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On this week's special Valley Roundup, Alycin Bektesh talks with Ken Rudin, host of NPR's Political Junkie, about the current political climate and what might be coming up in the 2018 elections. 

Notes from Pyeongchang: On to more races

Feb 16, 2018
Ruthie Brown

The U.S. skied really well in the individual sprint; Sim qualified in a relaxed 19th position but then unfortunately was taken out by an “Olympic Athlete from Russia” during the quarterfinals.

Dan Monnick

This weekend, indie-rock band Cold War Kids will play two shows in Aspen.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County adopted new regulations this week that allow residents to capture and reuse water from some kinds of indoor plumbing.

Colorado Mountain College

Last week, Colorado Mountain College announced plans to change tuition costs next year. The majority of students will pay more, but some will pay less.

This week on Mountain Edition, Christin Kay and Alycin Bektesh bring you the biggest local news stories from the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Mysterious bottles are turning up along the Roaring Fork River, the City of Aspen says going au natural at the ARC pool is healthy and government officials say it’s time to re-think the management of affordable housing.

Notes from Pyeongchang: Environmental stewardship?

Feb 15, 2018
Ruthie Brown

We have a Plum app that gives us a reading on smog levels. In the week we’ve been here, we’ve had several days in the red zone, which means it’s recommended that children and elderly not go outside or limit all activities outside, and our athletes are out there sucking in massive amounts of this air!

The Poets in Schools program from Aspen Words is in its fifth year of bringing spoken word artists to area schools.

These resident poets run writing workshops with students for two weeks. The program culminates in students performing their original work at the annual Youth Poetry Slam.

Aspen Public Radio News

Elected officials from Aspen, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County will discuss spending $40,000 to analyze the need for an improved pedestrian crossing at Buttermilk.

This week Aspen City Council member Adam Frisch expressed concern about oversight of the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA).

The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission is reviewing the plan guiding land-use decisions in the parts of Eagle County over here. On Thursday, they are looking at Missouri Heights.

Courtesy of Peter Olenick

Carbondale native Peter Olenick is a freestyle skiing pioneer and an 11-time X-Games competitor who won four medals in three different events. This winter, he’ll be at the 2018 Winter Olympics, representing the home team. Olenick is the coach of the South Korean freestyle ski team. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy caught up with him on a quick trip home before he took off for Pyeongchang and brings us this report.

Courtesy of Billy Wayne Davis and Erin Dewey Lennox

Comedians Erin Dewey Lennox and Billy Wayne Davis are partners onstage and in real life. Davis has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Lennox has written for ESPN and MTV.

Basalt Police Department

Last week, Basalt Police found a collection of bottles in the Roaring Fork River, wrapped in duct tape, with a mysterious liquid inside. Authorities are advising the public to please not open them.

www.aspenrecreation.com

The City of Aspen says a natural filter at the Aspen Recreation Center pool has improved water quality.

Ruthie Brown

 

The temperatures have been bitterly cold, -10 Celsius with a wind-chill factor that brings it down to –18, hovering right at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Elise Thatcher

  Aspen councilmember Adam Frisch expressed concern about the Aspen Pitkin Housing authority Monday night. He gained support from his fellow council members in suggesting a work session to address the way the authority is governed.

Verizon.com

Verizon needs to fix its "very unreliable” service, Basalt’s mayor Jacque Whitsitt wrote recently in a letter to the company.

Courtesy of Kathy Palowski

Gary Daniel is known for his roles in local productions like Daddy Warbucks in “Annie” and the King of Siam in “The King and I.” He suffered a stroke shortly after portraying King Arthur in the Aspen Community Theatre production of “Spamalot” last year.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Forest Service received 11 objections to a draft decision on a logging project in the Upper Fryingpan Valley. The objections come from home and property owners, environmental groups like Wilderness Workshop and the Roaring Fork Audubon Society, the Town of Basalt and a mill in Montrose that would receive some of the timber.

 

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