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For Olympic skiers, doing what they love comes at a cost

Professional skiers in a warming world find themselves in an icy position. Their livelihood relies on snow and cold temperatures, but essentials like travel and snowmaking come with an environmental cost. So, how do athletes stand by their convictions and make a living?

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Air B and B

Renting out your extra room is easier than ever with online services like Airbnb and VRBO.

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Aspen Skiing Company's brand-new philanthropic venture, the Caring for Community Fund, awarded $35,000 to 10 local organizations this week. Many of its recipients work throughout the Roaring Fork Valley to provide mental health services.

One out of every four Coloradans experience a mental health or substance use disorder every year.  That’s nearly a million of us.  

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Three local environmental groups are again teaming up to present a speaker series focused on public lands and wildlife conservation. The schedule for 2018 is out.

It’s time for the public to narrow in on a preferred design for the Aspen Pedestrian Mall.

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Aspen Skiing Company plans to open Aspen Mountain and Snowmass for limited skiing on Thanksgiving Day, but there’s not much snow.

 

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People wanting to donate supplies to those in need during the holiday season can drop off non-perishables at one of Lift Up’s seven food pantries.

The Grand Avenue Bridge is open, and the detour is over, but buses have kept to their bridge-closure-schedule the past few weeks. That changes this week.

First Draft: Carmen Maria Machado

Nov 20, 2017
Tom Storm

Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, NPR, Los Angeles Review of Books, VICE, and elsewhere.  Her memoir House in Indiana is forthcoming in 2019 from Graywolf Press.

Subscribe to First Draft Podcast on iTunes.  http://apple.co/1HCVfjA

 

Welcome to the beginning of a holiday week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

 

Tuesday, the 10th annual Aspen TREE farm to table community meal starts at 5 p.m. at the Hotel Jerome.

 

Also Tuesday at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, there will be a screening of the documentary film “My Kid Could Paint That” beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Schermer Meeting Hall on campus.

 

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New claims of sexual harassment have been brought up at the Colorado legislature involving Sens. Randy Baumgardner and Jack Tate. Both, in comments to us, strongly deny any wrongdoing, although they refused to answer our specific questions directly.

Another woman has filed a formal complaint against Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock for sexual harassment.

On Tuesday state Rep. Steve Lebsock went on the offensive regarding the sexual harassment allegations against him, claiming he was being blackmailed in an effort to force him to resign his House seat.

“This is a story about blackmail and coercion and extortion, is what this is,” he said.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday that his "story has never changed" about his and other Trump campaign officials' connections to Russia.

"I will not accept, and reject accusations that I have ever lied," Sessions said. "That is a lie!"

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