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Carolyn Sackariason

    A Carbondale resident didn’t come close to beating a current U.S. Representative in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District. Same goes for a Republican Garfield County Commissioner candidate. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports.

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Shining brightly on the Aspen Institute campus this week is a portal to another space. It’s a project of Shared Studios LLC. It’s a temporary set up, mirroring the gold-painted shipping containers placed in public areas all over the world that provide audio and video connection to other portals. Or, more accurately, provide human connection.

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  Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

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  City of Aspen officials want to have more parking available in front of shops and businesses downtown. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, it appears to be working.

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John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, spoke about the fight against violent extremism at the Aspen ideas festival yesterday.

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Having served as advisor under four different Presidents, both Republican and Democrat, there are few more acquainted with the demands of the office than David Gergen. Join Gergen and NPR’s Renee Montagne to explore which leadership qualities the next president needs most in order to succeed.

The Grand Avenue Bridge project in Glenwood Springs is on time, after chugging along for more than five months. A key goal now for the Colorado Department of Transportation is making sure river users know about upcoming closures.

Elise Thatcher

  Health insurance companies have submitted what coverage they want to offer in 2017. Only one carrier, Anthem, wants to sell individual plans in the Roaring Fork Valley through the state’s online marketplace.

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  As high-profile episodes of violence have highlighted the issue of use of excessive force and mistreatment of people of color by police, what is the way forward for law enforcement and the communities they are duty bound to “serve and protect”?

Kelly Murphy is the Executive Director of the Aspen Historical Society. She discusses the challenges and marks of success of the organization, as well as the future. Nina Gabianelli, vice president of education and programs, also contributes. 

To learn more about the Aspen Historical Society, visit www.aspenhistory.org, and to visit the archives, go to www.archiveaspen.org

Colorado’s primary election concludes tomorrow. Voters statewide are selecting candidates from within their parties to be listed on the November 8th general election ballot.

To date, just under 2,000 ballots have been received in Pitkin County. Already more ballots have been returned this year than the total amount returned in any of the five previous primary elections.

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Caitlyn Jenner, perhaps the world’s most famous trans-woman, closed Aspen Ideas Festival’s Spotlight Health yesterday. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

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The body of an unidentified middle-aged man was found floating in the Colorado River over the weekend. Commercial rafters discovered the body Saturday around noon just west of Glenwood Springs near the new Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Authorities believe the body had been in the river for days. An autopsy will be used to determine the probable cause of death and hopefully determine the victim’s identity.

 

The average annual cost of cancer drugs in the US now exceeds $100,000 and the price of more than 200 generic drugs doubled from 2013 to 2014. That puts them far out of reach for countess ailing people, including many with decent insurance.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

There is a primary election this month among three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. In a forum held this week, accusations flew from one candidate to another about conflicts of interest.

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Housing, open space dominate 'Squirm Night'

The first of our live broadcasts for the Aspen Ideas Festival took place Thursday, June 23. It was titled "The Future of Medicine."

 Conflicts of interest, tenures on volunteer boards, how open space and trails are managed and what ought to be done about a dearth in affordable housing in the valley were some of the hot button issues at a recent candidate forum for those vying for a Pitkin County commissioner seat. Joining news director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Aspen Times reporter Jason Auslander, Mick Ireland, columnist for the Aspen Daily News and Roger Marolt, a columnist for the Aspen Times and Snowmass Sun.

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The founder of the AREDAY summit told a crowded room in Snowmass yesterday that he has a better location to display the prehistoric finds in Snowmass. Ryer Gardenswartz reports.

Chip Comins, chairman and CEO of  AREDAY, said the Snowmass Discovery Center should serve as the grand entrance to Snowmass Village.

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Basalt may look at allowing marijuana businesses in a few more locations around town, after officials tightened up restrictions last summer.

 

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A fire north of the Roaring Fork Valley is getting lots of attention. The Beaver Creek Fire is near the Wyoming border and the town of Walden. Firefighters from Carbondale and Aspen are hoping to help put the blaze out. Crews from Aspen and Carbondale left Wednesday and Thursday after receiving a call for assistance.

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