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Half-dozen applicants being considered for open judge seat in Pitkin County

A local committee will interview applicants today for the seat that will be vacated by Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Gail Nichols.
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Just like any other month, the Red Brick Center for the Arts is opening a new gallery in the former school building. But instead of artists banding together under one creative theme, these artists all have studios at the Third Street center in Carbondale.

English in Action was created in 1994 when the Basalt Regional Library launched its Adult Literacy Program - committed to fostering a diverse community. In 2008, the initiative became a fully independent non-profit organization known today as English in Action.  

Executive Director Lara Beaulieu discusses the organization's history and importance in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

We-Cycle could open bike stations in Basalt and Willits next spring. Basalt will pay $17,500 dollars to the bike sharing nonprofit, to review the feasibility of expanding into the midvalley. We-Cycle operates in Aspen now and has been exploring adding locations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

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Airport and local emergency responders will get practice dealing with a full-scale simulated plane crash at the Aspen Pitkin County Airport Tuesday (8/31).

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Now that kids are back to school, some teachers are making up ground lost over the summer. Students can lose about a month’s worth of reading, language and math skills when they’re not in school. The setback can be especially acute for students learning English. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Susan Gonzalez, who wrote about this “summer slide” for Chalkbeat Colorado, an education news website.

This week on Valley Roundup:

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Giovanni Zoppé is kind of in charge of everything. The permits. The booking. The logisticky, boring of stuff.

 

But in his 49 years - all spent in his family’s circus - he says that he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

 

“I joke now...I’m 49 years old and I still never left home. I’m still here with my family and I have zero intention of going anywhere.”

 

Young director a focal point in Mountainfilm

Aug 27, 2015

James Marcus Haney is only 27 yet he has two feature films under his belt, both of which will be shown as part of this weekend’s Mountainfilm festival. But his road to success was not a traditional one. The selection of two music films at the festival wasn't either.

 

Marcus Haney was a senior in college at the University of Southern California. The lineup for Coachella in 2010 was full of big names. She and Him. Atoms for Peace. Jay-Z. Marcus was a broke college student. All of his friends were going, and so was his crush. He had to go.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Will Carbondale get a new City Market? The development proposal is laid out at a packed public meeting.

Changes are in the works for an overcrowded midvalley intersection.

The Aspen Skiing Company is hoping to attract visitors from countries where more people are spending money on winter sports, like China.

The number of hospital beds for the mentally ill is dismal, especially on the Western Slope.

A Denver-based musician known for his contemplative folk songs visits Aspen.

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The number of elderly residents getting involved in Pitkin County’s Senior Services’ offerings is growing. 

The first half of 2015 saw twice the number of new senior registrations for programs like nutrition, compared to the same period in 2014. Pitkin County Senior Services offers things like transportation, home delivered meals and exercise classes. Senior Services Director Marty Ames says the Aspen Recreation Center is also seeing more seniors.

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