After nearly five hours of deliberation Tuesday night, Aspen City Council couldn’t come to a consensus on whether to build a new $31 million City Hall.
Council was given a few different options on how to house all of the city’s departments. Council members Ann Mullins and Art Daily want the “Galena” option. That would put all city services in one 52,000-square-foot building across from Rio Grande Park.
Pitkin County residents will likely be asked to continue taxing themselves to pay for open space and trails for another twenty years.
The Open Space and Trails Board plans to ask voters in November to extend a mill levy that provides about $10 million of funding a year. Allocation of that money would change slightly to allow for more spending on maintenance and stewardship of current Open Space and Trails properties.
This week on Audio Canvas I meet with Doug Casebeer, Associate Director & Artistic Director of Ceramics, and Betsy Chaffin, honorary board trustee about the 50th anniversary celebration week beginning July 17th.
Charles Bock is the author of the novels Alice & Oliver and Beautiful Children, which was a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book, and which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Slate, as well as in numerous anthologies. He has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Yaddo, UCross, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Amy Gray is a 5th grade teacher at Aspen Middle School. Every month, her class is visited by a special guest, Adelaide Waters, a volunteer storyteller for Spellbinders. Waters has a new story to tell the students every month, and as Gray explains, the students are captured by each and every story.
Gray shares the importance of oral storytelling for her students and the value the program brings to her classroom. Spellbinders Executive Director, Catherine Scales Johnson also contributes.
The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia got off to a rocky start. Supporters of Bernie Sanders repeatedly booed speakers and even Sanders himself, when he urged his backers to support Hillary Clinton.
Some of the consternation came from Colorado's delegates, where Sanders won the caucuses.
"I'm a Bernie person all the way," said Cleo Dioletis, a delegate from Denver. "In my mind, I have to support a strong candidate who is ethically correct."
Democrats are in Philadelphia this week for the start of their four-day convention to nominate Hillary Clinton for president. As Bente Birkeland reports, many in Colorado’s delegation are still backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Colorado's 37 delegates made waves when they walked out of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in protest of the rules. Most later voted for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the nominee, even though he was no longer in the race.
"I was elected as a pledged Cruz delegate so I caste my ballot as promised for Sen. Ted Cruz," said Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
Now that Donald Trump is formally the Republican presidential nominee, the question in Colorado is whether his candidacy can bring the party together before the November election.