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Happy trails: PitCo releases options for Crystal Valley Trail

Pitkin County officials are working on a trail that will eventually connect Carbondale to Crested Butte. They’ve released possible routes for Pitkin County’s section, which runs to the top of McClure Pass. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy took a tour of the area, exploring both the history and the future of the corridor.

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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.

Windwalkers is a therapeutic riding and learning center in Carbondale. The organization offers physical therapy, counseling and workshops for veterans, kids and older adults, all centered around the healing power of horses.

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A bus route between Parachute and Glenwood Springs is more popular than ever. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) dramatically increased its Hogback route for the Grand Avenue Bridge closure.

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Garfield County officials are considering a proposal for 55 new gas wells in a Battlement Mesa neighborhood. Two citizen groups are fighting the development.

Elise Thatcher

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.

 

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.

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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.

STEPHEN BUTLER / FLICKR - CREATIVE COMMONS

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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