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Unofficial election results are in and voters overwhelming gave support to multiple public agencies seeking funding increases. In Garfield County, voter turnout was 37.8 percent. The Roaring Fork School District was approved for a $122 million dollar bond to fund school repairs throughout Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. The two most visible ones will be upgrades to Glenwood Springs Elementary School and a new school called Eastbank between Glenwood and Carbondale. The district also had an affordable housing plan that will kick off in each community. Current RE-1 School Board Member Karl Hanlon lost his seat to Jennifer Rupert for a two-year term. Three people ran uncontested as well for RE 1 - Matt Hamilton, Mary Elizabeth Geiger and Daniel Biggs- will retain their seats. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District was approved for a two-year mill levy increase- 2,358 voted yes and 1,300 voted no. Garfield County Voters approved Colorado Mountain College’s ask to opt out of a state law restricting broadband providers. They also had a say in Colorado Mountain College’s Board of trustees. Kathy Goudy defeated Jon Warnick, locally and across the 6 counties CMC serves in it’s only contested race. Three other people were elected to their board of trustees, uncontested. In Pitkin County, 5,681 people voted with a turnout of 39 percent. Mark Hunt’s Base 2 development was turned down by 1,792 voters, while 1,060 people voted for it. The proposal was for a hotel on Main Street that sought zoning variances. Aspen residents were also asked what should be done with city hall after new facilities are built. 51.5 percent said they would like to see a “community use” and 48.4 said “offices.” The Basalt Fire District also got a yes on their funding ask with 478 people supporting it and 243 voting against an increase. The Aspen School District got support for funding with 68.7 percent saying yes- that’s about 3,100 people. About 1,400 said no to the district’s ask. For the Aspen School District Board of Education, Sandra MacMillan Peirce and Sheila Kennedy Wills won seats. Aspen Valley Hospital got an extension for their current tax. The only statewide ballot measure, Proposition BB, passed allowing Colorado to keep marijuana tax revenues.
According to unofficial final election results, Carbondale's new trustees will be Katrina Byars and Alexander Hobbs. Trustee Frosty Merriott was re-elected to his seat. Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch Bernot ran unopposed for re-election.
In Silt, mayoral candidate Rick Aluise won over Mark Anderson. Silt voters also elected D Aron Diaz, Dylan Lewis and Bryan Fleming to the Board of Trustees. They also voted on whether the Town Administrator should have the power to designate the town clerk, police chief and treasurer, voting against the question 318 votes to 212.
In Basalt, Mark Kittle, Bernie Grauer and Gary Tennenbaum were elected to Town Council. Basalt voters also approved a ballot question establishing a 2 consecutive term limit for the offices of mayor and town councilor.
In this year's election, Carbondale's marijuana taxes passed by a margin of more than 2 to 1. A property tax increase proposed by the Carbondale and Rural Fire protection district failed by a narrow margin of about 400 votes.
In Basalt, a bond issue raising money for the redevelopment of the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park passed by a margin of around 2 to 1.
Ballot questions proposing two property tax increases to fund the controversial Crown Mountain indoor recreation center failed by a wide margin of more than 4 to 1.
Elsewhere in Colorado, ballot measures banning or severely restricting fracking passed in Fort Collins, Boulder, Broomfield and Lafayette.
And on the state level, voters overwhelmingly approved taxes for recreational marijuana, setting the rates at 15 percent for excise taxes and an initial 10 percent for sales taxes on the drug.
Voters also rejected Amendment 66, a tax hike that would have injected nearly a billion dollars into Colorado schools. KDNK's Ed Williams has more on how the amendment's failure will affect schools in the Roaring Fork Valley.
A measure on the November ballot will ask voters in the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District to increase their taxes in order to avoid a 40% budget cut to emergency services in the area. Fire and EMS workers get their funding from property taxes, and as property values continue to fall, Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach hopes voter support of Ballot Question 4B will save the fire department from layoffs and decreased response time to emergencies. KDNK's Ed Williams talked to Chief Leach about the measure.
Colorado House Bill 13-1303, passed last May, has changed the face of elections in Colorado. This coming November's coordinated election will be the first election conducted by mail. Earlier this week, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Garfield County clerk Jean Alberico about what the new rules mean for local voters.
For more information about the November coordinated election, contact the Garfield County clerk's office in Glenwood Springs or Rifle, or go to www.sos.state.co.us
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler stopped in Glenwood Springs Tuesday to get some feedback on last November's elections. Residents from Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties came out to share their compliments and criticisms with Gessler. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
Democrats now have control of both chambers of the Colorado state legislature, putting the GOP in the backseat when it comes to next legislative session. Republican had hoped to expand their one-seat advantage in the house of representatives. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.
Full results from this year's elections are available on the Secretary of State's Website.
Two Republican members of the Garfield County Commission are facing Democratic challengers in the November election. This week on NRG with MG, we continue a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers focusing on energy issues. Last week we heard from commissioner John Martin, running for a fifth term. He is running against today's guest, Sonja Linman, a 23-year resident of Garfield County with a background in education. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason started by asking Linman to speak broadly about energy here is Garfield County.
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac catches up with Curtis Wackerle of the Aspen Daily News to find out about which Pitkin County commissioner candidate is the bigger environmentalist.
Close to 70 people packed Democratic Headquarters in Glenwood Springs on Monday to listen to members of President Obama's cabinet and the head of Emily's List. The women were on a whirlwind, swing state tour to stump for the President. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about locals' responses to the Obama and the Romney campaigns.