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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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This week, Alycin Bektesh is joined by Curtis Wackerle, editor for the Aspen Daily News, Jason Auslander, reporter with the Aspen Times, and Samuel Bernal, of Radio LaTricolor.    

Tensions were high at Colorado's Capitol Thursday as Democrats and Republicans discussed whether to expel Rep. Steve Lebsock, who has staunchly denied allegations of sexual harassment.

The Aspen School District has announced a new salary structure for teachers that raises pay by more than 5 percent for the upcoming school year.


Beginning next month, traffic in and out of Aspen will be delayed and detoured as the city works to improve a popular bike path.

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On Sunday, the Aspen Art Museum will host an afternoon of activities entirely in Spanish. 

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Garfield County is working to drum up support for a new natural gas facility on the Western Slope.

Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you all the news from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron meets with our neighbors to the north about climate action, and we’ll hear an update on Sandra Lopez, the woman currently in sanctuary in Carbondale.

The independent Employers Council, which has been tasked with investigating several state lawmakers accused of sexual harassment, is defending its work. The lawmakers -- accused of misconduct by colleagues, Capitol workers, interns and aides -- have criticized the council’s efforts to get to the bottom of allegations. Some have even raised the question of bias. Amid this, and efforts to oust a lawmaker over allegations, two investigations in the Senate are now being handled by a new firm that declined to comment on its methods.

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Sandra Lopez, who’s in sanctuary in Carbondale with her young daughter, hasn’t stepped outside in four months. The two are living in the parsonage belonging to the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Lopez will remain there for however long, feeling she has no choice.

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New research from the University of Colorado-Boulder has established a link between a warming climate and extinction of a common mountain wildflower.


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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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