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A smelly field trip for Two Rivers Community School

Morgan Williams, the fourth and fifth grade teacher at Glenwood Spring’s Two Rivers Community School took his students on a multi-disciplinary field trip last week. An adventure at the South Canyon Landfill served as an environmental lesson, as well as an opportunity to work on writing.
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City of Aspen takes on food security

Courtesy of aspenpitkin.com

Bears are crafty and have good memories, and when they’re hungry, it’s a lot easier to dig into the neighbor’s trash than to find a dozen pounds of berries.

Elise Thatcher

In an effort to increase voter registration, primarily among young, first time voters, the state of Colorado has launched a system that allows people to register by sending a text.

Mike Pritchard, Executive Director of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, RFMBA, shares the organization's recent success with trail systems in New Castle, and the organization's future goals and trail projects. Adam Cornely of New Castle Trails and Charlie Eckart, RFMBA Board President, also contribute. 

Learn more about RFMBA and how you can get involved at www.RFMBA.org, and visit the New Castle Trails Facebook page for volunteer opportunities and trail updates. 

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Mark Beauregard was a reporter, but made a decision to write a book after thinking about Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Melville had a close relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, another American writer. They wrote letters to each other that suggest that they were more than friends. Melville’s writing was often about his life, yet Moby Dick is almost always seen as an allegory. Beauregard was struck by this comparison and decided to write about the relationship between Melville and Hawthorne.

 

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The 67th year of the festival began with a ceremony dedicating new offices and practice spaces at the Bucksbaum campus in Aspen. Music festival president and CEO Alan Fletcher listed all of the people who were responsible for the renovations at the event.

“We owe so much to community members, the city of Aspen, our patrons our volunteers, all of our donors,” Fletcher said at the dedication in July.

What will be four days after Basalt town manager Mike Scanlon resigned, elected officials plan to take up his surprise departure at a scheduled meeting this week.

On Friday afternoon, Scanlon officially notified the town he was leaving his post and wants 12 months of severance. When asked by Aspen Public Radio at 4 p.m. that afternoon if he was quitting, he quickly rebuffed the notion. Within an hour, he resigned.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

All of the tearing down of homes and buildings in Pitkin County means most of that debris is heading to the landfill, which has 15 years left of life on it. City of Aspen officials are considering making it mandatory to recycle that material.

Hard choices 
are forecast for construction waste diversion

The majority of construction waste in the valley is going straight to the county landfill and elected officials are hoping to curb some of that. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex, publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation at 3:30 p.m. today.

 

SkiCo already promoting World Cup Finals

Aug 18, 2016
Ryer Gardenswartz

 Aspen Snowmass looks to make a statement and get back on the international skiing map with the 2017 World Cup FInals.

The Aspen Skiing Company hosted its annual gathering with the chamber of commerce yesterday to discuss downhill skiing’s biggest event.

Courtesy of Aspen Strong Foundation

The third annual Hike to Heal up Smuggler Mountain takes place Saturday morning.

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State News

Access to something as simple as a doctor can be near impossible in the more rural parts of Colorado. The issue is especially pronounced along the Eastern Plains, leading state officials to embark on a new training program. The objective is to recruit and train more family practice physicians in places like Sterling, a city of about 15,000 people that’s 130 miles northeast of Denver.

 A bipartisan committee of lawmakers met Tuesday to begin crafting water policy that could be introduced during next year’s legislation session.

While many state lawmakers are busy with campaign season, that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about some of the future policies they’ll be crafting. 

Rain Barrels Legal

Aug 11, 2016

 Rain barrels will be legal in Colorado starting Wednesday. State lawmakers passed a bill last legislative session to let people capture rain that falls from their roofs.