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Aspen TREE Co-Directors Eden Vardy and River Morgan share the history of the organization and the inspiration behind the work of Aspen TREE. Vardy became inspired after taking an Environmental Literacy class at Aspen High School, which would lead him to pursue his undergraduate and graduate degrees focused on positive environmentalism.

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The younger generation is making strides to grow the local food movement in the valley while also getting involved on a national level to support farmers’ rights. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts visited several area farms, and gives us this report.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The amount of health insurance options on the Western Slope is dwindling. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Curtis Wackerle, editor at the Aspen Daily News, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times, and Ryan Hoffman, editor of the Rifle Citizen Telegram. You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today on Aspen Public Radio news.

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Pitkin County officials hosted an open house last night to present the latest iteration of conceptual plans for an expanded airport. Carolyn Sackariason has more.

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Authorities have suspended their search for climber David Cook after five days of ground and air searches in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area.

Former state Sen. Gail Schwartz, a Democrat who used to live in Snowmass Village, is challenging Republican Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez in the race for Colorado’s Third Congressional District.

On Cross Currents this week, Eden Vardy of Aspen Tree and Dawn Shepard of Meatless Monday on the Aspen Fall Festival on Sunday Oct. 2 at Aspen Tree.

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Amendment 69 - “ColoradoCare” A “yes” vote would change the state constitution to set up a universal health care system, a “no” vote would keep health care as is.

Pitkin County commissioners decided Tuesday to spend $250,000 to build a turnaround area for oversized trucks heading up Independence Pass. The turnaround will be located right before the winter closure gate on Highway 82. It’s part of a two-pronged approach aimed at preventing semi trucks and other vehicles longer than 35 feet from going over the narrow stretch. The Colorado Department of Transportation, or CDOT, will spend $200,000 to install a detection system a mile west of the turnaround...

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Transportation engineers are planning to significantly alter Highway 82 so that semi trucks and other over-sized vehicles cannot physically travel up Independence Pass. Increased fines and road warnings to large truck drivers haven’t stopped them from heading over the pass. So, the latest proposal involves creating such a tight turning radius before the closure gate that over-length vehicles wouldn’t be able to go through. Instead, they would be directed to a new truck turnaround designed for...

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Watching the first presidential debate tonight? Follow along with NPR as they fact check the comments and claims that are made. Starting at 9PM EST, a live transcript will appear in this article.

Sloan Shoemaker, Executive Director of Wilderness Workshop, and Will Roush, Conservation Director of Wilderness Workshop, discuss the organization's role in conserving and protecting public lands today and what the future holds. Challenges include overpopulation and climate change, but the Workshop remains optimistic. Visit www.WildernessWorkshop.org for more information and links to events and membership.

The legal bills are mounting in the town of Basalt after a tumultuous year for the municipality.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy present a compilation of the week’s news.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. A massive illegal pot grow near Rifle got busted up this week and over a dozen Chinese nationals working the crop were arrested. Police think they may be the victims of slave labor. 3,000 pot plants seized in illegal Garfield County grow And in nearby Battlement Mesa, residents are trying to stave off a wastewater injection well from being put in their backyards. Garfield County declines to intervene on injection well in Battlement Mesa

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After eight years of stalled development at Base Village in Snowmass, a new development group, which includes the Aspen Skiing Company, is taking over. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor at the Aspen Daily News and Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News. You can hear more of the conversation which includes Randy Essex, editor and publisher of Glenwood Post Independent at 3:30 p.m. on Aspen Public Radio news.

The replacement for a local judge has been narrowed down to three candidates. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

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A recent split in a citizen’s group in Pitkin County is a bad sign for local democracy, according to one of the founders of the caucus system.

The Colorado End of Life Options Act, Proposition 106, is discussed this week on Cross Currents. Guests include proponent Randi Lowenthal and opponent Carrie Ann Lucas, along with Rabbi David Segal.

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