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Middle school students speak up for gun control

Students in Aspen will be taking to the streets Wednesday afternoon to advocate for stricter gun control. They are joining a nationwide day of action, but instead of walking out of classes, they will host a march after school, and hope the whole community will join.

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Karl Hanlon is a Democrat who hopes to be opposing Scott Tipton for the District 3 House seat this November. He recently sat down with Aspen Public Radio's Wyatt Orme.

Diane Mitsch Bush is a Democrat who hopes to be facing Scott Tipton for the District 3 House Seat this November.

Elise Thatcher

Caucusing is kind of like a locker room huddle before a game. The team figures out which players will play and get one another pumped up.  

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January marked a new era in recycling: China stopped accepting certain types of paper and plastics from abroad. This means companies like Roaring Fork Valley collector Waste Management have had to find new buyers. And they’ve had to adapt in other ways, too. In the second story in a series, we explore what this means for the industry — and what role consumers play.

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There are 100 hopefuls for 50 remaining booths at Carbondale’s Mountain Fair this year.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

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A staging of "Julius Caesar" Tuesday evening will be followed by a discussion with students about school violence.  

Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate's mission is to provide academic and extracurricular support to motivated middle and high school students who would be the first generation in their families to graduate from college. David Smith, Executive Director of Pre Collegiate explains who they serve and why their non-profit is essential in the Roaring Fork School District. 

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Before the first of the year, most of the recycling collected in the Roaring Fork Valley—and across the country—ultimately found its way to China. But China is no longer accepting items like paper and plastic from abroad. So what happens to your empty cans, bottles and boxes after you toss them in the bin?

The candidates for Carbondale’s Board of Trustees will be interviewed Monday night at the Third Street Center.


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More than 100 Senate staff, aides and interns have been warned against speaking to journalists about workplace issues, including sexual harassment, and the trainings aimed at preventing it.

At issue are two emails obtained from Senate sources that say it is a violation of the chamber's policies for workers to grant interviews to reporters. A third email, sent directly to us by the top Senate administrator, asked us to tell members of other news organizations not to approach aides and interns for interviews, but rather to speak with communications secretaries. We didn't act on that request because it's not our role to direct the reporting of other news organizations. 

Senate Republicans have passed a bill that would allow Coloradans who already have a handgun to conceal carry without a permit. It passed along party lines and will soon be debated in the Democratic-controlled House where it’s future is more uncertain.

Colorado lawmakers from both sides of the aisle recently voted out one of their own. The decision to expel Representative Steve Lebsock, (D) came after an independent report found the allegations of sexual harassment brought forth by five women to be credible.

Bente Birkeland discussed the outcome of the vote with Brian Eason of the Denver Post and Marianne Goodland with Colorado Politics, specifically about what swayed some lawmakers, and how that could impact what’s happening in the Senate where three lawmakers have also been investigated for sexual harassment.

Democrats are harshly criticizing state Senate President Kevin Grantham, saying he’s preventing lawmakers accused of sexual harassment from being held accountable. Grantham has countered by saying that sexual harassment is a “cancer” that must be rooted out and that any lawmaker convicted of a crime should be expelled. But that answer hasn't satisfied Democrats.

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