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Mountain Edition brings you the biggest news stories from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Before Cambridge Analytica took a role in the 2016 Presidential elections they were working on midterm elections in Colorado, and, after revoking a nonprofit's lease to rent out the Aspen power plant, Aspen city council is ready to sign a lease with a new organization.

 

 

Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority

Prospective homeowners hoping to buy into the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority program will soon be required to take a homebuyer education course first.

The Rotary Club of Aspen is sponsoring the third annual extemporaneous speech contest for high schoolers on April 18.

courtesy photo / CSU’s Institute for the Built Environment

   Wednesday is the final “Aspen U” presentation from the Aspen Skiing Company this season.

Courtesy of Stay Aspen Snowmass

Thanks to a strong February, overall winter occupancy in Aspen and Snowmass Village is pacing within one percentage point of last year.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

The Mather House on Emma Open Space needs major repairs, and the funding is in sight after a long wait.

The analysis includes an overview of the current housing market, and is meant to give commissioners a better sense for what kind of housing people want and how much they’re willing to pay for it.

aspensciencecenter.org

The Aspen Chamber Resort Association will likely be housed within the city-owned old Power Plant through at least 2022.

Kerry Donovan Campaign

Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan says she believes the controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica assisted her 2014 Republican rival.

Colorado Mountain College

Erik Weihenmayer is an author and an athlete, and is also blind. He speaks Friday at 7 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher/National Geographic

National Geographic photojournalists Jim and Jamie Dutcher’s exhibit “Living With Wolves” has been on display at the Aspen airport all winter. They now bring their new book “The Wisdom of Wolves” to Explore Booksellers on Monday.

Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate's mission is to provide academic and extracurricular support to motivated middle and high school students who would be the first generation in their families to graduate from college. Students in the program are leaders. David Smith, Executive Director, Jim Light, current Mentor and member of Pre Collegiate's advisory board, and Aranza Lopez, Basalt High School Senior and Pre Collegiate participant speak on the impact Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate has on these students. 

  This week on Valley Roundup: The ski season is coming to a soggy close, a curious case of illegal dumping in Basalt is no less a mystery even after an arrest, Aspen  prepares to have its own Grand Avenue Bridge on its hands, and it’s time for mid valley residents to cast their votes.

U.S. Census Bureau

On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2017 population estimates for counties across the country. Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield keep growing, even though people keep leaving.

Garfield County

In 2017, Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin Counties all earned more than expected from their investment portfolios.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Two years ago, Colt Whitley qualified for his first cross-country skiing junior national championships in Cable, Wis. But there were some unexpected challenges.

Flickr/Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College has to give money back to two oil and gas companies that overpaid their taxes.

Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Earlier this month, three conservation organizations sued the federal government over a plan to kill bears and mountain lions near Rifle.

Basalt Police Department

On Friday, Basalt Police arrested the man they suspect is responsible for dumping mysterious bottles in the Roaring Fork River. They initially reported his name to be Carlos Parras-Membreno. According to Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott, the correct name is Ricardo Membreno.

Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate's mission is to provide academic and extracurricular support to motivated middle and high school students who would be the first generation in their families to graduate from college. The recent and overwhelming immigration concerns impact many Pre Collegiate participants. David Smith, Executive Director, Jim Light, current Mentor and member of Pre Collegiate's advisory board, and Aranza Lopez, Basalt High School Senior and Pre Collegiate participant speak on the impact Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate has on these students. 

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