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The International Ski Federation Spring series race is almost over. Hosted by Aspen Valley Ski and and Snowboard Club at Aspen Highlands, there are downhill events today, April 7th, and tomorrow. They will not include a local member of the US Ski Team. Wiley Maple won the men’s national downhill title last month. He’d hoped to take on the downhill course in Aspen today, but a last minute knee injury got in the way.

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Dr. Margaret Hamburg is catching her breath, after finishing up six years as head of the US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. The agency is one of the most influential in Americans' everyday lives, regulating products that account for twenty cents of every dollar consumers spend. As Commissioner, Hamburg faced tremendous challenges, and spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher about her time there.

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978. He is the recipient of a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Lannan Literary Award, and received a "5 under 35" Award from the National Book Foundation. His first novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, was named a New York Times Notable Book and awarded the Guardian First Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, among numerous other honors. His latest novel is called All Of Our Names.

 

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The White River National Forest headquarters in Glenwood Springs has re-opened for business. The National Forest Service says the supervisor and staff returned this morning to their newly renovated offices at 900 Grand Avenue. Among the upgrades are improved heating and cooling systems, energy saving electrical, water saving plumbing as well as the removal of asbestos from the historic building. For the past two years, the 30-plus employees of the White River National Forest have worked remotely from ranger stations in Rifle, Carbondale, Minturn and the BLM office in Silt.

The candidates and issues in the upcoming Aspen election will be debated Wednesday evening. The Aspen Chamber Resort Association is holding its forum for the 2015 election at the Limelight Hotel on April 8th from 4:30pm to 8pm. The event will be a moderated forum that will allow the public to hear from city council and mayoral candidates. The mayoral candidates will start at 5pm, followed by the city council at 6pm, and the evening wraps up with a discussion of the charter amendment on zoning at 7pm.

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Two oil and gas companies want to swap Thompson Divide leases, for mineral rights farther north and south of the Roaring Fork Valley. SG Interests and Ursa Resources are two of the largest oil and gas leaseholders in the Thompson Divide.

This year’s annual Aspen Film’s Shorts Fest features several documentaries on Colorado artists. One called “The Journey” follows sculptor James Surls. Austin Lottimer is co-director of the film. He spoke recently to Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary.

Twenty-five years ago, Jon Mulford, a lawyer from Aspen, was driven to start The Wilderness Land Trust after the purchase of a large private inholding, which the buyer intended to develop. The organization buys inholdings and sells the purchased land to the U.S. Government to be protected as wilderness. Since its founding in 1992, the organization has expanded from the Roaring Fork Valley to seven states in the Western U.S. 

Mulford discusses the history and progression of the organization. 

If you’re a Glenwood Springs resident, you still have time to vote. Though, city officials say mailing the ballot is no longer an option. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

Ballots in the all-mail ballot election will be counted Tuesday. To make your ballot count, you must drop it off instead of sticking it in the mail. Ann Green is deputy city clerk.

“They must drop off their ballot either at the county courthouse east door, or here at City Hall. There’s a box in front of municipal court.”

The second in command in the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is taking a new job and leaving a big hole to fill. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

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