like directional drilling. Zane Kessler is with the Coalition.

Marci Krivonen

A Carbondale-area ranch is seeking advice from one of the foremost experts on animal husbandry. Temple Grandin visited Sustainable Settings July 28th. She spoke with ranchers about animal behavior and consulted on a planned construction project. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

A big beige and white dairy cow ambles into the milking room at Sustainable Settings farm and ranch. Herdsman Zopher Sabo is milking Ruby as Temple Grandin looks on.

"She’s nice and relaxed, chewing her cud," says Grandin. "She wouldn’t be doing that if she wasn’t relaxed.”

Mountain Fair set to open 44th annual event

Jul 24, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Kimberly, the executive director of the Carbondale Council for the Arts and Humanities says that she expects somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people to attend Mountain fair. The festival features artists, music, food and poetry.

Artists bringing local flair to events this weekend

Jul 24, 2015

Two festivals this weekend attract proprietors from all over the country, but two valley residents are bringing their local style to the scene.

Jon Fox-Rubin is on the board of Energetics Education, a non-profit focused on inspiring kids to study, learn, and develop new methods of clean energy today and in the future. Fox-Rubin shares his personal history in engineering and his passion for Energetics Education.

Visit www.EnergeticsEd.org to learn more about Energetics Education and the Solar Rollers program.   

Crystal Theatre owners reflect after 30 years

Jul 14, 2015

The Crystal Theatre in Carbondale has been a staple of the Roaring Fork Valley for three decades. Bob and Kathy Ezra have owned the theatre since the beginning. It made it through tough economic times and a changing movie industry by showing the films they like and without any previews.

Wild & Scenic effort continues for the Crystal River

Jun 25, 2015
Marci Krivonen

Supporters for more protection for the Crystal River are hitting the road again. The goal is a Wild and Scenic River designation, but that takes an Act of Congress. Supporters have crafted a bill and want to get approval from local governments. And yes, they’ve already done something similar.

Residents participate in Colorado's Bike to Work Day

Jun 25, 2015
Elise Thatcher

Residents in the Roaring Fork Valley pedaled their support for Colorado’s bike to work day yesterday. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher stopped by a RFTA booth with fortification for riders.

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The number of ethnic minorities involved in environmental organizations across the country is dismally low and it’s the same in the Roaring Fork Valley. Some statewide groups have noticed the problem and are creating programs for the Latino community. They say reaching this population is an important step toward reducing carbon emissions. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Dulce Saenz immigrated with her family to Colorado from Mexico when she was a toddler. She says she heard the term “carbon footprint” for the first time last year.

New City Market proposed again for Carbondale

Jun 24, 2015

On Tuesday night, Carbondale elected officials began discussing a proposed new City Market in town. Town Trustees decided to waive a layer of community review of the project.

Carbondale center for veterans looks for a new home

Jun 15, 2015
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A veterans center that opened in Carbondale’s Third Street Center a year ago is already looking for a new home. Though some vets have been helped with things like housing and employment, more vets may use it if it was in Glenwood Springs. That’s according to Michael Conniff. He’s with the Western Slope Veterans Coalition and spoke with Marci Krivonen.

Michael Conniff is with the Western Slope Veterans Association, an organization that’s looking for a new home in Glenwood for it’s veterans center. They hope to announce a new space in July. 

Carbondale plans for next communications blackout

Jun 10, 2015

  Carbondale is developing its own backup plan if there’s another communications blackout. The arrangements come after the Roaring Fork Valley suffered massive service disruptions two weeks ago.

Elise Thatcher

Today is a big day for a new Carbondale resident. The sculpture called “Sewing the Future,” is being dedicated. The twenty foot tall piece is planted in the middle of Carbondale’s new roundabout on Highway 133. Created by artist James Surls, it shows needles, a tree, and other elements arranged in a vase.

Marci Krivonen

Pitkin County elected leaders are sending a letter to Colorado’s congressional delegation, urging them to support an effort that would preserve the Thompson Divide. One county staffer calls it “the most promising proposal to date.”

CenturyLink trying to find out who caused major outage

May 28, 2015
Elise Thatcher

CenturyLink is investigating who the perpetrator was that caused thousands of its Roaring Fork Valley customers to not have cellular, landline or internet service for more than 16 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.  

On Tuesday night, Carbondale Town Trustees considered yet another aspect of marijuana in the midvalley. They approved $20,000 for the Roaring Fork School District for mental health counseling, and to educate kids and parents about pot. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with with the District’s Chief Academic Officer, Rob Stein.

Carbondale pot industry to expand

May 28, 2015
Elise Thatcher

Carbondale’s marijuana industry is growing, and once again, the Doctor’s Garden is at the forefront. In 2014, the business opened the first retail marijuana store in the Roaring Fork Valley. Now, a new branch of that business has gotten the go-ahead to extract marijuana oil and make edibles with it.

Elise Thatcher

The rental housing shortage in the mid Roaring Fork Valley is ratcheting up. As Aspen Public Radio has reported, rapidly increasing prices and restrictions are having a significant impact on residents. In our second story in our series, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher takes a look at the subsidized housing options in the Mid-Valley.

Second quake means micro aid continues

May 13, 2015
Hamilton Pevec

Former Carbondale resident Hamilton Pevec is in the middle of the aid effort in Nepal. After the country’s second major earthquake, he and his wife, Devika, are going back out to villages where people are trying to recover. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Pevec.

Grayson Schaffer

Glenwood Springs is a contender for being one of Outside magazine’s best towns. Such listings can be music to the ears of town promoters, but can also increase the demand for local resources, like housing. As Aspen Public Radio is reporting this month, the lack of rental housing in the Roaring Fork Valley is having a significant effect on locals. Jonah Ogles is Senior Editor with Outside Magazine, and talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher. He says Outside often gets criticism for listing communities as desirable.

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