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

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This week the Aspen City council held a first reading on an ordinance that would change the legal age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21.

Ryan Mahoney

It’s nearly official that Ryan Mahoney is Basalt’s new town manager. “Nearly official” because neither party has signed on the dotted line.

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The Colorado River District is concerned about low water levels at Lake Powell and is starting the second year of studies meant to keep water in the reservoir.

The Citizens Climate Lobby is an advocacy group that works to change national policies around climate change. Ruthie Brown is a co-founder and co-chair of the Aspen chapter of the lobbying group, which works primarily with Republican lawmakers. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with Brown to discuss how the local chapter has been working to influence national policy.

The Basalt Town Council took a small step forward in a partnership with a prospective arts center at its meeting on Tuesday night.


The U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider repealing an Obama-era regulation on methane emissions Wednesday. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is reportedly still undecided.

We talk with Ngozi Erondu, an assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine and co-founder of the Global Bridge Group.  She is an infectious disease epidemiologist and global health policy expert. Her research looks at where "gaps" happen in health systems, things that might prevent people from receiving treatment if health workers don't have the resources they need.  

The Dial- May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017

Even though the section of the Roaring Fork river that flows through Aspen is rushing as snow melts in the high mountains, state and local officials say that low flows are a problem here.  Christin and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy discuss what this means and some creative solutions that might help keep the river healthy. 

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The Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners will address affordable housing from multiple angles Tuesday.

House Republicans narrowly passed a new health care bill last Thursday. It’ll now go to the Senate.

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Snowmass Village council has identified environmental sustainability as a top priority for the town, and council members will hear about progress Monday.

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Low flows in the Roaring Fork have state and local officials concerned about the health of the river, but city officials have some creative ideas for fixes. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been following the issue and spoke with Christin Kay about it.

CORE collaborates with local towns to adopt new building codes and energy efficient programs. Along with the City of Aspen, CORE created a new social movement called "The High-Five". They hope to inspire the community to start saving or to increase the amount of energy they are already saving.

Ed Kosmicki

New graduates from Colorado Mountain College (CMC) received their diplomas this weekend. Commencement ceremonies were held on both Friday and Saturday.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 A local arts nonprofit is under investigation by Glenwood Springs Police as it prepares to close its doors for good. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason via Skype this morning on Valley Roundup is Carla Jean Whitley, features editor at Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt and Mick Ireland, columnist for the Aspen Daily News at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

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  The runoff election for Aspen City Council between Torre and Ward Hauenstein is more like a “reset” than an extension of the May 2 election.

In mid-February, two men allegedly robbed the Cowen Convenience store in Carbondale at gunpoint. They were arrested days later and have been in Garfield County Jail since.

Ryan Mahoney

Basalt officials are very close to hiring a new town manager, but not quite there. The negotiations are dragging on longer than expected.