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The City of Aspen has big aspirations for climate action, and now officials think they have the tools to reach those goals.

Plenty of famous musicians, including John Denver and Jimmy Buffett, have retreated to the Roaring Fork Valley over the years. Some musicians, however, begin careers here and aim just as high as the artists with the ranches and private planes. One of them is Alec Griffith, a 20-year-old hip-hop artist from Little Rock, AR, who goes by the name “Metalecalec.”

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The Grand Avenue Bridge is open and the 25,000. or so, vehicles that come in and out of Glenwood Springs everyday will no longer be rerouted onto Midland Avenue.

A man forced his way into the Alpine Bank branch in West Glenwood on Thursday morning. He followed an employee inside as she unlocked the door, reports suggest.

Hosts Christin Kay and Claire Woodcock bring you the news from the week in the Roaring Fork Valley.

 

 

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The City of Aspen and Pitkin County are in the final stages of drafting a management plan aimed at cleaning up the Roaring Fork River. Officials are preparing the public for some difficult trade-offs.

This week, the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority submitted a budget seeking funding to update its entire information system.

On Wednesday, the Aspen School District moved up a notch in the Colorado Department of Education's rankings.

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An expanded version of the Aspen Brewing Company will re-open in what was formally Peach's Cafe. The new setup, tentatively being called Aspen Tap, will include food and cocktails, along with 15 beers on draft.

Relationships are hard work, but Lori Kret and Jeff Cole believe that work is one of the most important things people can do. They are both licensed psychotherapists and board certified coaches. Together, they began Aspen Relationship Coaching.

Check out the results for ballot measures in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties. We also bring you analysis from our news team on what the election results mean.

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After a season where nearly 9 million acres of land nationwide have burned in wildfires, federal agencies are getting a jump on recruiting wildland firefighters.

Elise Thatcher

Tuesday is Election Day. With no statewide measures, turnout is expected to be lower than the last few years.

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Thousands gathered on the freshly striped deck of the new Grand Avenue Bridge on Monday evening for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Women's Forum is an organization supporting women's personal and professional growth through peer-learning. Founder of Women's Forum, Adelaide Waters, says that Women's Forum groups act as a sounding board for all of life's choices and challenging times. 

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As Aspen city staff plans 2018 budgets, spending on water rights is expected to increase.

 

The city spent $89,000 this year on legal work to keep their rights to build reservoirs on Castle and Maroon creeks. The city faces opposition in water court from environmental groups, property owners and other government agencies.

 

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Last week, the U.S. Forest Service finalized its plan to limit overnight stays in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The most immediate change for backpackers and campers will be a paid-permitting system at Conundrum Hot Springs.

Roaring Fork School District

With roughly $220,000 from the state in grant money, the Roaring Fork School District hired three, full-time “prevention specialists” who will teach mostly at middle schools in Carbondale, Basalt and Glenwood Springs.

Roaring Fork School District

Bridges High School in Carbondale is one of the valley’s only alternative high schools. It’s celebrating its 20th anniversary on Friday and is showing off some new digs.

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Aspen Skiing Company is looking for approval for a new lift on Highlands. The U.S. Forest Service is now taking public comment on several proposed projects at the ski area.

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