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Construction for Basalt’s underpass could start in a little more than three months. Town Council formally approved the building contract this week.

The Little Nell is hosting a benefit dinner for the Aspen Homeless Shelter on Saturday, May 14 with food from Biju's Little Curry Shop of Denver.

 

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Despite widespread support from Democrats and Republicans as well as legislative leaders, two separate attempts to move Colorado back to a presidential primary have failed in the final days of the session.

Republicans in the Senate have defeated one of the Governor’s top priorities for the legislative session.

Oil and gas companies pay a tax to the state for the minerals they extract out of the ground. Colorado then gives some of that money back to local communities impacted by the drilling process. But a recent state Supreme Court ruling says companies have been overpaying these severance taxes – and now Colorado owes the industry tens of millions of dollars. Bente Birkeland has more.

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The Pitkin County Commissioners Tuesday reviewed the application for the Cannabis Queen to become the first edible marijuana manufacturer in the county.

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Today is the last day Stacey Bernot will have the title of Carbondale mayor. The longtime resident and public servant is relocating to Redstone, outside city limits.

  In the second episode of our our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher talks with nutrition researcher and cardiologist Dariush Mozaffarian about how calories from different kinds of foods can affect us in different ways.

Tuesday’s Aspen City Council work session is dedicated to the discussion of free market residential units - an issue cited as the primary impetus for the current moratorium on any new development downtown and in the outlying commercial areas.

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Traffic delays begin today in Glenwood Canyon as workers build  what the Colorado Department of Transportation calls a permanent solution to rockfall dangers.

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After five months, Glenwood Springs has a new city manager. City Council made the decision on Monday.

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The Aspen Art Museum’s application to hold its ArtCrush fundraiser in Rio Grande Park was denied for a second time last week. The permit would have allowed the museum to close the park between July 29 and Aug. 7. Last year, the event used the park from July 24 to Aug. 2.

 

The museum’s first application was denied by a city committee. The museum then appealed and was denied in a letter written by City Manager Steve Barwick.

 

 A bill to create a public lands day in Colorado is now headed to the Governor’s desk. The measure generated controversy at the legislature but lawmakers ultimately worked on a compromise. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The MARBLE/Marble Symposium is a series of three week long sessions where sculptors of all ages and abilities come to the town of Marble to carve. Founder Madeline Weiner and Sculptor Dawn Record discuss the symposium, participants, and power of carving marble stone. 

Registration is now open for summer symposiums and tours are available for visitors. More information at www.MarbleInst.org

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  Pitkin County is asking for over 21,000 square feet of new development along with renovation of the Courthouse Plaza building.

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Water managers have formally decided to allow another release from Ruedi Reservoir in the coming months.

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This week on Cross Currents is from the archives with NPR Foreign Correspondent Mike Shuster from the Given Institute on Iran, China, North Korea, and Syria. 

Sunil Yapa will be the first resident. He will arrive in May. Yapa’s debut novel “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of A Fist” has received high acclaim. The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Buzzfeed all listed it as one of their most anticipated books of the year.

 

 A trio of measures aimed at making it easier for more Coloradans to rent and buy homes cleared its first committee at the state capitol on Thursday. But as Bente Birkeland reports, time is running out for the bills to pass before the legislature adjourns next week.

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