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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.

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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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On Monday, the Garfield County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to oppose “any efforts to introduce or expand the population of wolves in Colorado.”

A wildlife advocacy group is collecting signatures to put wolf reintroduction on statewide ballots in 2020. Proponents of reintroduction say they would help restore a natural order that was lost when they were hunted to near extinction in the 1940s.

Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio

Voting ends at 7 p.m. tonight and there are a number of ways to cast your ballot in today's election.

It’s too late to mail ballots in, but they can still be deposited at any 24-hour ballot drop box until 7 p.m. 

Is isn’t even too late to register to vote. Voter Service and Polling Centers will be open today, where voters can go to register, get a ballot and cast votes in-person, right up until polls close at 7 p.m.

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Voters in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle Counties have the chance to talk with some of their current or vying state representatives before the upcoming 2020 election and legislative session. 

Democratic Candidate James Iacino of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District will be in Aspen on Friday, November 1 for a free meet and greet. He will be in the Community Room in the Aspen Police Department from 12:45 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

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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 public hearing for controversial Ordinance Number 25 is being held Tuesday night at Aspen City Council’s meeting. The ordinance would regulate the possession of deadly weapons in city-owned buildings. 

The law would not extend to people carrying a concealed firearm and who possess concealed carry permits. Deadly weapons also include knives and any device that is intended to be used for death or serious bodily injury. 

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Earlier this year, Basalt discovered that it might have violated Colorado law by raising its property tax rate. It refunded money to property owners. Now, it’s asking voters to approve ballot issue 3A, which would allow the town to keep its current tax rate. If 3A fails, the town faces a budget shortfall of about $700,000 and says it would have to make significant cuts to public services.

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National Energy Efficiency Day is October 2. Local governments are making progress on their climate goals, but some say there is more to be done.

Aspen, Basalt, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County are working in partnership with the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) to set and reach goals to reduce carbon-emissions. Aspen’s reduction goal is 30 percent by 2020, Basalt’s is 25 percent by 2025 and Snowmass Village has a 20 percent reduction goal by 2020.

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Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper is back on the campaign trail. After dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, he is now one of a host of Democrats who hope to win the primary and then challenge Republican Cory Gardner for his U.S. Senate seat.

Hickenlooper stopped by Aspen Public Radio on Tuesday afternoon to talk with reporter Alex Hager about climate change, income inequality and more.

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The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners gave a stamp of approval to Aspen Skiing Company’s 10-year master plan on Wednesday. Among the updates in the plan are rebuilds of of the Aspen Mountain ski patrol shack and Buckhorn cabin as well an increase in the number of nighttime events at the sundeck.

Skico's application to expand into the 167-acre Pandora's section is still awaiting approval. It is scheduled for consideration on October 9, but could be reviewed even later if Skico needs more time to appease the concerns of commissioners. 


After a five-month search, Sara Ott was named the new city manager. 

Ott was the top choice out of a field of 64 candidates. 

City of Aspen

After a five-month search, Aspen’s interim city manager, Sara Ott, was officially named the new city manager at Tuesday’s council meeting. 

Ott was the assistant city manager under her predecessor Steve Barwick. She was appointed interim city manager when Barwick was asked to resign in January after holding the position for 19 years.

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A 2017 survery reports over 50 percent of students in the Roaring Fork Valley have used an electronic vapor product, like an e-cigarette. Now, local municipalities are taking action against youth nicotine use.


Garfield County

The Garfield County commissioners meet with the planning commission Wednesday to discuss the housing element of the 2030 comprehensive plan.

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The Eagle County Board of Commissioners will vote on two resolutions Tuesday aimed at limiting the use of tobacco and nicotine products for younger users.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, or COGCC, wants public input as it creates new rules for oil and gas drilling. Locals have their chance to weigh in Wednesday at a hearing in Glenwood Springs. 

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Basalt Town Council will vote Tuesday to authorize the voluntary refund of about $2 million in overcollected property tax mill levies from the past three fiscal years. 

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Beginning Monday, Hallam Street in downtown Aspen will be a pedestrian and bike way.  The goal is to create a safe path for walkers and bikers travelling north of Main Street. 

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A bill to protect 400,000 acres of public lands in Colorado passed out of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on Wednesday. 

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act would protect four areas in Colorado, including Thompson Divide and part of the Continental Divide. It was introduced in January by Congressman Joe Neguse and Sen. Michael Bennet.

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Basalt is updating its Master Plan, the document that guides land-use decisions.

 

On Tuesday, the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet with the firm it hired to figure out what residents want the Master Plan to say.

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The City of Glenwood Springs is appealing to federal agencies and state politicians to prevent the expansion of a nearby limestone mine.

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