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Posted on: April 17, 2019

City of Aspen Hires Peckham & McKenney to Conduct National Search for New City Manager

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City of Aspen Hires Peckham & McKenney to Conduct National Search for New City ManagerThe City of Aspen is pleased to announce it has selected executive search firm Peckham & McKenney to conduct the recruitment for a new City Manager.  Pe...

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Posted on: March 25, 2019

Childcare Financial Aid Deadline is May 1

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 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTChildcare Financial Aid Deadline is May 1Contact: Kids First, 970-920-5769Aspen, Colorado – March 25, 2019 – Kids First and the City of Aspen provide a financial aid program to help defray the expen...

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Posted on: March 14, 2019

City Seeks Public Input on Future of Rio Grande Recycle Center

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City Seeks Public Input on Future of Rio Grande Recycle CenterThe City of Aspen is seeking public input on the future of the Rio Grande Recycle Center.  Since 1993, the RGRC has been in operation for drop-off recycling services for glass, cardboa...

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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Applications Available for Food Tax Refund

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Aspen residents who lived within city limits for the entire year of 2018 and who have been registered to vote since at least January 1, 2018 are eligible to apply for a $55 food tax refund, which is now available as an online application here: https://www...

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Posted on: March 18, 2019

Night Work for Aspen City Offices March 19-21

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTNight Work for Aspen City Offices March 19-216 p.m.-6 a.m. Delays possible at Rio Grande Parking Garage EntranceMedia Contact: Kathleen Wanatowicz, Public InformationP: (970) 618-5114 | E: kathleen@prstudioco.comAspen, CO &n...

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Posted on: February 22, 2019

Public Open House at Golf Course March 14

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Public Open House at Golf Course March 14

The public is invited to attend and open house on Thursday, March 14 from 3:30-6:30pm at the Aspen Golf Clubhouse featuring bunker project information, free golf on the simulator and to purchase golf passes. Food w...

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Posted on: March 11, 2019

Pothole Repair in Aspen Friday and Saturday

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Pothole Repair in Aspen Friday and SaturdayFriday – CDOT Crews at Roundabout; Saturday – City Crews at CCBAspen, Colorado – March 13, 2019 – The City of Aspen is working with CDOT on repairs to the pothole at the ro...

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Posted on: January 17, 2019

Aspen City Office Building Project to Begin February 4 after 6 Years of Planning

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Aspen City Office Building Project to Begin February 4 after 6 Years of PlanningOn February 4, the City of Aspen is scheduled to begin initial utilities work and minor demolition activities on the site of its new office building at 425 Rio Grande Place. &...

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Posted on: February 1, 2019

Owl Creek Chase Nordic Ski Race February 10

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Owl Creek Chase 21K Nordic Ski Race February 10, 2019

The Owl Creek Chase has been one of Colorado’s premier cross-country ski races since 1985. The challenging course from Snowmass Village to the Aspen Cross Country Center presents the ...

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Posted on: January 15, 2019

Council Appoints Sara Ott as Interim City Manager

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Aspen City Council has appointed Sara Ott as its Interim City Manager while council members work with the City's Human Resources team to select a recruitment firm to execute a national search for Aspen's next City Manager.  Sara Ott's appointment...

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Posted on: January 9, 2019

Free Christmas Tree Composting Through February 14

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Free Christmas Tree CompostingStill have your Christmas tree?  Compost it for free at the Rio Grande Recycling Center.  Bring trees with no lights or decorations to the Christmas tree corral.  Christmas tree lights can be recycl...

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Posted on: December 26, 2018

Environmental Health and Sustainability Department Has Moved to Old Powerhouse Building

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You can now find the City's Environmental Health and Sustainability Department on the 2nd Floor of the Old Powerhouse Building, 590 North Mill Street.  Stop by for all of your environmental health and sustainability needs including restaurant lic...

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Posted on: November 5, 2018

Independence Pass Closed for the Season

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Independence Pass is closed for the season.  Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews will keep the Aspen and Twin Lakes winter gates closed for the season. Crews have recorded over a foot of snow that fell along the pass from the storm...

