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Snowmass Village Police continue to investigate a report last week of a sexual assault. A woman walking home from a friend’s house was reportedly attacked. The investigation is ongoing but few details are emerging. Law enforcement says such a sensitive crime needs a certain level of privacy, especially in a small town. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Reporter: "The occurrence of sexual assault crimes like this, how common is it that your department handles such cases?"

Chief Brian Olson: "Looking back at statistics, we investigate two cases a year."

  Ballots are due Tuesday, September 8th, for a Glenwood Springs special election. Voters are deciding whether City officials can consider selling or trading a chunk of property. The land is home to Glenwood’s Recycling Center, and could be a key part of revamping the neighboring Glenwood Springs Elementary School.

Elise Thatcher

  The Town of Carbondale and a marijuana testing lab are asking the state for help. They want Colorado to crack down on a testing requirement for retail marijuana. Carbondale-based GreenHill Laboratories made headlines earlier this year when it decided to test marijuana for microbial contaminants. The state started requiring such testing earlier this year, so owner Hilary Glass and her colleague Jessica Olson opened up the lab, the first of it’s kind on the Western Slope.

  Glenwood Springs police are trying out something old. The department is beefing up foot patrols in order to better handle a growing problem with vagrants downtown. 

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A new water agreement will send additional water from Ruedi Reservoir near Basalt, to endangered fish in the Colorado River. 

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The 43rd annual Motherlode Volleyball Tournament takes over Aspen this weekend. Lots of visitors means lots of trash, but this year the event has committed to reducing its environmental impact.

This week on Cross Currents, Kerry Ach and Meghan Hurley of River Bridge Regional Center along with their new facility dog, Frasier, who assists children who have suffered physical abuse.

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Today’s Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees meeting includes a session reviewing a draft of a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Plan aimed at the changing demographic of the schools students and surrounding communities.

The Pitkin County Board of commissioners gave their unanimous support last night for a ballot measure that would allow government distribution of telecommunication services including cable TV and high-speed internet.

Marci Krivonen

The Forest Service was met by protesters Tuesday (9/2/15) in a remote area in the Thompson Divide, southwest of Carbondale. The agency is starting a review of a proposal to drill an exploratory well. But, the group gathered doesn’t want any natural gas drilling. They say the area’s natural environment is too valuable. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

It’s tough to imagine coming up here for anything other than peaceful moments in the great outdoors. But about 40 people Tuesday maneuvered mud-caked roads to protest drilling. Some even slept over.