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Jay Blakesberg

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real is an American rock group based out of California and Hawaii. The band consists of Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass), and Tato Melgar (percussion). Lukas is the son of Willie Nelson.

The band played their first shows in the fall of 2008, creating “Live Beginnings” from tracks recorded off the soundboard at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, California.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

We saw the end of the 2014-15 ski season when Aspen Mountain closed last weekend but why was it a ghost town at the base?

The City of Aspen just bought more wind power so it can operate on 100 percent renewable energy.

Meanwhile, the switch for the largest solar array in the valley was flipped this week.

The town of Snowmass is investigating why high levels of fecal matter are testing positive in a stream near a high-profile hotel.

Valerie Perry

Pete McBride has had an invigorating last few months. He’s been on the road with his film, “Delta Dawn,” about his journey down the Colorado River, and seeing its waters meet the ocean for the first time in decades. McBride’s film has garnered several awards. He talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher about the feedback he’s gotten from moviegoers and film festivals.

 

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The White River National Forest is about to get deluged with summer users. The Forest Service is contemplating a management plan, but it won’t be implemented this year. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

District Ranger Karen Schroyer says she needs more information from the public before making any decisions on how to curb the overuse in areas like Condundrum Hot Springs or the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness area. She plans to get feedback from recreationalists in Denver this summer.

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Colorado Mountain College has chosen a Dean for its Roaring Fork Campus. Heather Exby will lead the three locations for the broader Valley-wide campus: Carbondale, Spring Valley, and Glenwood Springs.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

RFTA gets millions for more parking, service, and facilities.

A Basalt woman is sentenced for causing a fatal accident last August.

Aspen Skiing Company and pro skier Alice McKennis look back on the season.

There’s a new book about Glenwood Springs history.

A nonprofit aims to restore part of the Crystal River in Carbondale.

And we find out about the country’s biggest conservation effort ever and a bird here in Colorado.

That’s ahead on Mountain Edition.

Elise Thatcher

There’s a new book about the history of Glenwood Springs. Called "Images of Early Glenwood Springs," it’s a compilation of photos from the late 1800s through 1920. Cynthia Hines is the author, and she’s also Executive Director of the Frontier Historical Society in Glenwood Springs. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Hines about the book.

 

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Glenwood Springs resident Alice McKennis is having a great spring. The professional ski racer and twenty-five-year old won a national title at the US Alpine Championships in March. She took first in the Super Giant Slalom. It was a strong finish to what she calls a good season. McKennis talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher about what it was like earning first place, after a long road to recovery following two broken legs.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Wednesday its doling out more than 2 million dollars to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. 

Most of the money RFTA is receiving comes from the state’s Faster program, which collects money through car registration fees. RFTA’s also getting federal funds. Overall the agency will collect nearly $2.4 million to fund four separate projects.

Elise Thatcher

Candidates for Aspen’s City Council met for another forum last night. It focused on issues that are key for many to residents in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Six contenders perched on bar chairs and answered questions in the Sky Hotel. Most were about affordable housing and how to develop better job opportunities in the community.

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