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Pitkin County’s immigration stance at odds with ICE, Sessions

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions narrowed the definition of “sanctuary jurisdictions.” They are now places that “willfully refuse to comply” with federal immigration law. Pitkin County is one of them.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 A local arts nonprofit is under investigation by Glenwood Springs Police as it prepares to close its doors for good. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason via Skype this morning on Valley Roundup is Carla Jean Whitley, features editor at Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt and Mick Ireland, columnist for the Aspen Daily News at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Photo Illustration/Alycin Bektesh

  The runoff election for Aspen City Council between Torre and Ward Hauenstein is more like a “reset” than an extension of the May 2 election.

In mid-February, two men allegedly robbed the Cowen Convenience store in Carbondale at gunpoint. They were arrested days later and have been in Garfield County Jail since.

Ryan Mahoney

Basalt officials are very close to hiring a new town manager, but not quite there. The negotiations are dragging on longer than expected.

Hosts Alycin Bektesh and Christin Kay talk with Minda Dentler. When she was an infant in India, she contracted polio, which left her legs paralyzed.  She was adopted into an American family.  Minda began competing in triathlons, using a handcycle and a racing wheelchair.  In 2013, she became the first official female handcyclist in history to complete an Ironman Championship.  She's also a passionate advocate for global immunization and polio eradication.   



RTW: Election Results

May 4, 2017
Aspen Public Radio News

  Aspen’s election results were announced this week. It’s no surprise that Mayor Steve Skadron will retain his seat over challenger Lee Mulcahy, but no one knew what to expect from the crowded city council field.

Producer Christin Kay speaks with news director Carolyn Sackariason about the results.

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Efforts to clear the roads and ensure safe traveling over Independence Pass are underway, and crews plan to mitigate avalanche danger Thursday.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron won reelection by a landslide last night. Incumbent councilmember Ann Mullins will also retain her seat. Candidates Torre and Ward Hauenstein will vie for the second open council seat in a runoff election.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Pandora’s is not unknown terrain to many local skiers, but it does take a hike to get there. But maybe not for too much longer.


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State News

CDOT will need ten times the $1.88 billion dollars awarded this legislative session for infrastructure projects around the state, says executive director Shailen Bhatt. That money was approved by lawmakers in a last minute deal after a sweeping transportation bill failed at the statehouse last month

Bente Birkeland

State lawmakers may come back to the capitol sooner than expected. Gov. John Hickenlooper is considering calling a special legislative session to, among other things, address transportation funding.

Despite some setbacks, Colorado lawmakers are praising the now completed 2017 legislative session. Lawmakers avoided major funding cuts to hospitals and took a step toward jump-starting condominium developments. But they failed to send a measure to voters that sought to raise the state’s sales tax to fund road infrastructure repair.

Bente Birkeland spoke with Democratic Speaker of the House Chrisanta Duran about some of the major pieces of legislation that passed through the Democratic House and Republican Senate.

A last-minute bill to require oil and gas companies to map information on all of their flow lines and gathering lines is making its way through the statehouse. It’s in response to a house explosion that killed two people in Firestone.

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

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