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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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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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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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Standing, dead trees send safety risk soaring on Basalt Mountain routes, closures in place

August 11, 2018 — A lengthy effort befitting Paul Bunyan will be needed to get popular recreational routes on Basalt Mountain safe enough to reopen after the Lake Christine Fire ripped through the landscape last month. The fire drastically affected the Mill Creek Trail, a short but popular route,

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RFTA ready to roll with campaign for bus system property tax

August 10, 2018 — RFTA's board of directors voted Thursday to seek the organization's first-ever property tax from regional voters in November despite jitters that it could be a tough sell. The board voted unanimously to seek a property tax of a 2.65 mill levy that is projected to

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Flood control, reveg already underway at Basalt State Wildlife Area

August 10, 2018 — Even as the firefighting effort continues on upper slopes of Basalt Mountain, rehabilitation of the burn-scarred terrain is underway down near the point of origin. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is using heavy equipment to undertake a variety of tasks — break up charred terrain so

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Roaring Fork Conservancy makes splash with new River Center in Basalt

August 9, 2018 — It's fitting that the Roaring Fork Conservancy is opening its River Center in Basalt and starting a new chapter in watershed activism during a summer dominated by critical water issues. Mother Nature threw a one-two punch at the Roaring Fork Valley and most of the

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Hundreds give thanks in Basalt to first responders in Lake Christine Fire

August 8, 2018 — It was finally time Tuesday night to say "thank you" to the local first responders on the Lake Christine Fire. Hundreds of midvalley residents filled Triangle Park in Willits Town Center to mingle with firefighters, police officers and other responders. It was the local version

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Lots of mine artifacts still exist, you just have get out and look

August 7, 2018 — A friend of mine, we'll call him Erik the Great, has been credited with crafting the phrase, "You don't know if you don't go" while skiing Aspen Mountain. While many people speculate that this run or that run won't be skiing very well under certain

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Midvalley ready to say ‘thanks’ to firefighters, police for battling Lake Christine Fire

August 7, 2018 — Basalt firefighters, police and other first responders have gotten their well-deserved share of thanks and accolades over the past month, but tonight will be the big bash. Basalt officials are turning the annual National Night Out into an opportunity for all of midvalley to say

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New team takes over Lake Christine Fire, firefighting cost estimate at $16.8 million

August 7, 2018 — Monday was a day of transition on the Lake Christine Fire as firefighters and Mother Nature continued to make progress snuffing it out over the weekend. The type 3 incident management team that's been on the fire for one week announced it will turn the

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CPW will hold two public meetings on Basalt shooting range

August 4, 2018 — With the controversy surrounding the Basalt shooting range that was at the center of the Lake Christine Fire, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife will hold two meetings this month to let the public weigh in on the facility's future. Emotions are running high about the

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Report assesses mud, flood and hazardous tree threats in aftermath of Lake Christine Fire

August 3, 2018 — The biggest threats in the aftermath of the Lake Christine Fire are falling trees on national forest lands, floods and debris flows, according to an assessment released Thursday by the U.S. Forest Service. A partial report by a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team said

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Report assesses damage from Lake Christine Fire and potential for floods, debris flows in Basalt and El Jebel

August 2, 2018 — The biggest threats in the aftermath of the Lake Christine Fire are falling trees on national forest lands, floods and debris flows, according to an assessment released Thursday by the U.S. Forest Service. A partial report by a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team said

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After surviving Lake Christine Fire, Lane family battles flood and mud threat

August 2, 2018 — The home and property of Ace Lane and his family survived a direct hit by the Lake Christine Fire through a combination of hard work and good fortune. Now they're hoping their luck holds out to prevent further damage by floods and mudslides. Two short

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Midvalley group seeking secession from Eagle County must collect signatures to advance

August 1, 2018 — A citizens' group that wants to pull the midvalley out of Eagle County and annex into Pitkin County is going to have to beat the streets and knock on doors if it wants to pursue its cause. The group, Our Valley Our Voice, failed Tuesday

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Firefighting force downsized as Lake Christine Fire containment increases to 90%

July 31, 2018 — Federal officials defended decisions made earlier in the battle against the Lake Christine Fire during a community meeting Tuesday night and they assured people it's safe to downsize the firefighting effort now. Containment increased to 90 percent Tuesday with the fire holding at 12,588 acres.

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