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City parks work double duty

Summer in downtown Aspen is bright with colorful flowers and green parks, and many of those spaces are also working hard to clean up runoff from storms before it hits the river.
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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Vail Resorts bought Whistler this week for $1 billion. How that will affect attracting guests to Aspen/Snowmass is a question industry observers are asking.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The news that the Bureau of Land Management plans to cancel 25 oil and gas leases on the Thompson Divide has all sides reacting.

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How Aspen/Snowmass will compete against Vail Resorts now that the conglomerate bought Whistler is on the minds of many. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Scott Condon, reporter for the Aspen Times, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times and Snowmass Sun and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

You can hear more of the conversation at 3:30 p.m. right here on Aspen Public Radio news.

The Aspen Skiing Co. has released its 2016-17 season pass price structure.

 

Most pass prices rose slightly with skiers and riders paying between $30 and $50 more than last year. The Premier Pass, providing unlimited skiing and riding on all four mountains, costs $1,799 if purchased before Sept. 9. The same pass with a chamber of commerce discount is $1,299. Prices go up after the super early season deadline.

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The Pitkin County Republicans announced yesterday that presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in Aspen Aug. 25. The event will be a fundraiser held at a private home. Tickets range from $2,700 for individual attendance to $25,000 for a couple, which would get them a VIP meeting and photo with him.

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. 

Composer Mike Mills, formerly of the rock band R.E.M., is a childhood friend of AMFS Alumnus and violinist Robert McDuffie. Mike and Bobby talk about their collaboration and the creation of Mills's Violin/Rock Band/Orchestra concerto. AMFS President Alan Fletcher joins the two musical icons in a High Notes conversation the day before their August 11 performance at the Tent.

  

     

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The City of Aspen will hold its first “Citizens Academy” this fall. Municipal governments from across the country have used similar programs to help residents get to know the inner-workings of their local government, and Aspen is now following suit.

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The Snowmass Concert series finishes tonight on Fanny Hill. This summer, most of the shows have avoided the anecdotally present rain that seems to have interfered in previous seasons. The series featured music industry veterans like Taj Mahal and newcomers like Jamestown Revival.

Colorado Department of Transportation

The I-70 Glenwood Canyon will be open today due to early completion of rock fall mitigation work.

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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.