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25 Thompson Divide leases canceled

The Bureau of Land Management released a plan today to cancel 25 oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. Local groups, including Wilderness Workshop and the Thompson Divide Coalition, said in statements that canceling those leases helps to protect wildlife, land and public water supplies.
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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge.

Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is now Carbondale Arts. The name change comes along with rebranding of social media accounts and an upcoming new website.

 

Carbondale Arts came about after the town became a certified Colorado Creative District which entitled it for state funding for the arts. The group’s executive director, Amy Kimberly, was at the helm for this achievement.

 

The group will also be forming a governance council in September, with members being chosen by Carbondale Arts.

 

Jeh Johnson speaks about national security

Jul 28, 2016
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A Chat with Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. In his final months in office, Johnson gives us his assessment of the state of the nation’s security. The talk is moderated by Thom Shanker, assistant Washington Editor for The New York Times.

 

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All week, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has been practicing his moves for his debut  dance performance on Friday at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s premiere fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars. Community members dance with ballet company members in competition against one another.

A winner is selected in an audience vote.

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Aspen local Blanca O’Leary is a super delegate at-large for the democratic party - assigned the position by president Barack Obama for her work on his successful campaigns. As part of the Colorado caucus, she has front-row seats to the historic events of this week’s democratic national convention in Philadelphia.

Press release from Colorado Department of Transportation-Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon will OPEN for Thursday, July 28th. Helicopter operations for rockfall mitigation were canceled due to challenging down drafts.

  Live from the Wheeler! On Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 pm, Aspen Public Radio will be offering a live broadcast of the Aspen Music Festival and School's production of William Bolcom's opera A Wedding, based on the 1978 Robert Altman movie of the same name. The clashes of New Money and Old Money at a wedding became material for this classic movie starring Desi Arnaz, Jr., Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Vittorio Gassman, Mia Farrow, Lillian Gish and others. William Bolcom's opera libretto comes from Robert Altman himself! Sung in English.

 This week on Cross Currents is Rabbi David Segal of the Aspen Jewish Congregation, along with Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu, which is attempting to transform the way Judaism is practiced and experienced by infusing aspects of Eastern spiritual practices with traditional Orthodox influences, so the ta’am or “taste” is unmistakably Jewish.

 

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A new proposal to replace the Conoco gas station in downtown Aspen will get its first public review tonight. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

The property at  the corner of Monarch and Main streets is owned by developer Mark Hunt, and was first proposed to be a lodge called Base 2. But voters overwhelming shot it down last fall through a citizen petition.

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 There are hopes that Bernie Sanders’ supporters will back Hillary Clinton. As Bente Birkeland reports, some Colorado delegates are calling for unity at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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The state Republican Party is blasting ABC saying the network forced reality star Ben Higgins to drop out of a Colorado state legislative race.

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia got off to a rocky start. Supporters of Bernie Sanders repeatedly booed speakers and even Sanders himself, when he urged his backers to support Hillary Clinton.

Some of the consternation came from Colorado's delegates, where Sanders won the caucuses.

"I'm a Bernie person all the way," said Cleo Dioletis, a delegate from Denver. "In my mind, I have to support a strong candidate who is ethically correct."

Democrats are in Philadelphia this week for the start of their four-day convention to nominate Hillary Clinton for president. As Bente Birkeland reports, many in Colorado’s delegation are still backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.