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Aspen local Blanca O’Leary is a super delegate at-large for the democratic party - assigned the position by president Barack Obama for her work on his successful campaigns. As part of the Colorado caucus, she has front-row seats to the historic events of this week’s democratic national convention in Philadelphia.

Press release from Colorado Department of Transportation-Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon will OPEN for Thursday, July 28th. Helicopter operations for rockfall mitigation were canceled due to challenging down drafts.

 This week on Cross Currents is Rabbi David Segal of the Aspen Jewish Congregation, along with Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu, which is attempting to transform the way Judaism is practiced and experienced by infusing aspects of Eastern spiritual practices with traditional Orthodox influences, so the ta’am or “taste” is unmistakably Jewish.


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A new proposal to replace the Conoco gas station in downtown Aspen will get its first public review tonight. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

The property at  the corner of Monarch and Main streets is owned by developer Mark Hunt, and was first proposed to be a lodge called Base 2. But voters overwhelming shot it down last fall through a citizen petition.

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The City of Aspen is looking to curb emissions, and soon truck drivers could face a $500 fine for excess exhaust smoke.

Elected officials are taking the high road today when it comes to understanding the local marijuana industry. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Aspen City Council members are taking a field trip this afternoon to three pot shops in the downtown core. They’ll spend 20 minutes or so at each one in hopes of learning something about an industry they are considering regulating.

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Five months into a ban on new construction in the downtown and surrounding areas, city officials want to know what your Aspen should look like.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has scheduled full closures Wednesday and Thursday in Glenwood Canyon.

Spellbinders Executive Director Catherine Scales Johnson discusses the impact of Spellbinders on the students in schools throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and the future of the volunteer-based organization. 5th grade Aspen Middle School teacher Amy Gray also contributes to the importance of the program in the classroom. 

Roaring Fork Valley Spellbinders Chapter leader, Annie Sinton, also can be heard telling the story of a dog and a mountain lion from a storytelling event at Explore Booksellers in July 2016. 

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 The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office’s predicament of finding experienced officers appears to be quelled now that the agency is doling out $10,000 signing bonuses to new hires.

Since the recruitment effort began earlier this year, most positions have been filled. That’s a far cry from previous years, when the office had a running newspaper ad looking for deputies. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with sheriff Lou Vallario.

As part of ongoing efforts to conserve water, the city of Aspen is offering free sprinkler inspections and fixture swaps for homeowners next week.



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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails will not ask voters for bonding authority in this November’s election.

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  Residents of Battlement Mesa want a voice in oil and gas development in their neighborhood. They say so far their concerns have been ignored.


The 4th annual Aspen Brain Lab is Saturday. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts spoke with president and founder Glenda Greenwald, as well as a researcher who will be speaking at the event.



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The developers behind a proposed hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain are going back to the drawing board after a city review commission told them their project was too tall.  

Developers of the Gorsuch Haus, Jeff Gorsuch and Bryan Peterson, were on site Wednesday to explain the project and its relation to the mountain and neighboring properties. The nearly 68,000-square-foot hotel is proposed at four stories tall.

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Three mountain lion kittens that had been hanging out on the Rio Grande Trail near Carbondale have moved on - in one way or another.


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 Local tavern owner and Pitkin County republican Anna Zane is a delegate’s guest at the Republican National Convention this week. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts about her experience so far.


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After nearly five hours of deliberation Tuesday night, Aspen City Council couldn’t come to a consensus on whether to build a new $31 million City Hall.

Council was given a few different options on how to house all of the city’s departments. Council members Ann Mullins and Art Daily want the “Galena” option. That would put all city services in one 52,000-square-foot building across from Rio Grande Park.

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Those who live near proposed oil and gas wells were given a unique opportunity yesterday to voice their concerns directly to the state agency that oversees the industry.