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The Colorado River District has one finalist — a local water attorney — for its general manager position.

Earlier this month, Joe Seeds was rescued by a Blackhawk helicopter and a Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) team. He had lost his way on Capitol Peak. Seeds was back in the valley yesterday to pick up his pack and campsite from Capitol Lake and stopped by the studio to talk with reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

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Hikers and hunters will soon be able to access public land acquired in a controversial land exchange earlier this year.

 

Windwalkers is a therapeutic riding and learning center in Carbondale. The organization offers physical therapy, counseling and workshops for veterans, kids and older adults, all centered around the healing power of horses.

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Pitkin County officials are working on a trail that will eventually connect Carbondale to Crested Butte. They’ve released possible routes for Pitkin County’s section, which runs to the top of McClure Pass. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy took a tour of the area, exploring both the history and the future of the corridor.

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A bus route between Parachute and Glenwood Springs is more popular than ever. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) dramatically increased its Hogback route for the Grand Avenue Bridge closure.

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Garfield County officials are considering a proposal for 55 new gas wells in a Battlement Mesa neighborhood. Two citizen groups are fighting the development.

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Giovanni Grosso and Malvina Canon sat outside the train station in Glenwood Springs. They seemed relaxed and a little bored. They’d been waiting for the train to come all day.

According to their website, Junior Achievement has contributed to the economics and business education of young people throughout the world. They say their unique system provides the training, materials, and support necessary to bolster the chances for student success.

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Since the Grand Avenue Bridge closed on Aug. 14, we’ve been told to ride the bus, but how many of us have? The Roaring Fork Transportation Agency (RFTA) released numbers recently to help give us an answer.

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Officials on the Garfield County planning and zoning commission are considering a proposal for another round of gas wells in a Battlement Mesa community.

Valley Roundup, Sept. 15, 2017

Sep 15, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me on Valley Roundup this week are Aspen Daily News columnist Mick Ireland and editor Curtis Wackerle, along with Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

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Several bears have been spotted in downtown Aspen looking for an easy meal. Earlier this week, a mom and two cubs had posted up in a tree on the Hyman Avenue mall. When the bears came down, photo takers surrounded them, trying to get selfies.

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On Sept. 5, the Trump administration announced its plans to phase out DACA, or “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” which is the Obama-era policy allowing children, who came to the U.S. illegally, to remain.

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Garfield County has a plan to improve their broadband, and the first priority is to reach the remotest parts of the county, where Internet is slowest.  

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and Wyatt Orme bring you compilation of the week's news. 

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  As wildfires burn across the west and communities regroup after devastating hurricanes in the south, Pitkin County officials discuss how to prepare for and prevent natural disasters.

The Reporter Two-Way: Transit report suggestions released

Sep 13, 2017

After 15 months, a 31-member task force has come up with a plan to significantly reduce traffic in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Tatjana Soli is the author of three published novels. She is in town this month as the Writer in Residence for Aspen Words.

Marci Krivonen

On Tuesday, residents of Rifle voted on new council members and retail pot questions.

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