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Dr. Melanie Armstrong teaches environmental policy and history at Western State Colorado University. She was in the Roaring Fork Valley last week as part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series and sat down with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

First Draft: Elliot Ackerman

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Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. A former White House Fellow, his essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Ecotone, among others. His novels include Green on Blue and Dark at the Crossing.

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At their Tuesday meeting, the Carbondale Board of Trustees will discuss if they’ll officially allow people to drink alcohol in the street during First Fridays this summer.

 

Tonight at 5, Colorado Mountain College in Aspen presents a reception for the group exhibition “Open Book: The Book as Object and Image,” featuring work from over 30 artists.

 

Tuesday, there will be an author talk and book signing with 2017 U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith at Paepcke Auditorium at 6. She is the second speaker in this season’s Aspen Words lineup.

 

Roni Morales explains how Mountain Family Health Centers plays a role in the recent immigration concerns in our valley. Garry Schalla highlights the non-profits team-based system. 

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The rainbow flags of Aspen Gay Ski Week have come down, but they will be flying high again come summer.

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Those who want to run for Basalt and Carbondale’s Town Councils should have their signed petitions in to the town clerks by Monday at 5 p.m.

This week, The U.S. Forest Service accepted Aspen Skiing Company’s ideas for the future of Aspen Mountain.The plans include new terrain, expanded snowmaking, and more summer trails. This news comes as we learn that skier visits are down, not just in Aspen, but across the state. Snowmass Town Council is still grappling with questions about Base Village, and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails works on local food production.

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Wilderness Workshop has joined a lawsuit challenging the drilling of more than a hundred natural gas wells near Paonia.

 

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The city of Aspen has accepted 11 proposals from different parties who want to run the restaurant at the Wheeler Opera House. The space is currently Justice Snow's. Reporter Wyatt Orme and and arts reporter Claire Woodcock discussed the prospective tenants and selection process.

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The day after Donald Trump became the 45th U.S. president, millions demonstrated around the world.

Christin Kay and Alycin Bektesh bring you the biggest stories from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

We have a little bit of an animal theme this week. The Canada lynx was removed from the federal Endangered Species list. And, it may sound like a terrible idea to have wolves in an airport, but don’t worry, it’s just a photo exhibit, and it's actually part of a campaign to familiarize Coloradans with wolves.  

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a statement released Wednesday, said an old mine outside Minturn, a superfund site, could become the site of a future housing development.

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There’s a new generation of rock musicians in the valley, thanks to Rock and Roll Academy Roaring Fork, an after school music program for kids. On Sunday, five middle and high school level bands will show off their skills at The Temporary.

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The U.S. Forest Service has accepted Aspen Skiing Company’s long-term vision for Aspen Mountain. This means some changes could be imminent.

Marci Krivonen

  The Town of Snowmass Village currently does not allow business licenses for the sale of marijuana.

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5Point Adventure Film will present two nights of film screenings at the Wheeler Opera House this weekend. This will be a primer for the 6th annual film festival taking place in Carbondale this April.

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Last Friday, the board of Colorado Mountain College (CMC) unanimously passed a resolution in support of their DREAMer students who, the resolution states, deserve a pathway to citizenship.

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Not as many people stayed in hotels in Aspen and Snowmass this December, as compared to a year ago.

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This winter, the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project has launched public awareness campaign meant to familiarize Coloradans with wolves and garner enthusiasm for reintroducing wolves in the state. They’ve teamed up with the nonprofit Living with Wolves to bring a photo exhibition to a unique setting in Aspen.

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