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2015 has been a robust year in Aspen, but the newly-released August consumption tax report shows a flatline.

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The Distiller’s List launched earlier this year. The website sells craft spirits and produces videos and stories about the elixirs online. But does this new online boom in liquor retailers spell the end of the brick and mortar liquor store? Some economists say it might.

Colorado Dept. of Transportation

The Pitkin County Commissioners Tuesday (10/6) will review a new law that prohibits semi trucks on Independence Pass. This is the first full season with the restrictions.

House Bill 1021 went into effect last August but local law enforcement officials say some truckers are slow to follow it. If semi trucks 35 feet in length travel over the pass, they can be fined up to $1600. Alex Burchetta with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office says even with the law, tickets are still being handed out.

Charlotte Graham

  Charlotte Graham is curious what people remember about days gone by. She’s the author of “Memoirs of a River… Up the Crystal: People and Places in the Crystal River Valley.” Her second volume is out and it’s all about Carbondale’s history.

Nova Southeastern University

  Colorado Mountain College is looking at offering a new graduate program. But it would be through a school known for student loan debt.

The timing of a terminated business deal in Snowmass Village is the latest delay for the ongoing Base Village development, and elected officials there are not pleased

Lisa Max Zimet and Kim Nuzzo are the co-founders of the Aspen Poets' Society. Celebrating its 9th year anniversary this month, the organization was formed after Zimet, who was doing marketing for the former Zele Cafe in Aspen, had the idea of bringing live poetry readings to the cafe after a series of successful evening events with music. 

Zimet and Nuzzo share the history of the organization and the power of poetry. The Aspen Poets' Society hosts live poetry readings every month at Victoria's Cafe in Aspen. To learn more about the organization and their events, visit www.AspenPoetSociety.com or (970) 379-2136. 

Alycin Bektesh

  State Representative Millie Hamner is getting ready to take on a big job. Starting in November, she’s overseeing a committee that puts together Colorado’s budget. Hamner spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher while on a recent listening tour. A hot topic was the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR. The state constitutional amendment limits how taxes are collected in Colorado.

Elise Thatcher

  There’s a community meeting in Glenwood Springs tonight about what some say is a growing homeless problem. This summer, Glenwood saw more transient visitors than usual, coming to town for panhandling, hot meals, and other activities normally associated with homelessness.

One of Randy’s editorials has gone viral-- at least locally. It has to do with the term “anchor babies.”