News Flash

Posted on: January 30, 2024

The other wild canines in our midst

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With the reintroduction of gray wolves to Colorado, coyotes and even foxes are attracting a lot of attention – mostly because some observers are mistaking them for wolves. 

All three animals are canids, or canines, if you will &ndash...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: January 29, 2024

Emma Schoolhouse now an open space asset

Emma Schoolhouse

The historic Emma Schoolhouse is now an open space property.

Longtime members of the Emma Community Trust – the entity that has overseen use and maintenance of the one-room schoolhouse since 1948 – approached Open Space and Trails last ...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: January 28, 2024

BOCC Chair Greg Poschman considers what's ahead in 2024

Greg Poschman

Early in the new year is a good time to take stock. I have been thinking about how we-in our community perceive ourselves. The familiar historical sentiment is that we are a small, rural county of 18,000 people, with a county seat of 6,000. But, I suspect...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: January 21, 2024 | Last Modified on: March 7, 2023

Information session on Lincoln Creek water quality results to be held February 1

Lincoln Creek in Pitkin County

The public session will go over findings in a report from Environmental Protection Agency

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (Jan. 22, 2024) - Federal, state, and local agencies and conservation organizations are holding an information session regarding the health of Li...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: January 2, 2024

Wolves on open space? It’s likely

Gray wolf in the snow. Source-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

They’re here.

Ten newly reintroduced gray wolves are on the ground in Colorado and up to five more are expected to be released by mid-March. With a reintroduction goal of 30 to 50 wolves within three to five years, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife,...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: December 22, 2023

Update on holiday parking blackout period at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport

arrivals and departures signs at airport

Airport parking blackout period doesn’t restrict employees from parking at airport, it means they need to pay to park

One of our values at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is Operational Efficiency. We aim to be a “reliable gateway for residents and visitor...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: November 21, 2023

Wildlife resistant trash cans installed at Lazy Glen

wildlife resistant trash cans at Lazy Glen

Earlier this month, staff from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, Road & Bridge, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife distributed 76 new wildlife resistant trash cans to the Lazy Glen subdivision, a rural neighborhood near Old Snowmass. Last year...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: November 21, 2023

Starlink internet connectivity to be added to Pitkin County Sheriff Office Vehicles

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A Q&A with Parker Lathrop, Chief Deputy of Operations for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office

PCSO Vehicles will have added Starlink connectivity to improve community safety and enhance communication capabilities in responding to emergencies. ...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: November 21, 2023

December brings closures to some Pitkin County open spaces

Elk at Sky Mountain Park

A number of Pitkin County open spaces will close for the winter season on Dec. 1, including Glassier Open Space and much of Sky Mountain Park. In addition, a number of trails at Sky Mountain Park will close Nov. 22-26 for a limited elk hunt during Colorad...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: November 21, 2023

A letter of thanks from Francie Jacober, chair of the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners

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A couple of weeks ago I attended the Mountain Towns 2030 Summit in Vail with hundreds of representatives from all over our mountain region. This is a gathering of people interested in addressing the increasingly alarming environmental issues we face in ou...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Q&A with Pitkin County Telecommunications

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What does the Pitkin County Telecommunications department do?Telecommunications, also known as Translator, plans, builds and maintains the tower and fiber infrastructure in the county. This system provides over-the-air TV, FM Radio, Public Safety Radio, a...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: September 14, 2023

Open Space and Trails seeks feedback on Redstone plan

Redstone Coke Ovens

The upper Crystal River Valley arguably cradles the most unusual collection of open space properties within Pitkin County. The nearly 375 acres of open space in and around the small community of Redstone boast historical treasures, spectacular scenery, ol...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: September 14, 2023

Roaring Fork Broadband Project improves internet resiliency for key county locations

Pitkin County is leading an effort to install fiber lines in the mid and upper valley.

Fiber installation improves reliability for the public and “anchor institutions”

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (Sept. 15, 2023) - A multi-jurisdictional large-scale fiber project underway from Basalt to Aspen will improve internet reliability and speed at anchor in...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: September 14, 2023

Dispatch Center locates kidnapping victim using Next-Generation 911 technology

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Platform provides intelligent, real-time data to first responders to support a faster and smarter emergency response

PITKIN COUNTY, (August 15, 2023) – The Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center achieved a significant breakthrough in em...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: June 23, 2023

The enduring significance of recycling: Overcoming negative information

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Written by Cathy Hall, Solid Waste Director for Pitkin CountyOriginally published in the Talking Trash with the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center blog

Recycling has long been championed as an essential practice for the betterment of our planet. How...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: May 12, 2023

End of Public Health Emergency

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On May 11th, 2023 the National Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration came to an end. Over the last year the impact due to Covid-19 has substantially declined, prompting this critical shift in our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. While Covid-19 is no...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: May 9, 2023

Are you high water ready?

