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Canine Outreach Care & Rescue seeks to ensure that as many dogs as possible avoid suffering and injury. Dedicated to helping needy families pay for life threatening and emergency veterinary expenses, Canine Outreach Care & Rescue provides funds to pay for veterinary care. Co-founders Sarah Simms and Sandro Torres explain how their non-profit came about. 

This week, voters approved a tax increase to help fund Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. The City of Aspen said it's close to reaching settlement agreements with some of the groups who oppose its work to retain rights to build reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks. And Basalt Town Council is anticipating the same housing issues that Aspen now dealing with.

Garfield County

Garfield County’s Commissioners will decide Monday if they’ll sign an amicus brief supporting the state’s “Raise the Bar” amendment, which would make it so voters from around the state would need to give input on any changes to Colorado’s constitution.


Aspen police are asking city council to approve a new law aimed at keeping people from harassing wildlife. It comes amid growing concerns about public safety — and the health of local bears.


The Roaring Fork Transportation Agency (RFTA) held a retreat with its board members on Thursday. They discussed a possible property tax, which could go on the ballot in November.

Two local filmmakers are bringing the story of Roaring Fork Valley farmers to the big screen. The award-winning documentary “How We Grow” makes its home premiere this weekend.

This week on Mountain Edition, hosts Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you the biggest news from the Roaring Fork Valley.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Wheeler Opera House is preparing for a busy season with a month-long closure for improvements.

Courtesy of Ann Mullins

Aspen city councilmember Ann Mullins was among elected representatives from five mountain communities who traveled to Washington D.C. last week. They were there with the advocacy group Mountain Pact.

Crown Mountain Park

Voters decided to fund a property tax increase for Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel.

This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series, partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

Alycin Bektesh

This January, Aaron Million filed a claim for water on the Green River, with plans to divert it to Colorado’s Front Range. The proposal, and the many objections filed in response to it, have raised questions about just how much water is available from the Colorado River and its tributaries.

Courtesy of Wilderness Workshop

The City of Aspen is making progress toward settlement in a state water court case regarding storage rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks.


The town of Basalt’s general fund, in 2017, ended around $230,000 below revenues.


Tuesday is the last day to cast a ballot for Aspen’s Fire Protection District board of directors.

On Monday, the Garfield County Commissioners will consider giving the Roaring Fork School District nearly $40,000 to design a safer way to walk and bike to Riverview School.

Bureau of Land Management

The federal government has released plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas development near sage grouse habitat, including changes to Colorado's plan.

Valley Roundup - May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018

This week on Valley Roundup, we get the good the bad and the ugly from the 2018 Colorado Legislative session, Snowmass Village may be coming around on legal marijuana, how will e bikes change our trials? And we appreciate Aspen for what it is, season in and season out, awesome or not.

Thousands of Colorado teachers rallied at the capitol last week, protesting what they see as inadequate school funding. Several districts canceled class for the day because they couldn’t find enough substitutes. The Roaring Fork School District remained open, but some of its teachers went to Denver.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Stream flows in the Roaring Fork watershed are slowly creeping upward, but the effects of this winter’s low snowpack are already showing.