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Corbett and Grace Lunsford have been on the road for six months, without ever leaving their home. Their mobile living space serves as a model for efficient and sustainable buildings. This week, they parked their home in Carbondale to give tours.

Elise Thatcher

  The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation has agreed to take a loss in selling land to the Town of Basalt. The CDC owns land along the Roaring Fork River that the town is eyeing to turn into a community park. A ballot measure posed to the voters this fall will ask if the town should buy that land for the appraised value  - $2.9 million. Currently, the CDC owes more than that amount on the land, and would be taking a loss.

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  Just months after completing a $14 million renovation, the Pitkin County Library will spend another half-million dollars on a new roof.

Prior to the Nov. 8 election, Colorado voters will receive a booklet of information about the measures that will show up on their ballots. This is the last week for the public to submit statements to be included in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights “blue book.”

Courtesy of Aspen Global Change Institute

Kidney expert Dr. Richard Johnson discusses how climate change relates to the evolution of mankind tonight as part of the Aspen Global Change Institute’s public speaker series.

 

Johnson, who is the chief of the renal division and hypertension at the University of Colorado, researches kidney disease, diabetes and obesity, and he has found connections to climate change in his studies.

Courtesy of www.garfield-county.com

The state approved 22 oil and gas wells in a Battlement Mesa residential community late last week.

Rebecca Mirsky is the Development Director at Wilderness Workshop, and oversees the Artist in Wilderness Program. The program invites artists for a one-week residency in the Aspen area, where they create art inspired by the places that Wilderness Workshop is working to protect. Mirsky also discusses the organization's summer guided hike series, local lecture series, and volunteer opportunities.

Courtesy of USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will need to reconsider designating the southern Rockies for special protection for lynx.

City of Aspen

  The City of Aspen is looking to upgrade their “bike friendly” status.

This week on Valley Roundup:

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

 

   

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 An Aspen Pitkin Housing Authority unit may stay occupied by an allegedly non-compliant tenant for another year.

A challenge to the City of Aspen’s bag-fee ordinance was accepted by the Colorado Supreme Court this week. Detractors question the City Council’s authority to implement and collect funds without bringing the question to voters.

The Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Canyon will be closed tomorrow as volunteer crews work on final stages of a restoration project.

Colorado Department of Transportation

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced yesterday that the four month rockfall mitigation project in Glenwood Canyon is officially complete.

Author Luis Alberto Urrea  has been called a “border writer” - penning novels and nonfiction works cataloging stories of immigration from Mexico to the United States.

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Officials with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails are asking for public input on recent changes at North Star Nature Preserve.

 This week on Cross Currents is the second part of the conversation with Weston Boyles of Rios to Rivers, a local non profit for cultural and environmental education.

Aspen Public Radio News

For the first time in about 15 years, the Aspen-area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife may live in the Aspen area.

Grassroots TV

The Basalt Town council approved a pair of public land ballot measures after debating the specific language of the questions late into the evening Tuesday night.

Question 2A asks voters to approve a purchase of property along the Roaring Fork River currently owned by the Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation.

Question 2B will ask voters if the town can take on debt to make that purchase.

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