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

Deaf, not disabled

Aug 23, 2016
Lauren Callahan / Aspen Camp

One of the valley’s oldest nonprofits is tucked away under Snowmass Mountain. It’s a summer camp - offering attendees a real taste of nature. The campers can see stars and mountains - but they can’t hear the birds or rushing water. It’s the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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 Veteran political journalist Ken Rudin moderated a discussion last night with Colorado’s Democratic and Republican party leaders.

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Bears are crafty and have good memories, and when they’re hungry, it’s a lot easier to dig into the neighbor’s trash than to find a dozen pounds of berries.

Elise Thatcher

In an effort to increase voter registration, primarily among young, first time voters, the state of Colorado has launched a system that allows people to register by sending a text.

Mike Pritchard, Executive Director of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, RFMBA, shares the organization's recent success with trail systems in New Castle, and the organization's future goals and trail projects. Adam Cornely of New Castle Trails and Charlie Eckart, RFMBA Board President, also contribute. 

Learn more about RFMBA and how you can get involved at www.RFMBA.org, and visit the New Castle Trails Facebook page for volunteer opportunities and trail updates. 

What will be four days after Basalt town manager Mike Scanlon resigned, elected officials plan to take up his surprise departure at a scheduled meeting this week.

On Friday afternoon, Scanlon officially notified the town he was leaving his post and wants 12 months of severance. When asked by Aspen Public Radio at 4 p.m. that afternoon if he was quitting, he quickly rebuffed the notion. Within an hour, he resigned.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

All of the tearing down of homes and buildings in Pitkin County means most of that debris is heading to the landfill, which has 15 years left of life on it. City of Aspen officials are considering making it mandatory to recycle that material.

Hard choices 
are forecast for construction waste diversion

The majority of construction waste in the valley is going straight to the county landfill and elected officials are hoping to curb some of that. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex, publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation at 3:30 p.m. today.

 

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The Colorado Secretary of State’s office is considering initiatives for the November ballot, and a group that wants to see questions about fracking requirements claims the agency is biased.

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The third annual Hike to Heal up Smuggler Mountain takes place Saturday morning.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Barbara Platts present a compilation of the week’s news.

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ASPEN SNOWMASS, Colo.—Aug. 18, 2016 – For over a decade, The Meeting has marked the approaching winter season for snow sports enthusiasts, filmmakers, athletes, industry insiders, media and fans.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is encouraging anglers to catch and keep as many fish as possible at Harvey Gap State Park near Silt.

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As the City of Aspen works to maintain a healthy forest, developers face hefty fees to remove trees. Sometimes, though, city council is willing to let the trees fall in order to save a building.

The first in a series of public open houses regarding the Town of Basalt’s controversial River Park begins tonight.

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Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence made an unannounced stop in Aspen yesterday, but very few people got to see him. Pence spoke as part of the Republican Governors Association’s high rollers “Executive Roundtable” program held in Aspen this week. According to the Washington Post, the program is meant to give wealthy donors personal access to Republican leaders.

Pitkin County

At a work session Tuesday, Pitkin County commissioners discussed plans for spending $2 million generated by the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program, where developers have to pay to offset energy demands.

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After $1 million and two years of work, the “Mill Street Complete Streets” project needs some refinement. After the city heard complaints from motorists, traffic will be re-routed through the intersection of Main and Mill Streets. Carolyn Sackariason met up with the city’s senior project manager, Justin Forman, and city engineer Trish Aragon to talk about the changes.

 

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For years, the nonprofit, EcoFlight, has been flying politicians, journalists and concerned citizens over a pristine corridor outside of Carbondale that’s being eyed by oil and gas companies for drilling. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a plan for the area that has both industry and environmental groups wanting more. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy recently flew over the Thompson Divide and has this report.  

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