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Across the nation, changes are coming to the way cell signal reaches people’s phones. A new technology called “small cell” is being installed nationwide at the behest of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Before Aspen installs the new transmitters, the city is gathering public opinion about how it should do so.

Elise Thatcher

The City of Aspen’s 2020 Budget is being discussed in city council before it’s finalized at the end of November. 

The city says the main goal of the budget is to increase the availability of affordable housing. One way they are doing that is through granting Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) a $404,700 subsidy for a new software called HomeTrek. 

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A forecast of winter weather is changing the work schedule on the Castle Creek bridge in Aspen. 

Work that was to be finished Friday will now be delayed until next week. 

 

Tuesday crews finished up putting new asphalt across the bridge. But instead of continuing with concrete and bridge joint repair Wednesday and Thursday, that work will now be delayed until Monday Oct. 14 and Tuesday Oct 15. 

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The Castle Creek Bridge in Aspen will be undergoing construction from Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11. Operations will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to mill both lanes of the bridge and lay new asphalt.

Westbound, or down valley, traffic on the bridge will be detoured via 6th Street to Power Plant Road. Eastbound, or up valley, traffic will still use the Castle Creek Bridge, but with delays. 

Wheeler Opera House

A study has determined a proposed expansion of a Colorado opera house is not feasible.

The Aspen Daily News reports the study commissioned by the city of Aspen concluded the Wheeler Opera House project would be too costly and cause unacceptable interference with programming.

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The deadline to take Aspen's 2019 Citizen Survey is September 13.

Karen Harrington, the Director of Quality for the City of Aspen, said, previously, a random sample of registered voters within city limits received the survey in the mail. Now, all registered voters and residents living in affordable housing units can fill it out. 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

 


The Colorado Water Conservation Board, which oversees water use across the state, has given the City of Aspen $186,356 to look into an alternative way to use water rights.

Aspen water officials are looking for partners on a system that would allow the city to temporarily use someone else’s agricultural water right. 

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Aspen City Council wants to know if there’s a need for the Wheeler Opera House to build additional space in the next 20 years. The community can give their input at a meeting Thursday.

Wheeler executive director Gena Buhler says she’s torn about whether bigger is better for the venue.  It might sell out when town is busy, but the off-season is a different story.

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Before House Bill 1262 passed a week ago, Colorado only covered about half the cost of full-day kindergarten. Parents and schools made up the difference.  

Starting next year, kindergarten will be entirely funded by the state, and, on Wednesday, the City of Aspen celebrates the move.

 


City Encourages Continued Incentives For Small Lodges

Feb 11, 2019

The Aspen City Council will discuss extending a program meant to help out the town’s smaller hotels Monday night.

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The Wheeler Opera House was constructed nearly 130 years ago, built by dozens of craftsman out of sandstone quarried from the Frying Pan River. Today, preserving its historic character takes science and a little bit of detective work.  

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

At the foot of Aspen Mountain, just off the Ajax Trail, several towering Douglas fir trees have turned brown-red and dropped their needles. They look like red ghosts in the evergreen forest.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Tuesday, Aspen City Council will hear an update on the city’s progress on reducing its carbon footprint. The focus is on curtailing the demand for fossil fuels.

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Aspen wants to cut traffic without adding more lanes or changing the s-curves. In an experiment called "Shift," which is slated for next summer, the city will test out a variety of programs aimed at giving people options to get out of the car as they commute into town.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Earlier this month, Aspen City Council declared a stage 2 water shortage, restricting outdoor irrigation and water use. But several city properties are exempted from the rules.

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The city has reached agreements with all of the opposing parties in a Castle Creek water court case. But there’s still work to be done.

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Earlier this month, the open space and trails boards for both the City of Aspen and Pitkin County agreed to move forward with plans to build a trail along Castle Creek Road. It will run just under a mile between the city trail from the Marolt housing to the campus of the Aspen Music School and Aspen Country Day School.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

 

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows Pitkin County is now experiencing severe-to-extreme drought and, on Monday, city council agreed to implement Stage Two water restrictions. It's the first time the city has taken this step, which is meant to protect area rivers and preserve the city’s water supply.

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The City of Aspen has reached agreement with two more environmental groups that opposed its water rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks.

 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The City of Aspen has cut back on irrigation at most parks across town to meet a goal of reducing water consumption by 10 to 15 percent. But Wagner Park, in the city core, is managed pretty differently.

1A vote delayed

May 31, 2018
Aspen Journalism

  City officials say there will not be a public vote regarding the location of Aspen Mountains’ Lift 1A this fall.

Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

The City of Aspen has agreed to move water rights for storage out of Castle and Maroon Creeks.

 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Earlier this month, Aspen city council declared a "stage one" drought. This means the city is asking residents to voluntarily cut back on irrigation and water consumption and is requiring that city government do the same.

This week, voters approved a tax increase to help fund Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. The City of Aspen said it's close to reaching settlement agreements with some of the groups who oppose its work to retain rights to build reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks. And Basalt Town Council is anticipating the same housing issues that Aspen now dealing with.

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The City of Aspen is making progress toward settlement in a state water court case regarding storage rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

This week, Aspen City Council approved two additional electric-vehicle charging stations in the downtown core. It's part of efforts to encourage the switch to electric.

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Beginning next month, traffic in and out of Aspen will be delayed and detoured as the city works to improve a popular bike path.

Claire Woodcock / Aspen Public Radio

After a lengthy selection process, City of Aspen staff will recommend the Aspen Public House to rent the restaurant space in the Wheeler Opera House.

Many Voices, One Valley: Housing

Feb 6, 2018
Craig Turpin / Aspen Daily News

Aspen Public Radio hosts the second in a series of Town Halls on housing in the valley Wednesday night.

 

Ahead of that, we’ve heard from valley residents about their own living experiences, concerns, and hopes for the future of affordable housing.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The City of Aspen wants to know just how much water flows in Maroon Creek and has contracted with the U.S. Geological Survey to keep an eye on it. It’s tied to efforts to make the city water supply more resilient.

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