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One of Aspen’s newspapers has a new editor. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning is David Krause who has big plans for the Aspen Times.

 

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes some of the newest members of the team at Aspen Public Radio, at 3:30 p.m.

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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is leading a march in Washington D.C. Friday to demonstrate their continued efforts to meet with President Donald Trump. Locally, the valley’s Ute Tribe representatives will gather to show their solidarity.

Aspen Public Radio

On Feb. 9, an online threat closed down-valley schools and sent Aspen High School into a lockout. Later that day, the FBI said it was a scam, and so the story went, until two weeks ago.

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U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton spoke to more than 5,000 constituents for an hour Wednesday evening, in a so-called “tele town hall.”

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Claire Woodcock present a compilation of the week’s news.

  The Aspen Institute is hosting two traffic-experts in an open lecture Thursday about new solutions to the upper-valley’s congestion problems. Reporter Alycin Bektesh has been covering the Institute’s Community Forum on Transportation and Mobility and joins news director Carolyn Sackariason in conversation about the upper-valley’s long standing traffic woes.

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The U.S. Forest Service has approved a plan for an alpine coaster and other recreation options at Copper Mountain Resort. A similar plan in Snowmass is still under review.

The class of 2017 will graduate from area high schools in June. Caps and gowns will fill bleachers and auditoriums, as proud parents take pictures. One man, Pat Henry, is sure to be sitting in the audience.

On this week's show, Chip Comins and Abby Stern of the American Renewable Energy Institute and ARE Day Summit with a preview of this summer's event.

Courtesy of U.S. Department of the Interior

Last month, Congressional Republicans made initial moves to repeal a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas development. This BLM regulation is modeled, in part, after a state law in Colorado. News director Carolyn Sackariason sat down with environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy to talk about how such a repeal would affect Coloradans.

The results of a public outreach campaign regarding new affordable rental housing in Aspen are in and on display as of Wednesday.

Carbondale Chamber of Commerce

The town of Carbondale’s lodging tax increased 17 percent between 2015 and 2016. The five years between 2011 to 2016: 109 percent.

Courtesy of Wilderness Workshop

Aspen City Council approved requests Monday night to fund two studies that are designed to analyze the risks to the town’s future water supply.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Jay Parker knows his way around Aspen’s mine tunnels. He’s spent about 40 years working at the Smuggler Mine. On a recent tour, he added consideration of water storage to the history and geology that he provides.

Eagle County

On Monday, Eagle County launched a program it hopes will get the public more invested in improving their communities. It’s called the Neighborhood Partnership Program.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

   As the City of Aspen lays the groundwork for an overhaul of the historic pedestrian malls, input is sought from the public.

Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio

 Welcome to Valley Roundup.

 

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, who spoke via Skype, and in the studio, Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times and Barbara Platts, digital content manager at Aspen Public Radio.

Bruce Gordon, the founder and president of EcoFlight, blends the love of the land with the love of flying to provide a birds-eye perspective on how the lands that surround us are changing. 

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News Director Carolyn Sackariason speaks with reporter Alycin Bektesh about a proposed chain store ordinance that has its second reading in front of Aspen City Council Monday night.

Eagle County

Eagle County is creating a new citizen advisory committee on housing.

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