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 Composting is one tactic for diverting waste from the Pitkin County Landfill which is quickly reaching capacity. A “living lab” has created gardens at the landfill in order to take full advantage of the compost there. This spring there will also be a series of workshops for residents eager to turn their own thumbs green.

The board of education for the Aspen school district wants to get it right when asking the community if naming rights to honor donors ought to become policy. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

School board members discussed yesterday how they should proceed with the idea of naming rights to honor donors in a public way. The proposal was first presented by the school district’s fundraising arm, the Aspen Education Foundation. The nonprofit is about to launch a public capital and endowment campaign.

Dan Wagner/U.S. Forest Service

  The White River National Forest is saying goodbye to agency spokesman Bill Kight. After more than two decades with the Forest Service, Kight is retiring at the end of this month, and heading to the Frontier Historical Society in Glenwood Springs.

Elise Thatcher

A Basalt resident is asking the Colorado Municipal League and a District Attorney to take a close look at the spring election in Basalt. That’s as preparations continue to swear in new town council members and mayor Jacque Whitsitt on Tuesday night.

First Draft - Rob Spillman

Apr 18, 2016

Rob Spillman is editor of Tin House magazine and editorial advisor of Tin House Books. He was previously the monthly book columnist for Details magazine and is a contributor of book reviews and essays to Salon and Bookforum.

Derek Hanrahan is an alumnus of Roaring Fork Leadership and serves on the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership's Board of Directors. He talks about his experience in Roaring Fork Leadership and the impact the program has had on his life both professionally and personally. 

The application for the class of 2017 is now available online at www.rfleadership.org

Aspen Skiing Company by Dan Bayer

 

Skiers and snowboarders said goodbye to Aspen Mountain yesterday for the 2015/2016 season.

Elise Thatcher

An overloaded traffic light is one of the biggest hurdles for backers of an El Jebel development proposal, but another traffic-related fee may also prove to be an obstacle.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The source of the sewage stench wafting up from storm sewers in downtown Aspen has been identified.

Aspen officials zero in on source of foul odors

Aspen’s sewage leak lasted for more than a month

And in Snowmass, voters are being asked to buck up for a new sewage plant.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

The 500-acre prescribed burn that took place earlier this month on the slopes above Avalanche Creek Campground and Filoha Meadows was a success, according to Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and the U.S. Forest Service. However, the fire may not be out just yet.

The Garfield County Sheriff is taking aim at District Attorney Sherry Caloia. In emails between the two elected officials, the sheriff calls her incompetent and ignorant. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason to discuss the context around that description is Glenwood Post Independent editor Randy Essex.

  This week, on Mountain Edition:

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Colorado Democrats will gather in Loveland on Saturday to elect their final group of delegates to the National Convention in Philadelphia this summer.

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A bill to ban what's known as "rolling coal" has initially passed in the Colorado House of Representatives Wednesday. Bente Birkeland has more.  

ANITA MARTINEZ, COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE / DIVISION OF WILDLIFE

It will now be legal for Colorado hunters to wear florescent pink next hunting season, after Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law late Tuesday/earlier this week. Bente Birkeland has more.  

This past weekend, Buttermilk served as the site of an annual post-season tradition: the K-9 Uphill. It’s an uphill race for dogs and their owners. But this year, there was a new addition. The dog sledding operation Krabloonik took over the race that benefits Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter.

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Ballots for this spring’s election for two board seats at Aspen Valley Hospital are expected to show up in mailboxes this week. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

It’s the first contested race for the board of directors at the hospital in six years. AVH canceled two previous ones because no one applied, except the incumbents.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Reporter Alycin Bektesh spoke with Native leaders as they hosted a pow wow earlier this month in downtown Aspen.

Elise Thatcher

Congressman Scott Tipton wants to introduce legislation that would exchange leases on the Thompson Divide for new drilling rights near Paonia and Rangeley — a plan that’s nearly identical to a proposal by the oil and gas industry last year.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

A section of the Rio Grande Trail in Carbondale is getting a bit of a makeover. Flowers and hops have been planted. Invasive tree species removed … And now art is being added. That’s part of the new Rio Grande ArtWay plan that was unveiled last night. It’s part of a project to update a section of the trail with art and signage that help point users toward businesses and art centers.

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