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RFTA buses hauled 5.2 million riders in 2018, second-best year ever

February 19, 2019 — The Roaring Fork Valley regional bus system topped 5 million passengers for a third time in 2018 but didn't set a record. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority recorded a system-wide ridership of 5.21 million last year, according to preliminary numbers. That was down by 65,088

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Aspen-area has suffered the brunt of Colorado’s fatal avalanches this year

February 19, 2019 — The Aspen area has been hit particularly hard by avalanche tragedies this year with three of four fatalities in Colorado being residents of the Roaring Fork Valley. Owen Green, 27, of Aspen, and Michael Goerne, 37, of Carbondale, died Saturday when they were caught in

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Rock Bottom Ranch goes whole hog on sustainable agriculture education

February 17, 2019 — Jason Smith grabbed an inch-thick layer of fat along the back of half a pig in two strong hands and gave several tugs until it ripped away from the carcass. Smith, the director of Rock Bottom Ranch, explained to 14 onlookers that the fat would

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Film producer, part-time Aspen resident Brad Krevoy explores making series about 10th Mountain Division

February 16, 2019 — A successful film industry executive with strong personal and professional connections to Aspen — think of the movie "Dumb and Dumber" — has set his sights on making a series on the famed 10th Mountain Division. Brad Krevoy has put an option on one book

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Dispute between RFTA, drivers’ union heading to arbitration

February 14, 2019 — A dispute between the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and a union for bus drivers got emotional Thursday when a pay dispute could not be solved. Ed Cortez, president and business agent for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1774, read a fiery statement at the RFTA

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‘Vasectomy zoning’ argument fails to sour Basalt council on project

February 14, 2019 — The majority of the Basalt Town Council approved a development project Tuesday that allows residential uses in a predominantly industrial area despite concern from one board member who said it is an example of "vasectomy zoning." The council voted 5-2 to approve the mixed-use project

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Survey shows most Roaring Fork regional residents satisfied with their communities, homes

February 13, 2019 — Since it's Valentine's Day, it's only fitting that a recent survey of regional residents showed most people love the community where they live. As part of a housing needs assessment, a consultant for regional governments conducted a survey of residents from Aspen to Glenwood Springs

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Midvalley performance center The Temporary forced to pursue long-term vision sooner

February 13, 2019 — The midvalley entertainment venue called The Temporary is looking to transition into a long-term space called The Permanent quicker than planned. The Temporary will close its door at Willits Town Center in early May. It will continue to host some events in different places while

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Study forecasts how bad Roaring Fork Valley’s affordable housing shortage will be by 2027

February 12, 2019 — The Roaring Fork Valley region is expected to have a deficit of about 5,700 units of affordable housing for households earning less than the median income by 2027, according to a final draft of a housing needs assessment. But the region's blue-collar workers are far

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Retired Marine will share insights on 10th Mtn Division at presentation in Aspen

February 10, 2019 — Retired Marine Col. Thomas Duhs gained respect and some insight into the famed U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division during his years of military service in cold-weather operations between 1981 and 1992. Duhs used his own experience training troops and his research into the official regimental

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Basalt High School students, faculty rally to support classmate in cancer battle

February 8, 2019 — Basalt High School junior Anna Cunningham is proving such an inspiration to her school that even students who don't know her are rallying to raise funds for childhood cancer research in her honor. Friends, teachers and administrators have organized an event called Basalt Bold &

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Bumble Powder 8 skiing competition will be buzzing on Aspen Mountain

February 7, 2019 — Some of the top synchronized skiers in the world will strut their stuff on Aspen Mountain this weekend in the Bumble Powder 8 Championship. The competition will start on the North American trail Friday. The last eight teams in the running will venture onto the

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ACES: Maintaining Aspen’s critical connection to nature

February 7, 2019 — Chris Lane has an image of Elizabeth Paepcke seared in his mind, though one he never actually saw. The CEO of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Lane envisions Paepcke marching along the bluff overlooking Hallam Lake in Aspen, broomstick in hand. The matriarch of modern

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Basalt contemplates ‘conservative’ solution to property tax question

February 7, 2019 — Basalt officials are uncertain if they violated Colorado's tax limit law but they are contemplating a "conservative" approach and potentially going to voters with a proposed solution in November, officials said at a community meeting Wednesday night. The Town Council will discuss this summer if

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Aspen photographer finds the healing power of wild places

February 6, 2019 — For many Roaring Fork Valley residents, connecting to nature is what nurtures their soul. For Devin Pool of Aspen, making that connection might have saved his life. Pool grew up in Texas in a sea of private property. "I didn't even know there was public

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Roaring Fork School District looks to future with El Jebel school site

February 5, 2019 — The Roaring Fork School District is undertaking preliminary work needed for a new elementary or middle school in El Jebel. The school district is under contract to buy 8.6 acres of land from Crawford Properties LLC and combine it with 7 acres the district already

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Basalt explores selling six affordable housing units in Snowmass to boost its program’s bottom line

February 3, 2019 — Basalt town government is contemplating boosting the financial bottom line of its affordable-housing program by selling six affordable units and paying off a line of credit. The town is looking to sell the Shining Mountain property in Snowmass that it acquired from Rocky Mountain Institute

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Free, public ski area outside Carbondale depends on ‘Community Powered Skiing’

February 1, 2019 — Ask anyone who occasionally visits or regularly tours the Spring Gulch cross-country ski area outside of Carbondale what they like about the place and the all-inclusive nature of it will likely rank high. The 21-kilometer network of groomed trails attracts everyone from Olympic-class skiers to

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Basalt has raised property tax rate 10 times since 2005, possibly violating state law

February 1, 2019 — Basalt town government increased its mill levy for property taxes 10 times between 2006 and 2018, possibly violating an amendment to the Colorado Constitution that prohibits new taxes without a vote of the people. The discovery triggered an internal investigation by town staff, with the

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Forecasters see more of the same for Aspen in second half of ski season

January 30, 2019 — This ski season is just approaching the halfway point and already there have been as many days of snowfall as all of last season. Aspen Skiing Co. has logged 42 days of snowfall since the lifts started turning Nov. 17 on Aspen Mountain. That ranges

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