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Pitkin County public health officials are cautioning residents about an increase in bat activity after 11 of them were recently found dead along a trail in Snowmass Village.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Across the west, noxious weeds damage ecosystems, and local governments are tasked with keeping them at bay. But the solution — chemical herbicides — doesn’t always sit well with residents.

Lots of things happening this last week at the Aspen Music Festival! And the musicians are sometimes getting a little giddy. Bassist Edgar Meyer says when he's walking around with his instrument in its case, he sometimes sees people looking at him in a way that he knows they're about to say something stupid! And bass trombonist John Rojak has been so busy preparing for Saturday's concert with a bass trombone concerto, he says his lips are so strong they could pull a tractor! World-class cellist Alisa Weilerstein and 

Mozart's final opera, La Clemenza di Tito, was composed in a white heat of inspiration in only two weeks. Mozart died shortly thereafter at the age of 35, having composed more than a dozen operas and over 1,000 compositions altogether, starting at the age of five.

Aspen Public Radio's live broadcast of this ravishingly beautiful opera takes place Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.Our intermission feature will include interviews with director Ed Berkeley and Ian Koziara, who sings the role of the Emperor Titus.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Officials say the Pitkin County Landfill only has about 14 years of space left. They’ve been working with consultants to minimize waste and extend its lifespan. Pitkin County Commissioners heard an update on this process last week, including recommended changes. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been covering the issue and talked with producer Christin Kay about possible solutions.

 

On the final episode of this season's Audio Canvas, we meet Jody Guralnick, artist and curator, in her home studio to discuss the exhibition A tree is not a forest.

CDOT

The Grand Avenue Bridge closed Monday at 12:01 a.m. The rest of the morning brought the first taste of the Roaring Fork Valley’s new traffic reality.

City of Aspen

 The Aspen City Council is scheduled to consider three different funding options for the construction of city offices at Galena Plaza in a work session on Tuesday.

Mind Springs Health

Mind Springs Health is a nonprofit healthcare company, specializing in mental health and addiction treatment across the Western Slope.

First Draft - Paul Yoon

Aug 14, 2017
Laura van den Berg

Paul Yoon was born in New York City. His first book, Once the Shore, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Debut of the Year by National Public Radio. His novel, Snow Hunters, won the 2014 Young Lions Fiction Award.  His new novel is The Mountain.

A recipient of a 5 under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation and a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, he is currently a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University along with his wife, the fiction writer Laura van den Berg.

On this week’s episode, a local multi-media artist ventures into the woods and returns inspired to create. A photographer discusses old school techniques to capturing the disappearing world of cattle ranching in Colorado, and a plein air painter talks through his process. Plus, this episode features music from Boulder-based Americana band Grant Farm.

Welcome to the beginning of another week of summer in the Roaring Fork Valley!

Each volunteer for CASA of the Ninth is assigned to one family, or CASA, to offer support in and out of the courtroom for the child or children involved in an abuse or neglect situation. CASA of the Ninth believes they are giving these child much needed support.

Courtesy Photo/Gretchen Brogdon

Roaring Fork Valley residents held marches on Sunday in reaction to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

Shoshone, Grizzly Creek and No Name put-ins are closing for 10 days, starting Monday.  Boaters need to find somewhere else to recreate, as only some commercial guides will still be able to use them.  

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Last week, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gave a talk at the Ann Korologos Gallery on her memoir The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs, written more than a decade ago. Claire Woodcock spoke with Albright about the significance of democracy as it relates to the current political landscape.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Instagram account

Roaring Fork Valley outdoor enthusiasts have come together in record numbers to build two singletrack trails along Prince Creek Road in Carbondale.

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The town of Carbondale has applied for a grant with the potential to provide more affordable housing to creatives in the area.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me this week are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News. I’m Carolyn Sackariason and you are listening to Valley Roundup, an analysis and commentary of the week’s news with writers and editors. We continue our conversation with Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

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Thomas Barrack Jr. is Executive Chairman of Colony NorthStar. Barrack was the Chairman of the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, as well as one of President Trump’s major fundraisers. He discusses his personal insights into the United States' 45th president and his vision for the country.

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