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Aspen native cross country skier Simi Hamilton recently took sixth in the Olympic team sprint. Just minutes before his race, the US women made history, winning the gold medal in that event.

Carbondale’s Board of Trustees are discussing an array of options to keep bears out of trash cans.

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Paula Poundstone is a stand-up comic and a longtime panelist on NPR’s quiz show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!” She performs in Aspen tonight as part of the Aspen Laugh Festival.

Christin Kay and Wyatt Orme bring you all the news from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

We have stories about the federal decision to delist the Canada lynx, a training from Indivisible Roaring Fork meant to help people bridge the partisan divide and the recommendation from the Pitkin County commissioners for what should move into Justice Snow’s space.

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Local farmers may soon be able to rent and share tools, as local governments are working on an agricultural equipment library.

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Ryan Zinke, the Department of the Interior Secretary, is open to relocating the BLM headquarters to the Western U.S.

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The U.S. Forest Service has released its draft decision to limit the number of daily visitors to Hanging Lake.

 

Notes from Pyeongchang: Coastal cluster

Feb 20, 2018
Ruthie Brown

We ventured down to the Gangneung Coastal Cluster for a day of touring. The city is about 45 minutes from the Mountain Cluster, which is the center for all the skating events. We rented e-bikes and negotiated our way for miles in both directions up and down the coast before going to short track.  

 

 

This surprisingly beautiful coastline is only 10 minutes from the Olympic venue.

 

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The federal government announced in January that it plans to remove the Canada lynx from the Endangered Species list.

David Anderson is the director of the Colorado Natural History Program, which gathers data on Colorado's habitat that is used for conservation efforts and land management. 

David is in town for Naturalist Nights.  He'll speak at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale on February 21 and at ACES in Aspen on February 22.  

Ahead of those events, he talked to Christin Kay about the importance of protecting rare species. 

 

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Colorado lawmakers are working on several high priority issues including human trafficking, updating a driver’s license program for undocumented immigrants and responding to the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Jesse Aaron Paul of the Denver Post and Marianne Goodland with ColoradoPolitics about the issues they are covering under the gold dome.

In 2014, the Colorado River did something it hadn’t done in decades. For a few short weeks that spring, the overdrawn, overallocated river reached the Pacific Ocean.

Instead of diverting the river’s last bit of water toward farm fields, the final dam on the Colorado River at the Mexican border lifted, and water inundated nearly 100 miles of the dry riverbed. It was called the pulse flow, meant to mimic a spring flood.


Funding for Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission and the Division of Civil Rights is uncertain following a vote in the legislature Thursday, Feb. 8. The Joint Budget Committee deadlocked in a 3-3 vote – which effectively shuts off funding to the agencies starting July 1. Gov. John Hickenlooper criticized the decision, saying it “sends the wrong message to Coloradans and businesses looking to move here.”

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Marianne Goodland of Colorado Politics and Ed Sealover of the Denver Business Journal about the politics behind the vote, and how it may impact other business at the capitol.

Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, is the latest lawmaker to be named publicly in allegations of sexual misconduct.

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