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This week I meet with Katherine Bell to see what the summer and fall have in store for the children at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. 

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Anna Solomon is the author of The Little Bride and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, One Story, Ploughshares, Slate, The Boston Globe, and MORE, and she is co-editor with Eleanor Henderson of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers. Previously, Anna worked as an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio’s Living On Earth.  

    

Spellbinders Executive Director Catherine Scales Johnson discusses the impact of Spellbinders on the students in schools throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and the future of the volunteer-based organization. 5th grade Aspen Middle School teacher Amy Gray also contributes to the importance of the program in the classroom. 

Roaring Fork Valley Spellbinders Chapter leader, Annie Sinton, also can be heard telling the story of a dog and a mountain lion from a storytelling event at Explore Booksellers in July 2016. 

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 The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office’s predicament of finding experienced officers appears to be quelled now that the agency is doling out $10,000 signing bonuses to new hires.

Since the recruitment effort began earlier this year, most positions have been filled. That’s a far cry from previous years, when the office had a running newspaper ad looking for deputies. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with sheriff Lou Vallario.

As part of ongoing efforts to conserve water, the city of Aspen is offering free sprinkler inspections and fixture swaps for homeowners next week.

 

Democrats are in Philadelphia this week for the start of their four-day convention to nominate Hillary Clinton for president. As Bente Birkeland reports, many in Colorado’s delegation are still backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

 

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Now that Donald Trump has wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination, party insiders say he has work to do if he wants to win Colorado and its nine electoral votes. Bente Birkeland has more.

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The famed playwright and author David Sedaris is set to perform at the Wheeler Opera House in November.

 

Sedaris is the author of multiple books including, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”. He’s also known for his appearances on the radio show “This American Life”.

Sedaris sold out the venue when he performed here last.

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  Residents of Battlement Mesa want a voice in oil and gas development in their neighborhood. They say so far their concerns have been ignored.

Alan Fletcher in conversation with conductors Scott Terrell, Hugh Wolff, Ludovic Morlot.

 

The 4th annual Aspen Brain Lab is Saturday. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts spoke with president and founder Glenda Greenwald, as well as a researcher who will be speaking at the event.

 

 

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Sam Harvey is an artist and co-owner of Harvey/Meadows Gallery in Aspen. Since coming to Anderson Ranch as a college student in the 1980s, he has done many things. He taught at the ranch, he opened his gallery and now sits on the Board of Trustees at the arts center.

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The developers behind a proposed hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain are going back to the drawing board after a city review commission told them their project was too tall.  

Developers of the Gorsuch Haus, Jeff Gorsuch and Bryan Peterson, were on site Wednesday to explain the project and its relation to the mountain and neighboring properties. The nearly 68,000-square-foot hotel is proposed at four stories tall.

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Colorado delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland made waves this week when they walked off the convention floor in protest over the rules.

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Three mountain lion kittens that had been hanging out on the Rio Grande Trail near Carbondale have moved on - in one way or another.

 

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 Local tavern owner and Pitkin County republican Anna Zane is a delegate’s guest at the Republican National Convention this week. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts about her experience so far.

 

City of Apsen

After nearly five hours of deliberation Tuesday night, Aspen City Council couldn’t come to a consensus on whether to build a new $31 million City Hall.

Council was given a few different options on how to house all of the city’s departments. Council members Ann Mullins and Art Daily want the “Galena” option. That would put all city services in one 52,000-square-foot building across from Rio Grande Park.

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Those who live near proposed oil and gas wells were given a unique opportunity yesterday to voice their concerns directly to the state agency that oversees the industry.

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