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Regional Leaders discuss the future of transportation

Government leaders from the Roaring Fork Valley are meeting with top state officials in Glenwood Springs today to speak about the future of transportation in the region.
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Valley Roundup 02-05-16

Feb 5, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

 

Two candidates who sit on opposite sides of development are running for the mayor’s seat in Basalt. Unlike previous elections in that town, candidates’ positions are clearly different.

Differences abound among Basalt mayoral candidates Whitsitt and Stevens

 

Naturalist talks in Carbondale get heated

Feb 4, 2016
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The Naturalist Nights speaker series is put on by the Wilderness Workshop and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. This year’s series started with controversy when presentations on wolves and mountain lions at the Third Street Center in Carbondale turned contentious.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Consultants are checking which parts of Pitkin County have the slowest internet connection.

Habitat for Humanity is building affordable housing in Basalt.

Gaffe allowed free parking at airport

Feb 4, 2016

  Thousands of people were able to park for free at the Aspen airport for nearly two months, and now the county is going after the company that’s responsible for the massive revenue loss. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is out almost $58,000 in revenue that was lost starting on Nov. 11. That was the day that an employee at Nebraska-based TSYS Merchant Solutions accidentally deleted the airport as a customer in its software system.

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  It’s been just under a week since Diana Sirko announced her amended plans to leave the Roaring Fork School District. Superintendent Sirko is now stepping down this summer instead of waiting until the end of June 2017.

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The Cooking School of Aspen is making a comeback. Local restaurateur Rob Ittner is rebuilding it and hopes to make the school a destination, more than a decade after it closed.

Winter-themed show opens at the Red Brick

Feb 3, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

En Hiver” opens this evening at the Red Brick Center for the Arts.

 

Hiver” means winter in French. At the Red Brick Center for the Arts, pieces ranging from painting to sculpture are on display trying to reflect that.

The Aspen Science Center is opening The Aspen STEAM Center at the Crystal Palace on February 14th. President David Houggy is our guest.

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Habitat for Humanity planning to build teacher housing

Feb 3, 2016
Aspen Journalism

  Plans are in the works to build as many as 40 affordable homes behind Basalt High School, half of which would be dedicated for local teachers. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

New research presented in Aspen shows that THC can have detrimental effects on developing adolescent brains. Marijuana use can cause lifelong anxiety, depression and apathy.

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State News

Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered his sixth State of the State address to the state Legislature Thursday. In his speech he highlighted the need for people from all political stripes to work together to fix the state's big budget problems and discussed Colorado's economic gains and challenges.

"We're one of the top states for economic growth," Hickenlooper said. "One of the best places for business and careers, for quality of life, for health and tourism."

The Colorado capitol had a back to school vibe Wednesday, with families and friends joining lawmakers in the chamber for the opening of Colorado's annual legislative session. The building hummed with activity — and the usual pomp and ceremony and opening day speeches — after the eight month interim. Isaac Slade, the lead singer of the Denver-based rock band The Fray, sang the national anthem in the Senate.

But it wasn't all fun, the first bills are introduced on opening day, and lawmakers begin to outline their priorities for the next four months.

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

The Executive Director of Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources is leaving the position at the end of January to become Denver Water’s Director of planning.

According to state and federal census figures, Colorado's population is expected to grow by an additional 2.3 million people by 2040. That's going to significantly impact the way we live – from traffic congestion, to water, to quality of life.

Most noticeably will be a shift to an older population.

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Mountain Edition is Aspen Public Radio's weekly newsmagazine. The show focuses on news, analysis, and commentary about Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.