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Mark Beauregard was a reporter, but made a decision to write a book after thinking about Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Melville had a close relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, another American writer. They wrote letters to each other that suggest that they were more than friends. Melville’s writing was often about his life, yet Moby Dick is almost always seen as an allegory. Beauregard was struck by this comparison and decided to write about the relationship between Melville and Hawthorne.

 

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The 67th year of the festival began with a ceremony dedicating new offices and practice spaces at the Bucksbaum campus in Aspen. Music festival president and CEO Alan Fletcher listed all of the people who were responsible for the renovations at the event.

“We owe so much to community members, the city of Aspen, our patrons our volunteers, all of our donors,” Fletcher said at the dedication in July.

What will be four days after Basalt town manager Mike Scanlon resigned, elected officials plan to take up his surprise departure at a scheduled meeting this week.

On Friday afternoon, Scanlon officially notified the town he was leaving his post and wants 12 months of severance. When asked by Aspen Public Radio at 4 p.m. that afternoon if he was quitting, he quickly rebuffed the notion. Within an hour, he resigned.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

All of the tearing down of homes and buildings in Pitkin County means most of that debris is heading to the landfill, which has 15 years left of life on it. City of Aspen officials are considering making it mandatory to recycle that material.

Hard choices 
are forecast for construction waste diversion

The majority of construction waste in the valley is going straight to the county landfill and elected officials are hoping to curb some of that. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex, publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation at 3:30 p.m. today.

 

SkiCo already promoting World Cup Finals

Aug 18, 2016
Ryer Gardenswartz

 Aspen Snowmass looks to make a statement and get back on the international skiing map with the 2017 World Cup FInals.

The Aspen Skiing Company hosted its annual gathering with the chamber of commerce yesterday to discuss downhill skiing’s biggest event.

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The third annual Hike to Heal up Smuggler Mountain takes place Saturday morning.

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Back in the 1970s,  while Andy Stone worked at the Aspen Times, he was questioning himself. He felt that all newspaper reporters had a novel in them. So he decided to follow suit.

His first novel, “Song of the Kingdom”, was published by Doubleday in 1979. After that book’s release, he decided he’d take another crack at the publishing world.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Barbara Platts present a compilation of the week’s news.

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ASPEN SNOWMASS, Colo.—Aug. 18, 2016 – For over a decade, The Meeting has marked the approaching winter season for snow sports enthusiasts, filmmakers, athletes, industry insiders, media and fans.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is encouraging anglers to catch and keep as many fish as possible at Harvey Gap State Park near Silt.

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Colorado is investing millions of dollars in the arts throughout the state. The money supports film, public art programs and the state’s creative district program, which tries to help rural economies grow through the arts. In the Roaring Fork Valley, municipalities are figuring out ways to incorporate public art, and make their towns a great place to support artists. In just the past month, the relationship between the arts and government has evolved.

The first in a series of public open houses regarding the Town of Basalt’s controversial River Park begins tonight.

This Sunday at 4:00, the Aspen Music Festival's Grand Finale features highlights from Berlioz's ravishing Romeo et Juliette and Orff's wildly popular and rhythmically charged Carmina Burana (think movies, ads, all kinds of media where you have heard this music!). The Aspen Festival Orchestra is joined by the Colorado Symphony Chorus and soloists for a smashing finale to the 2016 season.

Join host Chris Mohr for a live broadcast on APR of this spine-tingling concert as we usher out the summer music season together. 

 A bipartisan committee of lawmakers met Tuesday to begin crafting water policy that could be introduced during next year’s legislation session.

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Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence made an unannounced stop in Aspen yesterday, but very few people got to see him. Pence spoke as part of the Republican Governors Association’s high rollers “Executive Roundtable” program held in Aspen this week. According to the Washington Post, the program is meant to give wealthy donors personal access to Republican leaders.

Pitkin County

At a work session Tuesday, Pitkin County commissioners discussed plans for spending $2 million generated by the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program, where developers have to pay to offset energy demands.

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After $1 million and two years of work, the “Mill Street Complete Streets” project needs some refinement. After the city heard complaints from motorists, traffic will be re-routed through the intersection of Main and Mill Streets. Carolyn Sackariason met up with the city’s senior project manager, Justin Forman, and city engineer Trish Aragon to talk about the changes.

 

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 A trio of Republican Governors spoke at the McCloskey speaker series last night in Aspen. Matt Bevin (KY), Pete Ricketts (NE)  and Lawrence Hogan Jr. (MD) discussed the upcoming presidential election how their state’s economies have improved under their leadership.

 

When asked about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Bevin said he would not endorse the candidate, but would be voting for him in the upcoming election.

 

McCloskey Speaker Series: Republican Governors

Aug 16, 2016
Ryer Gardenswartz

Republican Governors Matt  Bevin (KY), Lawrence Jogan Jr. (MD) and Pete Ricketts (NE) spoke with Anna Korologos as part of the McCloskey Speaker Series yesterday. Listen to their conversation below.

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