Mudslide on Highway 133 in Redstone in 2019

Image caption: Hwy 133 was closed at the entrance to Redstone in 2019 due to mudslides.

A Q&A with Valerie MacDonald, Pitkin County Emergency Manager

In mid-April, the snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed was the highest it's been at that tim...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: May 9, 2023

Property Reappraisals: A letter from Pitkin County Assessor Deb Bamesberger

Pitkin County Assessor Deb Bamesberger

As the Pitkin County Assessor, I am mandated by Colorado law to reappraise property every odd year. Mass appraisal is a process that allows for the valuation of all types of properties to produce uniform, fair and equitable values. 2023 is a reappraisal y...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: May 5, 2023

Managing Sky Mountain Park for many users

An elk cow and calf on Cozyline Trail at Sky Mountain Park in July 2022.

By Pitkin County Open Space and Trails 

The hikers and mountain bikers who hit the trails of Sky Mountain Park on opening day (May 16) will join an impressive array of mammals and birds on the landscape – a testament to successful management of th...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: March 13, 2023

New Sheriff Michael Buglione looks forward

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“The Sheriff’s Office is not mine, it belongs to the people who live in Pitkin County. My door is always open!”

  1. Tell us about yourself. What drew you to law enforcement?

I’m originally from New York and moved to Colorado in 1994. I entered the law enforceme...

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Pitkin County Blog
Posted on: March 9, 2023

Thanks to county staff & a look ahead at big county projects

Pitkin County Commissioner Francie Jacober

By Francie Jacober, chair of Pitkin County CommissionersFor this debut issue of Pitkin County Press, I first want to recognize the people who work to ensure this Valley continues to provide us with a sense of place, a commitment to natural beauty, and ade...

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News Flash

Posted on: January 9, 2024

2024 property tax statements delayed because of changes to state law

Statements will likely be sent to property owners the second week of February

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (Jan. 9, 2024) - Please be advised that the mailing of your 2024 property tax statements will be delayed due to changes in Colorado State Law. The Colorado L...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: January 8, 2024

Pitkin County distributes free radon test kits in January

How radon enters a home

Radon, an odorless and invisible gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States

ASPEN, COLO. (January 8, 2024) - Pitkin County is distributing free radon test kits to community members throughout the month of January. Tests are availa...

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Posted on: December 6, 2023

Pitkin County Solid Waste Center sets new service rates for 2024

Rate changes affect trash, recycling, soil, and aggregate services

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (Dec. 6, 2023) - Haulers and users of the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center should expect changes to the facility’s annual rates for trash and recycling servic...

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Posted on: December 1, 2023

Pitkin County Public Satisfaction Survey now open to broader public

Pitkin County Administration Building in the snow

County hopes to hear from residents not included in initial survey round

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (Dec. 1, 2023) - A biennial survey meant to gather feedback on county services and community issues is now open for anyone to fill out. The survey results are an ...

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Posted on: November 9, 2023

‘GIS Day’ showcases free county mapping tools for the public

GIS Day flyer - November 15

The event on Nov. 15 includes demonstrations of tools like property reports and mailing lists.

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (Nov. 9, 2023) - The public is invited to a Community GIS Day Open House to learn about mapping tools, view an award-winning 3D printed regi...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: November 8, 2023

Public invited to Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday

Veterans Day Flyer 2023

The ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial, 506 E. Main St., Aspen, next to the Pitkin County Courthouse.

ASPEN, COLO. (Nov. 8, 2023) - A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial, 506 E. Main St., As...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: November 2, 2023

Pitkin County Motor Vehicle department to close on Election Day

ASPEN, COLO. (Nov. 2, 2023) - Pitkin County Motor Vehicle Department will close to the public on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. This closure allows all Motor Vehicle staff in the Clerk & Recorder’s Office to dedicate themselves to Election Day a...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: October 25, 2023

Fall is here and so are seasonal vaccines for Flu and Covid-19

Fall trees and Aspen Mountain

Everyone over the age of 6 months is encouraged to receive their seasonal vaccinations. 

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (October 25, 2023) - These vaccinations help to:

  • Reduce the risk of respiratory illness
  • Limit the number of sick days taken from work or sc...
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Posted on: September 21, 2023

Paving project on Woody Creek Road includes two-hour traffic holds

Woody Creek Road construction map

Two separate two-hour holds scheduled on Monday, September 25

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO (Sept. 21, 2023) - Pitkin County and its contractor partner Grand River Construction are nearing the conclusion of road work on Woody Creek Road. In order to pave a narrow se...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: September 6, 2023

Pitkin County sees increase in rabies positive bats

Pitkin County Public Health is reminding community about rabies precautions.

