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Regional Leaders discuss the future of transportation

Government leaders from the Roaring Fork Valley are meeting with top state officials in Glenwood Springs today to speak about the future of transportation in the region.
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  It’s opening week for the Colorado Legislature, we check in with party leaders about their predictions for the session.

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."

CCAH opens the 36th year of Valley Visual Arts

Jan 14, 2016
Launa Eddy

There are many art shows in the Roaring Fork Valley. One opening in Carbondale is in its third decade and still growing.

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After an additional month of delays, the Wheeler Opera House opened it’s doors for its first show last weekend.

 

Creating artist spaces in barns

Jan 14, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Cedar Ridge Ranch is situated next to a few other ranches in Carbondale. There’s horses, and pigs. Some other small animals too. The ranch belongs to the Johnson family, who came here from Chicago about two decades ago. They were content there, but something was missing.

65th Winterskol kicks off in Aspen

Jan 14, 2016
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Ice carving, fat bikes and fireworks are all part of the Winterskol 65th year of festivities that kick into high gear today.

 

The free events starts at 4 p.m. with Wintersculpt, hosted by Anderson Ranch arts center. Three teams are selected to carve 8 square feet of ice in two days. Sculptures are judged on Sunday.

The Aspen Chamber of Commerce hosts the Winterskol events. A representative said Wednesday the next few days of activities are a good example of how Aspen comes together during the winter.

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.

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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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