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Forest Service cleans up illegal marijuana growing site near Redstone

August 17, 2018 — REDSTONE — U.S. Forest Service workers undertook an extensive effort last month to clean up the mess at an elaborate illegal marijuana growing operation and restore natural conditions in a patch of national forest in the Crystal Valley. A crew of eight workers from the

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APCHA sending surveys to gauge HOA finances

August 16, 2018 — The local affordable-housing authority that oversees ownership units in the program is sending out a survey to homeowner associations to get a handle on how many are underwater with their capital reserves and deferred maintenance. It is a massive issue at some complexes, such as

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Aspen outfitter says it can’t be held responsible for rafting death

August 16, 2018 — An Aspen rafting company facing a negligence and fraud lawsuit for the June 2016 death of a Maryland man has filed a counterclaim arguing it cannot be held responsible for the fatality because the victim signed a waiver before entering the boat. Aspen Whitewater Rafting

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UPDATE: I-70 westbound near Glenwood Canyon reopens after vehicle fire

August 16, 2018 — An SUV caught fire Thursday around 10:30 a.m. on Interstate 70 at mile marker 117, fully engulfing the vehicle and setting off a brief wildfire, according to Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson. Both lanes of the westbound interstate were reopened just before 1 p.m.

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Debate focuses on residences in latest Pan and Fork proposal

August 16, 2018 — The debate officially started in Basalt on Tuesday night over whether the latest proposal for the former Pan and Fork property provides enough economic vitality for downtown. Tim Belinski, head of Basalt River Park LLC, introduced his group's proposal to the Town Council and immediately

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Aspen Valley Hospital’s orthopedic department hooks up with Hospital for Special Surgery

August 15, 2018 — Aspen Valley Hospital is hoping to up its game in the orthopedic arena by joining forces with a national hospital heralded for its work in the field. The Aspen hospital, along with the OrthoAspen specialist group that it runs, has agreed in principle with New

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Aspen’s housing board kicks woman out of house

August 15, 2018 — The Aspen housing authority has decided to boot a woman from her subsidized unit because she hasn't lived there for at least two years. The Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority board on Wednesday determined that Julie Peters, who owns a one-bedroom apartment on East Hyman Avenue,

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Aspen’s energy mitigation fees being collected in large amounts

August 14, 2018 — The fund that collects fees levied on property owners who consume large amounts of energy is accumulating faster than officials can spend it. That was a takeaway for Aspen City Council members Tuesday when they met with representatives from the Community Office for Resource Efficiency,

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ACRA, Aspen Skico event set Sept. 6

August 14, 2018 — The Aspen Chamber Resort Association and Aspen Skiing Co. will play host to the Afternoon Blend from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 6 at The Sundeck on Aspen Mountain. Skico officials will apprise those in attendance about what's on tap for the upcoming winter. A

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Basalt council denies Whole Foods’ beer license

August 14, 2018 — Whole Foods stumbled Tuesday in its effort to get a toehold in the beer business in Basalt. The Basalt Town Council voted 7-0 to deny a license for the grocer to sell 3.2 percent beer. If approved, the store at Willits Town Center would have

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Basalt council votes to push for relocation of shooting range

August 14, 2018 — Basalt town government will lobby Colorado Parks and Wildlife to relocate the shooting range that's been part of the town for roughly 50 years to a new, "suitable" location. If a new site cannot be found, the town wants the state agency to address public

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One of the best restaurant locations in the valley changes hands in Basalt

August 14, 2018 — After working for decades to help other restaurant owners operate their businesses, a couple have decided to make a go of it for themselves. Andrew "Andy" Hopp and Claire Clarke purchased the Riverside Grill in Basalt on July 31. The couple, partners in business and

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Four Dogs hopes to put the bite on Whole Foods’ pursuit of beer license

August 14, 2018 — When Whole Foods Market goes before the Basalt Town Council tonight to seek a license to sell 3.2 percent beer, it will be faced with an opposing petition from its neighbor, Four Dogs Fine Wine and Spirits. The adjacent businesses have lived in harmony since

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Charles Paterson, founder of Aspen’s iconic Boomerang Lodge, dies

August 13, 2018 — Charles Paterson, the architect who designed, built and operated the Boomerang Lodge, died last week at Aspen Valley Hospital. He was 89. He also was a husband to Fonda Paterson for 49 years, and a father to his daughters, Carrie and Jenny, who grew up

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City of Aspen enacts mandatory water restrictions

August 13, 2018 — For the first time in history, the city of Aspen has declared a stage 2 water shortage. Due to extremely low water levels due to low snowpack and little summer precipitation, Aspen City Council approved the move at its regular meeting Monday. "After a warm

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Help needed for weekend trail project

August 13, 2018 — Volunteers are needed to help repair, reconstruct and restore damaged sections of the Thomas Lakes/Mount Sopris Trail on Friday through Sunday. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is partnering with Wilderness Workshop, the U.S. Forest Service and Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council on the project. Volunteers are

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Eagle County commissioners invite public to celebrate fire response, new manager

August 13, 2018 — The Eagle County Commissioners are inviting Roaring Fork Valley residents Tuesday to a reception for new Eagle County Manager Jeff Shroll and a celebration of the community's response to the Lake Christine Fire. The free event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at

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Public warned to stay out of Lake Christine Fire burn area

August 13, 2018 — The incident management team for the Lake Christine Fire warned the public Monday to stay out of the burn area even though the blaze is winding down. The incident commander "emphasized the importance of residents' respect of the fire area restrictions as many hikers, bikers,

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Aspen’s electeds poised to spend $75,000 to study uphill recreation economy

August 12, 2018 — Mayor Steve Skadron's vision for Aspen to become the epicenter of an uphill fitness economy is reaching new heights as elected officials Monday night will consider hiring a consultant for $75,000 to further the effort. Frisco-based SE Group has been selected to develop what's being

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Business Briefs: Discounts offered for plug-in electric vehicles for Roaring Fork Valley drivers

August 12, 2018 — Electric vehicles on sale The Electric Vehicle Sales Event, aimed at drivers in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties, will offer discounts for the purchase or lease of plug-in electric vehicles from six auto dealerships for a 90-day period. "We are building on the success of

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