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Elise Thatcher

Bus drivers with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority recently unionized. Now, they may be expanding. Ed Cortez is president of the new chapter and gave this statement today: “I am proud to announce a successful organization of the RFTA operations supervisors in to the Amalgamated Transit Union. We possess 88%, or 16 of 18 membership cards, of RFTA operations relief and senior supervisors.”

The Red Brick Center for the Arts will host the opening of a new art installation entitled, “On That Note”.

 

The collection features art by local artists including Langford Barksdale and Roger Davis. The show, “on that note” focuses on art that involves music.

 

Marci Krivonen

An effort to make Aspen a “City of Wellbeing” is underway. The initiative is in its beginning stages, but would connect community agencies, organizations and businesses to fill gaps in mental and physical health in the valley. Local resident Gina Murdock is spearheading the idea.

"We have a lot of healthy, fit people. But on the other side, we have one of the highest suicide rates in our county, per capita. So, for me, that’s a red flag. It’s one of the reasons I’m leading this."

Elise Thatcher

Garfield County's Manager is out, and there’s already a replacement. Deputy County Manager Kevin Batchelder has taken the reins. Drew Gorgey says he doesn’t know what he’s doing next, aside from continuing some side projects. On Wednesday morning, he and Garfield County Commissioners formalized what’s being called “mutual separate agreement,” and Gorgey was officially finished as of 5pm Wednesday evening.

Congressman Paul Ryan was a special guest at the Pitkin County Republicans’ annual gathering last night. More than 250 people dined during the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village. The ballroom swelled with laughter and good-natured teasing among local party representatives. Visiting speaker and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan talked about his connection with the Roaring Fork Valley.

Routt County Sheriff's Office

It took a team of searchers three hours to find a man wanted in connection to a homicide case. Cole Pollard went missing Tuesday in northern Garfield County. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Pollard is a person of interest in a homicide that happened Monday at a home near Steamboat Springs in Routt County. Authorities discovered the body of Patricia Richmond, 23,  who was tied up and lying face down.

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  Garfield County's Manager is out, and there’s already a replacement. At a meeting this morning, Commissioners and outgoing Andrew “Drew” Gorgey formalized what’s being called “mutual separate agreement.” He’s officially finished as of 5pm this evening.

You may not recognize Cameron Carpenter’s name, but quickly he is becoming one of the most divisive and influential figures in classical music right now. Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort spoke with Cameron, 34, about why he chose to play the organ and his place in music.

Councilman likely to be charged for trashing jail

Jul 1, 2015
Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

  A Snowmass Town Councilman could end up behind bars again, because he allegedly trashed the Pitkin county jail so badly last week. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Councilman Chris Jacobson was arrested early Friday for allegedly driving drunk. Once in jail, he also allegedly damaged two different rooms. Officials say Jacobson ruined a vanity, ripped equipment off walls, including a stainless steel mirror, sound insulation, plus molding off the floor. Jacobson was put in a restraint chair that he then unbolted from the ground.

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