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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

 

In addition to the farmer’s market being held today in Aspen, the fourth of July weekend brings days worth of activities to town, which is now officially in high-summer season.

 

Bill Tomcich, president of the resorts' central reservation agency, says although most of Aspen’s lodging will be fully occupied through Saturday, occupancy will drop to around eighty percent by early next week.

Marci Krivonen

Unlikely bedfellows are aligning on the issue of prison reform. On Thursday (7/2), a former prisoner joined New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and a top executive with Koch Industries for a discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival on mass incarceration. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

Shaka Senghor spent 19 years in prison - 17 of them were in solitary confinement. In solitary, he structured his days like he was on a college campus.

Low natural gas prices are prompting a major Garfield County producer to cut back on drilling even more. Tulsa-based WPX Energy is downshifting to one rig in the Garfield County area. 

Elise Thatcher

More workers at the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority may be joining a union. Sixteen operations supervisors with RFTA say they’re interested in either starting their own chapter, or joining one created this spring by full time bus drivers. About half of supervisors also spend some working hours behind the wheel.

 

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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