Posted on: March 24, 2017

Public Opinion Sought for Off Highway Vehicle Management

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The use of unlicensed Off Highway and All Terrain Vehicles (OHVs and ATVs) in Pitkin County is increasing. Currently state law prohibits OHVs from operating on county roads but it is up to the counties themselves to enforce the law. Until recently OHV and...

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Posted on: March 23, 2017

Public input welcome on Emma Open Space

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails will host an open house Thursday, March 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Basalt Town Hall to kick off management planning for Emma Open Space and the Emma Townsite property.  Citizens are invited to provide their inpu...

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Posted on: March 8, 2017

Sky Mountain hunting lottery set March 20

ASPEN – A portion of Sky Mountain Park will again be open to limited hunting in the fall, but a lottery to choose five participating hunters will take place March 20.

The hunt, for cow elk only, will again take place during the fourth season &nda...

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Posted on: March 8, 2017

New Nonstop Flights Offered at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport this Summer/Fall

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Delta is adding new flights into Aspen Snowmass (ASE) this summer with daily nonstop flights from Salt Lake City (SLC) plus nonstop flights from Los Angeles (LAX) on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. These new seasonal summer flights begin June 10, 2017,...

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Pitkin County's Human Services Director Receives Distinguished Statewide Recognition

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Director of Pitkin County Human Services Nan Sundeen, has won the 2107 Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Nonprofit Association. This award goes to a government employee who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen...

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

No Parking Allowed on Woody Creek Road Above Lenado

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Vehicles may no longer park along Woody Creek Road between Lenado and the Woody Creek Bridge pursuant to a Pitkin County District Court judge order effective this week. The road has long accommodated backcountry skiers and snowmobilers heading to Kobey Pa...

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Pitkin County Announces New Veteran's Service Officer

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Local Veterans seeking everything from disability compensation and health care to vocational training and pensions will be working with a U.S. Army veteran now that Snowmass resident Janine Barth has filled the position of Veterans Services Officer (VSO) ...

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Posted on: February 6, 2017

Pitkin County's New Public Health Director Named

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The director of Pitkin County’s new Public Health Department has been named. After a rigorous, three-month-long search and interview process, Delta County Public Health Director Karen Koenemann has accepted the position. Koenemann will build the departmen...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Construction Gets Underway on New County Facility

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Construction of Pitkin County’s new Administration and Sheriff’s facility gets underway next week. The project, which includes construction of 22,000 sq/ft and renovation of 16,000 square feet will be located behind Veteran’s...

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Posted on: January 16, 2017

Pitkin County Partners with 5Point Film Festival in Aspen

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The Pitkin County Landfill is a presenting partner with the 5Point Film Festival in Aspen this month. The show will take place on January 21st at the Wheeler Opera House. The event features ten adventure films and special guests. The landfill’s ...

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Posted on: January 13, 2017

Recycle Your Old Mattress at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center

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For the first time in the history of the Pitkin Solid Waste Center old mattresses are being accepted for recycling instead of burial in the landfill. In just one day several old mattresses arrive at the Pitkin County Landfill for burial and that causes bi...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

More Low Income Women Now Eligible for Free Cancer Screening

Pitkin County Community Health Services is among scores of medical clinics across the state offering free cervical cancer screenings to qualifying low income women. The statewide program was recently expanded by the Colorado Department of Public Health an...

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Posted on: January 3, 2017

Planning begins for Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail

A year-long effort to plan a route for the envisioned Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail kicks off this month with open houses in Redstone and Carbondale.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails staff will host public open houses on Jan. 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the...

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Posted on: January 10, 2017

Open House to Review Latest Environmental Assessment Findings

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Preliminary results for the second half of environmental analysis in the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport Improvements Environmental Assessment (EA) will be available for review and comment at an open house in Aspen on January 19th. The environmental resources...Read on...

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

GOCO awards $100,000 to trail planning

The Great Outdoors Colorado Board today awarded a $100,000 grant to Pitkin County for planning the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail.