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Posted on: October 16, 2018

City Council and Opposers Reach Settlement on Conditional Water Storage Rights

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PRESS RELEASE 

 

City Council and Opposers Reach Settlement
on Conditional Water Storage Rights on Maroon and Castle Creeks

 

TheAspen City Council has reached settlement agreements with all opposers to
Aspen’s two pending water court cases regarding its conditional storage rightson Castle and Maroon Creeks. The settlement stipulations are a result of
negotiations between the City and all parties over the proposed sites of thefuture reservoirs.  The next steps will
be obtaining water court approval of the stipulations and entry of decreescontinuing the conditional water rights for another six-year period. 

 

“This
is a great example illustrating that collaboration and working toward common goalscreated a water storage solution that is better for all parties involved,” said
Margaret Medellin, City of Aspen Utilities Portfolio Manager.  “There is great reason to celebrate when youbegin a process at opposite ends of the spectrum and end the process in
agreement.  This is a big win for ourcommunity.”

 

Throughout
this process, the City’s primary concern, in concert with its commitment toenvironmental values, has been to safeguard its water storage rights to meet
the needs of its water customers with a sufficient, legal, and reliable watersupply, now and into the future, despite future risks and uncertainty, most
notably from climate change.

 

Overthe last few months the City of Aspen reached agreements with opposers
including Wilderness Workshop, Western Resource Advocates, American Rivers,Trout Unlimited, Pitkin County, the U.S. Forest Service and private land
owners.  Last week, the City reached anagreement with the final opposing party. 

 

Forthe last year and a half, the City has been working with these parties to find
a suitable resolution where the City’s water storage rights would be protectedwhile also providing environmental protections for these delicate areas.  

“The
City of Aspen has always had the interest of its water customers and community 
in the forefront of itsgoals to ensure Aspen could deliver adequate and safe water to its residents
and visitors,” said Mayor Steve Skadron.

 

“Throughout thisprocess, City Council was acting in the best interest of its current and future
water customers as part of prudent water management. I am proud we were able tosafeguard our future water storage needs while also collaborating to protect
sensitive wilderness areas,” he added.

 

Inaccordance with the stipulations, Aspen will file a water court application to
transfer both of its water storage rights to one or more locations that are notin wilderness areas.  The new storage
locations include City-owned land in the Woody Creek area, the Aspen GolfCourse, Cozy Point Ranch, Zoline Open Space, Vagneur Gravel Quarry and/or any
other location agreed to in writing by the City and the parties opposing thecurrent cases. In addition, Aspen has agreed to limit the total amount diverted
annually to storage to a total of 8,500 acre-feet.

 

Aspenhas held its conditional water storage rights on Maroon Creek and Castle Creek
since 1965.  Over decades, Aspen CityCouncil has protected its water storage rights in order to be responsible
stewards of the water supply needed for Aspen’s utility customers, now and intothe future.   In 2016, as required by
law, Aspen filed applications with the Division 5 Water Court to continue theseconditional water storage rights for another six-year period.  A total of ten parties filed statements of
opposition to one or both applications.  

 

Afterthe stipulations have been approved and the decrees entered in the current cases,
Aspen can begin planning and engineering work and developing a water courtapplication to change the location of the storage rights to one or more of the
new sites outside of the Wilderness Area. 

 

 

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Posted on: October 2, 2018

Ballot Fact Sheets

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Click here for these fact sheets: 2B- Charter Amendment for Enterprise Fund Bonding; 2C - Charter Amendment for Franchise Agreements; 2D - City Office Space Location

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Stormwater Cleaning Work - October 15-November 1

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Stormwater Cleaning Work

The City of Aspen is conducting necessary work to clean the underground storm drains throughout Aspen during the month of October.  The work is an essential part of maintaining the City’s stormwater infrastructur...

