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First Draft- Dana Spiotta

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Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Innocents and Others (2016); Stone Arabia (2011), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction; Eat the Document (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lightning Field (2001). Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.

If you visit the town of Marble this summer, tucked into the woods right off the main road, you'll notice a flurry of marble dust, the roar of power tools, and over 60 artists working on marble sculptures. This is the MARBLE/Marble Symposium and Joshua Weiner, a professional sculptor, has been actively involved for 23 years.

Weiner discusses the culture of the organization and the easygoing nature of the symposiums, and how his time spent with the symposium has transformed his own work. 

 The annual Aspen Police Department bike auction raised a record amount of money for the city.

Meet Gail Schwartz

May 22, 2016
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Former Snowmass Village resident Gail Schwartz is the democratic candidate for Western Colorado’s Congressional District 3. Schwartz has formerly represented the region in the state senate and is coming out of retirement with her eye on incumbent Scott Tipton’s seat.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

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    Garfield County Libraries doesn’t have a new executive director just yet. Trustees with the Public Library District decided Wednesday to continue the search.

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Bonedale Bike Week is a Carbondale tradition going back nearly a decade. This year it’s a little more under the radar than usual. But that doesn’t mean residents in Carbondale aren’t trying to keep the tradition going. There is a list of clandestinely organized events going on through the week.

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  The City of Aspen is awaiting applications for grant money that can go to art and community nonprofits.

 

For the last few years, around $750,000 have been given to groups like Aspen Film, Theatre Aspen and the Aspen Art Museum alongside other community organizations. Usually, a little more than half of that money goes to those community groups, while the other money goes towards the arts.

 

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 The Aspen Skiing Company says it’s fixed a sewer problem at its upscale condos in Aspen.

Motorists should expect delays up to an hour at the Aspen Roundabout next Tuesday, May 24.

A harsh winter left the state-owned roundabout spotted with potholes. The Colorado Department of Transportation is responding to a request from the city of Aspen to resurface the road.

 

Elise Thatcher

A supervisor can have a bigger impact on a worker’s health than a primary care doctor. That’s according to the The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The federal office recently sent experts to Aspen to teach managers how to handle that power wisely.

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Garfield County is taking a look at broadband, and officials want to know what internet access is like for residents and business owners.

 This is from the Cross Current archives. This program takes an in depth look at the recent prescribed burn in the Hunter Creek Valley, why it was scheduled and what results can be expected.

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Four months after Aspen Valley Hospital CEO Dan Bonk resigned, the vacant position has been posted on an elite recruiting website.

  In the third episode of our our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher talks with guest BJ Miller about managing pain, and how we can change the experience of dying. Miller is senior director and advocate at the Zen Hospice Project.

Colorado Division of Insurance

It’s official: Colorado is going to look at a simpler way of calculating health insurance rates. Gov. John Hickenlooper approved the move Tuesday.

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The Nomad Gallery opens next month in its first location. For each show the gallery has, a new location is chosen, as well as new artists. That’s where the name comes from.

 

The first show will open next month at 809 Grand Ave., in Glenwood Springs, the former location of Gallery 809.

 

Nomad is currently holding an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the June show.

It features work by Jay Phillips and Matthew Eames.

Third Street Center

There are lots of plans in the works for Third Street in Carbondale. That includes new affordable housing, parking and other changes. A new collaboration to pool resources could snag more funding for those improvements.

Jamie Werner- Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

A historic prescribed burn in the Hunter Creek Valley was deemed successful this past weekend after several agencies coordinated under just the right conditions to ignite 900 acres — in order to rejuvenate forest health and minimize the risk of wildfire. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts has the story.

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The Aspen School District will be interviewing finalists for the vacant elementary school principal position this week.

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