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  The City of Aspen will be buying real estate downtown as a permanent solution to their ongoing need for office space.

This week on Valley Roundup, a prominent developer is getting out his wallet, Snowmass Village is moving forward with a new shopping center, where does co-housing fit in the affordable-housing discussion? And will a valley lawsuit create precedent in Colorado’s judicial system?

Valley Roundup, Feb. 24, 2017

Feb 24, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A manhunt for two fugitives who are accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint in Carbondale ended peacefully with their arrests this week. But the nearly two-day search had many valley residents on edge.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle and Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon. I speak with them first about the manhunt in Basalt.

Valley Roundup, Jan. 13, 2017

Jan 16, 2017

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A newspaper editor in Glenwood Springs is catching heat for cutting off vulgar comments on his Facebook’s community forum page. Those censored argue their right to freedom of speech is being violated.

Aspen City Council considers development restrictions

Jan 8, 2017
Aspen Public Radio

A year-long moratorium on commercial development in downtown Aspen is expected to be lifted next month. But that won’t happen until city council passes new laws restricting developers. Council will consider them Monday night. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with Jessica Garrow, the city’s community development director, about how the landscape is changing.

 

Aspen mayor looks to next year's issues

Dec 26, 2016
Carolyn Sackariason

Lifting a moratorium on development in downtown Aspen and dealing with the decades-old problem of bottleneck traffic coming into town are on the top of the to-do list for mayor Steve Skadron. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason caught up with him in the Silver Queen gondola to talk about what 2017 looks like for him and his constituents.

Valley Roundup for Dec. 2, 2016

Dec 2, 2016

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

A group of locals, including two former mayors, are pushing elected leaders to ban chain stores in Aspen’s downtown core. They are afraid there won’t be anywhere to shop or eat for the average person. But there could be some serious unintended consequences for the commercial landscape and the local economy.

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, Aug. 19, 2016

Aug 19, 2016

The majority of construction waste in the valley is going straight to the county landfill and elected officials are hoping to curb some of that. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex, publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation at 3:30 p.m. today.

 

New building proposed at Conoco lot

Jul 27, 2016
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A new proposal to replace the Conoco gas station in downtown Aspen will get its first public review tonight. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

The property at  the corner of Monarch and Main streets is owned by developer Mark Hunt, and was first proposed to be a lodge called Base 2. But voters overwhelming shot it down last fall through a citizen petition.

Valley Roundup 4-15-16

Apr 15, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The source of the sewage stench wafting up from storm sewers in downtown Aspen has been identified.

Aspen officials zero in on source of foul odors

Aspen’s sewage leak lasted for more than a month

And in Snowmass, voters are being asked to buck up for a new sewage plant.

Valley Roundup 4-1-16

Apr 1, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Feel like a fool today? You might if you believe what you read in one of the Aspen newspapers. An annual tradition for decades, the Aspen Daily Planet publishes fake news stories, opinion pages and ads every April 1. The content is aimed at being politically incorrect, satirical and self deprecating.

Valley Roundup 3-18-16

Mar 18, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Valley Roundup 2-12-16

Feb 12, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The federal government’s review of 65 oil and gas leases includes recommendations for the ones situated in the Thompson Divide.

http://www.postindependent.com/news/20584103-113/blm-aims-to-cancel-divide-leases-outright

 

Meanwhile, the effects of the Grand Avenue Bridge are starting to really become clear.

Valley Roundup 02-05-16

Feb 5, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

 

Two candidates who sit on opposite sides of development are running for the mayor’s seat in Basalt. Unlike previous elections in that town, candidates’ positions are clearly different.

Differences abound among Basalt mayoral candidates Whitsitt and Stevens

 

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?  

Aspen planners reflect on developments

Dec 28, 2015

  Aspen community development director Chris Bendon and senior planner Sara Adams are starting their own consulting business. They spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

Plans for new downtown Aspen buildings under scrutiny

Dec 14, 2015
City of Aspen

  The developer planning to demolish the Hotel Lenado in Aspen will have to go back to the architectural drawing board. Elected officials last night voted for more scrutiny. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The new owners of the 17-room lodge plan to redevelop the property at the corner of South Aspen and Main streets. It would be a mixed-use building with four lodge units, plus, affordable housing and free-market residential.

Valley Roundup 12-11-15

Dec 11, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Is it appropriate for the town of Basalt to give a developer public tax dollars to build out Willits Town Center? The development company claims it doesn’t have enough money to do it.

Key city of Aspen planners leaving for private practice

Dec 2, 2015

 Two key players in Aspen City Hall who set the development agenda are leaving their posts to go into the private sector. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

  Community development director Chris Bendon and senior planner Sara Adams gave their resignations yesterday. They plan to start their own consulting business, specializing in land use planning and historic preservation.

Carolyn Sackariason

  At least two local groups have their sights set on an infamous building in downtown Aspen that went into foreclosure last month. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Local architect Charles Cunniffe, a related company, and an Aspen-based law firm, have taken the first steps in securing ownership of the commercial spaces in what’s known as the Ute building.

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