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Forest Service trails need volunteer help

The U.S. Forest Service faces a major backlog in trail maintenance and is now looking to identify a few key areas where it can pick up the pace.

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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is leading a march in Washington D.C. Friday to demonstrate their continued efforts to meet with President Donald Trump. Locally, the valley’s Ute Tribe representatives will gather to show their solidarity.

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On Feb. 9, an online threat closed down-valley schools and sent Aspen High School into a lockout. Later that day, the FBI said it was a scam, and so the story went, until two weeks ago.

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U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton spoke to more than 5,000 constituents for an hour Wednesday evening, in a so-called “tele town hall.”

The 5th annual Apres Ski Cocktail Classic begins

Mar 9, 2017
MATT FERRO

The 5th annual Apres Ski Cocktail Classic kicks off this evening.

  The Aspen Institute is hosting two traffic-experts in an open lecture Thursday about new solutions to the upper-valley’s congestion problems. Reporter Alycin Bektesh has been covering the Institute’s Community Forum on Transportation and Mobility and joins news director Carolyn Sackariason in conversation about the upper-valley’s long standing traffic woes.

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The U.S. Forest Service has approved a plan for an alpine coaster and other recreation options at Copper Mountain Resort. A similar plan in Snowmass is still under review.

The class of 2017 will graduate from area high schools in June. Caps and gowns will fill bleachers and auditoriums, as proud parents take pictures. One man, Pat Henry, is sure to be sitting in the audience.

On this week's show, Chip Comins and Abby Stern of the American Renewable Energy Institute and ARE Day Summit with a preview of this summer's event.

A Republican proposal to change how the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) is calculated to let Colorado keep more of the tax money it currently collects received initial approval in the House Tuesday. More Democrats back the bill than Republicans.

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Last month, Congressional Republicans made initial moves to repeal a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas development. This BLM regulation is modeled, in part, after a state law in Colorado. News director Carolyn Sackariason sat down with environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy to talk about how such a repeal would affect Coloradans.

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Self-driving vehicles could soon be tested in Colorado under a bill that passed in the state senate Wednesday. The measure would also make it illegal for local communities to ban the vehicles. 

A measure that would provide additional mental health training and support for police officers is moving through the state legislature.

State lawmakers want to curb the suspension rate among young children in pre-school through third grade. A bi-partisan measure to address the issue is making its way through the state house.

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The latest economic forecast shows state lawmakers will need to close a budget gap that’s close to $700 million this session.

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