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Lake Christine Fire Growth Leads to Evacuations

Jul 6, 2018

  The Lake Christine Fire grew significantly on July 4th, due to erratic outflow winds, extremely dry fuels and low relative humidity. Three homes have been reported as destroyed. 

There are health risks associated with the smoke and ash. Particulate matter in the air can exacerbate and cause health problems for those in areas affected by smoke and ash.  

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is bracing for flat, or even declining enrollment this coming school year. A strong economy is to blame.

Eagle County

Save the Midvalley is a group in the Basalt area suing Eagle County for approving the Tree Farm development; they argue the approval violates Colorado’s constitution.   

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The City of Aspen has reached agreement with two more environmental groups that opposed its water rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks.


The Turret Fire is burning 22 miles northeast of Glenwood Springs. As of Monday afternoon, crews had about a third of it contained.

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The Pitkin County community survey is used to measure the public’s satisfaction with government services and identify areas for improvement. On Tuesday, the commissioners will consider also asking the public to weigh-in on water issues.

Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives through year-round adaptive experiences for individuals faced with cognitive and or physical disabilities. They create life-changing opportunities by encouraging participation in activities designed to redefine limits, recognize abilities, and transfer newfound courage to everyday life. CEO, Jeff Hauser and Director of the Military Opportunities Program, John Klonowski, discuss the history of Challenge Aspen and the programs they offer. 

On Friday, an Aspen-based organization awarded $250,000 to 10 groups working on solutions to climate change.

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Acoustics, intimacy, clarity: One could argue that how and where we listen to music is as important to the experience as the music itself. “The orchestra has to feel the audience, the audience has to feel the orchestra,” said architect Frank Gehry on his design of the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, which opened in 2017. “When they do that, the orchestra plays better, and the audience hears better.” What is it about design that brings music to life?  


Aspen Ideas Festival

The spring of 2013 marked the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan has gone on long enough that children born after 9/11 are now old enough to enlist in the military. Is there any path out of conflict for Iraq and Afghanistan — for the United States, or for the citizens of the war-weary countries?

  Katie Couric recounts the 2016 Presidential Election with Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.

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For centuries, humans’ relationship with animals has been related to use and utility. Scientists are now delving into more complex understanding of our fellow creatures. Seeing birds of prey up close offers a chance to appreciate both the evolutionary science — and the emotional beauty of raptors.

This week: a special Aspen Ideas Festival episode. Host Alycin Bektesh is joined by Dan Porterfield, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, Gillian Tett, US managing editor of the Financial Times, and Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for the Washington Post and host of the "Cape Up" podcast.

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Starting July 1, you must be 21 or older to buy tobacco products in Basalt.

The Roaring Fork Valley’s federal representatives are split on what should be required for low-income families to get food assistance.


Artist Tyler Sean Makes His Aspen Debut

Jun 29, 2018
Tyler Sean

Artist Tyler Sean’s show “a collection of pretty things” is currently on display at the Aspen Art Gallery. Sean wants to challenge the way viewers interpret art.

Tyler Sean, a twenty-three year old from South Florida, started his career in his parent’s basement. He was recently named the “best rising artist” in 2017 from Art Basel Miami. He makes his Aspen debut this weekend.

Sean mixes mediums and combines what he calls “unlike things.” He says he wants his art to force his viewers to perceive in a different way.


What is a university if not a true marketplace of ideas — a place where scholarly pursuits in a wide range of subjects can be nurtured and questioned, where crosscurrents of diverse thought and perspectives can co-exist?

The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission agreed to an updated version of the Mid-Valley Area Community Plan Thursday night. This is the document which guides land-use decisions in the part of Eagle County around Basalt.


Aspen Ideas Festival

   Atlanta-based defense attorney and #BillionDollarLawyer Drew Findling shares the stage with his client, international hip-hop star Kiari Cephus — known onstage as Offset, one third of the music trio Migos — to discuss the intersection of criminal justice, race, and hip-hop. These issues, common themes in hip-hop music, reflect deeply rooted societal schisms which play out endlessly in the collateral consequences of criminal conviction and mass incarceration.