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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

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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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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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