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The Basalt Education Foundation says that Colorado currently ranks 39th in the US per pupil funding. Their non-profit is very cognizant of what's happening at the state and federal level around public education.

Wyatt Orme

Colorado’s Sens. Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner co-sponsored the DREAM Act of 2017. It would grant residency to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, otherwise known as “Dreamers.”

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

On Monday, Aspen City Council will consider funding a project to tell the story of the John Denver Sanctuary.

This week, Basalt's Pan and Fork property is back in the news: The developer is out, the landowner is angry, and the town council is shaking its head. Latino families in the Roaring Fork Valley are discovering public education isn’t their only choice here. Also, Snowmass turns 50 this weekend.

Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you the biggest local news stories from the week. 

The meager early season snow could spell trouble for avalanches in the backcountry later on this spring, and Challenge America is hosting its first ever military ski week.  

Also, some local businesses are actually winners because of the bare mountains.  

People might have their rock skis out on the hill, but there’s nothing but smooth sailing ahead on Mountain Edition.

 

 

 

When Aspen Highlands opens Saturday, skiers and riders will have access to the most challenging in-bounds terrain in Aspen, thanks to the work of hard-core volunteers. These are the boot packers who help prepare the iconic Highland Bowl.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

This weekend, Aspen’s Rio Grande Park will host the World Snow Polo Championships, but nature hasn’t been cooperating.

 

Eagle County

In November's election, Eagle County voted overwhelmingly for a recreational pot tax. The revenue will be used for mental health services.

The Aspen Skiing Company is the valley’s largest employer, and the local economy relies on people traveling to Aspen and Snowmass to ski. But, as of now, there is just a 10-inch base on Aspen Mountain, and two resorts aren't even open.

 

 

United Health Foundation

Colorado is the country’s seventh healthiest state, according to United Health Foundation. The state’s rates of obesity and diabetes are the nation’s lowest.

Earlier this week, Aspen City Council heard an update on how the community can reach its lofty goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It's going to take some teamwork.

The tension between the U.S. and North Korea has ratcheted up in the past year.  

Go Snowmass

This week, service members and veterans will gather in Aspen and Snowmass for Challenge America’s first-ever Military Ski Week.

An annual community survey shows Aspenites are mainly satisfied with their quality of life.

Courtesy of Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Dry weather statewide means many ski areas have limited terrain. Skiers and riders who want more might be looking into backcountry options. Right now, avalanche danger is low, but that could change with the next snowfall.

  This week, National Monuments take a hit, a trail along the Crystal River becomes a dividing line, an effort continues to turn private land into a public amenity and how a federal tax overhaul would affect the valley

The the granting committee of the Basalt Education Foundation considers a grant request from a teacher or administrator, they look at a few key components. They explain how they want the students to have the best education possible.

Garfield County Coroner

The Garfield County Coroner’s office wants more money for autopsies and for the forensic pathologists who do them.

courtesy photo / facebook.com/C40Cities

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron spent last week representing Aspen’s sustainability goals at two separate conferences, first in Chicago and then in Dusseldorf, Germany.

It’s back to the drawing board for Basalt’s Pan and Fork property. The developer at the table, Lowe Enterprises, said Thursday it’s out after failing to see eye-to-eye with the town.

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