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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Vail Resorts bought Whistler this week for $1 billion. How that will affect attracting guests to Aspen/Snowmass is a question industry observers are asking.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The news that the Bureau of Land Management plans to cancel 25 oil and gas leases on the Thompson Divide has all sides reacting.



How Aspen/Snowmass will compete against Vail Resorts now that the conglomerate bought Whistler is on the minds of many. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Scott Condon, reporter for the Aspen Times, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times and Snowmass Sun and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.


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

The Aspen Skiing Co. has released its 2016-17 season pass price structure.


Most pass prices rose slightly with skiers and riders paying between $30 and $50 more than last year. The Premier Pass, providing unlimited skiing and riding on all four mountains, costs $1,799 if purchased before Sept. 9. The same pass with a chamber of commerce discount is $1,299. Prices go up after the super early season deadline.

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The Pitkin County Republicans announced yesterday that presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in Aspen Aug. 25. The event will be a fundraiser held at a private home. Tickets range from $2,700 for individual attendance to $25,000 for a couple, which would get them a VIP meeting and photo with him.

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The City of Aspen will hold its first “Citizens Academy” this fall. Municipal governments from across the country have used similar programs to help residents get to know the inner-workings of their local government, and Aspen is now following suit.

Colorado Department of Transportation

The I-70 Glenwood Canyon will be open today due to early completion of rock fall mitigation work.

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  Residents of the Crystal River Valley met in Marble on Tuesday to learn more about what a federal Wild and Scenic designation on that river would mean.

After three years away from his post, Dave Ressler, the former CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital, is taking his old job back, because like many who move to Aspen and then leave, he realizes that life is good here. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason asked him what drove his decision to return.


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Pitkin County developed a dirty reputation earlier this year when it was revealed that the average citizen produces 10 pounds of waste per day. In response, officials have launched a campaign to change people’s trashy behavior.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Elected officials from Pitkin and Gunnison counties met in Redstone yesterday to reiterate enthusiasm for a trail connecting Crested Butte and Carbondale.


The proposed 74-mile trail is in the early stages of a complicated development process, but is seeing some progress. Discussions about such a trail began in the 1990s and finally picked up steam this year when Governor Hickenlooper tagged the area on the “16 in 2016” list that identified the state’s highest priority trails.

Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

Glenwood Canyon will be closed again this Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., forcing many motorists to seek alternate routes.

Aspen Public Radio News

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is making it official: protecting biodiversity is more important than recreation. A new policy focuses on preserving natural habitats, even if that means keeping some areas closed to humans.

Roaring Fork Mountain Association, or RFMBA, Executive Director Mike Pritchard shares the organization's trail projects and how they benefit more than just mountain bikers in the Roaring Fork Valley. RFMBA Board Vice President, Todd Fugate, also contributes.

Visit www.RFMBA.org to learn more about the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and past, current , and future trail building projects.

Courtesy City of Aspen

The city of Aspen engineering department is taking to heart citizens comments about getting around town on foot and on bike.

Aspen Public Radio News

The City of Aspen hosted an open-house discussion last week about its water rights to build reservoirs on Maroon and Castle creeks, but interested locals still have a lot of questions.


  The final two events in the 2016 Hurst Lecture series are Friday and Monday.

The BLM’s recent announcement that it’s canceling oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide has environmentalists applauding the decision and industry executives preparing for litigation. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Collin Szewczyk, reporter for the Aspen Daily News, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.


You can hear more of the conversation at 3:30 p.m. today.


Courtesy of Aspen Valley Land Trust

Aspen Valley Land Trust won an award for its creativity and vision in purchasing the land at the iconic Marble Basecamp. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has the details.

For about 50 years, Aspen Middle School has used property in Marble as a base camp for its flagship eighth grade outdoor education.

Denver Post

Hillary Clinton toured a local tie company and held a public rally during a visit to Colorado yesterday.