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A piece of musical history comes to life in Ridgeway

About an hour north of Telluride is the town of Ridgeway, Colo. — population 932. On one of the main streets is a shop called Billings Artworks.
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Amendment 69 - “ColoradoCare”

A “yes” vote would change the state constitution to set up a universal health care system, a “no” vote would keep health care as is.

Pitkin County commissioners decided Tuesday to spend $250,000 to build a turnaround area for oversized trucks heading up Independence Pass.


The turnaround will be located right before the winter closure gate on Highway 82. It’s part of a two-pronged approach aimed at preventing semi trucks and other vehicles longer than 35 feet from going over the narrow stretch.

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AspenFilm’s Filmfest series finished Sunday. Here are the winners of the audience awards:

Best Feature Film (TIE)

“My Blind Brother” and “11:55”


Best Documentary Film

“Mr. Gaga”


A documentary is being screened at the Wheeler Opera House at 7:30 p.m. today to support multiple nonprofits — Windwalkers, the Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council and the Snowman Rescue Fund. The movie being shown is called “Harry and Snowman”.

Several dead voters are casting ballots in Colorado, according to a recent report from CBS 4 in Denver.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has opened a new world for mountain bikers at Sky Mountain Park since 2012, but some are saying it’s destroying a key habitat for area wildlife. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy checked out the newest trail in the network to see how the program balances ecological concerns with growing demand for recreation.  

The highlight of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s season comes in March, with a one-night-only performance of “Shadowland” by Pilobolus. The piece features projected videos and shadowplay.

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 Not surprisingly, reaction to the first U.S. presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton largely depends on party affiliation.

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Transportation engineers are planning to significantly alter Highway 82 so that semi trucks and other over-sized vehicles cannot physically travel up Independence Pass.



Increased fines and road warnings to large truck drivers haven’t stopped them from heading over the pass. So, the latest proposal involves creating such a tight turning radius before the closure gate that over-length vehicles wouldn’t be able to go through.

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Last night, Aspen City Council approved an ordinance to fine heavy duty diesel vehicles that emit too much smoke.


The new law localizes a state-wide regulation that requires diesel vehicles to keep emissions below 40 percent opacity, which is the measure of the particulate in smoke from trucks. Trucks are periodically stopped and tested; six of the 33 trucks at a test conducted earlier this summer failed.

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After 40 years working for the U.S. Forest Service, Martha Moran is retiring. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spent a day at Maroon Lake last week with the recreation planner and has this profile.


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The first wave of ballots will be mailed to Colorado voters on Monday. Bente Birkeland has more at the state capitol.

Colorado’s major party candidates held their only televised debate of the election Tuesday.

The main party candidates in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race will meet Tuesday evening on 9 News for their only televised debate of this election.

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 Presidential hopeful Donald Trump brought his campaign message to Colorado Monday with stops in Pueblo and in Loveland.