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Colorado Division of Insurance

It’s official: Colorado is going to look at a simpler way of calculating health insurance rates. Gov. John Hickenlooper approved the move Tuesday.

Third Street Center

There are lots of plans in the works for Third Street in Carbondale. That includes new affordable housing, parking and other changes. A new collaboration to pool resources could snag more funding for those improvements.

Jamie Werner- Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

A historic prescribed burn in the Hunter Creek Valley was deemed successful this past weekend after several agencies coordinated under just the right conditions to ignite 900 acres — in order to rejuvenate forest health and minimize the risk of wildfire. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts has the story.

courtesy Aspen School District

The Aspen School District will be interviewing finalists for the vacant elementary school principal position this week.

Mark Browning is a sculptor and an active member of the MARBLE/Marble Symposium summer crew. He runs the kitchen during the summer workshops, but finds lots of time to interact with the symposium participants and work on his own sculptures. 

Browning shares his personal experiences with the symposium and the importance of the organization for the town of Marble and greater art communities. More information about the symposiums can be found at www.MarbleInst.org.   

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

Motorists in Aspen were surprised earlier this spring when parking meter charges appeared months after credit cards were used.

Tracy Olson/Flickr

  More than $36,000 in campaign spending was racked up in the Roaring Fork Valley this spring. That was for elections in Basalt, Carbondale and for Aspen Valley Hospital.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Today I am joined in the studio with Amanda Rae Busch, columnist for the Aspen Times Weekly and her editor Jeanne McGovern. Also with us is Aspen Daily News columnist Beth Brandon and her editor, Madeleine Osberger.

We are talking about women’s role in the media and how it can empower others. In the case of Beth and Amanda, both are victims of abuse. But as we have learned by reading their newspaper columns over the years, they are much more than that.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

The Hunter Creek prescribed burn is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday.

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

 

Topics include:

- The end of the Colorado legislative session

- The future of Aspen’s free-market residential development

- A changing of the guard in Carbondale

- Edible marijuana manufacturing

Elise Thatcher

As the Roaring Fork School District lines up new rental affordable housing units, officials must also come up with the rules about who can live where and under what guidelines. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the District hopes to have those regulations in place this fall.

 

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Carbondale effectively has a new mayor. Freshly elected Trustee Dan Richardson is now also leading the town’s Board of Trustees as Mayor Pro Tem.

Elise Thatcher

Construction for Basalt’s underpass could start in a little more than three months. Town Council formally approved the building contract this week.

The Little Nell is hosting a benefit dinner for the Aspen Homeless Shelter on Saturday, May 14 with food from Biju's Little Curry Shop of Denver.

 

The Pitkin County Commissioners Tuesday reviewed the application for the Cannabis Queen to become the first edible marijuana manufacturer in the county.

Elise Thatcher

Today is the last day Stacey Bernot will have the title of Carbondale mayor. The longtime resident and public servant is relocating to Redstone, outside city limits.

  In the second episode of our our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher talks with nutrition researcher and cardiologist Dariush Mozaffarian about how calories from different kinds of foods can affect us in different ways.

Tuesday’s Aspen City Council work session is dedicated to the discussion of free market residential units - an issue cited as the primary impetus for the current moratorium on any new development downtown and in the outlying commercial areas.

Facebook/Colorado Department of Transportation

Traffic delays begin today in Glenwood Canyon as workers build  what the Colorado Department of Transportation calls a permanent solution to rockfall dangers.

Elizabeth Gibson, Special to PennLive.com

After five months, Glenwood Springs has a new city manager. City Council made the decision on Monday.

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