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On Cross Currents today is Dr. Eric Motley, an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute.

Before he joined the Aspen Institute, he worked in the U.S. State Department and was a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush.

But he has humble roots in a small Alabama town.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aspen Skiing Company canceled the Full Moon Dinner that was scheduled at Buttermilk’s Cliffhouse Restaurant on Tuesday, as safety concerns are growing on area mountains.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Red Hill Recreation Area is popular, to say the least. Especially in a dry winter, when people are still hiking and biking instead of skiing.

Eagle County

Eagle is one of seven counties in Colorado getting federal money to learn about trauma in abused children.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The City of Aspen first adopted a climate action plan in 2007, with a target of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. City staff has promoted energy efficiency, increased mass transit and supported a bike share program. These actions have reduced emissions. But Aspen’s population has grown, and those reductions have been somewhat lackluster.

Ross Brooks is the CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers and he explains how their non-profit exists to make sure people have access to affordable, integrated, primary care. They serve over 19,000 people in our community. 

This week on Valley Roundup, we look back at some of the most interesting and important stories of the year. 2017 has been a politically charged year across America, and many national issues are very real on a local level in the Roaring Fork Valley too. Local “Dreamers” rallied in Glenwood Springs. The Aspen Film Fest Academy Screenings grapple with the #MeToo movement. Aspen City Council dealt with things like tobacco, chain stores and water rights.

Town of Basalt

Starting in January, most of Basalt will see water rates 45 percent higher than current ones.

Recent storms have made the ski resorts’ low-snow problem less of a problem, and the hotels are filling up in Aspen and Snowmass.

Christin Kay and Wyatt Orme bring you the biggest local news stories from the week.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio News

Aspen Skiing Company’s Environment Foundation announced yesterday that, in its 20th year, it’s giving out more than $90,000 in grants.

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Colorado’s Secretary of State wants you to make sure the charity receiving your money this holiday season is, indeed, charitable.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

City of Aspen residents have again identified the health of the Roaring Fork River as a top concern.

 

Aspen Public Radio

Jeanette Vizguerra is an immigrants rights activist from Denver; Time Magazine named her one of 2017’s “Most Influential People.”

Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop joined 15 other environmental watchdog groups to file a lawsuit against the federal government. The organizations want to see compliance with a rule to prevent the waste of methane.

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Sunlight Mountain Resort opened over the weekend, two weeks later than planned and with just one run open. The lack of natural snow has hurt this year’s numbers.

Board president of the Basalt Education Foundation, Erika Leavitt, says that the foundation's ability to raise money has increased over time. The organization is happy to share what they've learned with other communities.

We-cycle

WE-Cycle, the bikeshare program in Aspen and Basalt, wrapped up its fifth year on Dec. 18. Nearly all 40,000 rides taken in 2017 were by 1,500 passholders, the majority of who don’t live in Aspen and use WE-Cycle to avoid traffic.

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Aspen Skiing Company vice president of sustainability Auden Schendler is getting recognition in the industry for his work on climate awareness.

 

This week, we look back at the defining news events of 2017.

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