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Our reporters were out in the field for one of the biggest foodie weekends of the summer. Find out where they were, what they were doing and who they met.   

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The International Ski Federation has given its final blessing for Aspen Mountain to host the world cup finals in March of 2017.

With decision made, now real work begins for 2017 World Cup FinalsBreaking news: FIS makes 2017 World Cup Finals official

 

 

The International Ski Federation gave its blessing earlier this week that the west side of Aspen Mountain will be the site of the mens and womens world cup ski finals. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News, Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

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Representatives Millie Hamner and Diane Mitsch Bush are holding a town hall this afternoon at the Basalt Library.

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As visitors dole out thousands of dollars in Aspen this weekend to experience the creme de la creme of food and beverage, there are people in the valley who work to stretch $20 for an entire week of food.

 Chip Comins and the AREDay Summit in Snowmass June 20-24.

 

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A 58-year-old man died after a rafting accident in Aspen on Wednesday. The rafter died after falling from a raft into the Roaring Fork River.

Elise Thatcher

  Fracking can produce air pollution, but many more emissions likely happen during the next stage at a natural gas well.

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On Wednesday, Carbondale Trustees will hear about new data on students and drug use, after the town government helped fund a survey.

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Hawk Greenway is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh sat down with Greenway as part of our series of conversations with the candidates.

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Brush Creek Village resident Greg Poschman is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with him at two places he says are at the heart of why he is running.

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  The Colorado Department of Transportation is asking for public input, with telephone town hall meetings around the state. That includes one in the Roaring Fork Valley area.

The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen is three days away. Around town, businesses are preparing for one of the busiest weekends of the summer.

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Thanks to a wet spring, the Roaring Fork River in the coming days will see even bigger flows than this past weekend’s peak runoff levels. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

 

The Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Company has notified local governments that the Twin Lakes Reservoir will reach capacity on Wednesday, which means there will be no diversions to the Front Range starting today.  

April Long, the city’s clean river program manager, said higher flows could last up to three weeks, which is a good thing.

Nina Gabianelli is the Vice President of Education and Programs at the Aspen Historical Society. You may have seen her sporting a Victorian-era costume at one of the historical society's properties or giving a walking tour around town. 

Gabianelli describes the summer programs and tours offered by the historical society, and discusses the organization's archives, which is comprised of over 50,000 objects, photographs, documents, and records. 

A conversation with Pitkin County commissioner candidate Scott Writer

Aspen resident Scott Writer is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher sat down with Writer as part of our series of conversations with the candidates.

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  Eagle County residents support raising sales taxes to fund more affordable housing and child care. If approved, such services also could get beefed up in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock urged commissioners in a memo to “respectfully overrule” a directive from Aspen city council downsizing a new county office building.  

In a special meeting this afternoon, commissioners will vote on the final development plans for the Courthouse Plaza Building. Two thirds of the council must vote in support of the design in order to override Aspen City Council’s May 9th resolution requesting changes to the plans.

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

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

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