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Government transparency, civil discourse and what to do now that the town manager has quit are issues facing the town of Basalt. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Scott Condon, reporter for the Aspen Times, Cindy Hirschfeld, editor of Aspen Sojourner Magazine and Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt.

You can hear more of the conversation which includes Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle at 3:30 p.m. on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

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A scheduled draining of Harvey Gap Reservoir and the corresponding fish salvage has been postponed at least a year because of a leaky ditch.

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  Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump showed up about three hours late to his own party in Aspen last night.

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In an attempt to clarify Colorado law regarding rentals, lawyers presented at an event hosted by the Aspen Young Professionals on Tuesday.

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Local photographer and filmmaker Peter McBride will be featured tonight as part of the MountainSummit: Mountainfilm festival.

 This week on Cross Currents, The Little Nell Hotel is hosting a BBQ cookoff with top Aspen chefs to benefit the Aspen Homeless Shelter Thursday.

Basalt residents packed the town council chambers Tuesday night in the wake of town manager Mike Scanlon’s resignation last Friday. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy reports.

 

 

 

Over a dozen people criticized town council and voiced support for Scanlon, who had been town manager for nearly four years.

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Summer in downtown Aspen is bright with colorful flowers and green parks, and many of those spaces are also working hard to clean up runoff from storms before it hits the river.

  The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is resurrecting a program for sexual assault victims in the valley. The SANE program, which stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, has been dormant for four years. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with District Attorney Sherry Caloia about the effort.

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More than 70 Park City business people, government officials and nonprofit leaders are planning a visit to Aspen next month as part of their annual pilgrimage to other ski resort towns.

On Cross Currents this week is Carol Cisco and Scott McHale, architects and designers with Designing for Veterans and the Aspen Veteran Recovery Ranch.

Deaf, not disabled

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One of the valley’s oldest nonprofits is tucked away under Snowmass Mountain. It’s a summer camp - offering attendees a real taste of nature. The campers can see stars and mountains - but they can’t hear the birds or rushing water. It’s the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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 Veteran political journalist Ken Rudin moderated a discussion last night with Colorado’s Democratic and Republican party leaders.

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Bears are crafty and have good memories, and when they’re hungry, it’s a lot easier to dig into the neighbor’s trash than to find a dozen pounds of berries.

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In an effort to increase voter registration, primarily among young, first time voters, the state of Colorado has launched a system that allows people to register by sending a text.

Mike Pritchard, Executive Director of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, RFMBA, shares the organization's recent success with trail systems in New Castle, and the organization's future goals and trail projects. Adam Cornely of New Castle Trails and Charlie Eckart, RFMBA Board President, also contribute. 

Learn more about RFMBA and how you can get involved at www.RFMBA.org, and visit the New Castle Trails Facebook page for volunteer opportunities and trail updates. 

What will be four days after Basalt town manager Mike Scanlon resigned, elected officials plan to take up his surprise departure at a scheduled meeting this week.

On Friday afternoon, Scanlon officially notified the town he was leaving his post and wants 12 months of severance. When asked by Aspen Public Radio at 4 p.m. that afternoon if he was quitting, he quickly rebuffed the notion. Within an hour, he resigned.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

All of the tearing down of homes and buildings in Pitkin County means most of that debris is heading to the landfill, which has 15 years left of life on it. City of Aspen officials are considering making it mandatory to recycle that material.

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The majority of construction waste in the valley is going straight to the county landfill and elected officials are hoping to curb some of that. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex, publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation at 3:30 p.m. today.

 

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The Colorado Secretary of State’s office is considering initiatives for the November ballot, and a group that wants to see questions about fracking requirements claims the agency is biased.

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