Pitkin County Public Health is reminding community about rabies precautions

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (Sept. 6, 2023) - Pitkin County Public Health is reporting an increase in rabies positive bats identified within Pitkin County. As summer draws to a close, Pub...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: August 16, 2023

Pop-up DMV brings services to the people

DMV2GO is a Colorado Department of Revenue service.

Once/month service offered at Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s office in Aspen

ASPEN, COLO. (August 16, 2023) - Starting Aug. 21, the Colorado Department of Revenue will host a pop-up service once a month in the Pitkin County Administrative Building, 530...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: July 13, 2023

Pitkin County Commissioners vote to extend hearing deadline for property appeals

Extension will allow hearing officers and Board of Equalization more time to review appeals

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (July 13, 2023) - For those seeking to appeal the assessor's valuation of their real and/or personal properties to the Pitkin County B...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: July 7, 2023

Email scam targets Pitkin County Treasurer's Office

Be on alert for an email scam.

Citizen received email from fake address seeking banking information

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (July 7, 2023) - Pitkin County was contacted by a citizen this morning who received a scam email seeking the recipient’s bank information. The email came from a fake ...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: June 23, 2023

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is launching newsletter

The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is launching a newsletter.

Newsletter meant for airport users, community members, and others interested in airport news

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (June 23, 2023) - The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is launching a new newsletter for airport users, community members, and anyone else interest...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: June 15, 2023

Assessor's Office temporarily closed, staff still available by phone

Pitkin County Administration Building in Aspen

ASPEN, COLO. (June 15, 2023) - Beginning tomorrow, June 16, the Pitkin County Assessor's Office will be closed throughout June except on the following Thursdays: June 22 and June 29. The office will resume regular hours on July 5. Regular hours are 8 AM -...

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Posted on: May 25, 2023

Pitkin County Senior Center temporarily closed, services relocated

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A renovation of the Senior Center will close the building through the summer

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (May 25, 2023) - The Pitkin County Senior Center, 275 Castle Creek Rd., is being remodeled and will be closed May 25 - early September. During the closure, Se...

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Posted on: May 12, 2023

End of Public Health Emergency

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On May 11th, 2023 the National Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration came to an end. Over the last year the impact due to Covid-19 has substantially declined, prompting this critical shift in our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. While Covid-19 is no...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: May 9, 2023

It's that time of year! Eradicate noxious weeds in Pitkin County

Bull Thistle in Aspen, Colorado

Pitkin County reminds you that per the Colorado Noxious Weed Act, it is your responsibility as a landowner to eradicate noxious weeds on your property. Please contact us anytime. We are happy to provide information and help you find the best weed control ...

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Posted on: May 9, 2023

Human Services announces new mental health program

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The program, announced during Mental Health Awareness Month, aims to identify barriers and gaps to improve mental health services in our area.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Human Services is proud to announce an initiative to identify barriers, ...

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Posted on: May 5, 2023

Pitkin County Press features news and updates from across the county

Pitkin County Press community newsletter

The new newsletter, launched in March, is meant to inform the community

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (May 5, 2023) - Pitkin County has launched a new newsletter for the community that features news and updates from departments across the organization. The March ed...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: May 4, 2023

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport to hold open houses, airport tours during airport closure

The tail of an airplane at the Aspen Airport

The day-long event on May 22 focuses on redevelopment at the airport

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (May 4, 2023) - The public is invited to learn about the redevelopment of the airport, including a new terminal, at two open houses on Monday, May 22, 2023. Airport A...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: April 3, 2023

Senior Property Tax Exemption

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A property tax exemption is available for tax year 2023, affecting taxes payable in 2024 for qualifying seniors and surviving spouses of those who previously qualified.     

Seniors must be 65 as of Jan. 1, 2023 and have owned an...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: March 13, 2023

'Keep Colorado Wild Pass' available during vehicle registration

Purchasers may opt out if not interested

New in 2023, a discounted state parks pass is available to those who renew their annual vehicle registration either online with the Division of Motor Vehicles or in-person through the Pitkin County Clerk & Recor...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: April 17, 2023

Starting May 2, Assessor's Office to accept property appeals, objections

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (April 17, 2023) - In accordance with Colorado law, beginning May 2, 2023, the Pitkin County Assessor will accept appeals and objections to classification and valuation of real property. Objections to the valuation or classification o...

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Pitkin County PSA
Posted on: March 10, 2023

Take the Exploring Food and Daily Life Survey

You do not have to be food insecure or consider yourself food insecure to take the survey.

PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (March 10, 2023) - Food insecurity is an issue impacting thousands of residents of Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin counties. With much of the data a...

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