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On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Claire Woodcock and Wyatt Orme bring you a compilation of the week's news.   

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron has joined 17 other elected officials around the state urging Colorado’s congressmen to support the Bureau of Land Management’s methane rule.

A letter signed by 18 mayors of cities and towns around the state was sent yesterday to Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet. The letter states how the rule ensures fair return to taxpayers, improves our air quality, and cuts energy waste.

This week's show features Isa Catto Shaw and Daniel Shaw, who host the Aspen Words Writers in Residence Program at their home in Woody Creek each year.

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Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter. Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain "terror-prone regions," and the lifting of "roadblocks" to let "infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward."

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Wednesday is the deadline to pass the state’s budget for the next fiscal year. Lawmakers have not yet met to finalize the plan. This delay could put the legislature in a tight spot in the final days of session.

A bipartisan measure to give people in rural Colorado financial help to cover high health insurance costs failed in a state Senate committee this week.

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The Roaring Fork River running through Aspen is not as healthy as the city or the state think it should be, and now is the time for action.  

In Parachute on Thursday, April 20, traffic off one of the I-70 exits was wrapped around the block. The cars and trucks were in line to visit the country’s first drive-thru pot shop, the Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru.

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The Basalt Town Council meets Tuesday night; they’ll discuss purchasing the Pan and Fork property downtown. Voters struck down a measure to buy the property in November’s election.

Nancy Rice, the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, was in the Roaring Fork Valley earlier this month. She met with the local bar associations and visited the courthouses in the Ninth Judicial District. She also spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason about pay raises for judges and how local rulings are handled in Denver.

 

Spring Board Aspen is looking to expand both their membership and outreach. They want the community to know that students pursuing college who are experiencing financial barriers as well as potential members can have access to them. Spring Board Aspen encourages those interested to be proactive and reach out to them. 

It’s a two-man race for Mayor of Aspen this spring. Incumbent Steve Skadron is hoping for one more term. Challenging him for the seat is Lee Mulcahy.

Eagle County

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners meets Monday, April 24 in El Jebel to continue their review of the Tree Farm. It’s a proposed development in the mid-valley that's generated heated debate.

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Pitkin County’s Healthy Rivers Board handed out thousands of dollars in grants Thursday, including one project that has high schoolers keeping a 24-hour watch on wildlife.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

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Finding ways to fund transportation projects in the state was a top priority for lawmakers this session. But, an effort to send a ballot question to voters this fall is all but dead.

A local arts nonprofit is in a bit of turmoil with the resignation of its executive director and now, there’s a police investigation. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason this morning on Valley Roundup is Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon and Managing Editor Rick Carroll with Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News at 3:30 p.m. today.

 

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Senator Cory Gardner is scheduled to be in Glenwood Springs tonight at a fundraiser for Garfield County Republicans. Local activists plan to be there, too.

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Shelley Kaup won as the city’s at-large candidate in the April 4 election. Jonathan Godes was elected to represent Ward 5. Rick Voorhees ran unopposed and will represent Ward 2.

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Wyatt Orme and Claire Woodcock present a compilation of the week's news. 

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