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This week, The U.S. Forest Service accepted Aspen Skiing Company’s ideas for the future of Aspen Mountain.The plans include new terrain, expanded snowmaking, and more summer trails. This news comes as we learn that skier visits are down, not just in Aspen, but across the state. Snowmass Town Council is still grappling with questions about Base Village, and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails works on local food production.

Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

Wilderness Workshop has joined a lawsuit challenging the drilling of more than a hundred natural gas wells near Paonia.

 

Aspen Public Radio

The day after Donald Trump became the 45th U.S. president, millions demonstrated around the world.

Christin Kay and Alycin Bektesh bring you the biggest stories from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

We have a little bit of an animal theme this week. The Canada lynx was removed from the federal Endangered Species list. And, it may sound like a terrible idea to have wolves in an airport, but don’t worry, it’s just a photo exhibit, and it's actually part of a campaign to familiarize Coloradans with wolves.  

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a statement released Wednesday, said an old mine outside Minturn, a superfund site, could become the site of a future housing development.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Forest Service has accepted Aspen Skiing Company’s long-term vision for Aspen Mountain. This means some changes could be imminent.

Marci Krivonen

  The Town of Snowmass Village currently does not allow business licenses for the sale of marijuana.

Aspen Public Radio

Last Friday, the board of Colorado Mountain College (CMC) unanimously passed a resolution in support of their DREAMer students who, the resolution states, deserve a pathway to citizenship.

Courtesy of Stay Aspen Snowmass

Not as many people stayed in hotels in Aspen and Snowmass this December, as compared to a year ago.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

This winter, the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project has launched public awareness campaign meant to familiarize Coloradans with wolves and garner enthusiasm for reintroducing wolves in the state. They’ve teamed up with the nonprofit Living with Wolves to bring a photo exhibition to a unique setting in Aspen.

Until recently, there was no place in the Roaring Fork Valley for an adult to get an examination after a sexual assault.  

Now, Mountain West SANE (Sexual Assualt Nurse Examiners) Alliance, which certifies nurses to perform those exams, has joined Riverbridge, a child advocacy center in Glenwood Springs, to provide this service.    

Currently, three options have been laid out for building a new chairlift on the west side of Aspen Mountain.

Courtesy of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies/aspennature.org

Jasmine Finks has spent years rehabilitating injured osprey and educating people about the birds of prey. Finks was in Aspen last week as part of the Naturalist Nights speaker series and sat down with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Residents and visitors to Pitkin County produce a lot of trash — about twice the national average. On Tuesday, county commissioners will consider a plan to keep some reusable items out of the landfill.

Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The federal government announced last week that it plans to remove the Canada lynx from the Endangered Species list.

Mountain Family Health Centers celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. They will also be celebrating the opening of a new Basalt location. They want the community to know that they are accessible to anyone. 

Garfield County

Xcel Energy has plans to build a new power plant, and Mesa County wants it built on the Western Slope. On Monday, Garfield County’s Commissioners will discuss if they want to jump on board.

Photo by Alycin Bektesh

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the third grade classes from Aspen Country Day school read the historic “I Have A Dream" Speech and share their own dreams.

           

Alycin Bektesh, Wyatt Orme and Madeleine Osberger from the Aspen Daily News go beyond the headlines and dig deeper into the week's news.  

Alycin Bektesh and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you the biggest local news stories of the week.

 

Eagle County wants to get the ball rolling on new mental health services, even before the new pot tax starts trickling in.  And a new assessment shows that catastrophic wildfire is likely in Pitkin County, and the county has new plans to reduce that risk.

Also, there’s a new minimum wage in Colorado, and we’ll talk about the effects here in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Plus, female veterans who were here for Military Ski Week have a new mission...helping each other negotiate the challenges of being a woman home from war.

 

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