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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is receiving a $13 million grant toward the construction of its new regional transit center in Glenwood Springs. The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation is the second batch of federal funding RFTA has received this year, following $11.48 million from the Federal Transit Administration.

 

 

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The Grizzly Creek Fire is more than 29,000 acres and still growing. A wildfire that size requires a lot of people power and equipment, but with dozens of fires burning across the west, how do national fire agencies divvy up resources to the people who need them?

via Glenwood Springs Fire Department

UPDATED Friday, 6:00 p.m. -  The Mile Marker 111 fire has been contained. Fire crews are wrapping up their work on scene. I-70 is open with no more expected delays. 

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Battling a wildfire is no small task, but coordinating response during a pandemic adds an extra layer of challenges. Sunday night’s two-acre blaze in the Three Mile area of Glenwood Springs was not big enough to bring about those challenges, but gave emergency officials a chance to assess what could have happened had the fire spread further.

A helicopter crash just outside of Rifle along Airport Road injured two Saturday morning around 7 a.m. The two occupants of the flight were transported to Grand River Hospital for treatment.

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Updated Friday, 1:30 p.m. - The bear involved in the attack on an Aspen homeowner has been euthanized following a short pursuit, according to a release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Evidence has been collected from the bear and from the scene of the attack and will be forensically examined to scientifically confirm the bear’s involvement.

A bear struck a man around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The bear entered a home on Castle Creek road and swiped the homeowner with its paw. The homeowner confronted the bear after hearing noises.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

All three counties in the Roaring Fork Valley are under Stage 1 fire restrictions, which meant a prohibition on fireworks over Fourth of July weekend. Sheriff’s offices in Pitkin and Eagle Counties said they responded to a handful of reports involving fireworks, but they were all minor incidents and didn’t result in any citations.

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A new reservation-based system for buses to the Maroon Bells began on Monday. Under new regulations, visitors must use a website to book tickets in advance for a specific time slot. 

via United States Census Bureau

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. 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County’s gradual reopening is underway. Hotels and restaurants have plans to field guests at partial capacity, using guidance from county public health officials to help suppress the spread of COVID-19. Those plans rely heavily on personal responsibility, according to Jordana Sabella, manager of planning, prevention and partnerships for Pitkin County Public Health.

Screenshot from Wildfire Adapted Communities Project

The Aspen Fire Protection District has a new online tool to help residents find out how vulnerable their houses might be to wildfire. An interactive online map rates areas for their general wildfire risk and structures for their individual fire vulnerability.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio (Data via Aspen Police Department)

Data from the Aspen Police Department shows a significant decline in police activity from last spring. In March and April, there were 40% fewer total calls for service than the same period in 2019.

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Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is now home to the shortest commercial flight in the nation offered by a major carrier. The flight from Eagle County Regional Airport to Aspen takes about 30 minutes and only exists as a temporary fix during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Aspen Skiing Company is giving credit to 2019-2020 passholders after this winter’s season was cut short due to COVID-19. Passholders can receive up to $250 in credit for a non-chamber premier pass, but credit value is tiered for different passes, according to a release.

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The Pitkin County Board of Public Health voted Tuesday to ease some of the current stay-at-home rules as part of the county's Roadmap to Reopening. The plan has been developed with input from the Medical Advisory Team of Aspen Valley Hospital. On Saturday, May 9, Pitkin County residents can expect to see some of the stay-at-home restrictions dialed back as the county begins to fall in line with the state's Safer-at-Home policies.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Colorado’s ski resorts are closed by order of the Governor, but some adventurous residents are still “uphilling” by hiking or skinning up the slopes. On Friday, Vail Resorts shut down uphill access at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte. Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs did the same Sunday.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Updated: March 20, 2020

The Aspen Skiing Company has announced that they will close all mountains for the remainder of the 2019-2020 ski season. 

The company says this is in response to Governor Jared Polis extending an order that closed all Colorado ski resorts in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Polis announced Wednesday that resorts were to remain closed through April 6. 

via United States Census Bureau

The census is underway across the nation, taking a headcount to determine how resources, funding, and congressional seats are allocated. Due to coronavirus, some in-person counting efforts will be put on hold, but online, mail and phone responses are still going on as planned.

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Vail Resorts is suspending operations at all of its North American mountain resorts and retail stores from March 15 to March 22. That includes Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Crested Butte and Keystone. A statement from the resort company said it will be using the time to “reassess [its] approach for the rest of the season.”

 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Across the country, events have been cancelled and people are pulling back on travel in response to the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus. For more on how the disease is affecting the tourism industry here in Pitkin County, Jeff Hanle, communications director for Aspen Skiing Company, weighed in.

Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

 


As of Wednesday afternoon, Pitkin County had the most presumptive positive coronavirus cases in Colorado. The total currently stands at nine, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. All of the cases are connected to a woman from Australia who visited Aspen and tested positive upon return to her home country. 

 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

On Tuesday, voters in fourteen states will pick their preferred democratic candidate to face off against likely GOP nominee President Donald Trump in November’s general election. Colorado is among the states holding a primary on Super Tuesday.

Aspen Public Radio analyzed a year of individual contribution data from the Federal Election Commission, a government agency that keeps track of campaign finance information.

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Firefighters say a falling ice dam was likely to blame for a structure fire in Aspen last weekend. Ice dams tend to form in the late winter when snow on rooftops melts and refreezes near the edge of the roof, creating large, heavy chunks of ice.

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Aspen native Alex Ferreira repeated as champion in the men’s ski superpipe at X Games on Sunday night. The 25-year-old has now won five total medals at X Games Aspen. He said skiing in front of a hometown crowd helped push him to victory.

“Everybody wants me to win and wants me to do well.” Ferreira said. “And I can feel the energy. I can feel the aura. I can feel my mom and my friends and they just want me to do well. It rubs off, it really does.”

 

 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

The best in the world of snow sports have descended on Buttermilk Mountain for the X Games. British-American Skier Gus Kenworthy is a two-time X Games medalist and says this weekend in Aspen is the sport’s biggest stage.

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

Standing on a black metal picnic table in Centennial Park in downtown Glenwood Springs, local activist Sophia Clark addressed a crowd of over 100 people during this year’s Women’s March on Saturday. 

The main focus of the nation-wide event was making sure all women are included in the fight for equality and representation. 

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about an officer-involved shooting that closed down I-70 on Saturday. 

In the early afternoon, the Glenwood Springs Police Department received reports of a man who robbed the El Azteca store in West Glenwood Springs. He was later identified as 43-year-old Eric Reynolds of New Castle.  Officers located Reynolds in a car on I-70 near New Castle and attempted to stop it, leading to a high-speed highway pursuit.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Four teams carved elaborate snow sculptures in downtown Aspen over the weekend, competing in Wintersculpt, part of the Wintersköl celebration. One team made up of students at Aspen Middle School called themselves “Need for Green."

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8:45 p.m.

I-70 is back open in both directions near New Castle.

6:50 p.m.

Highway 6 is back open at I-70 mile marker 108. 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

The 43rd annual Aspen Gay Ski Week kicks off Sunday. Over the decades, it’s evolved, and this year, that means an increased push to welcome families. Kevin McManamon, AspenOUT executive director, says 25 families will attend Gay Ski Week this year. He stressed the importance of creating a space where LGBTQ people with kids can come to connect.

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