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Sculpture with a side of sawdust in 'The Power of Tools'

Imagine the tools you typically find in an art class. Pens, pencils, brushes... small, safe items. For John Bozza’s “Power of Tools” class, the first items students need are eye protection and a face mask. They learn to use electric saws and drills, and to find art in the things that they can’t control.

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Voters decided to fund a property tax increase for Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel.

This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series, partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

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This January, Aaron Million filed a claim for water on the Green River, with plans to divert it to Colorado’s Front Range. The proposal, and the many objections filed in response to it, have raised questions about just how much water is available from the Colorado River and its tributaries.

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The City of Aspen is making progress toward settlement in a state water court case regarding storage rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks.

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The annual spring sheepdog trials are May 4-8 at Strang Ranch in Missouri Heights.  The event showcases an unusually close bond between human and canine.

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The town of Basalt’s general fund, in 2017, ended around $230,000 below revenues.

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Tuesday is the last day to cast a ballot for Aspen’s Fire Protection District board of directors.

On Monday, the Garfield County Commissioners will consider giving the Roaring Fork School District nearly $40,000 to design a safer way to walk and bike to Riverview School.

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.

David Kodama

The Roaring Fork Valley is an artists’ mecca, and area artists say the community here is unusually close.  Because of that support, the valley just might have a signature aesthetic: collaborative art.

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Colorado lawmakers wrapped up their annual legislative session this week. Even though the session was often overshadowed by sexual harassment allegations and the expulsion of former Rep. Steve Lebsock, lawmakers and the governor said it was one of the most successful sessions in history

After a dramatic and tearful day in early March, lawmakers voted out one of their own. Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock was the first lawmaker expelled in 103 years after allegations of sexual harassment, intimidation and retaliation from five women, were found to be credible.

But that wasn't the end.

Thousands of Colorado teachers spent two days rallying at the state Capitol for higher salaries and more money for schools. They highlighted long-standing funding problems and potential changes to the state’s public employee pension program currently being debated by the legislature.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Brian Eason of The Associated Press and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal about the rallies.

Senate leaders expect to meet soon to address next steps in possible punishments for Sen. Randy Baumgardner. Three independent investigations by two agencies have found allegations of sexual harassment against him at the Capitol credible.

Democrats are pushing for swift action. Baumgardner, a Hot Sulphur Springs Republican, survived an expulsion vote on April 2. That vote hinged on the findings of just one of the three investigations, which concluded that Baumgardner more likely than not grabbed and slapped a former legislative aide’s buttocks.  The two other investigations had not been finalized at the time of that vote. They were only released to the accusers last week. We made them fully available to the public on April 24 with the accusers’ consent.

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