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Hillary Clinton stayed out of the public eye during a visit to Aspen yesterday, but an outspoken supporter made the rounds through downtown.  

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A new website aimed at celebrating Colorado-based companies and inspiring others to start businesses in the state, launched Monday.

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It’s no secret that Conundrum Hot Springs is a popular spot for hikers and campers, so much so that the U.S. Forest Service said it’s losing the wilderness for a different kind of wild. This summer, officials are working on a permit system to try to preserve the fragile area.

Prockter Open Space will be getting some updates this fall, and the City of Aspen is looking for public input today.

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Eight Air Force Academy cadets, their professor, and about ten U.S. Forest Service workers sweated side by side last week, pouring concrete, hauling 500 pound beams, and battling swarms of black flies about a mile past Maroon Lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

Mike Pritchard is the Executive Director of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, or RFMBA . He discusses the organization's beginnings with chairman of the RFMBA board, Charlie Eckart. 

RFMBA is a member of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, or IMBA. To learn more about RFMBA and what it means to be a member of the IMBA, visit www.RFMBA.org

Eighty-four-year-old Joyce Reiche has a two-bedroom home close to downtown Eagle, Colorado, on the Western Slope. Like many, she's trying to plan for the next phase of life.

"The things I used to like to do I can't do any more, like hike, cross-country ski, go up to the mountains, and do things like that," Reiche said. "I mainly stay home, but I'm content at home."

Colorado's population is not only growing, it's also getting older. Many of the state's counties are poised to see huge increases in the number of people over the age of 65 in the next 25 years.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge.

Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request

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The Bureau of Land Management released a plan Friday to cancel 25 oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. Local groups, including Wilderness Workshop and the Thompson Divide Coalition, said in statements that canceling those leases helps to protect wildlife, land and public water supplies.

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 Details about an hours-long hostage incident on Independence Pass show alleged gunman Brolin McConnell, of Colorado Springs, believed he was in a Truman Show-like scenario and that his life was in danger. Twelve accounts from victims and witnesses were collected and made available from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office yesterday.

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Aspen local Blanca O’Leary is a super delegate at-large for the democratic party - assigned the position by president Barack Obama for her work on his successful campaigns. As part of the Colorado caucus, she has front-row seats to the historic events of this week’s democratic national convention in Philadelphia.

Press release from Colorado Department of Transportation-Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon will OPEN for Thursday, July 28th. Helicopter operations for rockfall mitigation were canceled due to challenging down drafts.

 This week on Cross Currents is Rabbi David Segal of the Aspen Jewish Congregation, along with Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu, which is attempting to transform the way Judaism is practiced and experienced by infusing aspects of Eastern spiritual practices with traditional Orthodox influences, so the ta’am or “taste” is unmistakably Jewish.

 

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A new proposal to replace the Conoco gas station in downtown Aspen will get its first public review tonight. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

The property at  the corner of Monarch and Main streets is owned by developer Mark Hunt, and was first proposed to be a lodge called Base 2. But voters overwhelming shot it down last fall through a citizen petition.

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The City of Aspen is looking to curb emissions, and soon truck drivers could face a $500 fine for excess exhaust smoke.

Elected officials are taking the high road today when it comes to understanding the local marijuana industry. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Aspen City Council members are taking a field trip this afternoon to three pot shops in the downtown core. They’ll spend 20 minutes or so at each one in hopes of learning something about an industry they are considering regulating.

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Five months into a ban on new construction in the downtown and surrounding areas, city officials want to know what your Aspen should look like.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has scheduled full closures Wednesday and Thursday in Glenwood Canyon.

Spellbinders Executive Director Catherine Scales Johnson discusses the impact of Spellbinders on the students in schools throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and the future of the volunteer-based organization. 5th grade Aspen Middle School teacher Amy Gray also contributes to the importance of the program in the classroom. 

Roaring Fork Valley Spellbinders Chapter leader, Annie Sinton, also can be heard telling the story of a dog and a mountain lion from a storytelling event at Explore Booksellers in July 2016. 

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 The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office’s predicament of finding experienced officers appears to be quelled now that the agency is doling out $10,000 signing bonuses to new hires.

Since the recruitment effort began earlier this year, most positions have been filled. That’s a far cry from previous years, when the office had a running newspaper ad looking for deputies. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with sheriff Lou Vallario.

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