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Local farmers put down roots on open space properties

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails protects more than 20,000 acres of public land in the Roaring Fork Valley. These properties are used for recreation, to protect wildlife and for agriculture. The open space program leases out some of its properties to local farmers and ranchers. Two Roots Farm is the newest lessee at Emma Open Space.

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Condundrum camping permits go live Wednesday

Crown Mountain Park

On Monday, ballots go in the mail to voters in the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation district. By May 8, they need to decide if they’re OK with a property tax increase to fund park maintenance.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

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The Snowmass Village Town Council will continue their discussion about a potential community building Monday evening.

First Draft: Robert Kurson

Apr 16, 2018

Robert Kurson is an American author, best known for his 2004 bestselling book, Shadow Divers, the true story of two Americans who discovered a World War II German U-boat sunk 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey. His other books include Pirate Hunters, Crashing Through, and Rocket Men.  Rocket Men tells the story of Apollo 8, the first NASA manned space mission to the moon in 1968.

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Colorado is considering expanding pollution regulations across the state, and stakeholders can weigh in at a meeting in Rifle on Tuesday.

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Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre is made up of dancers from Palestine and the U.S.  The company uses contemporary dance to tell the stories of underrepresented communities. They’ve performed at universities, museums and U.N. refugee schools all over the world. They were in Carbondale for the past week for a residency with valley nonprofit, Dance Initiative.

Glen X is a co-working space and business incubator in Carbondale. They’re hosting an event Friday with Roaring Fork Leadership where local entrepreneurs will make their cases to investors.

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Officials are preparing for a hot, dry summer, and with it, increased fire danger. Glenwood Springs is hosting an event Saturday to help residents prepare for wildfires.

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  Each year, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association holds a community breakfast to look back at the winter season and forward to new business and tourism projects.

Town of Carbondale

Childcare is hard to find in the Roaring Fork Valley. In Carbondale, some say the town’s zoning isn’t making it any easier.

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State News

A 235-page report from an outside consultant says the culture at Colorado’s state capitol is unhealthy -- and the system in place to detect and deter harassment is not working. It contains about two dozen recommendations on how to improve the culture and strengthen policies to deter workplace harassment – which means legislative leaders have a lot to wade through and some tough decisions ahead.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Brian Eason of the Associated Press and John Frank with the Denver Post about how lawmakers might use the information to make changes.

A more than 200-page report from the Denver-based Investigations Law Group reaffirms that there are systemic cultural and sexual harassment problems at the Colorado state Capitol.

Our reporting first uncovered the problems in November, which has led to multiple allegations and investigations into a handful of lawmakers and the historic expulsion of former Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock.  

Passing a balanced budget is the only thing Colorado lawmakers are required to do during the annual 120-day legislative session. A strong economy means there is more general fund money to spend on priority items including roads and schools. The ‘long bill’ as its known has cleared the Democratic-controlled House and now goes to the Senate which is controlled by Republicans.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland breaks down what’s in the budget with reporters Brian Eason of the Denver Post and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal.

For the second year in a row, Colorado lawmakers are working on a way to provide funding for the states roadways. In 2017 it was a proposed tax measure that failed. This time around it’s a bonding plan that would lock the state into annual payments coming from the general fund. This is where Democrats and Republicans disagree on the plan.

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