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This spring, Karen Koenemann was hired as Pitkin County’s first public health director.

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Mayors, councilmembers and county commissioners from across Colorado will gather in Aspen Thursday and Friday to discuss climate change initiatives.

Carbondale police chief Gene Schilling acknowledged the town has seen a “spat of serious crime” over the past few years. There was a homicide and several armed robberies.

Courtesy of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Young and newborn wildlife often attract the attention of well-meaning citizens. Wildlife agencies and local nonprofits are reminding people to keep their distance.

This week we talk to Dixon Chibanda, a psychiatrist and researcher at the University of Zimbabwe.  He focuses on community mental health and developed the "Friendship Bench" community mental health intervention.  It's now been scaled up to over 70 primary care clinics in Zimbabwe.  

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Citizens looking to block a new city building say they gained the support they needed for a referendum vote.

Holy Cross Energy

Bryan Hannegan will begin as CEO of Holy Cross Energy in June. Holy Cross is an electric cooperative that serves more than 42,000 customers in Western Colorado.

Roaring Fork School District

Any full-time staff member of the Roaring Fork School District can now enter into the housing lottery that opened last week.

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Aspen Skiing Co. officials are working on a new master plan for Aspen Mountain. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been reporting on how that document might shape the ski area for the next two decades, and she sat down with Aspen Public Radio producer Christin Kay to talk about plans for a new 1A lift and reopening of Ruthie’s Restaurant.

   

The Dial- May 11, 2017

May 15, 2017

The Aspen City Council is looking seriously at changing the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, a move that could lead to voters deciding whether to increase taxes on tobacco sold in the city.  Christin discusses what this might mean for both Aspen's city budget and local businesses with reporter Alycin Bektesh.

 

CORE encourages valley residents to know that they can make their homes or apartments safer and more efficient. CORE emphasizes that it's important for building codes to be responsive to today's needs of reducing green house gas emissions.

City of Aspen

 A petition is circulating for a referendum vote to stop the development of new city offices at Galena Plaza.

Elise Thatcher

  The Aspen Institute continues its Community Forum for Transportation and Mobility with two events in the coming weeks.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Mountain bikers and hikers will see some changes at Prince Creek this summer, and the public can give input this week.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me this week are Aspen Times reporter Jason Auslander and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News, in the studio, along with Carla Jean Whitley, features editor of the Glenwood Post Independent via Skype.

 

Aspen police are looking for an unidentified suspect who ran into an art gallery and slashed a $3 million painting.

 The ski industry saw a slight increase over last season but there’s still plenty of room for growth. Meanwhile, Glenwood Springs is dealing with its own growing pains. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason via Skype this morning on Valley Roundup is Carla Jean Whitley, features editor at Glenwood Post Independent, along with Aspen Times reporter Jason Auslander and Aspen Daily News contributing editor Madeleine Osberger in the studio.

 

 

 

 

On April 17, an explosion north of Denver killed two men. Gas leaked from a nearby flowline and into the house they were in. Governor Hickenlooper has since given oil and gas operators around the state 30 days to check thousands of wells and miles of pipeline.

 

  Producer Christin Kay speaks with reporter Wyatt Orme about what this means locally.

 

 

 

Courtesy of Olivia Oksenhorn

State funds will soon be available for schools to test for lead contamination in water, and local districts are on board.

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Claire Woodcock bring you a compilation of the week's news.   

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This week the Aspen City council held a first reading on an ordinance that would change the legal age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21.

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