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

Community Forest Management Plan Open Houses - October 10 abd 17

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Community Forest Management Plan Open Houses

October 10 and 17

 

The City of Aspen Forestry Department has just completed an update of the Community Forest Management Plan.  The public is invited to learn about the plan and ask questions at...

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Posted on: October 3, 2018

City and CORE Offering Free Home Energy Assessments for Aspen Residents

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City and CORE Offering Free Home Energy Assessments for Aspen Residents

Contact: Laura Armstrong, Climate and Sustainability Programs Associate at 970.920.5104 or laura.armstrong@cityofaspen.com.

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Posted on: September 24, 2018

Free Residential E-Waste Day - Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Free E-Waste Residential Recycling Day.  Saturday, October 6 from 9am-1:30pm at Pitkin County Landfill.  Come by and recycle your electronics.  Examples of items you CAN recycle include: TVs, laptops, keyboards, desktop computer...

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Posted on: September 17, 2018

Shining Mountains Film Festival - October 7 and 8

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As a celebration of Native American culture and history, The Shining Mountain Film Festival will debut nine dynamic and diverse films on October 7th and 8th 2018. This date commemorates Indigenous People’s Day which, as of last year, the City of...

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Posted on: September 6, 2018

Bicycle Friendly Community Survey

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Did you know that the City of Aspen has a silver rating from The League of American Bicyclists program called Bicycle Friendly Community?  See our report card here.  How do you think we are doing as a bike friendly city?  This s...

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Posted on: August 24, 2018

Open House for Stage 2 Water Shortage

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City of Aspen Stage 2 Water Shortage Open House

We invite you to attend an open house to learn more about what Stage 2 means for you, your business, and our community.  City water managers and conservation staff will be present to answer your ques...

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Posted on: August 14, 2018

City of Aspen Enacts Stage 2 Water Shortage

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City of Aspen Enacts Stage 2 Water Shortage Aspen City Council voted to enacted a Stage 2 Water Shortage in the City of Aspen due to extremely low water levels due to low snowpack and little summer precipitation. The goal of Stage 2 is to protect...

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Posted on: August 7, 2018

Electric Vehicle Sales EVent Offers Discounts on Plug-In Cars

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Electric Vehicle Sales EVent offers discounts on plug-in cars

 

Six local auto dealers showing gas-electric hybrids, all-electric models

The Electric Vehicle Sales Event, aimed at drivers in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties, will offer discounts ...

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Posted on: July 25, 2018

Community Picnic - August 15 at Red Brick Center for the Arts

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Aspen City Council’s annual picnic for the community will take place on Wednesday, August 15 from 4:30-7pm at the Red Brick Center for the Arts lawn.  The picnic, which provides free locally-sourced food for the first 750 people, will f...

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Castle Creek Bridge/Hallam Street Project Construction Phase Three Date Pushed to September 4

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Phase Three date Pushed to September 4 for Castle Creek Bridge / Hallam Street Project

Power Plant detours to resume following Labor Day weekend

Aspen, CO – The City of Aspen announces that phase three construction and detours for the Castle Creek...

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

New Bike Lockers for Rent at Buttermilk Parking Lot

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New Bike Lockers for Rent at Buttermilk Parking Lot

The City of Aspen Parks and Open Space Department has just installed 20 new bike lockers at the Buttermilk parking lot in an effort to help commuters who take the bus or drive up valley switch to bikes fo...

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

City Seeking Community Input on Potential City/JAS Partnership

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The City of Aspen has been invited by Jazz Aspen Snowmass to partner in purchasing a downtown building that includes the benefit of offering subsidized performance, rehearsal, event, and meeting space for community non-profits to use as well as the City a...

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Posted on: July 5, 2018

Air Quality Health Information for Wildfire Smoke

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Air Quality Health Information for Wildfire Smoke

 Due to the Lake Christine Wildfire in Basalt, it is possible that those with compromised health are experiencing challenges with smoke in the air. If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighb...

