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Aspen Cooking School returns as chef's "passion project"

The Cooking School of Aspen is making a comeback. Local restaurateur Rob Ittner is rebuilding it and hopes to make the school a destination, more than a decade after it closed.
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Marci Krivonen

Aspen Valley Hospital is switching around how it hires orthopedic surgeons. Three surgeons who have already cared for patients at AVH are now working directly for the hospital, instead of contracting from their private practice.

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.

Aspen Country Day School's 3rd grade class reciting Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech". They also talk about what they are learning this year and their own dreams for the country.

  An uptick in real estate sales in Aspen also means additional sales taxes are going to the Wheeler Opera House, and there is talk of spending that money in other ways.

Skico reports skier visits up 13 percent

Jan 12, 2016
Alycin Bektesh

 

  Statewide skier visits are up 10 percent so far this year and Aspen Skiing Co. is reporting even higher numbers.

Elise Thatcher

Students in the Roaring Fork Valley can take a test this April that’s called the ACT.

Colorado’s Department of Education confirmed that on Monday, after weeks of confusion.

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The final step of contract negotiations between the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and its bus drivers is set for approval this week.

Aspen Words starts with Juan Felipe Herrera

Jan 11, 2016

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera speaks tonight (Tuesday) at Paepcke Auditorium as the first speaker in a high-profile lineup.

Herrera is the first Latino to hold the position. In an interview with Aspen Public Radio, he said coming to Aspen was a bit of a homecoming. Herrera’s father came to Denver when he first moved to the United States.

 

Angie Callen is the Executive Director of the Red Brick Center for the Arts. She discusses the Valley Art Auction, taking place at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen on Tuesday, January 19th from 4 to 7 pm. The auction will feature local art at all prices points, and food and entertainment will be provided. 

Go to www.AspenArt.org to learn more about the Red Brick Center for the Arts and the Valley Art Auction. 

Juan Felipe Herrera on being a U.S. Poet Laureate.

Jan 11, 2016
Carlos Puma / University of California, Riverside

Juan Felipe Herrera is a renowned poet from California. In 2015 he was selected to be the Poet Laureate of the United States.

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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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