The Connect Initiative trail-planning grant will be combined with a $200,000 allocation from Pitkin County Open Space and ...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Pitkin County moves to conserve St. Jude's Ranch

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Pitkin County is poised to protect another historic ranch on the edge of Basalt.  The Board of County Commissioners will consider adoption of an agreement to purchase a $5.2 million conservation easement on the Cerise family’s Saint Jud...

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

Airport Cafe, Bar and Gift Shop Leases Expiring - Concessionaires Wanted!

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In an attempt to inspire local restaurateurs and entrepreneurs to consider operating the cafe and bar and gift shop at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, officials are circulating news of an upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) months in advance of the RFP ...

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Posted on: November 28, 2016

Open Space seasonal closures start Dec. 1

ASPEN – Sky Mountain Park and Glassier Open Space will both close to recreation on Thursday, Dec. 1. The closures, to minimize human impacts on wintering wildlife, will be in place until May 16, 2017.

“Open Space and Trails has fought an up...

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Medical Surge Trailer At the Ready in Pitkin County

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Officials from  Pitkin County Public and Environmental health, the medical community and several volunteers spent the day Monday making sure a medical surge trailer is ready for action should a pandemic or other public health emergency occur in o...

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Posted on: November 14, 2016

Pitkin County Solid Waste Center Now Offering Textile Recycling

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Thrift Shop and second hand store rejects are getting a second chance thanks to a new textile recycling program at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center. Old worn out t-shirts, towels and blankets with holes, ill-fitting clothing, and running and hiking s...Read on...

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

Open Space looks to acquire Hunter Creek parcel

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The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board voted Thursday to recommend the purchase of 10 acres near the wilderness boundary in the upper Hunter Creek Valley and eliminate the potential threat of development in what’s affectionately known as Aspen’s ba...Read on...

Posted on: September 20, 2016

2016 Pitkin County Community Survey Released

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The results of the 2016 Pitkin County Community Survey were released to the Board of Commissioners and the public today and nearly all (95%) of residents surveyed rated the County as either an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ place to live.

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Posted on: August 31, 2016

North Star parking, access get focus at open house

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is seeking public input on scenarios for parking and access to North Star Nature Preserve, with the goal of implementing changes starting in 2017.

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Open Space, Forest Service host open house

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and the U.S. Forest Service will host an open house / grand opening at their new shared quarters at 806 W. Hallam St. in Aspen on Thursday afternoon.

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Posted on: June 27, 2016

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and US Forest Service to open joint Visitor Information Center

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails will open in its new temporary quarters at the Forest Service Visitor Information Center in Aspen on Tuesday, July 5. The Forest Service will begin welcoming visitors there on July 5, as well.

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Posted on: June 6, 2016

Rio Grande Trail voting starts today

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Rio Grande Trail fans, it’s time to vote.

The local trail is one of five across the nation that have been nominated for inclusion in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Hall of Fame. Public voting begins today and continues through June 15. Go to railsto...Read on...

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Posted on: May 17, 2016

Rio Grande Trail to close for paving work

ASPEN – The Rio Grande Trail between Shady Lane and Cemetery Lane, on the edge of Aspen, will be closed to use from May 23-26 and May 31-June 2 for repaving work.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and the Aspen Parks Department are partners in the pr...Read on...

Posted on: April 28, 2016

Open space policy to guide habitat preservation, human use

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is seeking public input on a draft policy that will guide its approach to habitat preservation and human uses such as recreational trails and agriculture.

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Posted on: April 4, 2016

Osprey cam in Emma goes live

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The osprey nest in Emma is ready for prime time.

An osprey cam, as it has been dubbed, was installed last December by a Holy Cross Energy crew. With the camera, viewers can keep tabs on the goings-on in the nest whenever they like. Go to www.pitkincou...Read on...

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Posted on: March 7, 2016

Sky Mountain hunting lottery set March 18

ASPEN – A portion of Sky Mountain Park will again be open to limited hunting in the fall, but a lottery to choose five participating hunters will take place March 18.

The hunt, for cow elk only, will again take place during the fourth season – Nov. 16-...Read on...

