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Roaring Fork Apartments Open In Basalt

Monday is the grand opening for Basalt’s Roaring Fork Apartments. There are 56 of them, brand new, next to the bus stop on Highway 82 by Stubbies.

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An inmate at the Garfield County Jail was found dead in a cell early Thursday morning.

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Low river flows and hot weather could be particularly tough on area fish. A local organization is asking boaters and anglers to chip in on a science project aimed at protecting trout.

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The Aspen Ideas Festival starts Thursday, and there is new art on the campus of the Aspen Institute. Slogans like “End the draft!” and “Vote yes for peace!” are stamped in giant letters on Vietnam-era protest posters in the Paepcke Gallery.

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In 2016, the world’s largest investment firm issued a report saying that climate change must be a factor in money management. On Wednesday, BlackRock Vice Chairman Philipp Hildebrand will discuss sustainable investing.

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Eight wildfires now burn in Colorado, and Roaring Fork Valley communities are under fire restrictions because of hot, dry, windy conditions.

Wednesday evening, Aspen Valley Hospital and Pitkin County are hosting an Opioid Crisis Community Forum.  This event brings together medical experts and law enforcement to discuss addiction and treatment strategies for the valley.

  The City of Aspen will be buying real estate downtown as a permanent solution to their ongoing need for office space.

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Mohsin Hamid is the author of the bestselling novel "Exit West," which follows a young couple who flees an unnamed war-torn country and tries to resettle in a new home. Earlier this year, the book won Aspen Words’ first literary prize. Hamid will discuss his work Tuesday evening in Aspen for Aspen Words’ Summer Words.

 

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Heritage Fire culinary festival was Saturday in Snowmass Village. The event featured whole-animal cookery over open fires. There’s also a larger purpose: To spread education about local farmers and sustainably raised meat. Arts and culture reporter Christin Kay took a trip from farm to table, or, in this case, farm to fire pit.

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On Tuesday night, Jazz Aspen Snowmass CEO and President Jim Horowitz will present plans to Aspen City Council for a public-private partnership to give J-A-S a home in downtown Aspen.

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Sexual harassment allegations at Colorado's Capitol came with a sizeable price tag for taxpayers -- $275,000. That includes everything from fees for attorneys, sexual harassment training and consultants to staffing for a special committee of lawmakers meeting this summer and fall to study changes to the Capitol's workplace harassment policy.

Colorado lawmakers wrapped up their annual legislative session this week. Even though the session was often overshadowed by sexual harassment allegations and the expulsion of former Rep. Steve Lebsock, lawmakers and the governor said it was one of the most successful sessions in history

After a dramatic and tearful day in early March, lawmakers voted out one of their own. Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock was the first lawmaker expelled in 103 years after allegations of sexual harassment, intimidation and retaliation from five women, were found to be credible.

But that wasn't the end.

Thousands of Colorado teachers spent two days rallying at the state Capitol for higher salaries and more money for schools. They highlighted long-standing funding problems and potential changes to the state’s public employee pension program currently being debated by the legislature.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Brian Eason of The Associated Press and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal about the rallies.

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