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Colorado Mountain College announced last week that it received a $175,000 grant from Denver-based Boettcher Foundation. The money is going to be used to upgrade Cooper Commons  — home to the school’s ArtShare programs, as well as regular arts shows.

 

The Boettcher grant is the first component of the school’s efforts to match money received from the Garfield Federal Mineral Lease District.

 

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

The mayor of Carbondale is resigning because she is moving to Redstone. Her move brings up the question of whether the once sleepy town of Carbondale is becoming unaffordable

Carbondale Mayor Bernot moving, steps down

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 A new residential project is in the works on Cemetery Lane. If approved, it would be the first of its kind in that neighborhood.

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 A major overhaul to affordable housing capital reserves has been suggested to the Aspen City Council - now public feedback is being sought on the measure.

In an email to city officials last week, Theatre Aspen executive director Paige Price came out in opposition of the Power Plant proposal, but so far the group hasn’t received any blowback.

 

The Power Plant proposal includes space for Aspen Brewing Company, Aspen 82 and a non-profit incubator workspace. The proposal has been an issues since last year. Many residents in the Oklahoma Flats neighborhood oppose the plan because of potential noise issues.

 

  "Drug Take Back" day takes place Saturday at the Aspen Police Department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It’s an event where people can anonymously drop off medication that will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

Police will accept prescription medication in the form of tablets, capsules and other solids. The Aspen Police Department hosts this event twice a year — in the spring and fall, to give people the opportunity to dispose of drugs that are expired or unused.

  This week, on Mountain Edition:

  • Aspen lost two hall-of-famers this week….

  • Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Director candidates give their stump speech...

  • Carbondale officials are gearing up for pot talk…

  • and, we celebrate independent bookstore day

Hosts are Alycin Bektesh and Patrick Fort

Lawmakers in both parties have unveiled a proposal to bring a presidential primary back to Colorado. It's estimated that conducting a primary will cost anywhere from $5 to $7 million. Despite the price tag, the heads of both the state Democratic and Republican parties and Gov. John Hickenlooper support it.

We asked two reporters working at the capitol on a daily basis what that means.

Carbondale is host to this year's Colorado Creative Industries Summit May 4-6. 

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Maggie DeWolf, who was 87, passed away at Aspen Valley Hospital this past weekend. Tage Pedersen died on Tuesday in Ashland, Oregon. He was 90.

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With less than two weeks left in the state’s annual legislative session, lawmakers still have some big items they want to tackle. Bente Birkeland sat down with statehouse reporters as part of our capitol conversation series to discuss the end of the session.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the city of Longmont's hydraulic fracturing ban and the moratorium in Fort Collins Monday. The state's highest court said that Longmont's ban conflicts with state law and is invalid and unenforceable. The court ruled that state law also preempts the moratorium in Fort Collins.

A Colorado commission studying American Indian representations in public schools released a report that recommends that schools not use American Indian mascots. However, if the schools do choose to do so, they should partner with a tribe to make sure it is done in a respectful way.

Right now, 30 Colorado schools use some type of American Indian mascot or imagery.

Bernie Sanders will be assured the majority of Colorado's delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton though, still has momentum in the state with the support of super delegates, like Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. The support of party insiders means Clinton will likely have 37 delegates from the state versus Sanders' 41.

Which still makes it an open question for Colorado: If the state is pulling for Bernie Sanders, but the super delegates lean for Clinton, will voters opt to support Clinton if she's the nominee?