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Jennifer Smith is an immigration attorney in Glenwood Springs. For more than a decade, she’s helped immigrants from all around the world navigate the complexities of immigration law.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

It was a record holiday season for the resort in nearly every sector. And the average daily lodge room rate climbed to almost $800.

SkiCo head reports busiest holiday season everOccupancy, room rates upAspen room rate tops all other ski resorts for month of December

  On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Elizabeth Stewart Severy present a compilation of the week’s news.

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Now in its 40th year, Aspen Gay Ski week serves as an annual burst of LGBT pride on the ski slopes. It’s a time of celebration, dress-up and camaraderie. It’s a symbol of solidarity that attendees say is needed now as much as it ever was.

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President-elect Trump takes the oath of office today, prompting several local groups to take to the streets — and slopes — tomorrow.

Colorado’s Department of Education reports the state’s graduation rate is the highest it’s been in four years. The dropout rate is also improving.

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Local philanthropist Dick Butera has resurrected a program to honor staff within the Aspen School District.

Mike Kosdrosky has been at the helm of the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority for two years. In that time, he’s realized that an overhaul of a system, which encompasses nearly 3,000 units, is long overdue.

 

Dr. Amir Levine, who heads up the Columbia University Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, joins us this week on Cross Currents. His team studies the scientific facts and increased use of marijuana by youth.

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Aspen Valley Hospital began directly employing orthopedic surgeons one year ago, and the arm of the organization known as OrthoAspen is now hosting a popular lecture series.

It seems business was up in just about every sector during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, based on reports from the Aspen Skiing Company and the resort community. Huge records were posted in the lodging sector as well.

 

Adam McEwen is a British artist who lives in New York. His work is currently on display at the Aspen Art Museum.

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Aspen’s Community Development team is seeking a slight extension to a development moratorium in order to make sure no applications are submitted under the outdated land use codes.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A newspaper editor in Glenwood Springs is catching heat for cutting off vulgar comments on his Facebook’s community forum page. Those censored argue their right to freedom of speech is being violated.

30 years ago, the Aspen Hall of Fame held its first introduction  banquet, Jeanette Darnauer founder and co-president of the Aspen Hall of Fame says if there's one event in town that's still able to connect the communities of Aspen and Snowmass, it's the banquet.

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The offerings along Aspen’s shopping strips aren’t exactly what you would find on the weekend chore list; a new Tesla showroom on the Cooper Avenue Mall comes to mind.

The days between Christmas and New Year’s were the busiest in Aspen Skiing Company’s history. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with SkiCo president and CEO Mike Kaplan about the numbers and the carrying capacity of town.

Applications are in for Carbondale’s Board of Trustee seat. Current trustees opted for an application process, over an election.

 An all-day forum has been set for next week when participants plan to develop a proposal to restrict chain stores in downtown Aspen. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Wendle Whiting, columnist for the Aspen Daily News, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

The nonprofit corporation that sank millions of dollars into the controversial Pan and Fork property in Basalt wants its money back.

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