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The 15th annual downtown Aspen Art Festival starts Saturday

Aspen’s artsiest weekend of the summer on the streets of downtown Aspen will feature everything from life-size sculptures and photography, to glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more.

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This week, we talk with the publishers of Aspen’s two newspapers about the future of news and local journalism. They share their views on a discussion held earlier this week at the Aspen Institute featuring David Leonhardt from the New York Times. He says journalism may be in its golden age right now but there are challenges facing local organizations.

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 When Ace Lane bought the 200-acre property in 1990, his friends scratched their heads. It was a beat-up cattle ranch and, back then, was considered to be far from Aspen.

This week on Curated, explore the Aspen Art Museum’s latest exhibition through the opening reception. Hear the story of a Cuban who recently created on American soil for the first time. And two art accumulators explain where the impulse to collect comes from, and what it means to let go.

Meet the Greenbergs, Anderson Ranch's Service to the Arts Honorees. 

First Draft - Maile Meloy

Jul 17, 2017

Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter and the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and Amazon.com. She has also written a trilogy for young readers, beginning with The Apothecary, which was a New York Times bestseller.

This spring, before the Aspen City Council election, Aspen Public Radio hosted a series of Candidate Chats. Reporter Alycin Bektesh interviewed all five candidates running for City Council and two candidates running for mayor. 

 

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

 

Monday, the 14th annual opera gala will feature an exclusive dinner at the Caribou Club and a full performance the Aspen Music Festival and School’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. This event starts at 5 p.m. with the performance beginning at 8 p.m. at The Wheeler Opera House. La traviata will also run the 18th at 7 p.m. at The Wheeler Opera House.

Habitat for Humanity employees understand and see the hardships of living in the valley when it comes to affordable housing. They encourage the community to do more than simply "talk" about the problem. 

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The idea for Elevated Elixirs hit Hayden Dudley pretty pointedly.

Courtesy of Conservation Colorado

Colorado’s rivers received their first-ever report cards from an environmental organization last week, and it’s a mixed bag.

 

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The state of Colorado collected $180 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales in the 2016 fiscal year.

But could the well run dry?

As of July 1, 2017, Nevada is the eighth state to sell recreational marijuana -- and it won’t be the last. California, the sixth largest economy in the world, will start selling pot Jan. 1, 2018.

With summer here, people are flocking to the outdoors, including the trails, campsites and reservoirs of the Colorado State Parks system. Last year, the parks hit a record number of visitors – 13.5 million.  But Colorado is struggling to keep up with the demand.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is rolling and green, nestled deep in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Just 45 minutes from Denver, this is the state’s fourth most popular state park. It stays that way for most of the year.

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. 

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