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Basalt affordable housing project will be ‘net zero’ on energy

August 19, 2018 — The eventual cost of living in an affordable-housing project now under construction in Basalt just got lower. The Basalt Vista complex on the hillside south of Basalt High School has been designated "net zero ready" thanks to a $100,000 grant from local nonprofit dedicated to

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Aspen man’s mental health again a concern for Pitkin County judge

August 17, 2018 — A local man with a history of mental health issues, disdain for authority and a propensity to enter other people's homes is again posing vexing questions for Pitkin County District Court officials. William Hallisey, 62, was recently found incompetent to stand trial for the fourth

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Alleged thieves hit with felony charges

August 15, 2018 — Local authorities filed felony charges Wednesday against an out-of-state couple suspected of committing a string of thefts last month along the West Coast and in Aspen, according to court documents. Dylan Deshields, 24, and Shylo Short, 22, both of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, each face one count

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Collaboration allows wireless network to take shape

August 14, 2018 — A recently awarded state grant worth more than $1 million will allow Pitkin and Garfield counties to build one wireless internet network that will reach more rural residents than two independently operated networks, an official said Tuesday. "This is a great effort valleywide," said Patti

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Basalt man hit with felony charge

August 13, 2018 — A Basalt man was charged with felony assault Sunday after he allegedly attacked a man who works on his property, according to court documents. Gary Williams, 59, admitted to a Pitkin County sheriff's deputy that he hit the man "after losing his temper," according to

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Aspen airport expansion will allow for 737-sized planes, but will they come?

August 11, 2018 — Once Aspen has a new airport terminal and runway — perhaps by 2023 — the facility will not only be able to receive airplanes the size of 737s, it will be obligated to do so. That's because Pitkin County cannot afford to build the project

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Boogie buys new fire truck for Aspen department

August 8, 2018 — Aspen Fire Chief Rick Balentine wasn't on a fundraising mission when he agreed to speak at a men's luncheon late last week at the Chabad Jewish Community Center on Main Street. "I was asked to speak about wildfire in general and the Fire Department and

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Board increases tax request from voters

August 7, 2018 — Pitkin County commissioners Tuesday bumped up the amount of property tax they're asking voters to approve in November for a fund that provides many health and wellness services for the community. Instead of asking voters to raise the mill levy for the Healthy Community Fund

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Maroon Lake project to rope off area is effort to end ‘social trails’ near Maroon Bells

August 7, 2018 — Maroon Lake is being overrun and now it is being surrounded. To curb the crowds from going off trail and hurting the environment at the waters near the iconic Maroon Bells, the U.S. Forest Service is spending $30,000 to install low posts connected by ropes

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Judge: ‘Grave consequences’ for felony conviction

August 6, 2018 — A 23-year-old former Aspen resident was led from the courtroom in handcuffs Monday after he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for attacking and injuring his girlfriend in April. Kelby Strohm pleaded guilty to felony second-degree kidnapping in the case and will spend the

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Judge reduces former Aspen bartender’s prison sentence in rape case

August 6, 2018 — A district court judge resentenced a former Aspen bartender convicted of sexual assault in 2014 to six fewer years behind bars Monday because of an error by the trial judge in the case. Peter Nardi, 55, did not speak in court Monday, though his attorney,

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McNicholas Kury prepared for Pitkin County commissioner job after going unopposed

August 5, 2018 — Kelly McNicholas Kury had a vague idea that eventually she would run for public office. With her background as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa — where she said she learned the value of good governance — to her graduate degree in international studies

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County open to housing board changes

August 2, 2018 — At least two Pitkin County commissioners like the idea of reforming the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority board to include elected officials and streamline the decision-making process. "I personally think that what's proposed would be a much better solution than what we have now, which is

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Climbing 14ers without legs: Say what?

August 1, 2018 — Climbing fourteeners is officially out of control. I know this thanks to a news release about a week ago from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office detailing yet another rescue from one of the treacherous high peaks in the area. This one involved a 37-year-old man

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West Coast crime spree hits Aspen before suspects arrested in Colorado Springs

August 1, 2018 — An Oklahoma couple arrested last month in Colorado Springs after an alleged West Coast crime spree may have committed three July 4 burglaries in the Aspen area, an official said Wednesday. Dylan Deshields, 24, and Shylo Short, 22, both of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, were caught July

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No decision made, though city office project moves forward

July 30, 2018 — The Aspen City Council bought itself a bit of time Monday in its quest to build or buy new city office space, while also eliminating one of four options for the proposed project. The five members of the board voted unanimously to enter into a

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Careful with those expensive bikes, Aspen; thieves take 4 high-end bikes

July 27, 2018 — Aspen's cycling community has never been particularly diligent about locking up its bikes. Most of the time it is not a huge problem because the vast majority of bicycle thefts in the city involve "townies" invariably swiped late at night by the inebriated in need

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Aspen fire department joins property tax asks for this November

July 26, 2018 — Aspen area voters and property owners beware: The tax man is coming for you this November. Aspen Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rick Balentine said Thursday that his board has given the thumbs-up to ask voters to approve a property tax increase worth about $3 million

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Aspen airport gets OK to start next phase of expansion project

July 25, 2018 — The next phase of Pitkin County's plan to build a nearly $100 million new airport terminal and runway can begin. That was the word Tuesday from Aspen airport Director John Kinney, who told Pitkin County commissioners the Federal Aviation Administration has approved an environmental assessment

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Voters to decide on longer, higher Healthy Community Fund tax

July 24, 2018 — Pitkin County commissioners decided Tuesday to ask voters to reapprove a property tax in November that funds important public health efforts and community wellness in general at a higher rate and for a longer period of time. That means that if voters again give the

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