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  In a closed executive session on Monday, the Aspen Valley Hospital board of directors solidified a contract bringing Dave Ressler back in as chief executive officer.

Hospital officials were initially hesitant to release Ressler’s taxpayer funded compensation, but the returning executive acknowledged that he has shared the information in the past. His base salary is $402,000 a year. He and his wife will also move into the hospital-provided housing.

Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Mule deer may seem ubiquitous in the Roaring Fork Valley, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife say numbers of the species are below its target in some key areas near Rifle. The state agency plans to kill mountain lions and bears in an effort to help grow the deer population.

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The University of Colorado Boulder has launched a brand new Space Minor program for undergraduate students.

Carolyn Sackariason|Aspen Public Radio

 The Downtowner, the electric shuttle that offers rides in Aspen, has carried more than 11,635 passengers in more than 4,996 rides. There are a total of five vehicles. The first season was so successful that the City of Aspen is extending the service for another year, meaning it will go until Sept. 15, 2017.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

The City of Aspen is dipping its toes into the realm of food security and encouraging residents to grow their own vegetables and herbs.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Morgan Williams, the fourth and fifth grade teacher at Glenwood Spring’s Two Rivers Community School took his students on a multi-disciplinary field trip last week. An adventure at the South Canyon Landfill served as an environmental lesson, as well as an opportunity to work on writing.

Courtesy of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Firefighters in Eagle and Garfield counties plan to ignite two prescribed burns in the upcoming weeks.

 

The fires will be on Bureau of Land Management lands in the coming weeks if the weather cooperates to keep conditions safe and to blow smoke away from local communities.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

 After spending almost nine months applying for grants from federal and state food assistance programs, Basalt Sunday Market manager Jimmy Dula has expanded the offerings of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the valley.

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Politics is heating up in Basalt and now that the town manager up and resigned, the government  and its elected leaders are facing heavy scrutiny.

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Government transparency, civil discourse and what to do now that the town manager has quit are issues facing the town of Basalt. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Scott Condon, reporter for the Aspen Times, Cindy Hirschfeld, editor of Aspen Sojourner Magazine and Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt.

You can hear more of the conversation which includes Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle at 3:30 p.m. on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

Courtesy of Garfield County Sheriff

A scheduled draining of Harvey Gap Reservoir and the corresponding fish salvage has been postponed at least a year because of a leaky ditch.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

  Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump showed up about three hours late to his own party in Aspen last night.

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In an attempt to clarify Colorado law regarding rentals, lawyers presented at an event hosted by the Aspen Young Professionals on Tuesday.

Courtesy of Pete McBride

Local photographer and filmmaker Peter McBride will be featured tonight as part of the MountainSummit: Mountainfilm festival.

 This week on Cross Currents, The Little Nell Hotel is hosting a BBQ cookoff with top Aspen chefs to benefit the Aspen Homeless Shelter Thursday.

Basalt residents packed the town council chambers Tuesday night in the wake of town manager Mike Scanlon’s resignation last Friday. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy reports.

 

 

 

Over a dozen people criticized town council and voiced support for Scanlon, who had been town manager for nearly four years.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Summer in downtown Aspen is bright with colorful flowers and green parks, and many of those spaces are also working hard to clean up runoff from storms before it hits the river.

  The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is resurrecting a program for sexual assault victims in the valley. The SANE program, which stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, has been dormant for four years. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with District Attorney Sherry Caloia about the effort.

Courtesy of Myles Rademan

More than 70 Park City business people, government officials and nonprofit leaders are planning a visit to Aspen next month as part of their annual pilgrimage to other ski resort towns.

On Cross Currents this week is Carol Cisco and Scott McHale, architects and designers with Designing for Veterans and the Aspen Veteran Recovery Ranch.

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