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Paul Kalanithi was a rising, young neurosurgeon, but things changed drastically. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer. His tumors had moved from his lungs to his spine, and then up towards his brain.

 

He spent his 20s reading and thinking about mortality, and death. And at 37, Paul spent his last days thinking about what he’d read. His thoughts became his memoir, “When Breath Becomes Air”. He died in March of last year.

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The American Renewable Energy Institute hosts the 13th annual AREDAY summit beginning today (Monday) in Snowmass Village. The event runs through Friday and includes film and music events open to the public.

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  A long time childcare provider in Basalt has received initial approval for expanding into the Red Brick Center. An advisory board and town council have decided The Growing Years School is the best operator for the job.

Our reporters were out in the field for one of the biggest foodie weekends of the summer. Find out where they were, what they were doing and who they met.   

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The International Ski Federation has given its final blessing for Aspen Mountain to host the world cup finals in March of 2017.

With decision made, now real work begins for 2017 World Cup FinalsBreaking news: FIS makes 2017 World Cup Finals official

 

 

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Carbondale is officially a Colorado Creative District. The announcement came yesterday. The town joins 12 existing creative districts in the state.

The International Ski Federation gave its blessing earlier this week that the west side of Aspen Mountain will be the site of the mens and womens world cup ski finals. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News, Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

It may seem that all the buzz in the valley is coming from the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, as well as the Heritage Fire and Grand Cochon events in Snowmass Village. But Glenwood Springs is hosting one of the longest running events in the area this weekend.

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Representatives Millie Hamner and Diane Mitsch Bush are holding a town hall this afternoon at the Basalt Library.

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As visitors dole out thousands of dollars in Aspen this weekend to experience the creme de la creme of food and beverage, there are people in the valley who work to stretch $20 for an entire week of food.

If you compare the great chefs of 30 years ago to today, what is the difference? For one, there are the tattoos. In addition to that, the competitive nature of the culinary world is even more transparent today than ever before. Nowadays, chefs have to be more than just their food. They have to be personalities as well.

“A person could be a very skillful chef, but if they don’t have the personality … they’re not going to be a very good cooking show host at all,” said Kathleen Collins. She wrote a book called “Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows”.

 Chip Comins and the AREDay Summit in Snowmass June 20-24.

 

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A 58-year-old man died after a rafting accident in Aspen on Wednesday. The rafter died after falling from a raft into the Roaring Fork River.

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  Fracking can produce air pollution, but many more emissions likely happen during the next stage at a natural gas well.

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On Wednesday, Carbondale Trustees will hear about new data on students and drug use, after the town government helped fund a survey.

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Hawk Greenway is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh sat down with Greenway as part of our series of conversations with the candidates.

In addition to high-profile speakers, the artistic components of the Aspen Institute has upped its game.

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Brush Creek Village resident Greg Poschman is one of three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with him at two places he says are at the heart of why he is running.

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  The Colorado Department of Transportation is asking for public input, with telephone town hall meetings around the state. That includes one in the Roaring Fork Valley area.

The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen is three days away. Around town, businesses are preparing for one of the busiest weekends of the summer.

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