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The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners approved a $102 million budget this month. Total spending is down from last year, when a large amount went to new facilities for government offices.

Prisoners to get holiday meal

Dec 22, 2016

The 100 or so inmates jailed on both ends of the valley will enjoy holiday meals.

Dispatch Center still faces staffing shortage

Dec 19, 2016
Barbara Platts

The Pitkin County Emergency Dispatch Center hired a new communications director this month, but they are still operating with only half of a staff.

Veteran's Park plans unveiled Tuesday

Dec 19, 2016

A groundbreaking ceremony today kicks off a two-year overhaul of Pitkin County government offices.
 

Basalt joined forces with Aspen, Snowmass and Pitkin County this week in hiring an attorney to negotiate “franchise agreements” with Comcast.

In November, voters allowed Pitkin County to provide broadband services.

Officials broke ground Tuesday in Basalt for the Roaring Fork Apartments. The project will provide affordable housing, unlike anything else in the valley.

Valley Roundup for Nov. 11, 2016

Nov 11, 2016
Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Welcome to a Valley Roundup.

 

The results are in from Tuesday’s election. We talk nationally, regionally and locally about how ballot issues and candidate races shook out.

Local 2016 election results are in 

So, what does a Donald Trump presidential win mean for the Roaring Fork Valley?

Impact of Trump’s election echoes around the valley

Colorado is one of a handful of states conducting this election by mail.

Valley Roundup for Oct. 28, 2016

Oct 28, 2016
Elise Fitzsimmons/Aspen Public Radio

Most everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond should have received their ballots by now. The Aspen Public Radio news team has answers about the logistics of voting in this mail-in election.

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, Oct. 28, 2016

Oct 28, 2016
Elise Fitzsimmons/Aspen Public Radio

Most everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond should have received their ballots by now. The Aspen Public Radio news teams has answers about the logistics of voting in this mail-in election.

 

Mountain Edition- Sept. 23

Sep 23, 2016

 On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy present a compilation of the week’s news.

Three finalists picked for judgeship

Sep 22, 2016

The replacement for a local judge has been narrowed down to three candidates. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

911 texting service is in its third year

Sep 13, 2016

 It’s been nearly three years since Pitkin County implemented the 9-1-1 text messaging system. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts visited the county’s dispatch center to learn more about this emergency communication option.

Aspen Public Radio News

A section of the Roaring Fork River is closed to boaters and anglers as crews start building two recreational waves above the Town of Basalt. Pitkin County attorney John Ely said the project is intended as a safeguard against drought.   

McClure Pass investigation closed

Sep 6, 2016
Courtesy of mybicycleroutes.com

The investigation into the death of 49-year-old Longmont resident Matthew Barz, who was found Monday on McClure Pass, has shown that he died of trauma from an accidental fall.

Courtesy of aspenpitkin.com

Bears are crafty and have good memories, and when they’re hungry, it’s a lot easier to dig into the neighbor’s trash than to find a dozen pounds of berries.

Pitkin County

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.

Glenwood Canyon closes again Wednesday, Thursday

Aug 8, 2016
Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

Glenwood Canyon will be closed again this Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., forcing many motorists to seek alternate routes.

Commissioner gives away anonymous donation

Jul 5, 2016

An elected official in Pitkin County has given away the thousand bucks someone left at her house anonymously earlier this year. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Commissioner Patti Clapper came home to an envelope left on her front gate with 10 $100 bills. She turned it over to the police, where it was held in evidence for a couple of months.

She was waiting for gift giver, who wrote on the envelope “for past good deeds,” to come forward and confirm it wasn’t politically motivated. The donor never came forward so she gave it away.

Valley Roundup for June 10, 2016

Jun 10, 2016
Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

  Two local governments are joining other Colorado cities and counties to collectively lobby for climate change legislation.

Elise Thatcher

A supervisor can have a bigger impact on a worker’s health than a primary care doctor. That’s according to the The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The federal office recently sent experts to Aspen to teach managers how to handle that power wisely.

Last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper expressed concern about whether film incentives would be cut from the state budget. Film crews have brought $151 million into the state’s economy. It’s a big concern that is already showing itself in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Courtesy of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

A prescribed burn is tentatively scheduled to take place later this month in the Hunter Creek Valley.

Colorado Children's Campaign

Child poverty levels declined in back to back years for the first time in more than a decade, according to the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

PitCo resident wins CORA legal battle

Mar 10, 2016
Courtesy of Pitkin County

  

A Red Mountain resident now knows which one of her neighbors complained about an unapproved construction project at her property almost four years ago. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The identity of the so-called whistleblower and citizen complaint were made public Tuesday after the district court was ordered to release documents demanded by property owner Elesabeth Shook.

PitCo limits gifts for public officials to $100

Feb 29, 2016

A Pitkin County elected official is trying to solve the mystery of who left a pile of cash at her house. According to the government’s policy, she wouldn’t be able to accept it even if she wanted to. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

County commissioner Patti Clapper took the $1,000 to the Aspen Police Department after the envelope was left on her front gate anonymously. She is worried it could be a bribe.

$1K left anonymously for PitCo official

Feb 29, 2016

An elected official in Pitkin County is trying to find out who left a thousand dollars in cash on her front gate earlier this month. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

County commissioner Patti Clapper returned from work one day to find an envelope addressed to “Pat C.” written on it and 10 $100 bills inside. The anonymous note said, “for past good deeds.”

 

She says her first reaction was she that wanted to throw up.

Elections department has moved

Feb 25, 2016

  Pitkin County’s elections department has had a change of address. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The new reception area and ballot processing center is on East Hyman Avenue, in the Ute City Banque building. The space, located in the southeast corner of the building, used to be a lingerie shop.

 

County clerk and recorder Janice Vos Caudill joked with elected officials when she gave  an update this week.  

 

“Elections are sexy," she says.

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