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Colorado county 911 dispatchers gain first responder status

Oct. 17, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado county has elevated the status of its 911 dispatchers to first responders before a similar national effort took effect. The Aspen Daily News reported that Pitkin County is the first county in Colorado and one of the first in the nation to reclassify its emergency dispatchers....

Forest Service, Colorado county to hire enforcement officers

Oct. 16, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado county has announced plans to collaborate with a federal forest agency to create and fill two wildlife enforcer positions. Aspen Daily News reports that Pitkin County commissioners agreed Tuesday to form a $100,000 contract with the U.S. Forest Service to create two full-time...

Man who threw snowboarder off lift could be released

Oct. 12, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Doctors at the state psychiatric hospital in Pueblo want to release a man who pushed a snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands nearly four years ago. The Aspen Times reports 35-year-old Thomas Proesel could be released by the end of October, although prosecutor Don Nottingham...

Another company seeks to buy idle Wyoming coal mines

Sep. 20, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Another company says it wants to buy two idle Wyoming coal mines. Littleton, Colorado-based Aspen Coal and Energy has made an offer to buy the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines from Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel. The mines have been idle since Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy July...

Colorado hiker found safe after he went missing for 2 days

Sep. 18, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A 66-year-old Denver man has been found safe after he went missing for two days in the western Colorado mountains. The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says Neil James Brosseau was found in good spirits shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday. Officials say Brosseau was climbing Pyramid Peak with...

Colorado towns take action to preserve mobile home parks

Sep. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Jeff Morehead's cat slips through the small, square door carved into his wooden fence, a gateway from Morehead's mobile home lot to a serene landscape of blooming flowers and shade trees. On the other side of the wall is the Yampa River Botanic Park, a public garden that...

Denver hiker missing on western Colorado's Pyramid Peak

Sep. 17, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A search is being conducted in the western Colorado mountains for a 66-year-old Denver hiker who has been missing since Sunday afternoon. The Aspen Times reports that Alex Burchetta of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says the man became separated from three others in his party as...

Colorado opera house expansion project deemed unfeasible

Sep. 16, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A study has determined a proposed expansion of a Colorado opera house is not feasible. The Aspen Daily News reports the study commissioned by the city of Aspen concluded the Wheeler Opera House project would be too costly and cause unacceptable interference with programming. Consultants...

Precarious spot for mobile home owners as investors swoop in

Sep. 15, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colorado (AP) — When the time came for her to sell the mobile home park she and her son owned near Aspen, 89-year-old Harriett Noyes had two big offers and an even bigger decision: Take nearly $30 million from a developer who would likely evict her family and friends to build luxury homes, or sell...

Mobile home parks help keep housing affordable in Aspen

Sep. 15, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colorado (AP) — While the existence of five mobile home parks in Colorado's wealthiest county might come as a surprise to some, they are actually an integral part of Pitkin County's affordable housing system. In fact, the city of Aspen first took steps in the early 1980s to preserve a mobile home...