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Paonia chosen over Carbondale, Crested Butte for Space to Create initiative

On Thursday, a big announcement was made regarding a statewide effort to bring more affordable housing to artists in rural mountain towns. Colorado Creative Industries has selected Paonia over Carbondale to receive money for the state’s northwest region.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, David Krause, editor of The Aspen Times, and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

On Thursday night, Glenwood Springs City Council will decide on a plan to redevelop the confluence area downtown.

For only the second time during his tenure as governor, John Hickenlooper is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol outside of their regular session. He wants them to fix an error that is keeping thousands of dollars from getting to the Denver Zoo and regional transportation districts.

But a special session may not lead to a simple fix.

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The Colorado River District has one finalist — a local water attorney — for its general manager position.

Earlier this month, Joe Seeds was rescued by a Blackhawk helicopter and a Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) team. He had lost his way on Capitol Peak. Seeds was back in the valley yesterday to pick up his pack and campsite from Capitol Lake and stopped by the studio to talk with reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

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On Wednesday, the Carbondale Chamber’s Annual Business Conference brought roughly 60 locals together to discuss issues facing the region’s workforce.

Elise Thatcher

New figures from the non-partisan Colorado Health Institute say close to 95 percent of Coloradans have health insurance. But getting to 100 percent will be difficult.

Colorado’s annual legislative session may be in recess, but interim committees are still meeting and wrapping up their work. One group studied county prison overcrowding and the cost of housing inmates.

Elle Logan

A new partnership between the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) and the AmeriCorps program has brought five music teachers to the valley.

Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

Hikers and hunters will soon be able to access public land acquired in a controversial land exchange earlier this year.

 

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For only the second time during his tenure as governor, John Hickenlooper is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol outside of their regular session. He wants them to fix an error that is keeping thousands of dollars from getting to the Denver Zoo and regional transportation districts.

But a special session may not lead to a simple fix.

Elise Thatcher

New figures from the non-partisan Colorado Health Institute say close to 95 percent of Coloradans have health insurance. But getting to 100 percent will be difficult.

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Colorado lawmakers are headed back to the state capitol much sooner than expected. Gov. John Hickenlooper has called for the first special legislative session in five years. It’s to fix an error on a bill that prevented cuts to rural hospitals and set aside money for roads.

Merchandising giant Amazon wants to open a second headquarters – called Amazon HQ2 -- outside of Seattle. Colorado is pulling together what it hopes is a winning bid, but it’s a competitive venture.

“This has gotten the attention of the nation for that matter -- and North America, so we’re competing internationally,” said J. J. Ament, the CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

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