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Jacob Efthimiou is a cellist from Delhi, New York.  He grew up playing music with his brother and two sisters. They would play for Christmas and other festivities throughout the year. He just finished his first year at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Jacob is a runner. He kept up his hobby for the first few weeks in Aspen but had trouble fitting it into his schedule, and breathing in the thin air. Jacob says that he has learned a bunch so far at the school, but has had trouble applying the new information just because his musical mind is still expanding.

Officials in the mid valley are continuing to look at a major development proposal near Whole Foods. The controversial Tree Farm plan could mean as many as 400 hundred residential units and more than a 130,000 square feet in commercial development. But if the property was a few football field lengths to the southeast, it would go through a whole different set of requirements.

 

Sylvie Rosenthal is a woodworker, welder, and artist who is pioneering the field of sculpture and furniture design for women. She's teaching a two-week long workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village this summer and takes us behind the scenes into the studio and her artistic process. 

To see more of Sylvie Rosenthal's work, visit her website at www.SylvieRosenthal.com. And visit www.AndersonRanch.org to learn more about this summer's workshops. 

Jon Fox-Rubin is on the board of Energetics Education, a non-profit focused on inspiring kids to study, learn, and develop new methods of clean energy today and in the future. Fox-Rubin shares his personal history in engineering and his passion for Energetics Education.

Visit www.EnergeticsEd.org to learn more about Energetics Education and the Solar Rollers program.   

One nonprofit provides medical care for thousands of low income residents in the Roaring Fork Valley. Now the group wants to expand, and leaders are hoping for support from Pitkin County, Aspen Valley Hospital, and others. The Mountain Family Health Center in Basalt is in a building owned by Aspen Valley Hospital, which at night doubles as the mid valley’s urgent care center.

 

Glenwood Springs is looking at charging locals who rent out their homes with Airbnb. City officials are considering requiring a business license and a permit, which adds up to more than $150.

 

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A new study in Aspen and Snowmass Village will attempt to quantify just how large the “vacation rental by owner” sector is. 

More visitors to Aspen and Snowmass are using websites like Airbnb and VRBO to book overnight stays. It’s unknown, though, how big this sector is compared to traditional hotels and lodges. The tourism agencies Stay Aspen Snowmass and Destimetrics are trying to find out. Bill Tomcich is with Stay Aspen Snowmass.

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Mountain Rescue Aspen was involved in the recovery of two bodies from the Maroon Bells Snowmass wilderness last week. It’s still unclear how father and son Jeffrey and Cameron Beard died. A hiker discovered the Colorado Springs residents unresponsive, in their tent. Law enforcement initially thought lightning was the cause. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jeff Edelson and Doug Paley from Mountain Rescue. Edelson says Colorado is third for lightning deaths in the U.S.

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The Pitkin County Sheriff's Department confirmed today that a recent body recovery involved missing Aspen local William Graham.

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Emergency crews recover two bodies from a tent in the Maroon Bells Snowmass wilderness. Lightning may be to blame.

After too many bear-human conflicts, the Forest Service mandates bear-resistant containers for backpackers.

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