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Derek Hanrahan is an alumnus of Roaring Fork Leadership and serves on the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership's Board of Directors. He talks about his experience in Roaring Fork Leadership and the impact the program has had on his life both professionally and personally. 

The application for the class of 2017 is now available online at www.rfleadership.org

Aspen Skiing Company by Dan Bayer

 

Skiers and snowboarders said goodbye to Aspen Mountain yesterday for the 2015/2016 season.

Elise Thatcher

An overloaded traffic light is one of the biggest hurdles for backers of an El Jebel development proposal, but another traffic-related fee may also prove to be an obstacle.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The source of the sewage stench wafting up from storm sewers in downtown Aspen has been identified.

Aspen officials zero in on source of foul odors

Aspen’s sewage leak lasted for more than a month

And in Snowmass, voters are being asked to buck up for a new sewage plant.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

The 500-acre prescribed burn that took place earlier this month on the slopes above Avalanche Creek Campground and Filoha Meadows was a success, according to Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and the U.S. Forest Service. However, the fire may not be out just yet.

The Garfield County Sheriff is taking aim at District Attorney Sherry Caloia. In emails between the two elected officials, the sheriff calls her incompetent and ignorant. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason to discuss the context around that description is Glenwood Post Independent editor Randy Essex.

Elise Thatcher

A sewage leak in Aspen lasted for at least five weeks. Those and other details are coming to light as authorities continue to investigate what happened in the basement of expensive condos next to the Aspen Mountain gondola.

  This week, on Mountain Edition:

This past weekend, Buttermilk served as the site of an annual post-season tradition: the K-9 Uphill. It’s an uphill race for dogs and their owners. But this year, there was a new addition. The dog sledding operation Krabloonik took over the race that benefits Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter.

Courtesy of Aspen Valley Hospital

Ballots for this spring’s election for two board seats at Aspen Valley Hospital are expected to show up in mailboxes this week. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

It’s the first contested race for the board of directors at the hospital in six years. AVH canceled two previous ones because no one applied, except the incumbents.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Reporter Alycin Bektesh spoke with Native leaders as they hosted a pow wow earlier this month in downtown Aspen.

Elise Thatcher

Congressman Scott Tipton wants to introduce legislation that would exchange leases on the Thompson Divide for new drilling rights near Paonia and Rangeley — a plan that’s nearly identical to a proposal by the oil and gas industry last year.

Coming up on Cross Currents, part two of Dr. Nader Hashemi of the University of Denver's Joseph Korbel School of Middle Eastern Studies on the Isis Crisis: How the World Should Respond.

 PRESS RELEASE

GARFIELD COUNTY —Just a few days shy of two months after the initial rockfall incident that closed Glenwood Canyon, the project team has completed the necessary repairs to get I-70 open to four lanes of travel. Repairs to the Glenwood Canyon bike path have also been completed although the path is still closed from Shoshone to Hanging Lake rest area until later this week.

 

The emergency project was completed 23-days ahead of the original schedule.

 

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The plans for a new hotel at the bottom of Aspen Mountain will get their first public review this summer. Developers of the Gorsuch Haus hope to build just over 60,000 square feet and put nearly all of their required affordable housing off site. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The land use application for the project was deemed complete by the city of Aspen two weeks ago. Jim DeFrancia is one of the developers behind the project. He met with city staff yesterday and was told public hearings will likely begin in July.

Elise Thatcher

Another controversial development proposal is being considered for the El Jebel area, with Eagle County Commissioners reviewing The Fields proposal on Tuesday night.

Elise Thatcher

Learning how to meditate can be difficult, and developing something called mindfulness can be just as tricky. Now a Carbondale couple aim to make those activities a little easier to achieve.

Courtesy of Colorado Judicial Branch

 Three judges from the Colorado Court of Appeals visit Glenwood Springs High School this morning as part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Courts in the Community, an outreach program established 30 years ago.

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A man is calling Roaring Fork Valley residents, claiming to be a Pitkin County Sheriff  and then asking for money.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The nonprofit designation of Aspen Power Plant was questioned by attendees of a community meeting held last week.

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