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Update: July 22, 2:00 p.m.: The fire is now 10,406 acres and is 32% contained. 

There will be a community meeting tonight at 6. Following the meeting, Eagle County officials will be discussing flooding potential and how residents can better prepare themselves. Both meetings will be held at Basalt High School.

  Thanks to the autocratic Maduro regime, Venezuela is in political and economic free fall, with thousands of its citizens fleeing to other countries in the region and threatening to destabilize them. Autocracy is ascendant in Honduras as well.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Rocky Mountain Team Black, the type 2 incident management team now managing the Lake Christine Fire operations, held a community meeting on Friday at Basalt High School, their incident command post.  

Operations section chief Rob Berger described the work done to protect structures in Cattle Creek. He said crews are cutting fire hand lines by Seven Castles and the Frying Pan river to direct the fire away from homes, should it move in that direction. That work will continue on Saturday.  

 

Representatives from the “brave new world” of artificial intelligence, drones, robots, quantum computing, and data analytics explain the promise and peril of these emerging technologies and the security implications they entail.

Having consolidated power and extended his term, President Xi Jinping is now the mightiest Chinese leader since Mao. And, his rise to political primacy coincides with a moment in history when China itself is rising – economically, militarily, and geopolitically. 

Ai Wei Wei Studio

Artist Ai Wei Wei became famous for works criticizing the Chinese government. He paid a high price for standing up to the authoritarian regime; he was imprisoned, and now lives in exile in Berlin. He continues to use his art to address global issues, ranging from freedom of expression to the refugee crisis.  Ai Wei Wei spoke at Anderson Ranch Arts Center recently and said human connection and communication are central to his work.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

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Congressman Scott Tipton, who represents Colorado’s third district, authored a bill to speed up permitting on Forest Service land. He said it’s to benefit local economies.

The following neighborhoods are on Pre-Evacuation Notice: Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles, and Taylor Creek - issued by the Eagle County Sheriff’s office

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The nation’s second most senior law enforcement official describes the work of the Attorney General’s Cyber-Digital Task Force and makes an exclusive policy announcement. A panel of prominent former government officials and industry leaders reacts to that announcement.

Mike McMillan / Lake Christine Fire PIO

The Lake Christine Fire continues to grow on Basalt Mountain, and hot, dry weather the past couple of days has meant increased activity. It’s estimated to be nearly 8,000 acres, and officials said it grew about 500 acres Wednesday.

 

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum.

Jeremy Swanson

The annual Deaf Camp benefit returns to Snowmass on Saturday. The event raises funds to bring children who are deaf and hard of hearing to the Roaring Fork Valley for outdoor adventures.

Alan Fletcher hosts this weekly chat with AMFS artists. This week he talked with Lawrence Power and Alexander Shelley. Audio file below!

Aspen Security Forum: America First

Jul 19, 2018

From pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate accord, to questioning the value of NATO and imposing tariffs on European allies, to renegotiating NAFTA, to tearing up the Iranian nuclear agreement, to promising to pull troops out of Afghanistan and Syria in the not too distant future, President Trump is upending 70 years of foreign policy orthodoxy in pursuit of his “America First” agenda. Meanwhile, a rising China and a revanchist Russia are working feverishly to fill the void. Does the President have it right or is he taking the nation – and the world – down a dangerous new path?  

Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security Secretary, briefs us on the security challenges the nation faces and how the Department and its partners, domestic and foreign, are working together to meet them. 

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Marchers Rally Against Family Separation

Jul 19, 2018

  

More than 50 people gathered in Paepke Park last night to protest the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s practice of separating families accused of crossing the border illegally.

Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio

The FBI Director describes the Bureau’s role in national security generally and cyberterrorism and counterintelligence specifically.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County residents may soon see some changes in their trash bills. Officials have proposed an update to a 27-year-old ordinance governing waste and recycling.

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