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Chris Council / Aspen Daily News

A top prosecutor in Aspen is joining the city’s legal team.

Wilderness Workshop Conservation Director Will Roush outlines the two guiding principles the organization uses to conduct their work in protecting the lands of the White River National Forest and surrounding areas.  Peter Hart, Conservation Analyst and Staff Attorney, also contributes to the conversation.  Roush and Hart discuss the Thompson Divide and the BLM's decision to cancel 25 oil and gas leases on the Divide, and the organization's work in forest restoration and water. 

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The Snowmass Wine Festival is continuing to gain attendees. This year the Friday night wine dinner sold out, and the Saturday grand tasting had a record high in ticket sales. The number of online sales doubled from 2015.

  Welcome to Valley Roundup -  an analysis and commentary of the week’s news with writers and editors in the valley. Hosted this week by Alycin Bektesh, sitting in for Carolyn Sackariason.

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Local nonprofit Wilderness Workshop is seeking volunteers for a restoration project on Sunday to remove barbed wire on Buttermilk.

The Aspen City Council voted 3-2 this week to keep City Hall in the armory building instead of turning it over to community use.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Ruggerfest kicked off its 49th year yesterday. There’s a hidden challenge aside from the two teams on the field though.

Aaron Britt is a veteran rugby player. He played wide receiver on his college football team. His nickname is “AB Love”. He plays on a team called the Misfits, based in Denver.

But even though he plays at altitude, coming to Aspen is a big step, he said.

Sustainable Settings

Sustainable Settings, a nonprofit organization that runs a ranch, has its annual Harvest Festival tomorrow night.

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  A record number of tourists stopped through Aspen this summer.

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This election cycle has been anything but typical and now Colorado voters will have their say in how the next election is handled.

This week on Cross Currents is a segment from the archives with photographer Andrea Booher, who was one of two photojournalists who documented Ground Zero after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

 It’s been nearly three years since Pitkin County implemented the 9-1-1 text messaging system. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts visited the county’s dispatch center to learn more about this emergency communication option.

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A section of the Roaring Fork River is closed to boaters and anglers as crews start building two recreational waves above the Town of Basalt. Pitkin County attorney John Ely said the project is intended as a safeguard against drought.   

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Corbett and Grace Lunsford have been on the road for six months, without ever leaving their home. Their mobile living space serves as a model for efficient and sustainable buildings. This week, they parked their home in Carbondale to give tours.

Elise Thatcher

  The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation has agreed to take a loss in selling land to the Town of Basalt. The CDC owns land along the Roaring Fork River that the town is eyeing to turn into a community park. A ballot measure posed to the voters this fall will ask if the town should buy that land for the appraised value  - $2.9 million. Currently, the CDC owes more than that amount on the land, and would be taking a loss.

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  Just months after completing a $14 million renovation, the Pitkin County Library will spend another half-million dollars on a new roof.

Prior to the Nov. 8 election, Colorado voters will receive a booklet of information about the measures that will show up on their ballots. This is the last week for the public to submit statements to be included in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights “blue book.”

Courtesy of Aspen Global Change Institute

Kidney expert Dr. Richard Johnson discusses how climate change relates to the evolution of mankind tonight as part of the Aspen Global Change Institute’s public speaker series.

 

Johnson, who is the chief of the renal division and hypertension at the University of Colorado, researches kidney disease, diabetes and obesity, and he has found connections to climate change in his studies.

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The state approved 22 oil and gas wells in a Battlement Mesa residential community late last week.

Rebecca Mirsky is the Development Director at Wilderness Workshop, and oversees the Artist in Wilderness Program. The program invites artists for a one-week residency in the Aspen area, where they create art inspired by the places that Wilderness Workshop is working to protect. Mirsky also discusses the organization's summer guided hike series, local lecture series, and volunteer opportunities.

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