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The City of Aspen has been experimenting with snow removal on the Castle Creek Bridge.

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Aspen businessman and geologist Todd Mitchell was reappointed to Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission last week.

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Local non-profit Wilderness Workshop has a new tool for those who want to advocate for environmental conservation. The watchdog organization recently launched an email service called Capital Watch that suggests quick actions to protect public lands. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with executive director Sloan Shoemaker.

A motley crew of nonprofits and town governments wants to see affordable, electric cars in the valley.

Carole and Bob Sharp are the founders of the Hike for Hope Foundation. Their son Ian has muscular dystrophy and the Sharps raise money to put toward research for curing muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. 

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This weekend, female skiers and snowboarders were included in Aspen’s X Games Big Air for the first time. Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh spoke with the athletes about breaking a glass ceiling on the snow.

X Games 2017 wraps up

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More than 100,000 people attended X Games this weekend at Buttermilk.

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Stay updated on what's going on at the base of Buttermilk for X Games 2017.

  Joining guest host Alycin Bektesh this week are  Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Elizabeth Milias who runs The Red Ant, and Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

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The City of Aspen and Aspen Skiing Company took advantage of cold temperatures this week to make piles of snow … in Wagner Park. City officials said this in preparation for the alpine skiing World Cup finals.

Within the last week, local “thought leaders” came together to ponder the future of commercial regulations in Aspen, and the Aspen City Council passed four ordinances they hope will redefine the resort mountain town.

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Torin Yater-Wallace is a freeskier from Basalt who’s competing in the X Games.

 

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

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Among the half million citizens who traveled to Washington D.C. last weekend for a protest march after the Trump inauguration was valley resident Mitzi Rapkin. She was in tears after the presidential election. In the following days when the women’s action march was announced for the inaugural weekend, she didn’t think twice about joining in.

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Beginning today, world-class skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers will jump, flip and twist through competitions at the bottom of Buttermilk Mountain. It's the 16th year that Aspen hosts the Winter X Games, but don’t expect more of the same.

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At Valley Meats in Carbondale, four men sit on their lunch break in complete silence, starting at their phones. The valley’s only local, Spanish-language radio station plays in the background: La Tricolor, 107.1.

Next month in schools up and down the Valley, professional poets from across the country will be teaching Roaring Fork Valley students how to write and perform poetry.

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Carbondale’s Board of Trustees spent hours on Tuesday night vetting candidates for their vacant trustee seat. They landed on a Carbondale native.

Aspen’s “most progressive ordinance” was passed by City Council Tuesday night, as part of the many changes to the land use code coming out of a year-long moratorium on downtown development.

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The Pitkin County Landfill started recycling textiles last fall, and now accepts those items at the Rio Grande Recycling Center. There are now collection bins for things like clothes, blankets, shoes, handbags and backpacks that would not be acceptable for resale at thrift shops.  

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