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Changes to the Basalt whitewater park are nearly complete, just in time to protect fish.

On Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans gathered to caucus. It’s the first step in determining who will be on the ballot this November.

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At their meeting Thursday morning, the board of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will vote on a resolution, which would ban alcohol consumption on buses.

Last week, Aspen School District raised teacher salaries by more than 5 percent. The district said this is meant to improve teacher retention and, ultimately, students’ experience in the classroom.

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At a meeting Tuesday, Pitkin County Commissioner Greg Poschman said he’d like to see real efforts to eliminate plastic.

Diane Mitsch Bush is a Democrat who hopes to be facing Scott Tipton for the District 3 House Seat this November.

Karl Hanlon is a Democrat who hopes to be opposing Scott Tipton for the District 3 House seat this November. He recently sat down with Aspen Public Radio's Wyatt Orme.

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Caucusing is kind of like a locker room huddle before a game. The team figures out which players will play and get one another pumped up.  

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January marked a new era in recycling: China stopped accepting certain types of paper and plastics from abroad. This means companies like Roaring Fork Valley collector Waste Management have had to find new buyers. And they’ve had to adapt in other ways, too. In the second story in a series, we explore what this means for the industry — and what role consumers play.

Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate's mission is to provide academic and extracurricular support to motivated middle and high school students who would be the first generation in their families to graduate from college. David Smith, Executive Director of Pre Collegiate explains who they serve and why their non-profit is essential in the Roaring Fork School District. 

The candidates for Carbondale’s Board of Trustees will be interviewed Monday night at the Third Street Center.

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Before the first of the year, most of the recycling collected in the Roaring Fork Valley—and across the country—ultimately found its way to China. But China is no longer accepting items like paper and plastic from abroad. So what happens to your empty cans, bottles and boxes after you toss them in the bin?

This week, Alycin Bektesh is joined by Curtis Wackerle, editor for the Aspen Daily News, Jason Auslander, reporter with the Aspen Times, and Samuel Bernal, of Radio LaTricolor.    

The Aspen School District has announced a new salary structure for teachers that raises pay by more than 5 percent for the upcoming school year.

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Beginning next month, traffic in and out of Aspen will be delayed and detoured as the city works to improve a popular bike path.

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On Sunday, the Aspen Art Museum will host an afternoon of activities entirely in Spanish. 

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Garfield County is working to drum up support for a new natural gas facility on the Western Slope.

Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you all the news from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron meets with our neighbors to the north about climate action, and we’ll hear an update on Sandra Lopez, the woman currently in sanctuary in Carbondale.

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Sandra Lopez, who’s in sanctuary in Carbondale with her young daughter, hasn’t stepped outside in four months. The two are living in the parsonage belonging to the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Lopez will remain there for however long, feeling she has no choice.

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New research from the University of Colorado-Boulder has established a link between a warming climate and extinction of a common mountain wildflower.

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