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Staff at the Aspen Community School in Woody Creek are moving into their renovated campus this week ahead of classes starting next month. The public charter school raised millions to replace its outdated school building and gymnasium. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke to Skye Skinner of Compass, which operates the community school.

Skye Skinner is Executive Director of Compass, which operates the Aspen Community School. The school still has plans to build a new music and science building.

Elise Thatcher

  This summer is the fourth anniversary of a program in the Roaring Fork Valley that’s dedicated to helping mostly low income kids maximize summer school. There are about 200 hundred students attending class at Crystal River Elementary School.

Elise Thatcher

  A developer has asked Carbondale officials to consider a key issue for a senior housing development. The proposed Sopris Lodge would be located near the Rio Grande Trail and Main Street. There isn’t a formal application just yet, but the developer has asked the town of Carbondale to improve the quiet residential road closest to the property.

On today's show, Pitkin County Senior Services. Mary Barbour is program coordinator, she tells us about the programs along with volunteer Kent Bigelow.

A significant chunk of workers in Aspen have high blood pressure.That’s according to data from health fairs last fall, coordinated by the five biggest employers in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. They’re part of the Valley Health Alliance, a new nonprofit aimed at improving health in the Upper Valley.

Carbondale’s effort to become a creative district could give it access to a new state-sponsored housing program.

Marci Krivonen

A Carbondale-area ranch is seeking advice from one of the foremost experts on animal husbandry. Temple Grandin visited Sustainable Settings July 28th. She spoke with ranchers about animal behavior and consulted on a planned construction project. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

A big beige and white dairy cow ambles into the milking room at Sustainable Settings farm and ranch. Herdsman Zopher Sabo is milking Ruby as Temple Grandin looks on.

"She’s nice and relaxed, chewing her cud," says Grandin. "She wouldn’t be doing that if she wasn’t relaxed.”

  An Aspen retail marijuana shop was robbed on Tuesday. As of that night, the man is still at large. At 12:30pm Tuesday, a twenty something year old man stole marijuana from a store downtown called Stash. Owner Garrett Patrick calculates more than 400 grams were stolen, but declines to say what the value is.

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In June the Pitkin County Commissioners sent a resolution to Colorado’s congressional delegation, decrying a national effort to transfer federal lands to state ownership. Advocates say it would improve access, environmental health and productivity on land managed by the Forest Service and BLM. Commissioner Rachel Richards told Marci Krivonen the effort would spell trouble for Pitkin County.

Rachel Richards is a Pitkin County Commissioner. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen. In future weeks, we’ll air the other side of the argument.

Concerns about how Aspen is developing prompted a city councilman Monday to ask for an analysis of development projects already approved. 

Aspen resident Ward Hauenstein told council Monday he’s worried.

"City government has had the vision and courage to limit growth. I fear that our representatives have lost that vision and courage."

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