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This weekend, Aspen’s Rio Grande Park will host the World Snow Polo Championships, but nature hasn’t been cooperating.

 

Eagle County

In November's election, Eagle County voted overwhelmingly for a recreational pot tax. The revenue will be used for mental health services.

The Aspen Skiing Company is the valley’s largest employer, and the local economy relies on people traveling to Aspen and Snowmass to ski. But, as of now, there is just a 10-inch base on Aspen Mountain, and two resorts aren't even open.

 

 

United Health Foundation

Colorado is the country’s seventh healthiest state, according to United Health Foundation. The state’s rates of obesity and diabetes are the nation’s lowest.

Earlier this week, Aspen City Council heard an update on how the community can reach its lofty goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It's going to take some teamwork.

The tension between the U.S. and North Korea has ratcheted up in the past year.  

Go Snowmass

This week, service members and veterans will gather in Aspen and Snowmass for Challenge America’s first-ever Military Ski Week.

An annual community survey shows Aspenites are mainly satisfied with their quality of life.

Courtesy of Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Dry weather statewide means many ski areas have limited terrain. Skiers and riders who want more might be looking into backcountry options. Right now, avalanche danger is low, but that could change with the next snowfall.

  This week, National Monuments take a hit, a trail along the Crystal River becomes a dividing line, an effort continues to turn private land into a public amenity and how a federal tax overhaul would affect the valley

The the granting committee of the Basalt Education Foundation considers a grant request from a teacher or administrator, they look at a few key components. They explain how they want the students to have the best education possible.

Garfield County Coroner

The Garfield County Coroner’s office wants more money for autopsies and for the forensic pathologists who do them.

courtesy photo / facebook.com/C40Cities

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron spent last week representing Aspen’s sustainability goals at two separate conferences, first in Chicago and then in Dusseldorf, Germany.

It’s back to the drawing board for Basalt’s Pan and Fork property. The developer at the table, Lowe Enterprises, said Thursday it’s out after failing to see eye-to-eye with the town.

On this snowy afternoon, hosts Christin Kay and Claire Woodcock bring you the week's biggest local news stories.

whitehouse.gov

Congress is currently ironing out their differences on a tax overhaul.

Stay Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Highlands won’t open this week as planned. Instead, it’ll open Dec. 16.

Bob Wick, BLM via Flickr

Local conservation watchdog group Wilderness Workshop will celebrate the Antiquities Act Wednesday night at the Third Street Center gym in Carbondale.

The Pitkin County Board of Health got a primer on opioid use Tuesday. The nationwide health crisis has not left the valley untouched.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy

The City of Aspen has plans to buy land in Woody Creek that could one day become a reservoir, and officials hope to fill that reservoir using water rights the city has owned on Castle and Maroon creeks since 1971. But major questions remain about if this is possible — or necessary.

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