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New cases of COVID-19 continue to stack up in all three Roaring Fork Valley counties, making the pandemic more intense now than at any other point since it began. The area is creeping closer to new mandatory restrictions handed down from the state.

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All three counties in the Roaring Fork Valley are experiencing their highest rates of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March. Public health officials and hospitals are concerned about a grim winter ahead, with holiday gatherings and travel threatening to worsen already-unprecedented levels of the virus.

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Los condados de Pitkin, Eagle y Garfield conjuntamente, hicieron una transición a un análisis estratégico para ayudar a entregarle a los pacientes los resultados de los exámenes de COVID-19 de una manera más rápida y en definitiva reducir la propagación del virus en la comunidad. Para lograr esto, los tres condados sólo realizaran pruebas a las personas que muestren síntomas, tengan más riesgo, hayan estado en contacto con alguien positivo o hayan sido hospitalizados.

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Cases of COVID-19 are steadily rising in all three Roaring Fork Valley counties. In a livestreamed community meeting Thursday, public health officials from Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties discussed increasing case counts and the hurdles they face in tracking and controlling the spread of the virus.

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Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield Counties transitioned to a tri-county testing strategy to help get COVID-19 test results to patients faster and ultimately reduce community spread of the virus. To do that, the three counties will only test people who show symptoms, have a greater risk, have been in contact with someone who tested positive or are hospitalized. 

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Cases of COVID-19 in the Roaring Fork Valley are on the rise, and many of the new infections are in young people. Health and government officials say the uptick in cases among those under 30 could be a harbinger of increased hospitalizations and halt the rollout of reopening plans.

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Only a third of residents in Pitkin and Eagle Counties have responded to the U.S. Census so far, putting them in the bottom 20% of all counties in Colorado. 

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The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission holds its first rulemaking hearing on May 20 and 21 to address greenhouse gas, or GHG, reporting and the phasing out of hydrofluorocarbons - powerful GHGs primarily used in cooling and refrigeration.

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The first rollbacks to restrictive statewide orders go into effect on Monday, April 27. Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced a transition to a new “Safer-at-Home” policy. The measures include a gradual return normal life, with a timeline for retailers and other businesses to reopen with specific precautions in place. Some rules will differ by county as local governments set their own pace for a return to normal life.

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The Mobile Intercultural Resource Alliance (MIRA) is offering a second day of free COVID-19 testing in El Jebel Thursday. The organization tested 48 people last week. 

Melina Valsecia, the community connector and manager at MIRA said they want to make sure they can test as many people as they can to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Eagle County. 

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Colorado is holding its first presidential primary in 20 years on March 3.

Ballots were mailed to registered voters on Feb. 10. If you are a registered as a Democrat or Republican, you will receive that party's ballot. If you are not registered with a party, you will be sent both party's primary ballots and will be allowed to only return one. 

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A recycling dropoff center in Basalt shut down on Friday after Pitkin County pulled funding, and Basalt and Eagle County couldn’t pay new higher rates to keep it open. Now, the town and Eagle County will host a pair of events where people can bring hard-to-dispose of items, such as large electronics, paint, motor oil, tires and yard waste. 

 

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Last week, private garbage and recycling company Waste Management said it would cost $120,000 to operate a public recycling drop-off center in Basalt next year, more than double what it cost in 2019. The firm says that comes in response to higher drop-off fees at a larger facility in Denver.

 

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A recycling center in Basalt is set to close at the start of 2020 after Pitkin County decided to stop funding it, and residents are now turning to Eagle County in hopes of a solution.

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Numbers from around the Roaring Fork Valley show slightly more than a third of registered voters cast a ballot on election day 2019, according to unofficial counts on Thursday afternoon.

All three counties also delivered among the lowest turnout rates in the state. Out of Colorado’s 64 counties, Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield all posted turnout percentages ranking in the bottom seven.

 

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Eagle County is proposing to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products. And citizen pro and con opinions on the tax increase could end up in the hands of every Eagle county voter. 

 

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Eagle County Commissioners visited the site of a potential elementary or middle school in El Jebel earlier this week.

It’s the first step in a years-long process.

 


Eagle County is extending their partnership with nonprofit Valley Settlement to address a severe shortage of early childcare educators.

Eagle County voters extended a property tax to fund the county’s open space program. The tax now sunsets in 2040.

On Thursday night, Aspen Public Radio, in partnership with GrassRoots TV, The Aspen Times and Aspen Daily News, held a debate with the two candidates for the Eagle County Commissioner seat.

The Lake Christine Fire tested how prepared Eagle County is for natural disasters, and now the county is updating its hazard mitigation plan.

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This fall, Eagle County commissioners may ask voters to renew a property tax to fund the county’s open space program, but first, they want input.

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Thursday could be one of the last times the public can weigh in on how land-use decisions are made in Eagle County’s portion of the mid-valley.  

The analysis includes an overview of the current housing market, and is meant to give commissioners a better sense for what kind of housing people want and how much they’re willing to pay for it.

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On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2017 population estimates for counties across the country. Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield keep growing, even though people keep leaving.

The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission is reviewing the plan guiding land-use decisions in the parts of Eagle County over here. On Thursday, they are looking at Missouri Heights.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a statement released Wednesday, said an old mine outside Minturn, a superfund site, could become the site of a future housing development.

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Eagle County’s Department of Public Health and Environment will ask for $600,000 during a work session on Monday.

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Eagle is one of seven counties in Colorado getting federal money to learn about trauma in abused children.

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In November's election, Eagle County voted overwhelmingly for a recreational pot tax. The revenue will be used for mental health services.

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