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Willits Town Center in Basalt wants to convert commercial to residential space

October 9, 2017 — The development firm at Willits Town Center says there is so little demand for additional commercial space right now that it wants flexibility to convert some to residential. Mariner Real Estate Management applied to the town of Basalt to amend requirements that it build commercial

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Basalt Dreamers hold high hopes for college despite immigration policy debate

October 7, 2017 — Basalt High School students Aranza and Nathaly are dreaming big as they near graduation — despite the usual challenges facing seniors and new uncertainty over their ability to remain in the U.S. It's stressful enough filling out the mounds of paperwork and writing essays to

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‘Eyesore’ wires being pulled down from old poles along Independence Pass

October 5, 2017 — For the past several decades, telephone lines to nowhere have been a curious part of the view for attentive travelers along a 10-mile stretch of Independence Pass. Hundreds of poles and tens of thousands of feet of tension wire were left behind when the line

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Developer puts Basalt project on ‘back burner,’ won’t submit application

October 4, 2017 — The head of an Aspen-based development firm said Wednesday he's not ready to walk away from a potential project in Basalt, but he's putting it on the back burner. Jim DeFrancia of Lowe Enterprises said the company won't spend the money to prepare a formal

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St. Benedict’s Monastery near Aspen doing its part to battle global warming

October 4, 2017 — When Pope Francis called for "swift and unified global action" on environmental issues in May 2015, the monks at St. Benedict's Monastery in Capitol Creek Valley took it to heart. The monks are installing a 202-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system at their picturesque ranch, and the

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Aspen skiers can expect better Wi-Fi connections at select sites this winter

October 3, 2017 — Once upon a time, skiers hit the slopes to get away from it all and leave life behind. Not anymore. Many skiers and snowboarders want to immediately post selfies surfing the powder on Instagram. They want to check Facebook to see what their friends are

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Aspen skiers can expect better Wi-Fi connections at select sites this winter

October 2, 2017 — Once upon a time, skiers hit the slopes to get away from it all and leave life behind. Not anymore. Many skiers and snowboarders want to immediately post selfies surfing the powder on Instagram. They want to check Facebook to see what their friends are

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Mountain Rescue Aspen will kick off Mountain Safety campaign Oct. 11

October 2, 2017 — Mountain Rescue Aspen will kick off a public campaign this month that is designed to build awareness for staying safe during summer adventures in the backcountry. The rescue group will hold a panel discussion Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at the CB Cameron Rescue Center,

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Forest Service: some growers fled during raid of Redstone-area pot patch

September 29, 2017 — A man detained during the raid of an illegal marijuana growing operation near Redstone on Thursday is in the custody of immigration officials while a decision is made on what charges will be filed, if any, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office

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Officials get 2,700 pot plants from illegal grow in Crystal Valley near Redstone

September 28, 2017 — For the third time in five years, federal agencies have raided an illegal marijuana growing operation in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest. Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies began efforts Thursday to eradicate a pot patch in the Crystal Valley

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Snowmass climbs to No. 4 in Ski magazine’s annual rankings; Aspen Highlands 8th

September 28, 2017 — Snowmass ascended to one of its highest rankings ever in SKI magazine's annual readers' survey while Aspen Highlands soared into the top 10 and Aspen Mountain took a mysterious dive. Snowmass was ranked fourth overall for western North America resorts in the top-15 survey, which

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Snowmass climbs to No. 4 in Ski magazine’s annual rankings; Aspen Highlands 8th

September 27, 2017 — Snowmass ascended to one of its highest rankings ever in SKI magazine's annual readers' survey while Aspen Highlands soared into the top 10 and Aspen Mountain took a mysterious dive. Snowmass was ranked fourth overall for western North America resorts in the top-15 survey, which

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Basalt officials approve medical marijuana facility on Midland Ave.

September 27, 2017 — A medical marijuana facility received a green light Tuesday to open on Midland Avenue in Basalt. The Town Council voted 4-0 with one abstention to grant approval for the medical marijuana center to Down Valley HYH LLC, a company owned by Justin Streeb and Kale

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113-unit housing project approved by Basalt; teacher housing gains ground

September 26, 2017 — Two developments that would combine to provide 52 deed-restricted affordable-housing units and 88 free-market units priced to be attainable by some working families gained ground in Basalt on Tuesday night. It was back to the future for the Stott's Mill project when the council voted

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Basalt, El Jebel will add 213 affordable housing units by March

September 26, 2017 — Basalt and El Jebel will add 213 affordable-housing units before winter is over and the number could swell to 342 in the not-too-distant future. Mariner Real Estate Management led the surge by completing 50 apartments and 27 condominiums at Willits Town Center this summer. The

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Young farmers tackle problems to take root in Roaring Fork Valley

September 23, 2017 — Christian La Bar surveys rows of baby lettuce, beets, carrots, onions and garlic on land he leases on Missouri Heights and recounts the good fortune experienced this growing season. He and Harper Kaufman, his partner in life and business, avoided a damaging hailstorm like the

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Aspen micro-forecaster predicts normal to slightly above snowfall this winter

September 21, 2017 — Micro-forecasting firm Aspen Weather.net is predicting normal to slightly above normal snow at the Roaring Fork Valley's ski areas this winter. Meteorologist Cory Gates said models are showing conditions shaping up as a "weak La Nina" winter, where cold Pacific Ocean temperatures at the equator

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Aspen’s Marolts selected for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

September 21, 2017 — Aspen twins and groundbreaking ski mountaineers Steve and Mike Marolt will be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame's Class of 2017. The ski hall of fame recently announced that the Marolts are among eight athletes and "sport builders" who will be

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27-unit housing project in Basalt will house teachers, workers in Pitkin County

September 20, 2017 — Two local governments and a nonprofit are pumping nearly $8 million into an affordable-housing project and hoping that the town of Basalt will waive development fees to prevent the subsidy from growing. Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork teamed with the Roaring Fork School District and

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Study: use of AirBnB, other services for short-term rentals surging in Aspen

September 20, 2017 — A growing number of property owners in Aspen and Snowmass Village are hopping at the chance to rent their residences directly to vacationers, according to a recent study. An Environmental Assessment on proposed improvements at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport estimated that growth in rental by owners

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