Posted on: March 2, 2016

Open houses set on Lazy Glen Open Space plan

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Public input into the management of Pitkin County’s Lazy Glen Open Space will be the focus of two upcoming open houses.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails will host a March 7 open house specifically for Lazy Glen Subdivision residents, to take place f...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2016

Pitkin County Elections Department to Move to New Location

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Clerk and Recorder and Motor Vehicle Departments Move Next

The Pitkin County Elections Department, now located on the ground floor of the Courthouse Plaza is moving to its new location in the Ute City Bank building arcade, at 501 E. Hyman Ave, on Fe...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2016

Public Meetings Invite Comment on Airport EA Environmental Concerns

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Community Education and Input at Public Meetings in Aspen and Snowmass Village

Opportunities for the community to share its thoughts on the potential environmental concerns of a new airport terminal and a widened/reconfigured runway begins in earnest n...Read on...

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Posted on: February 2, 2016

County Commissioner Appointed to Statewide Public Lands Council

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The Bureau of Land Management announced new appointments to its citizen-based Northwest Resource Advisory Council (RAC) this week and Pitkin County Commissioner, George Newman is among the appointees. The RAC, composed to members with diverse interests an...Read on...

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Posted on: January 29, 2016

Feedback on Whitewater Park Streamside Development to be Shared at Meeting

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Streamside Development Renderings to Show Possible Development SolutionsAddressing Public Feedback

The public will get its first look at possible options for streamside development adjacent to a whitewater park in Basalt at a community meeting Mon...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2016

Two New Non-Stop Flights Added into ASE this Summer Plus Expanded Non-Stop Service this Fall

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The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport today announced that American Airlines and United Airlines are expanding their schedules into Aspen/Snowmass (ASE) for the 2016 summer and fall seasons.

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Posted on: January 12, 2016

Pitkin County acquires Dottie Fox Overlook

ASPEN – Pitkin County Open Space and Trails formally acquired the Dottie Fox Overlook today.

The 1.3-acre property near the top of Watson Divide offers outstanding views of the Snowmass and Capitol Creek valleys, framed by the Elk Mountains in the dist...Read on...

Posted on: January 6, 2016

Lazy Glen Open Space planning begins

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ASPEN – Pitkin County Open Space and Trails will host a Jan. 14 open house in Basalt to kick off its management planning for Lazy Glen Open Space.

The public is welcome to stop by Basalt Town Hall between 5-7 p.m. and offer input on future use of the r...Read on...

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Posted on: December 2, 2015

Unveiling of Pitkin County Facilities Design Choices at Public Open House Events

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Public Feedback Will Influence Design Decision

A series of architectural renderings of building concepts for Pitkin County’s new Public Safety and Administration building will be unveiled at public open house events on December 9th. The new building wi...Read on...

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Posted on: December 1, 2015

Community Input Sought for the Pitkin County Healthy Rivers Whitewater Wave and Streamside Project

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In advance of the construction of a whitewater wave and streamside improvements in the Roaring Fork River in Basalt, the first of a series of public meetings is being held December 7th to gather public input on the streamside improvements. A Recreationa...Read on...

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Posted on: November 9, 2015

Pitkin County Assumes Control of High Valley Farm Odor Monitoring

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The Pitkin County Environmental Health Department has assumed control of the High Valley Farm marijuana growing operation’s 3rd party odor monitoring program. In an agreement reached with Pitkin County Commissioners in September, High Valley Farms is payi...Read on...

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

Hunt to close Sky Mountain Park trails

Four trails at Sky Mountain Park will close for the fourth rifle season, Nov. 11-15, while an elk hunt occurs on a portion of the park.

Cozyline, Airline, Skyline Ridge and Ditchline trails will all be closed to public use during the hunt for safety re...Read on...

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Posted on: November 9, 2015

GIS Day 2015 Invites Map Enthusiasts to Discover Mountain Mapping

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Map aficionados are invited to gather in Aspen on International GIS Day November 18th to celebrate geospatial technology and learn how easy it is to use digital mapping technology for a host of ‘everyday’ purposes.

