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Nowhere to go but up for Vaudeville Revue

The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue was founded in 2009. Almost seven years later, its founder is reflecting on what’s been done so far and ambitions for the coming years. Tonight is the Revue’s spring opening.
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When Michael Engfors, a homeless man in Aspen, won five hundred thousand dollars on a scratch off ticket last fall his newfound fortune made national headlines. Months later, the longtime local is still utilizing the services of the Aspen Homeless shelter. Its services go beyond a warm place to sleep at night, as shelter director Vince Savage explains.

Valley Roundup 2-12-16

Feb 12, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The federal government’s review of 65 oil and gas leases includes recommendations for the ones situated in the Thompson Divide.

http://www.postindependent.com/news/20584103-113/blm-aims-to-cancel-divide-leases-outright

 

Meanwhile, the effects of the Grand Avenue Bridge are starting to really become clear.

On Thursday, February 4th, 2015 Aspen Public Radio presented a public event and discussion on ISIS and the future of the Middle East, featuring Dr. Nader Hashemi, professor and director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. The event was attended by students of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn.

Alycin Bektesh

  There will be no USA Pro Challenge this year. In a statement released today, event CEO director Shawn Hunter said there isn’t enough time in 2016 to shift to new ownership and have the event.

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation is raising concerns about Basalt’s latest plan to handle the Pan and Fork parcel.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

And I’m Alycin Bektesh. Basalt voters could see the Pan and Fork parcel on the fall ballot.

More than two hundred workers in Parachute have an uncertain future.

Celebrating 20 years of ASFB

Feb 10, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is kicking off its 20th season this weekend. For the group’s founders it has been a wild ride. Through it all, they are still handling details you wouldn’t expect someone with “director” in their title to do.

Roger Adams

  More than two hundred workers in the area are going through interviews, to find out if they can keep their jobs. That’s after Oklahoma-based WPX Energy decided to sell to a new Texas company.

Mountain Rescue Aspen

  Three snowmobilers survived a night in the White River National Forest by building a snow cave.

  A survey of Colorado Ski resorts released this week ranks Aspen Snowmass in top place for wireless internet availability.

 

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State News

Colorado could be the next state to allow hunters to wear florescent pink. A Democratic proposal to give hunters the option of wearing pink – in addition to the traditional safety orange – has passed the Republican controlled Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

"I hunt because it's a treasured time with my dad and my brothers," said Senator Kerry Donovan (D-Vail), a big game hunter and sponsor of Senate Bill 68 [.pdf]. "And the stories that happen in hunting camp are the stories that my family tell over and over again."

A bill to expand a state program to offer driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants in Colorado will be introduced at the state capitol later in February. The original law [.pdf], which Democrats passed when they controlled both chambers in 2013, allows undocumented immigrants who have lived in Colorado for at least two years and have paid taxes to get a license, if they pay an extra fee.

"I want to know when I'm driving that the people driving next to me know the same rules as I do. Especially when you come from a different country, road signs might look different," said Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont), sponsor of a new bill that would expand the program to 32 driver's license offices across the state.

"They deserve the opportunity to show that they are willing to be a part of our community, willing to play by the rules."

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.