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The Aspen Institute is taking on an ambitious project — finding a solution to a decades-old problem. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, and Lauren Glendenning, editor of the Aspen Times.

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today right here on Aspen Public Radio news.

Basalt joined forces with Aspen, Snowmass and Pitkin County this week in hiring an attorney to negotiate “franchise agreements” with Comcast.

Students in the Roaring Fork School District will start classes two weeks late next year.

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Snowmaking operations are transforming Rio Grande Park in Aspen into a snow polo field.

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

Topics include:

  • The City of Aspen works on reducing the volume of construction waste headed for the landfill

  • Organizers of the Aspen Ideas Festival gear up for next year’s gathering

  • Aspen Skiing Company’s workforce hits town

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 The cast consists of 19 students from seven schools throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. They have been rehearsing for two months to bring the adaptation of the Tim Burton hit to the stage.

 

As Aspen police officers increasingly respond to calls related to drugs and alcohol, homelessness and other mental health related issues, a new kind of policing has emerged. Elected officials recently signed off on a one hundred thousand dollar experiment to see if dedicating one highly trained officer helps in the field. Carolyn Sackariason spoke with Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor about the new — and unprecedented — position he’s creating.  

Carbondale’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to appoint a new trustee.

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If you are sitting in traffic today, an expert who has been studying Highway 82 for decades will tell you it’s not going to get any better anytime soon.

 

Transportation expert Jim Charlier offered no real solutions when he presented to a crowd of 60 at the Wheeler Opera House as part of the kick-off to the Aspen Institute’s Community Forum on Mobility and Transportation Series.

 

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It’s a cold night in early December. It’s already pitch black outside, even though it’s just after 5 p.m. A few snowflakes are coming down, which is a good sign for those whose entire jobs rely on snowfall.

In June 2016, Carbondale became a designated Colorado Creative District, a big deal for the town of Carbondale and a huge accomplishment for Amy Kimberly, the Executive Director of Carbondale Arts. Kimberly and Corey Simpson, the Executive Artistic Director for Thunder River Theatre Company and member of the Carbondale Creative District Governing Council, discuss the importance of the designation and the long-term vision for Carbondale and its creative professionals, organizations, and businesses.  

As fallout from the presidential election continues, organizers of the Aspen Ideas Festival are pivoting. They want to make sure the issues facing the United States and the world are fully debated this upcoming summer.

In November, voters allowed Pitkin County to provide broadband services.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

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Property tax revenue has plummeted in Garfield County as the natural gas industry has slowed down. As a result, the future of public services like libraries looks bleak.

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  Underneath Aspen’s quaint brick-lined walking malls is a crumbling infrastructure of corroded water lines, sewage systems and utility lines. Today is the kick off of a five-phase facelift for the city’s pedestrian malls.

Aspen Public Radio

In a report published last week, the state predicted teacher shortages will only get worse in the years to come.

  On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Wyatt Orme present a compilation of the week’s news.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

State Sen. Kerry Donovan was in Aspen Dec. 2 to check in with her constituents ahead of the 2017 legislative session.

Glenwood Springs Police Department

On any given night in Glenwood Springs, police officer Levi Blount could deal with meth addicts or stop-sign-runners, and there’s a decent chance both will ask where’s he from.

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