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Regional Leaders discuss the future of transportation

Government leaders from the Roaring Fork Valley are meeting with top state officials in Glenwood Springs today to speak about the future of transportation in the region.
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Aspen Valley Hospital

The CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital resigned Monday after two years in the position. The hospital announced the resignation, saying Bonk wanted to spend more time with his family.

Elise Thatcher

Among the busses, Audi’s, and construction vehicles that define Aspen’s busy streets is a maroon Chevy Suburban with a mission. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher bring us this report from within the notorious non profit taxi service.

First Draft - Sunil Yapa

Jan 18, 2016

Sunil Yapa holds a BA in economic geography from Penn State University, and received his MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in New York City in 2010, where he worked with two-time Booker Prize winning author Peter Carey, and the 2009 National Book Award winner (Let the Great World Spin) Colum McCann.

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Pitkin County will be among a couple dozen Colorado counties adopting new state-mandated voting machines for the 2016 elections.

Glenn Frey, co-founder of The Eagles, dies at 67

Jan 18, 2016
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Glenn Frey passed away Monday at the age of 67.

 

He helped to create on of the most-loved rock bands of all time, The Eagles.

 

Frey passed away in New York from complications from rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.

 

Frey and Eagles co-founder Don Henley had homes in the Aspen area for a while. The group got their start during a month-long stint at Aspen’s Gallery Club in 1971.

 

Lorraine Davis is a resident artist and teacher at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. She's been involved for almost four years, and shares her excitement for the art center's recent evolution. Davis is joined by painter Sue Tatem, who has been taking art classes at the Red Brick for almost two decades.

The Red Brick Center for the Arts offers Life Drawing, Still Life Painting, and Masterpiece Mine classes every week. Find class listings and events at the Red Brick Center for the Arts at www.AspenArt.org.   

Gay ski week opens

Jan 18, 2016
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Gay Ski Week has been an Aspen tradition for nearly four decades. This year’s event began over the weekend and is expected to be the biggest yet.

 

Organizers planned for nearly 4000 people this week for the 39th edition. Aspen Gay Week has grown about 20 percent each year over the last ten years. Kevin McManamon is president of Aspen Out.

 

“We’ve been working very hard these last several years marketing ourselves throughout the year, all over the country.”

 

Elise Thatcher

It’s “go” time for the Grand Avenue Bridge, and CDOT representatives say they’re doing everything possible to get the word out about the biggest regional construction project in decades.

Town of Carbondale

  Building a home or other development in Carbondale can get complicated quickly. There’s lots of rules and guidelines sprinkled throughout town laws, but the town may change that.

Patrick Fort

  Three teams completed snow sculptures on Sunday as part of Aspen Winterskol festivities, and only one came away a winner. As time began to run out, contestants made final touches to their pieces.

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State News

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.

According to state and federal census figures, Colorado's population is expected to grow by an additional 2.3 million people by 2040. That's going to significantly impact the way we live – from traffic congestion, to water, to quality of life.

Most noticeably will be a shift to an older population.

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