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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) are finishing up their public tutorials on e-bikes. On Wednesday, they’re in Glenwood Springs, and on Thursday, they will be in Basalt.

On Tuesday, the winner of the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize will be announced at a ceremony in New York City. The prize is $35,000. It also comes with a trophy, which was commissioned by one of the studio coordinators at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County officials are working to connect Carbondale to Crested Butte with a multi-use trail that would run through the Crystal Valley. Open Space and Trails staff has a draft plan in the works, and it goes far beyond the trail route.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, April 10, 10:07 a.m.

An 11-member rescue team successfully recovered the body of John Galvin, who was killed in an avalanche on Maroon Bowl on Sunday.

On Tuesday, Carbondale’s Board of Trustees will discuss how the town might regulate electronic smoking devices.

Sen. Cory Gardner

On Friday, Rep. Scott Tipton and Sen. Cory Gardner held a press conference in Grand Junction with David Bernhardt, the Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

www.avalanche.state.co.us

A veteran member of Mountain Rescue Aspen was killed after being caught in an avalanche on Maroon Bowl yesterday. A release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office said it’s believed the skier hit a tree in the slide.

The Roaring Fork Transportation System (RFTA) is taking the pulse of voters and governments up and down the valley for a possible mill levy. It would fund the bus system for the next 20 years.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

This week, Aspen City Council approved two additional electric-vehicle charging stations in the downtown core. It's part of efforts to encourage the switch to electric.

Hosts Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and Alycin Bektesh bring you all the news from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

University of Colorado Boulder

A team of researchers from the University of Colorado-Boulder has developed a new instrument to detect methane leaks.

 

Aspen Public Radio

Carbondale’s Mayor Dan Richardson will continue for four more years, as will current trustees Erica Sparhawk, Heather Henry and Luis Yllanes. Lani Kitching will join the town’s Board of Trustees for a two-year term.

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There are two major water projects underway in Aspen: A river management plan that is meant to improve the health of the Roaring Fork, and work to keep conditional water rights for storage.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County’s road and bridge crews keep the roads clear and open during even the nastiest of winter storms. While doing it, they often have to drive through areas that are prone to avalanches.

 

Elise Thatcher

Voters in Basalt and Carbondale have until 7 p.m. to drop off their ballots.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

The current Solid Waste Hauler Ordinance was last updated in 1991. County staff says trends in waste disposal and management have changed significantly in the decades since.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Film, Week 1

Apr 2, 2018

Aspen Film seeks to enlighten, enrich, educate, and entertain through film. Founded in 1979 by Ellen Hunt, Aspen Film has been creating unique experiences for all audiences. Susan Wrubel, Executive Director, and Regna Jones, Director of Operations and Education detail their 27th annual Shortsfest that is taking place right now, from April 3-8, 2018. 

Club 20 is an organization of counties, communities, tribes and businesses in Western Colorado. At their quarterly meeting in Grand Junction on Saturday, discussion will center on the Gallagher Amendment and the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR), and how these laws affect the Western Slope.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Beginning Monday, traffic in and out of Aspen will be delayed and detoured, as the city works to improve its trail system. It’s the most significant construction project on city infrastructure in years, and some residents are concerned about both costs and impacts.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Government agencies across the Roaring Fork Valley are teaming to develop a valley-wide policy on e-bike use.

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