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Last month, Congressional Republicans made initial moves to repeal a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas development. This BLM regulation is modeled, in part, after a state law in Colorado. News director Carolyn Sackariason sat down with environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy to talk about how such a repeal would affect Coloradans.

The results of a public outreach campaign regarding new affordable rental housing in Aspen are in and on display as of Wednesday.

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The town of Carbondale’s lodging tax increased 17 percent between 2015 and 2016. The five years between 2011 to 2016: 109 percent.

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Aspen City Council approved requests Monday night to fund two studies that are designed to analyze the risks to the town’s future water supply.

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Jay Parker knows his way around Aspen’s mine tunnels. He’s spent about 40 years working at the Smuggler Mine. On a recent tour, he added consideration of water storage to the history and geology that he provides.

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On Monday, Eagle County launched a program it hopes will get the public more invested in improving their communities. It’s called the Neighborhood Partnership Program.

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   As the City of Aspen lays the groundwork for an overhaul of the historic pedestrian malls, input is sought from the public.

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 Welcome to Valley Roundup.

 

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, who spoke via Skype, and in the studio, Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times and Barbara Platts, digital content manager at Aspen Public Radio.

Bruce Gordon, the founder and president of EcoFlight, blends the love of the land with the love of flying to provide a birds-eye perspective on how the lands that surround us are changing. 

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News Director Carolyn Sackariason speaks with reporter Alycin Bektesh about a proposed chain store ordinance that has its second reading in front of Aspen City Council Monday night.

Eagle County

Eagle County is creating a new citizen advisory committee on housing.

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The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) beat out two other local organizations for a $3,000 grant from Aspen Trail Finder.

President Trump’s assault on the media has prompted strong reaction from journalists and those who support a free press all over the country.

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The City of Aspen is working to retain conditional water rights to build reservoirs on Maroon and Castle Creeks, and the court battle could get expensive.

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Aspen Public Radio’s new producer, Christin Kay, explained why she’s so passionate about supporting public media.

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Carbondale environmental and community groups are applauding a bill that would permanently protect Thompson Divide from oil and gas development.

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Aspen Public Radio’s reporter and All Things Considered host Alycin Bektesh explained why she’s so passionate about supporting public media.

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

Between 2015 and 2016, sales tax revenue in Glenwood Springs rose by over 4 percent,  thanks largely to record-setting tourism.

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Recent genetic studies on native cutthroat trout in Colorado revealed a previously unrecognized subspecies in the Roaring Fork Valley — one that is so new it still doesn’t have a name. As part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series, Kendall Bakich with Colorado Parks and Wildlife will discuss how understanding the history of these trout can help preserve species diversity.

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