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Longtime local resident Maria works in housekeeping and lives in a shared mobile home in El Jebel. She said she’s worried about paying her $300-a-month rent this summer. (We’re not using her full name because she’s undocumented.)

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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. 

Elise Thatcher

Come December, the mid-valley will get its own newspaper. The Aspen Daily News plans to launch the Roaring Fork Weekly Journal, which will cover Basalt, Willits and El Jebel.

Valley Settlement

The only playground in El Jebel was torn down to make room for a traffic circle last year. This weekend, volunteers will come together to build a new one.

Eagle County

On Tuesday, the Eagle County Commissioners approved a two-month extension to the existing zone change moratorium.

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Local fire agencies plan to set a prescribed burn this week near El Jebel.

LIFT-UP

To celebrate 35 years of service, the local non-profit LIFT-UP is throwing a three-day festival and fundraiser, complete with hot air balloons.  

Week in the Arts - June 19, 2017

Jun 18, 2017

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

 

 

Aspen Words’ Summer Words program kicked off yesterday, with a Reader’s Retreat with Viking Penguins Executive Director Carole DeSanti and panel discussions starting today and running through Friday. For more details, visit aspenwords.org.

Roundabout work begins in El Jebel

Apr 12, 2017

  A traffic reconfiguration in El Jebel two years in the making begins Wednesday. Johnson Construction, Inc. will be building a roundabout on El Jebel Road, just south of Highway 82, where the driveway to Wendy’s tends to block traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Currently, there are a handful of proposed developments in the Basalt area. The mid-valley is a desirable place to live, and the demand for housing has sparked fierce debates. Aspen Public Radio’s Wyatt Orme recently attended a meeting for The Tree Farm development, which is currently under review by Eagle County. He discussed the meeting, along the broader context of increased housing and business development in the mid-valley, with producer Christin Kay.

The valley’s newest dental care is on wheels

Mar 16, 2017

In 2016, 60 percent of Americans didn’t see the dentist. The problem gets worse in rural areas, and, if you’re poor, it gets even harder.

Courtesy of Mark Duff

The U.S. Forest Service has taken initial steps to sell two properties totaling about 70 acres of land adjacent to Crown Mountain Park and the Roaring Fork River in the mid-valley. The move comes as the agency works to reduce costs amid funding cuts.

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Officials with the White River National Forest have proposed selling two pieces of land in El Jebel.

Yesterday, elected officials in Eagle County initially approved plans for a controversial subdivision in the midvalley. The Fields is a 19-acre property, near the intersection of Highway 82 and Valley Road.

Eagle County

After more than a year of review, Eagle County staffers have changed their minds tentatively and are recommending the controversial Fields subdivision proposal in the mid-valley be approved.

Elise Thatcher

An overloaded traffic light is one of the biggest hurdles for backers of an El Jebel development proposal, but another traffic-related fee may also prove to be an obstacle.

Elise Thatcher

Another controversial development proposal is being considered for the El Jebel area, with Eagle County Commissioners reviewing The Fields proposal on Tuesday night.

The Fields Development Group

  Traffic signals in the El Jebel area have gotten a lot of criticism in recent months. Now a developer has a proposal for one of them, before Eagle County Commissioners review the proposal next month.

UPDATED: Blue Lake Preschool will reopen Friday

Jan 21, 2016
Marci Krivonen

 

UPDATED: Blue Lake Preschool will reopen locations in El Jebel and Carbondale on Friday.

Valley Roundup 1-8-16

Jan 8, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Traffic congestion is a problem near the El Jebel area and one developer thinks changing the timing of the signals will make a difference.

CDOT seeks ways to improve traffic flow in El Jebel-Basalt corridor

And how much can the communities in Garfield County rely on oil and gas business?  

The Fields Development Group

  There’s several development proposals for the El Jebel area, and a citizen board is getting ready to consider a residential subdivision. A group of developers wants to build up to 110 homes and duplexes on Eagle County land.

Commission votes against Tree Farm

Nov 5, 2015
Elise Thatcher

Planning commissioners cast votes against the sizable Tree Farm proposal on Thursday night. That decision took hours as commissioners weighed their concerns. It was a unanimous recommendation of denial by the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Mountain Edition - November 5th, 2015

Nov 5, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Voters in Aspen this week turned down a new lodge proposed on Main Street. Now, the developer is moving forward with an alternative.

With fresh snow, mountain roads are closing and buses are getting outfitted for skis.

Western Slope officials are making their message clear about the statewide water plan.

And, a proposed development in El Jebel has officers realizing there isn’t enough law enforcement in the area.

Development proposals in the mid Roaring Fork Valley have prompted law enforcement officials to discuss whether more officers are needed. The Basalt Police Department and Eagle County Sheriff’s office have been talking for a while now about staffing in the El Jebel area. The two agencies often trade off handling cases, based on which has more officers on duty.

LANDWEST Planning

The proposed Tree Farm development has gotten a lot of attention in the last several months, and it’s not even in the final review yet. On Thursday night, planning commissioners responsible for what’s developed in the El Jebel area will consider whether to support the project.

Is the mid valley development plan obsolete?

Sep 21, 2015
Elise Thatcher

There are several proposals for development in the mid Roaring Fork Valley, and a little known plan is a key factor as officials decide whether to approve them.

Commission continues review of Tree Farm proposal

Sep 17, 2015
Elise Thatcher

A group of Roaring Fork Valley officials has continued its review of a large development project for the mid valley. For several months the Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission has been examining the project, which is being proposed by landowner Ace Lane.

Mountain Edition - August 27th, 2015

Aug 27, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Will Carbondale get a new City Market? The development proposal is laid out at a packed public meeting.

Changes are in the works for an overcrowded midvalley intersection.

The Aspen Skiing Company is hoping to attract visitors from countries where more people are spending money on winter sports, like China.

The number of hospital beds for the mentally ill is dismal, especially on the Western Slope.

A Denver-based musician known for his contemplative folk songs visits Aspen.

Marci Krivonen

In the Midvalley, it’s not uncommon for parents to add their child’s name to a waitlist at a childcare center long before the baby’s born. Michelle Oger directs Blue Lake Preschool.

“Several moms calls us once they find out that they’re expecting, to get on the waitlist even before they tell their spouse or extended family. They ask that we keep it a secret until they announce it to everybody else.” 

Marci Krivonen

The late Willard Clapper was honored in the Mid-Valley yesterday. A baseball field at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel was named for the Aspen resident and longtime teacher who was deeply involved in local athletics. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Dozens of people gathered in the rain Wednesday to dedicate the field to Willard Clapper. The former teacher, volunteer firefighter and baseball coach died in October after battling lymphoma.

"Most of you know that I’m Willard’s daughter and I’m very proud (to be)," said Ashley Austin. 

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