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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.

Elise Thatcher

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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 The June 5 closing date on Aspen mountain marked quite a lengthy ski season. But there are valley locals who push the extended season to the extreme. On June 20, the longest day of the year, Ann Driggers was hoofing it up Independence Pass, seeking a few more turns.

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 There will be heavy security at the Aspen Ideas Festival and around town with the arrival of the vice president, secretary of state, attorney general, other cabinet members and world leaders.

 

 This week on Cross Currents, Kitty Boone, Vice President, Public Programs at the Aspen Institute on this year's Aspen Ideas Festival.

We caught up with each of the candidates to hear about why they are running for Pitkin County commissioner and how long they've lived in Aspen. Watch the video below to find out more.

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We’ve reached a point in civilization where there is no place on Earth that a human hasn’t influenced. It is up to us now to keep as much as possible wild.

 

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  The Forest Service has been gearing up for the busy summer season. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher sat down with Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer about changes that visitors and locals can expect this summer, besides a price increase for visiting the Maroon Bells.

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  Driving for Uber can be hit or miss in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a ride with a local who’s doing that with an electric twist.

 Greg Poschman, Scott Writer and Hawk Greenway are all longtime valley residents vying for the Pitkin County commissioner seat. Aspen Public Radio has profiled each candidate and asked them where they stand on some of the biggest issues facing the county. Here's what they said.

Michael Buglione / Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

Wildlife experts confirmed Monday which mountain lion was involved in last week’s attack on a child in Woody Creek.

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