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California Zephyr is still on the rails, despite close call in Congress

Giovanni Grosso and Malvina Canon sat outside the train station in Glenwood Springs. They seemed relaxed and a little bored. They’d been waiting for the train to come all day.

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Welcome to the beginning of the first official week of fall in the Roaring Fork Valley!

 

Tuesday at Hooch Cocktail Bar, this month’s Aspen Words writer-in-residence Tatjana Soli, a L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist and New York Times Notable Author, will be giving a talk and reading at 5:30 p.m.

 

This week on Curated, a local artist creates a sculpture out of found materials with a rich history. Plus, The New Yorker's writer Adam Gopnik talks his latest book and the art of storytelling. 

According to their website, Junior Achievement has contributed to the economics and business education of young people throughout the world. They say their unique system provides the training, materials, and support necessary to bolster the chances for student success.

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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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Garfield County Libraries reduced their hours across all branches this month for the second time since last December.

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Since the Grand Avenue Bridge closed on Aug. 14, we’ve been told to ride the bus, but how many of us have? The Roaring Fork Transportation Agency (RFTA) released numbers recently to help give us an answer.

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Officials on the Garfield County planning and zoning commission are considering a proposal for another round of gas wells in a Battlement Mesa community.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me this week on Valley Roundup this week are Aspen Daily News columnist Mick Ireland and editor Curtis Wackerle, along with Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

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Several bears have been spotted in downtown Aspen looking for an easy meal. Earlier this week, a mom and two cubs had posted up in a tree on the Hyman Avenue mall. When the bears came down, photo takers surrounded them, trying to get selfies.

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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.

Colorado is joining a lawsuit trying to block President Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

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Coal mining has been a mainstay in many parts of western Colorado. But the jobs are going away. The recent closure of a mine – and a soon to be closed power plant in Montrose County – could cut tax revenue as much as 70 percent. Both local and state groups are laboring to find a replacement economy in a region that’s not used to rapid change.

Valley Roundup brings together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the news.

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