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“postlandscape” opens at Aspen Chapel Gallery

The Aspen Chapel Gallery opens its latest show today. The show is called “postlandscape”. What you see at the show isn’t just blobs of color that are incoherent or nondescript. They are landscapes. But of course, with the postmodern title, they are more than that.
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Angie Callen, executive director of the Red Brick Center for the Arts, discusses the art center's recent success and her vision for the future. 

Learn more about the Red Brick Center for the Arts at www.AspenArt.org

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County is once again lobbying state leaders to improve health insurance options in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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  Carbondale voters will consider two tax increases this spring. One would be on some utilities, the other would raise property taxes.

Valley Roundup 1-22-16

Jan 22, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Law enforcement are investigating why a skier pushed a snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands.

Authorities have a lead in chair lift assault case

Police may have suspect in chairlift incident

After 30 years, McDonalds has closed its doors in Aspen.

Elise Thatcher

An oil and gas company says it’ll wait until 2017 to drill inside Battlement Mesa boundaries.

Elise Thatcher

There’s a whitewater park in the works near Basalt, and the key is now figuring out how many amenities it should have.

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 The suspect has been identified through witness accounts and testimony from the victim, Seth Beckton.

Red Brick art auction returns on a high note

Jan 21, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The results are in from the Red Brick Center for the Art’s Valley Art Auction fundraiser.

 

Though the official numbers aren’t out yet, the fundraiser attracted what Red Brick Executive Director Angie Callen says was the biggest crowd for any event they’ve held. Ever.

 

She estimates around 300 people came to the event on Tuesday night in Aspen.

 

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition. I’m Elise Thatcher.

A snowboarder gets shoved off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands.

Aspen and communities around the world are mourning the death of musician Glenn Frey, who had a colorful history in Aspen.

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Seth Beckton’s trip up the Loge Peak chair lift this week has now gone viral. News outlets nationwide are reporting on the incident, in which the stranger next to him threw him to the ground below.

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A bill to expand a state program to offer driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants in Colorado will be introduced at the state capitol later in February. The original law [.pdf], which Democrats passed when they controlled both chambers in 2013, allows undocumented immigrants who have lived in Colorado for at least two years and have paid taxes to get a license, if they pay an extra fee.

"I want to know when I'm driving that the people driving next to me know the same rules as I do. Especially when you come from a different country, road signs might look different," said Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont), sponsor of a new bill that would expand the program to 32 driver's license offices across the state.

"They deserve the opportunity to show that they are willing to be a part of our community, willing to play by the rules."

Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered his sixth State of the State address to the state Legislature Thursday. In his speech he highlighted the need for people from all political stripes to work together to fix the state's big budget problems and discussed Colorado's economic gains and challenges.

"We're one of the top states for economic growth," Hickenlooper said. "One of the best places for business and careers, for quality of life, for health and tourism."

The Colorado capitol had a back to school vibe Wednesday, with families and friends joining lawmakers in the chamber for the opening of Colorado's annual legislative session. The building hummed with activity — and the usual pomp and ceremony and opening day speeches — after the eight month interim. Isaac Slade, the lead singer of the Denver-based rock band The Fray, sang the national anthem in the Senate.

But it wasn't all fun, the first bills are introduced on opening day, and lawmakers begin to outline their priorities for the next four months.

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

The Executive Director of Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources is leaving the position at the end of January to become Denver Water’s Director of planning.

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Mountain Edition is Aspen Public Radio's weekly newsmagazine. The show focuses on news, analysis, and commentary about Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.