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

Veterans Service Officer Now Based in Pitkin County

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A Veterans Service Officer (VSO) is now on the job in Aspen to help veterans in Pitkin County navigate everything from disability compensation and health care to vocational training and pensions. Colorado Veterans Service Officer (CVSO), Scott Ring has j...Read on...

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Posted on: September 21, 2015

Coffee Chats with Airport Director to Discuss Airport Improvements

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Public Invited to Ask Questions and Learn More about Environment Assessment

Pitkin County Airport Director John Kinney wants to share a cup of coffee with anyone who would like to join him at a series of ‘Coffee Chats’ in the coming weeks. The coffee c...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2015

COSA honors local open space efforts

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SNOWMASS VILLAGE – The collaborative effort that led to the conservation of more than 450 acres of contiguous, prime farmland in the mid-Roaring Fork Valley was recognized Tuesday with the presentation of a 2015 Blue Grama Award for Outstanding Achievemen...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2015

Volunteers needed to help restore North Star riverbank

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ASPEN – Pitkin County Open Space and Trails staff has been busy at work at North Star Nature Preserve in preparation for a hands-on volunteer project to restore two sections of eroded riverbank on the 245-acre open space near Aspen.

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Posted on: September 9, 2015

Pros and cons about ballot issues now being collected

(ASPEN, CO) - Local election officials are now collecting comments from the public detailing the pros and cons of seven financial ballot issues in the upcoming Pitkin County Coordinated Election, November 3rd. The comments collected from the public will b...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2015

East of Aspen boardwalk to close for repairs

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ASPEN – The boardwalk portion of the East of Aspen Trail will be closed Sept. 14 and 15 while repair work begins on buckled sections of the structure.

The boardwalk carries the bike/pedestrian trail over wetland areas, southeast of Aspen. The East of A...Read on...

Posted on: September 8, 2015

Wheatley Open Space plan open to public input

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ASPEN – Public comment is now being accepted on a draft management plan for Wheatley Open Space, a 105-acre property in lower Snowmass Canyon.

The draft plan was presented Sept. 1 to the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board. It will be open to pub...Read on...

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Posted on: September 3, 2015

Stein Bridge to close for construction

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ASPEN –Stein Bridge and its trail connections in the Roaring Fork Gorge will be closed to traffic starting next week to allow replacement of the span’s aging abutments. The bridge will also be raised by 3 feet to better accommodate boating on the Roaring ...Read on...

Posted on: September 3, 2015

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport to Roll Out Revised Environmental Assessment for Airport Improvements

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After a three-month-long hiatus that included discussions with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials, the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport anticipates rolling out a more efficient, more cost-effective and less confusing Environmental Assessment proce...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2015

Pitkin County Launches Full-Featured Map Website

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Citizens in all corners of the globe can now access a powerful new Pitkin County map-making tool that can help them do everything from create a custom neighborhood mailing list to customized themed maps. Such map-making endeavors previously required a v...Read on...

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Posted on: July 7, 2015

Pitkin County rangers and sheriff's deputies busy at North Star

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ASPEN – Rangers with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails have been busy patrolling North Star Nature Preserve, while county sheriff’s deputies have stepped up enforcement efforts along the Highway 82 corridor next to the popular boating area.

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Posted on: July 6, 2015

Elected Officials to View a Waste Sort at the Landfill

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To better understand exactly what our community is tossing into the trash, Aspen and Pitkin County are conducting a Waste Sort this week at the landfill. Elected officials from both jurisdictions will attend the sort on Thursday, July 9th from 8:30am to ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 24, 2015

American to Launch New Non-Stop Flights From Chicago this Winter

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New non-stop flights from Chicago and expanded service from Dallas Fort Worth have been added to the Aspen Snowmass winter flight schedule this winter. The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport today announced that American Airlines will offer new daily non-stop fl...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2015

Pitkin County Shines Spotlight on Summer Activities for 55+

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As the days grow longer and outer layers are finally shed, the 55+ crowd is ready to spring into summer. Join Pitkin County Senior Services on June 18th for the “Aging Well ~ Spring Into Summer Wellness” at Aspen Valley Hospital from 3 to 6 p.m. to learn ...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2015

Trees down in Roaring Fork River’s Slaughterhouse Rapid

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Trees down in Roaring Fork River’s Slaughterhouse Rapid (10:30 a.m. 6.10.15) Blocking most of the river approximately 1/4 mile below Cemetery Lane (aka Slaughterhouse Bridge) in the Entrance Exam rapid above the falls. Rafters and kayakers use caution.Read on...

