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The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was established in May.  A majority of states have said that they cannot or will not comply with the commission's request for voter data.  And now, a federal judge is reviewing whether the commission does enough to protect voter information.  

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has said that he would comply with the commission's request. So what implications does that have for local voters? 

 The future of news has some bright spots and some dark valleys, according to media observers. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Aspen Times publisher Samantha Johnston and Dave Danforth, owner and co-founder of the Aspen Daily News.

To hear more about the media landscape, which includes Aspen Daily News contributing editor Madeleine Osberger, tune in today at 3:30 p.m.

 

Hats off to Froggy

Jul 13, 2017
Courtesy Photo/Keith Bulicz

  The life of Scott Whitlock, known as “Froggy” to his friends, will be celebrated by the community this weekend.

Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER)

The local renewable energy nonprofits CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region), CORE (Community Office for Resource Efficiency), and Garfield Clean Energy are bringing energy companies and local governments together at a gathering on Friday at the Rifle Library, which, as it happens, is powered by solar arrays.

Mount Sopris Historical Society

On Tuesday, the Garfield County Commissioners approved a question to go on the November 2017 ballot. If it passes, it will raise property taxes to create a “Museum and Historic Preservation Fund.”

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Wyatt Orme bring you a compilation of the week's news.  

It’s summer, which means that visitors and locals alike are flowing into the backcountry.  This also means that Mountain Rescue Aspen is getting busier, and they’ve made some high profile rescues recently. News Director Carolyn Sackariason sat down with Jeff Edelson, president of the nonprofit, to discuss safety precautions that can be taken before heading into the backcountry.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has said he will comply with a request from the Trump administration to hand over all state voter data.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is working to reach immigrant populations targeted in extortion scams.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Earlier this week, Aspen City Council heard an update on studies of the town’s risk for water storage.

CDOT

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has presented nearly 60 times on Grand Avenue Bridge closure.

Valley residents have a connection to the Colorado River.  But our up-close-and-personal view of the river is only part of really understanding it...and the demands that are placed on it.  

The Walton Family Foundation recently announced that it will invest 20 million dollars to protect the Colorado river. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy stepped into the studio to talk about the impact that the money might have, as well as some of the threats facing the Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 Top websites and tech companies are standing together in a “Day of Action” to protect net neutrality laws, which the Federal Communications Commission plans to relax.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The late June heat above Carbondale is dry and sneezy. Butterflies flutter through the sagebrush, stalked by teams of net-wielding students and scientists.

Courtesy of instagram.com/govofco

On Tuesday, Colorado became the latest state — and the first in the Rocky Mountain region — to commit to fighting climate change.

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted images of emails regarding his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer on Tuesday. An intermediary said he could connect Trump Jr. with people who had information "that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]... and would be very useful to your father." Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting, which former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner also attended in June 2016.

Courtesy of waltonfamilyfoundation.org

A billionaire family with ties to Aspen is concerned about the health of one of the region’s crucial bodies of water. The Walton Family Foundation will donate $20 million toward conservation programs aimed at keeping water in Colorado River. Grants were awarded to the National Wildlife Federation, American Rivers, Western Resource Advocates, the Environmental Defense Fund and other organizations.

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Businesses across Colorado have penned their support of public lands in a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan headlined the inaugural Sandra Day O’Connor Speaker Series at the Aspen Institute Monday.

Aspen Public Radio

On Monday, July 10, the inaugural Sandra Day O’Connor Conversation featured Associate Justice Elena Kagan of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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