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On Thursday morning, authorities busted a pot growing operation in the White River National Forest, 16 miles south of Carbondale. The five-acre site contained 2,700 plants; authorities made one arrest.

On Tuesday, Basalt Town Council approved the Stott's Mill development, which has been more than a decade in the making.

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Claire Woodcock bring you a compilation of the week's news. 

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This week, senate Republicans once again tried to end the Affordable Care Act. The replacement plan, named after authors Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, needed 51 votes in order to pass. By Tuesday, it was clear there wasn’t enough support and so the vote did not happen.

On Tuesday, Gov. Hickenlooper appointed Rep. Bob Rankin of Carbondale to the Education Leadership Council, which aims to improve the state’s education system. Rankin wants Colorado’s young people to be better suited for the workplace.

The Wilderness, Nature, and Society Seminar is a part of the Socrates Program at the Aspen Institute. This seminar is centered on readings and discussions about sustainability, environmental philosophy and ethics. Participants hike in the Colorado Rockies and stay in the 10th Mountain Division Huts. 

In the wake of several high-profile decisions on immigration by President Trump, residents packed a room at the Glenwood Springs Library on Tuesday night to hear local leaders debate the issue.

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It’s been a particularly challenging summer season for Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA), with eight deaths in the Elk Mountain Range, including five on Capitol Peak.

 

A bear of a problem at Aspen's recycling center

Sep 26, 2017
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Bear activity in downtown Aspen is at an all time high this fall, and officials are urging people to secure their trash. Bad human behavior at the recycling center on Rio Grande Place is proving to be a challenge for Liz Chapman, who is the city’s waste reduction and environmental health specialist. Each morning, she picks up garbage that bears got into. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason joined her to talk about the problem.

City of Aspen

The city is working to make a busy Aspen intersection safer for cyclists.

 

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Bears Ears is one of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration. Recent reports indicate that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended a drastic reduction in its size.

Garfield County Housing Authority

The Trump administration’s budget proposes deep cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kate Gazunis, executive director of the Garfield County Housing Authority, has something to say about it.

At its meeting Tuesday, Basalt Town Council will consider the updated Stott's Mill application, a development proposal that’s been on their radar for many years.

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Aspen’s Truscott II affordable rental buildings were built through a partnership with the the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) and private partners. The contracts expire this year, which leaves room for new opportunities.

District Manager of our local chapter, Jonathan Gorst, says the importance of keeping the younger generation in our valley and how important that is for our future economy. They encourage the community to reach out to them directly.

Last month, Pitkin County released a report detailing the environmental impacts of proposed changes at the airport. The public can skip the 250-page document and learn about the project in person this week.

Valley Roundup for Sept. 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, David Krause, editor of The Aspen Times, and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

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Carbondale allows itself up to five retail pot shops, and, thus, five licenses are available. The town only has three shops open right now, which means less tax revenue.

Eagle County

On Tuesday, Eagle County won an award for its commitment to its seniors. AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, is adding Eagle County to its list of “age-friendly communities.”

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Wyatt Orme and Claire Woodcock bring you a compilation of the week's news.  

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