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Wildfires across the west have forced thousands of people to evacuate and destroyed homes in suburban areas. Jennifer Balch, the director of CU Boulder’s Earth Lab, has studied the human impacts on the fire season and the expansion of the wildfire territory. She spoke with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

President of the board of directors for Aspen Community Theatre, Lynette Schlepp, says that ACT's shows are there to lighten things up when there's a lot going on in the world. Monty Python's Spamalot is a big undertaking, especially when it comes to the set. 

Roaring Fork School District

The Roaring Fork School District got students' PSAT and SAT test results back from last spring. Math scores are keeping up with the state average. Reading and writing, however, are not, which concerns the district's superintendent, Rob Stein.

Courtesy of Holy Cross Energy

This month, a local utility is offering discounts for energy-saving water tanks for livestock.

Screenshot from live video of signing

 The Roaring Fork Valley’s health insurance costs are already the highest in the state. Those numbers could rise again due to a presidential order signed yesterday.

Aspen Public Radio

On Tuesday, construction workers outside Carbondale were digging a natural gas pipeline and accidentally chopped through a fiber optic cable.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is joining forces with an organization started by Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron.

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you a compilation of news from the Roaring Fork Valley.

Topics include the Indigenous People's Day resolution passed by Aspen City Council, the creation of a route for the Crystal River trail, and reactions from state senators to President Trump's statements about changes to the Iran nuclear deal, as well as other local stories.  

Courtesy of Pitkin County

Pitkin County commissioners are moving forward with a plan to remove loose rocks from the Ute Trail.

 

 The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority has updated its website for the first time in 15 years.

Dan Bayer / Aspen Skiing Company

 

 This fall, the Aspen Skiing Company released a new ad campaign, branding their company with the hashtag “The Aspen Way.”

 

Aspen Strong’s mission is to raise awareness of and improve mental health in the Roaring Fork Valley.  The organization connects mental health resources and looks to start conversations about what it calls “mental hygiene.”

A law that passed last year in Colorado allows residents to capture and use rainwater for outdoor irrigation. As Roaring Fork Valley homeowners rely on weather patterns and natural cycles for their water supply, it's teaching them how to manage a scarce resource.

Elise Thatcher

The public will have a chance to get to know the candidates for Aspen School Board Wednesday.

Aspen Public Radio

When a CenturyLink fiber-optic cable was cut in Carbondale on Tuesday, many in the valley lost phone and Internet service.

Glenwood Springs Historical Society

In November, Garfield County will either make or break history, at least according to Bill Kight, the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Historical Society.

Denver Public Library and Dale Will

In 2016, Gov. Hickenlooper identified the Crystal River Valley as a key trail priority, and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is planning the route from Carbondale to the top of McClure Pass. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been reporting on the process and spoke with producer Christin Kay about the latest developments.

CDOT

Delays up to 30 minutes are expected Tuesday on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. A helicopter will be helping to repair rockfall fences.

Producer Rita Hunter says that because there is a limited amount of people in the valley that have theatre experience, there is a lot of sharing and collaborating. This is ACT's 41st year, and November's production will be there 75th show.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails program leases 240 acres of agricultural land to local farmers, and now the board is considering shouldering some of the costs for tools, too.

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