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Posted on: July 4, 2018

Lake Christine Wildfire, Aspen Power Outage, and Update Information

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The City of Aspen may experience a power outage of approximately 72-hours due to the Lake Christine Wildfire in Basalt.  Depending on wind direction, the flames may reach the transformers that supply power to the upper Roaring Fork Valley includi...

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

City Council Monday Worksessions Now Begin at 4pm

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City Council Monday Worksessions Now Begin at 4pm

Aspen City Council Monday worksessions will now be held at 4pm instead of 5pm starting Monday, July 2.   This change provides consistency with worksession times weekly as Tuesday worksessions also ...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

City of Aspen Signs Contract to Purchase 517 E. Hopkins for Office Space

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City of Aspen Signs Contract to Purchase 517 E. Hopkins for Office Space

Aspen’s city manager Steve Barwick has signed a real estate contract to purchase the building at 517 E. Hopkins (the old Aspen Daily News Building) for $23 million from Aspen area dev...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Pitkin County Sheriff announces Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

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Pitkin County Sheriff announces Stage 1 Fire RestrictionsThe Pitkin County Sheriff, with the support of all Fire Chiefs of Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, and Carbondale, is imposing Stage 1 fire restrictions due to the unseasonably warm weather and lack of mois...

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Posted on: June 6, 2018

The Aspen Citizens Academy is now open for applications.

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The Aspen Citizens Academy is now open for applications.

Have you ever wondered how Aspen’s local government operates? Apply to be in the Aspen Citizens Academy!

The Aspen Citizens Academy is a community program designed to inform and empower resi...

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Posted on: May 29, 2018

City Council Votes to Support Moving Conditional Water Rights off Wilderness Areas

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City Council Votes to Support Moving Conditional Water Rights off Wilderness Areas

The Aspen City Council voted unanimously at its meeting tonight, May 29, to approve a resolution supporting settlements reached with several opposers to Aspen’s tw...

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Posted on: May 21, 2018

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Aspen’s Bag Fee

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Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Aspen’s Bag Fee

The City of Aspen is pleased to report that the Colorado Supreme Court has decided to uphold the city-wide bag fee in Aspen grocery stores. This decision is consistent with those of the lower courts,...

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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Aspen City Council Enacts Stage 1 Water Shortage

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Aspen City Council Enacts Stage 1 Water ShortageAspen City Council voted unanimously at its meeting Monday, May 14 to enact a Stage 1 Water Shortage due to low snowpack and drought conditions in the Aspen area. The goal of enacting a Stage 1 Water Shortag...

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Posted on: May 9, 2018

City of Aspen Unveils New Brand and Logo

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City of Aspen Unveils New Brand and LogoThe City of Aspen is proud to announce that it has developed a new brand and logo for the organization.   The goal of the new design is to create more cohesion within the government and to communicate a uni...

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Posted on: April 20, 2018

Electronic Waste Collection Events

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Business E-Waste

By appointment now through May

Make your appointment for pick-up by emailing john.meier@ERIdirect.com

Pricing is at a per pound rate with a minimum of $100 per location

Personal E-Wastae

Free drop off for personal e-waste

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Posted on: December 4, 2017

Changes in Tobacco Law and Taxes Coming to Aspen

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Changes in Tobacco Law and Taxes Coming to Aspen

In November 2017, Aspen voters elected to put an additional $3 sales tax per 20-pack of cigarettes in City limits and change the purchase age of tobacco from 18 to 21 years old starting January 1, 2018. The ...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Aspen Community Saves $1.6 Million in Energy Costs Over Two Years Through Aspen Energy Challenge

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The City of Aspen and the Community Office for Resource Efficiency are pleased to announce that the organizations helped facilitate $1.6 million in energy savings in the community, compared to a 2013 through 2014 baseline in partnership Holy Cross Energy ...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

What Does "Locally Serving Restaurant" Mean to You?

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In the past, the rent for the restaurant has been subsidized in an effort to serve and attract local diners, including those attending Wheeler events. But what does "locally serving" really mean? We want to hear your opinions so we have a broad ...

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