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With $2.4 million purchase, nonprofit is testing ‘intervention model’ to keep trailer parks out of private equity’s hands
Manaus’ Roaring Fork Community Development Corp. under contract to buy 3-Mile Mobile Home Park in Glenwood Springs
By Andrew Travers | December 3, 2022
The four Krueger children — Bern, John, Karl and Celynn — know they could have made more money from the 3-Mile sale. But they agreed that their father would have wanted them to find a path to preserve the community he had fostered for nearly 40 years.
Studies tackle water-replacement options for shortages on Crystal River
Drought conditions stress water supplies for Marble, Crystal valley residents
By Heather Sackett | December 2, 2022
A parallel study, undertaken by the River District and environmental-and-recreation advocacy group American Rivers, is looking at nature-based solutions. The idea is that by keeping water on the landscape higher in the basin, it could recharge aquifers and boost river flows in late summer.
Newly installed counter recorded nearly 42,000 Maroon Bells bike trips this year
Bike use has doubled in the past five years on Maroon Creek Road, mostly due to the rise in popularity of e-bikes, bringing safety concerns.
By Laurine Lassalle | December 2, 2022
A recently installed automated bike counter recorded nearly 42,000 trips to and from the Maroon Bells Scenic Area this summer season — so much traffic that Pitkin County is currently studying the feasibility of adding a bike lane on Maroon Creek Road to improve safety.
Data dashboard: Roaring Fork Basin snowpack up 38% since last week
Low temperatures dropped as low as -4°F on Nov. 30.
By Laurine Lassalle | December 6, 2022
• While low temperatures dropped as low as -4°F on Nov. 30, high air temperatures gained 20 degrees in three days. • Snowpack at Indy Pass was at 93.6% of average on Dec. 4, while it was at 130% of average at McClure Pass.
Tracking the Curve
Garfield County has reported 65 new COVID-19 cases since last week. Eagle County has added 51 cases, while Pitkin County has recorded 18 cases since Nov. 30.
By Laurine Lassalle | December 8, 2022
Wastewater data shows a rise in viral load in late November-early December. The state vaccination bus is in Woody Creek Dec. 8 and Aspen Dec. 9.
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