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Jon Batiste talks social music and election night

Jon Batiste is a renowned jazz musician and has been the band leader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert since 2015. He was in Aspen over the weekend performances and conversations. Arts and culture reporter Claire Woodcock caught up with him backstage after his Friday night show with his band Stay Human under the Benedict Music Tent.

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The Elected Officials Transportation Committee is comprised of the Aspen City Council, Snowmass Village Town Council and Pitkin County Commissioners.

Marci Krivonen

At about 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, first responders from Carbondale found three people who were safely out of their car and the river. There was, however, no sign of the car.

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When an 8-year-old died at Hanging Lake last week, after reportedly slipping and hitting his head, our sympathies immediately went out to his parents. That day was probably the worst of their lives, but it was a scarring day for others, too.

The state office that focuses on energy efficiency will no longer be funded starting in July. A special last minute request from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office to save state funding for the Colorado Energy Office failed along party lines Tuesday.

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Aspen Skiing Company and the U.S. Forest Service have finalized plans for an expansion of summer activities at Snowmass Ski Area.

 

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Aspen’s summer season officially kicked off last weekend with the Food and Wine Classic. It’s an iconic event — and one that also sets the bar for how to manage the far less glamorous side: taking out the trash.

 

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Nominees for the 2017 Henry Award from the Colorado Theater Guild were announced Tuesday. The local results are as follows:

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has expanded his annual fundraiser benefiting a mental health crisis center. It’s part of an effort to broaden its reach in a community that sees the highest rate of suicide in the state. The Sheriff’s Cup for Hope is more than a golf tournament — it now includes a 5K run, community picnic and yoga, family oriented activities and more. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason sat down with DiSalvo to discuss why this fundraiser is so near to his heart.

This week, Curated explores the influences literature can have on music and that music can have on literature, with an interview with editor and vice president of Viking Penguin, stories from Americana roots rocker Shakey Graves and information on new programming from Jazz Aspen Snowmass.

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Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Americana musician behind Shakey Graves, is back in Colorado playing Belly Up Aspen Tuesday. He said last week he was on his way to Kevin Costner’s Aspen home to record part of his forthcoming album.

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The state office that focuses on energy efficiency will no longer be funded starting in July. A special last minute request from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office to save state funding for the Colorado Energy Office failed along party lines Tuesday.

A last-ditch effort to save Colorado’s Energy Office takes place Tuesday. During the legislative session, state lawmakers cut state funding for the office that oversees weatherization and other energy saving programs for residents. 

The list of Democrats wanting to be Colorado’s next governor is growing. Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder said he’ll run against his colleague Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter, along with other high profile opponents.

Friday was the last day for Gov. John Hickenlooper to sign, veto or let bills become law without his signature. He only vetoed two bills passed during the legislative session, and the final bill he signed was controversial.

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