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This week, a local immigration rights activist took sanctuary in a Carbondale church. There’s a freeze on some land-use applications in the mid-valley, and a long-debated Aspen project is sneaking back into the picture. The doors are still closed at Justice Snow's, an Aspen restaurant, while city council discusses its fate. And Coloradans are expecting to pay much more for health care next year.

 

Next week, crews will be replacing signs in the Hanging Lake Tunnel; traffic will be delayed all night and into the morning.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio News

Aspen residents will see a tax measure on their ballot this election. The question asks voters to approve a tax on tobacco products. Reporter Alycin Bektesh joins producer Christin Kay to talk about the reasons behind the measure, and who it might affect.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Nordic skiers Simi Hamilton and Noah Hoffman are headed to Europe to compete on the World Cup circuit and then on to Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Hamilton is the top male Nordic racer in the U.S., ranked 9th in the world.

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On Tuesday night, Sandra Lopez, a local immigrant rights activist, went into sanctuary in Carbondale. She’s now living with her two-year-old daughter in the basement the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist church’s parsonage.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County Commissioners are set to adopt a climate action plan that details how county departments can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Outdoor Education program at Aspen Middle School is pretty unique. Teachers lead students into the wilderness with the goal of teaching leadership, teamwork and resilience. This isn’t a club or an afterschool activity; a whole school week is dedicated to the experience. The program is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Electric bikes have cruised to popularity, and local governments are scrambling to keep up. Changes in state laws have left a patchwork of policies, and e-bikers aren’t always sure where they can ride. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy took to the trails to check out the new technology and brings us this report.

Silt resident Sandra Lopez – a mother of three and an immigrant rights leader – is taking sanctuary with a Carbondale church. She's one of five people in the state trying to avoid deportation by living in a church or temple. This makes Colorado the state with the most people seeking sanctuary in a place of worship in order to avoid deportation.

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Off-highway vehicles, like ATVs, have long been illegal on Pitkin County roads, but the policy hasn’t been enforced. That will change soon.

 

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Motorists will encounter delays in downtown Aspen today as the city works to realign a popular intersection.

Eagle County

Eagle County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 on Monday night to enact a six-month moratorium on zone-change applications.

Aspen Community Theatre provides scholarships to graduating seniors who are pursuing an education in theatre. Producer, Rita Hunter, says the best wat to get involved with ACT is to go to a show, and Monty Python's Spamalot is just around the corner. 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails officials are facing one of their biggest years yet. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy details on the 2018 budget.

LoVa

Last week, the Glenwood Springs City Council promised New Castle $15,000 for a trail to connect the two communities. As New Castle sets about applying for grant money, every drop in the bucket counts.

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Law enforcement officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) say they’re seeing more hunters using drones to track wildlife. 

Next Generation Advisory Commission is under fire after suggesting trade-downs as a way of opening up employee housing units.

Christin Kay and Alycin Bektesh bring you this week's news from the Roaring Fork Valley.  

Ballots are in the mail for this fall's upcoming election, so let's talk local issues.  Plus, we've watched in shock as wildfires devastate California; a fire expert says wildfires are changing because of the influence of humans. Also, are e-bikes the solution to the Roaring Fork Valley's traffic troubles?  

Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

Several environmental watchdog groups, including Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop, are formally protesting the sale of oil and gas leases on public lands in northwest Colorado.

Aspen Public Radio

WE-cycle will ask local governments this Thursday for another year of funding, and the organization thinks e-bikes could be a solution to the valley’s heavy traffic.

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