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As part of their “Charge At Work” initiative, Holy Cross Energy is asking the Pitkin County board of commissioners Tuesday for approval to install four electric vehicle charging ports in Buttermilk’s parking lot.

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Molly Dove, Morning Edition Host: In its meeting a couple of weeks ago, the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners talked about whether or not to accept a piece of donated land, just upvalley of Woody Creek off of Juniper Hill Road. When they first considered accepting the donated land, there were some questions raised as to whether or not the county should do so. To help break it down, we're joined by reporter Alex Hager. Give us some background on this, where exactly is this land that we're talking about?

County Undecided on APCHA Governance Model

Aug 22, 2018
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  A group of city and county officials have proposed re-writing the agreement that governs the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority. In their board retreat Tuesday, the commissioners weighed in on what a public housing program could look like in the future.

Pitkin County addresses opioid use

Dec 5, 2017

The Pitkin County Board of Health got a primer on opioid use Tuesday. The nationwide health crisis has not left the valley untouched.

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, Aug. 11, 2017

Aug 10, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me this week are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News. I’m Carolyn Sackariason and you are listening to Valley Roundup, an analysis and commentary of the week’s news with writers and editors. We continue our conversation with Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

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The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners will consider an emergency resolution today that confirms a ban on electric bikes.

 

State legislation goes into effect on Wednesday that will allow e-bikes on pedestrian paths — unless a local jurisdiction says otherwise. Pitkin County says otherwise, for now.

District Attorney Jeff Cheney is trying new tactics for recruiting and retaining top talent.

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A busload of elected officials took a spin around Aspen to check out new transit technology on Tuesday.

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Pitkin County commissioners approved spending an additional $85,000 on preservation efforts in Thompson Divide on Tuesday.

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Pitkin County’s Healthy Rivers board has drafted a letter asking commissioners to oppose the city of Aspen’s conditional water rights on Maroon and Castle creeks. Aspen Public Radio environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with commissioner Rachel Richards, who is heavily involved in local and statewide water issues.

Poschman wins PitCo Commissioner

Nov 9, 2016
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  In Pitkin County, Democrat Greg Poschman won more than sixty percent of the votes in the race for an open commissioner’s seat. He defeated independent candidate Scott Writer.

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Pitkin County is the only county in the state that has a fund dedicated to protecting the health of rivers. The Healthy Rivers and Streams board oversees a $1 million budget, including a couple high-profile projects in 2017.

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In anticipation of future issues with parking around Aspen, a Pitkin County department head wants to convert an under-used part of the Buttermilk lot to a paid system.

Edible pot industry too young to regulate

Oct 23, 2016

 This spring, the Pitkin County Commissioners granted a license for a marijuana-infused jerky producer in the Aspen Airport Business Center. But they weren’t happy about it.

Truck turnaround proposed at base of Indy Pass

Sep 27, 2016
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Transportation engineers are planning to significantly alter Highway 82 so that semi trucks and other over-sized vehicles cannot physically travel up Independence Pass.

 

 

Increased fines and road warnings to large truck drivers haven’t stopped them from heading over the pass. So, the latest proposal involves creating such a tight turning radius before the closure gate that over-length vehicles wouldn’t be able to go through.

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Candidates running for local, state, and national offices speak tonight in Carbondale about management and funding of public lands.

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At a work session Tuesday, Pitkin County commissioners discussed plans for spending $2 million generated by the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program, where developers have to pay to offset energy demands.

Valley Roundup, July 1, 2016

Jul 1, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The primary election results are in. Two valley natives will advance to the fall election for a Pitkin County commissioner seat. And in Garfield County, a candidate has been selected who will be serving his sixth term as a commissioner. In the Colorado congressional race for the third district, it’s going to get interesting between Democrat Gail Schwartz and Republican Scott Tipton.

 

Carolyn Sackariason

    A Carbondale resident didn’t come close to beating a current U.S. Representative in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District. Same goes for a Republican Garfield County Commissioner candidate. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports.

Pitkin County commissioner candidates on themselves

Jun 22, 2016

We caught up with each of the candidates to hear about why they are running for Pitkin County commissioner and how long they've lived in Aspen. Watch the video below to find out more.

Pitkin County commissioner candidates on the issues

Jun 21, 2016

 Greg Poschman, Scott Writer and Hawk Greenway are all longtime valley residents vying for the Pitkin County commissioner seat. Aspen Public Radio has profiled each candidate and asked them where they stand on some of the biggest issues facing the county. Here's what they said.

One week left in June primary

Jun 20, 2016
Elise Thatcher

  There’s one week to go in Colorado’s statewide primary. In the Roaring Fork Valley area, voters are largely choosing between congressional candidates and county commissioners.

Pitkin County commissioner candidate Hawk Greenway

Jun 14, 2016
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Hawk Greenway is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh sat down with Greenway as part of our series of conversations with the candidates.

Pitkin County commissioner candidate Greg Poschman

Jun 14, 2016
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Brush Creek Village resident Greg Poschman is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with him at two places he says are at the heart of why he is running.

Pitkin County commissioner candidate Scott Writer

Jun 13, 2016

A conversation with Pitkin County commissioner candidate Scott Writer

Aspen resident Scott Writer is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher sat down with Writer as part of our series of conversations with the candidates.

County will vote to overrule city council

Jun 12, 2016

Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock urged commissioners in a memo to “respectfully overrule” a directive from Aspen city council downsizing a new county office building.  

In a special meeting this afternoon, commissioners will vote on the final development plans for the Courthouse Plaza Building. Two thirds of the council must vote in support of the design in order to override Aspen City Council’s May 9th resolution requesting changes to the plans.

Ballots are mailed out for primary races

Jun 6, 2016

Ballots were dropped in the mail on Monday for this month’s primary election. In Pitkin County, the local race is between three candidates for county commissioner. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Voters can only choose one candidate. The two with the most votes advance to the November election, according to the Home Rule Charter. Greg Poschman, Scott Writer and Hawk Greenway, all longtime valley residents, are vying for the seat. It is currently held by Michael Owsley, who has to step down because of term limits.

Infused Jerky coming to the ABC

May 10, 2016

The Pitkin County Commissioners Tuesday reviewed the application for the Cannabis Queen to become the first edible marijuana manufacturer in the county.

Tipton gets blowback on drilling bill

Apr 27, 2016
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Representatives from the Wilderness Workshop and Thompson Divide Coalition had harsh words Tuesday for a proposed oil and gas lease swap. Meanwhile, Pitkin County commissioners expressed frustration that their input wasn’t considered in the latest proposal. Morgan Neely has more.

County officials received praise from conservationists in yesterday’s session for their work on protecting the Thompson Divide. Those same activists directed criticism towards a bill coming from Congressman Scott Tipton’s office. It would allow drilling in Delta County instead of the Divide.

County must pay resident $100,000

Mar 21, 2016

Colorado law states that if a government agency is found to have “wrongfully withheld” public records, the plaintiff's court fees must be paid for by the agency. It’s a way of making sure individuals are not dis-incentivised for seeking public information just because they can’t afford the litigation costs that might result if the government refuses to hand over public records.

Pitkin County commissioners will be asked during their work session today to approve the $100,534

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