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Michael Brune is the executive director of the Sierra Club, the conservation organization founded by John Muir 125 years ago. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy caught up with Brune at the summit for the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREDAY).

 The Aspen Institute is launching a speaker series in honor of Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Aspen Public Radio

The Tree Farm development in the mid-valley has been the subject of fierce debate, particularly over the last several months. Eagle County’s commissioners are nearing a decision, which could come at the meeting on Monday night.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me in the studio this week are Brent Gardner-Smith, executive director of Aspen Journalism and Andy Stone, former editor of the Aspen Times, as well as Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent speaking via Skype.

White working class voters without a college education are most vulnerable to diseases of despair, and they are also most likely to have voted for President Trump. This population is deeply concerned about rising health insurance costs, and more likely to lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Panelists James Fransham, Sue Curry, Mollyanne Brodie, and Joanne Kenen discuss what we know about the connections between health and politics, and why these connections matter.  

Hanging Lake, a popular hiking trail in Glenwood Canyon, has fallen victim to over-use. And now commercialism has compounded the problem.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Winds pushed smoke from several wildfires in Utah, Arizona and California into the Roaring Fork Valley Thursday. The smoke is likely to stick around Friday as well.

 

LIFT-UP

To celebrate 35 years of service, the local non-profit LIFT-UP is throwing a three-day festival and fundraiser, complete with hot air balloons.  

Photo from Flickr user, Sean MacEntee

In the November 2016 election, voters opted out of SB-152. This is the law that hobbled local governments from providing broadband services.

  Responsibility for implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in line with Congressional intent, rests with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and Wyatt Orme bring you a compilation of the week's news. 

Aspen Ideas Festival

The 12th annual Aspen Ideas Festival kicks off Thursday. Although passes have been sold out for months, there are still plenty of opportunities to attend the dozens of public events taking place over the next week.

Courtesy of www.congress.gov

In a statement this week, the Rep. Tipton wrote that he can’t make it to all of the 29 western Colorado counties that he represents as frequently as he would like to. Instead, on Monday, anyone may dial in for a group phone call. Tipton will speak about some of his recent work in Washington D.C. and then take questions.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The Elected Officials Transportation Committee is comprised of the Aspen City Council, Snowmass Village Town Council and Pitkin County Commissioners.

Marci Krivonen

At about 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, first responders from Carbondale found three people who were safely out of their car and the river. There was, however, no sign of the car.

Garfield County Sheriff's office

When an 8-year-old died at Hanging Lake last week, after reportedly slipping and hitting his head, our sympathies immediately went out to his parents. That day was probably the worst of their lives, but it was a scarring day for others, too.

Courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Skiing Company and the U.S. Forest Service have finalized plans for an expansion of summer activities at Snowmass Ski Area.

 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen’s summer season officially kicked off last weekend with the Food and Wine Classic. It’s an iconic event — and one that also sets the bar for how to manage the far less glamorous side: taking out the trash.

 

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has expanded his annual fundraiser benefiting a mental health crisis center. It’s part of an effort to broaden its reach in a community that sees the highest rate of suicide in the state. The Sheriff’s Cup for Hope is more than a golf tournament — it now includes a 5K run, community picnic and yoga, family oriented activities and more. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason sat down with DiSalvo to discuss why this fundraiser is so near to his heart.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY), has grown from a one-day expo to a nearly week-long summit. This year’s event kicked off yesterday in Snowmass. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there and shares what she learned with news director Carolyn Sackariason.

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