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The Aspen Poets' Society was founded nine years ago with the mission to bring the written and spoken words of poetry to audiences in the Aspen area and beyond. The organization currently hosts monthly live poetry readings at Victoria's cafe in Aspen and works with local schools. Audiences are steadily growing, but as co-founders Kim Nuzzo and Lisa Max Zimet explain, it's time for the next phase of growth and expansion. 

Learn more about the Aspen Poets' Society and their monthly live poetry readings at www.aspenpoetsociety.com or 379-2136.  

Roaring Fork Tranportation Authority

The public still has one week to give feedback on an updated access control plan for the Rio Grande Railroad Corridor.

Creative Commons/Flickr/David Leo Veksler

By the year 2040, nearly 8 million people will call Colorado home. A new set of data shows the state’s population will grow by 40 percent. 

Rocky Mountain PBS and I-News examined numbers from the Census Bureau and state demographer. They released the data last week.

It shows Garfield County’s population will surpass 100,000 people sometime between 2035 and 2040. The latest population count shows 57,302 people live in the county. Most of the Western Slope, led by Garfield County, will experience strong growth between now and 2040.

Aspen Science Center secures a home

Oct 25, 2015

  After years of searching for a home, the Aspen Science Center has landed new digs downtown, albeit temporarily. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

The nonprofit will be moving into the Crystal Palace building and will operate from there for the winter, thanks to prominent landlord Mark Hunt. He owns the empty space on Hyman Avenue and has agreed to partner with the science center.

Earlier this year, the organization submitted a proposal to take over the old power plant off of Mill Street, which is owned by the city.

From The Belly Up Town Hall meeting on Base 2 Lodge Proposal, with Maurice Emmer, Ward Hauenstein, Dwayne Romero and Mark Hunt. Carolyn Sackariason moderates.

Valley Roundup - October 23rd, 2015

Oct 23, 2015

Guests this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Aspen Times columnists Roger Marolt and Andy Stone.

Independence Pass was temporarily closed due to inclement weather and stuck vehicles this morning. The pass is now open for through traffic.

Pitkin County

The budget for Pitkin County is getting reviewed ahead of a December deadline for adoption. The $104 million budget reflects upgrades to government buildings.

Each fall the county commissioners review every dollar the local government plans to spend in the coming year. In 2016, ongoing expenses like salaries, health services and public safety are rising by 1.7 percent. But, the overall budget will increase by 8.9 percent. That includes expected costs for a major construction project. Jon Peacock is county manager.

Every three years Stay Aspen Snowmass does a count of available lodging for stays under 30 days.

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