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New plan submitted for mixed uses, expanded park at Basalt’s Pan and Fork site

May 17, 2018 — A developer with an option to buy the former Pan and Fork parcel in Basalt submitted an application Wednesday that seeks approval of free-market rowhouses and such public amenities as a home for the Art Base, a visitors' center, affordable housing and a coffeehouse. Basalt

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Forest Service seeks comments on Skico’s plan to expand Aspen Mountain terrain, snowmaking

May 16, 2018 — The public is getting its chance to comment on Aspen Skiing Co.'s proposal to add the Pandora terrain to Aspen Mountain and enlarge the snowmaking system at the mountaintop. The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday it will hold a public open house to discuss the

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Skico: No skiing on Aspen Mountain during Memorial Day weekend

May 16, 2018 — Lift-served skiing on Aspen Mountain has been ruled out when the Silver Queen Gondola fires up for the summer season May 26, Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said Wednesday. "Unfortunately we confirmed (Tuesday) that there will be no skiing on Memorial Day when we

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Sure sign of summer —Sky Mtn Park, Glassier trails open today in Aspen area

May 16, 2018 — The riding has already been great for local mountain bikers and it's about to get better. Sky Mountain Park and the Glassier Trail open for the season today. The opening of Sky Mountain Park includes the Seven Star Trail on the west side of Brush

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Most campgrounds open Friday in Aspen’s Great Outdoors

May 15, 2018 — Hundreds of camping sites from east of Aspen to near Marble and from Maroon Valley to Ruedi Reservoir will open in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District for the summer Friday. A concessionaire for the U.S. Forest Service is opening most of the campgrounds while the agency

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Ride the Pass will help remove old fencing from high peaks east of Aspen

May 15, 2018 — Ride the pass, help a mule. That could be the rally cry for cyclists participating Saturday in the annual Ride for the Pass fundraiser benefiting the Independence Pass Foundation. One of IPF's major projects this year will be harnessing a U.S. Forest Service mule string

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Seeds planted to make Aspen’s Cozy Point Ranch a model for sustainable agriculture

May 13, 2018 — Cozy Point Ranch is about to become a whole lot busier with sheep, chickens, fruit trees and farmers. The showcase property at the entrance to Aspen and Snowmass Village is being prepped for a makeover by the Farm Collaborative, a nonprofit organization formerly known as

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Farmer Erin Cuseo expands vision on Pitkin County open space

May 12, 2018 — Farmer Erin Cuseo is growing more than vegetables, greens and berries this year on property she leases at the Lazy Glen Open Space. She's growing her business, as well. Cuseo, owner of Erin's Acres, and her partner Jimmy Dula have expanded the amount of land

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RFTA board compromises on property tax proposal for Aspen-area buses

May 11, 2018 — The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority board of directors decided Thursday to make a case to voters in November that the regional bus system needs a new property tax to stay healthy. The board reached consensus after a lengthy discussion to seek voter approval for a

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Basalt debates how to handle retirees in its growing affordable housing inventory

May 10, 2018 — The Basalt Town Council is debating whether to make it easier for private-sector employees to get into the town's growing affordable-housing inventory or continue to reserve residences for government and special district employees. The council also is debating how to prevent filling its housing inventory

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Settlement with former manager Scanlon affected Basalt’s books in 2017

May 9, 2018 — Basalt town government ended up short on revenue last year because less development occurred than anticipated and it had greater expenses than budgeted, in part because of a legal settlement with former manager Mike Scanlon. Town Manager Ryan Mahoney told the council Tuesday night that

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Voters approve property tax hike for Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel

May 8, 2018 — Midvalley voters narrowly approved a property tax hike for the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District on Tuesday. The ballot question was approved 1,178 in support to 1,106 against, according to designated election official Jon Erickson from Marchetti & Weaver, the district's accounting firm. That's

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Iconic Cap-K Ranch still going strong after 131 years as cattle operation

May 6, 2018 — Once upon a time cattle ranchers and environmentalists mixed about as well as manure and fresh-water streams, but a unique partnership in the Aspen area has reduced the fissure to an Old West myth. One of the most iconic ranches in the Roaring Fork watershed

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Peace Garden, creator Mauricio Sosa blossom at Basalt High School

May 5, 2018 — Mauricio Sosa had a vision for creating a peace garden as a Basalt High School freshman after being bullied for most of his academic years to that point. There was no way of foreseeing then how successful the project would become or how it would

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Growth potential to get close scrutiny in Basalt-to-El Jebel corridor

May 4, 2018 — A midvalley planning commission decided Thursday night it will assess about 12 undeveloped properties on a case-by-case basis to determine if they should be designated for more development than they are now, less or remain the same. The exercise will be the final piece of

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Wildland fire danger forecast to be above normal for Aspen-area national forest in June

May 2, 2018 — Despite recent precipitation, public land managers and firefighters in the Roaring Fork Valley are bracing for the possibility of greater wildland fire risk earlier than usual this summer. The Predictive Services branch of the National Interagency Fire Center issued a report Tuesday forecasting significant wildland

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Basalt firefighters snuff house fire at Homestead Drive, car fire at City Market

May 1, 2018 — Basalt firefighters scrambled to snuff two fires that started within 40 minutes of each other Tuesday afternoon, one involving two residences on Homestead Drive and the other in the trunk of a car parked at City Market. Both fires appeared to originate in debris and

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Basalt mom who lost son to suicide pursues vision for youth, counseling center

April 25, 2018 — Six months after losing her son to suicide, a midvalley woman's pain is still raw, the unanswered questions are still haunting and the loss borders on unbearable. Temple Glassier thinks of her son Patrick Palardy every day. Sometimes that is all she can do and

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Changing of the guard on Basalt council — Infante and Slack are in, Grauer and Kittle are out

April 25, 2018 — Tuesday was the changing of the guard on the Basalt Town Council when Mark Kittle and Bernie Grauer left the board and William Infante joined. Ryan Slack also will take a seat on the council but he was unable to attend the swearing-in ceremony. The

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Basalt will invest $444,000 to calm speeding drivers in Willits

April 25, 2018 — Basalt will invest nearly $444,000 to try to slow traffic down on East Valley Road as it leaves Willits Town Center and enters the residential area. The project features narrowing the width of the road between Valley Court and Lake Court. Plastic chicanes that create

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