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Anderson Ranch artists created Snowmass 50th's Selfie Station Chair

Snowmass Ski Area celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend. Among the festivities is a ski-themed selfie station at the Snowmass Village Mall. It's a product of a group of artists from Anderson Ranch.

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Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you the biggest local news stories from the week. 

The meager early season snow could spell trouble for avalanches in the backcountry later on this spring, and Challenge America is hosting its first ever military ski week.  

Also, some local businesses are actually winners because of the bare mountains.  

People might have their rock skis out on the hill, but there’s nothing but smooth sailing ahead on Mountain Edition.

 

 

 

When Aspen Highlands opens Saturday, skiers and riders will have access to the most challenging in-bounds terrain in Aspen, thanks to the work of hard-core volunteers. These are the boot packers who help prepare the iconic Highland Bowl.

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This weekend, Aspen’s Rio Grande Park will host the World Snow Polo Championships, but nature hasn’t been cooperating.

 

Eagle County

In November's election, Eagle County voted overwhelmingly for a recreational pot tax. The revenue will be used for mental health services.

The Aspen Art Museum will celebrate new exhibitions in each of its galleries Thursday night. One of the featured artists is German filmmaker Dara Friedman, whose film “Mother Drum” will be on display in Gallery 5. Claire Woodcock met Friedman and the installation crew earlier this week as they prepared for their show’s opening.

The Aspen Skiing Company is the valley’s largest employer, and the local economy relies on people traveling to Aspen and Snowmass to ski. But, as of now, there is just a 10-inch base on Aspen Mountain, and two resorts aren't even open.

 

 

United Health Foundation

Colorado is the country’s seventh healthiest state, according to United Health Foundation. The state’s rates of obesity and diabetes are the nation’s lowest.

Earlier this week, Aspen City Council heard an update on how the community can reach its lofty goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It's going to take some teamwork.

Updated at 7:29 p.m. ET

In making his "closing argument" for tax legislation expected to get a vote in Congress next week, President Trump announced that the changes would take effect early next year.

The tension between the U.S. and North Korea has ratcheted up in the past year.  

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Three lawmakers face formal complaints at the state Capitol alleging sexual harassment. We went to the districts these lawmakers represent to see what their constituents think about the situation. The overall message: sexual harassment shouldn’t be tolerated and there should be consequences should the allegations be proven true.

 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner are urging Alabama Democrat Doug Jones, who won the state’s special election, to fill a vacant Senate seat, to vote with the GOP.

TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017 is the #metoo movement. The honor goes to the people behind the movement – "The Silence Breakers" – men and women who have come forward publicly with allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

[Update 12/14/17 1:15 p.m.] No charges will be filed against Rep. Lori Saine. The news was announced Dec. 14 by the Boulder district attorney’s office. The case was passed to Boulder because Denver’s district attorney Beth McCann worked closely with Saine when they were both state lawmakers. The Boulder district attorney’s office says Saine “totally forgot the firearm was in her purse and no criminal case against Ms. Saine can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.” 

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