Posted on: June 9, 2015

Preparation Underway for Peak Runoff

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Even though local snowpack did not reach record levels last ski season the recent surge of snowmelt-affected river levels has emergency management officials on the alert for possible flooding in the coming weeks. A multijurisdictional mud/flood incident m...Read on...

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Posted on: June 8, 2015

Nominations Sought for the 2015 Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards

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Pitkin County is now accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers to be honored for the 2015 Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards. Citizens are invited to submit nominations for people who are making a difference in the community.

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Posted on: June 4, 2015

Trail repairs to begin June 9

ASPEN – Paving work to repair segments of the Rio Grande, Brush Creek and Basalt-Old Snowmass trails will begin June 9 after rain delays postponed the start of work. Detours will be in place to route trail users around the work zones.

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Posted on: May 27, 2015

Trail repairs begin June 1

ASPEN – Paving work to repair segments of the Rio Grande, Brush Creek and Basalt-Old Snowmass trails will begin next week. Detours will be in place to route trail users around the work zones.

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Posted on: May 26, 2015

Pitkin County Moving Forward on Downtown Campus Improvements

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A high-profile murder trial, cramped meeting spaces, and inefficient public service are among a host of reasons Pitkin County Government is moving forward with plans to remodel its downtown facilities and construct a Public Safety/Administrative building ...Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2015

Pitkin County eyes purchase of scenic Snowmass Canyon parcel

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ASPEN – The proposed purchase of a unique Snowmass Canyon property that offers access to both the Roaring Fork River and national forest lands above the valley via Arbaney Gulch will come before Pitkin County commissioners on May 27.

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Posted on: May 11, 2015

City/County Water-Saving Landscape Program

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The City of Aspen Water Department and the Pitkin County Landfill are partnering to provide and distribute gardens specially designed for our altitude and climate. The so-called ‘gardens in a box’ will include 28 plants, a plant care guide and an easy to...Read on...

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Posted on: May 4, 2015

Public input welcome on North Star Management Plan

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ASPEN – A draft management plan for one of Pitkin County’s most revered open spaces, North Star Nature Preserve, is open to a five-week public comment period starting today – Monday, May 4. The county’s Open Space and Trails Board and county commissioners...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2015

Online Feedback Sought on Airport Terminal Redevelopment

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In an effort to widen the opportunity for feedback on the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport terminal/east side redevelopment project a series of questions will be posted on the county’s online engagement website www.pitkincountyconnect.com.

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Posted on: January 29, 2016

Expanded Airport Secure Boarding Area Opens Saturday

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Capacity Nearly Doubled for TSA Screen Passengers Awaiting Flights

The airport cafe, bar, gift shop and three additional restrooms will become part of the secure boarding area effective this Saturday. That means the only people allowed access to these ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Pitkin County 'Snowfighters' Learn Avalanche Basics

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Snowplow Drivers Work in Avalanche Prone Valleys

The Pitkin County Road and Bridge Department is receiving basic avalanche training from Mountain Rescue Aspen so that they are better prepared to protect themselves and the public should an avalanche occ...Read on...

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Posted on: December 29, 2015

Pitkin County Veterans Coffee

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1st Tuesday of each month
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Pitkin County Health & Human Services Bldg.0405 Castle Creek Road
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For more information contact Scott Ring, Pitkin County Veterans Service Officer scott.ring@pitkincounty.com(970...Read on...

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

Veterans Service Officer Now Based in Pitkin County

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A Veterans Service Officer (VSO) is now on the job in Aspen to help veterans in Pitkin County navigate everything from disability compensation and health care to vocational training and pensions. Colorado Veterans Service Officer (CVSO), Scott Ring has j...Read on...

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