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Dry weather and high winds increase fire danger

Warm temperatures have accelerated snowmelt , and local fire officials are advising caution with any kind of burning.

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Lawmakers are midway through this year’s legislative session and the big issue at the halfway mark is what to do about funding transportation. Democratic and Republican leaders are backing the idea of asking voters this fall if they support a tax increase to address those needs. The issue is poised to dominate the second half of the session.

“If there is going to be a long-term solution to transportation infrastructure it’s going to almost certainly require something that the voters are going to weigh in on,” said Senate President Kevin Grantham, a Republican. He made that comment late last year, prior to the January start of the session, and has kept the promise, backing House Bill 1142, which would add millions of dollars for transportation needs.

Watching people's expressions as EcoFlight takes them up over majestic landscapes, especially of the American West, is what inspires them every day. The unique perspective from a small plane can give understanding to public lands. 

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

More than half a million people used Pitkin County’s public trail network in 2016.

Carbondale in the running for aid from Space to Create

Mar 12, 2017
Courtesy of Colorado Creative Industries

Carbondale trustees are applying for an initiative that helps build affordable housing and workspaces for creative types in Colorado. There is a huge need now that the town has been designated a Creative District by the state.


Ann Wilson of Heart makes Aspen debut

Mar 12, 2017
Jess Griffin

Ann Wilson of the band Heart brings her tour to Belly Up Aspen this Tuesday.

Fashion extravaganza returns to Carbondale

Mar 10, 2017
Courtesy of Carbondale Arts

Carbondale Arts will host the 9th annual Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza this weekend.


One of Aspen’s newspapers has a new editor. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning is David Krause who has big plans for the Aspen Times.

 

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes some of the newest members of the team at Aspen Public Radio, at 3:30 p.m.

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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.”

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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.

Valley Roundup brings together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the news.

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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.