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Earlier this year, the group Aspen Meatless Mondays gathered in a private home for a screening of the documentary "Cowspiracy".
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Colorado is debating whether to form an office of fantasy sports — to regulate and create rules around pay-for-play fantasy leagues. The industry estimates that 800,000 people in the Centennial State are fantasy sports players, and 150,000 pay in the daily sports leagues.

So why does the legislature want make a play here?

About 200 people gathered in Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain Friday to celebrate Aspen skiing legend Stein Eriksen, who passed away in December.  Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts has more.

The Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership is best known for their year-long program, Roaring Fork Leadership, where individuals go through 10 months of classes and training with the end goal of becoming better leaders and more engaged citizens. Andrea Palm-Porter is the Executive Director of the organization. 

Learn more about the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership at www.rfleadership.org, or find the application for the class of 2017. 

 Seasonal transportation changes are coming  - the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority limits service beginning today and the public can weigh in on a hike in summer parking fees.

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  Congressman Scott Tipton will face a challenger from his own party before the fall election. That's one of the local results after Republicans gathered in Colorado Springs this past weekend.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

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Dan Dunn is a former Aspen Daily News columnist. He has since gone on to a successful journalism career, writing for Playboy and GQ. He is also the author of “American Wino,” which documents his time spent driving across the country to explore the world of wine, and cast away his demons.

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Colorado is debating whether to form an office of fantasy sports, to regulate and create rules around pay for play fantasy sports leagues.

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Next Tuesday, Eagle County Commissioners will consider a proposal to build approximately a hundred homes near El Jebel. But the development, called The Fields, now has two recommendations against it.

On Monday the Senate Judiciary committee will consider a bill that would put stricter regulations on emotional support animals that are not actually classified as service dog animals.  

 

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A Colorado commission studying American Indian representations in public schools released a report that recommends that schools not use American Indian mascots. However, if the schools do choose to do so, they should partner with a tribe to make sure it is done in a respectful way.

Right now, 30 Colorado schools use some type of American Indian mascot or imagery.

Bernie Sanders will be assured the majority of Colorado's delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton though, still has momentum in the state with the support of super delegates, like Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. The support of party insiders means Clinton will likely have 37 delegates from the state versus Sanders' 41.

Which still makes it an open question for Colorado: If the state is pulling for Bernie Sanders, but the super delegates lean for Clinton, will voters opt to support Clinton if she's the nominee?

Colorado schools may soon be forced to allow students to use medical marijuana in a non-smokeable form while on school grounds. It's already allowed under state law – but no districts have created access policies, leaving many families frustrated.

To remedy this, House Bill 16-1373 [.pdf] has been proposed to require all school districts – even those without policies – to allow parents or caregivers to administer medical marijuana on school grounds. To find out more about the debate, we talked to reporters working under the gold dome.

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Colorado Democrats will gather in Loveland on Saturday to elect their final group of delegates to the National Convention in Philadelphia this summer.