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2:31 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Senator Schwartz has high hopes for new senate candidate

Colorado state Senator Gail Schwartz's two term run wraps up in 2014.
Credit File photo

Colorado State Senator Gail Schwartz, of Snowmass, yesterday (Tuesday, 6-25) introduced the candidate she hopes will replace her in an election a year and a half from now. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports. 

Schwartz is term limited and will not be able to run in the next election. She met with Pitkin County Democrats in Aspen to announce Kerry Donovan of Eagle County as the candidate for Schwartz’s seat on the 2014 ballot.

Schwartz says it’s “critical” that Democrats maintain a majority in the State Senate in Denver and that Donovan is right for the job.

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The Valley
2:04 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Garfield County Sheriff: Colorado Gun-Control Laws too Confusing to Enforce

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is part of a lawsuit that's seeking to overturn two of the gun-control laws passed this year, by the state legislature.
Credit Marci Krivonen

On July 1st,  two controversial gun laws go into effect in Colorado and one local sheriff is speaking out against them. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says the gun magazine law and the background check bill are too confusing to enforce. One law limits gun magazines to 15 rounds and the other requires background checks for all transfers and sales of firearms.

Vallario and five dozen other Colorado sheriffs are suing the state over the new laws. They don’t believe the laws are enforceable or constitutional. Sheriff Vallario spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.

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Aspen Music Festival & School
12:01 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Festival Notes - June 26th, 2013

To the sounds of brass fanfares and inspiring words, convocation took place Monday afternoon at the Benedict Music Tent.

Like last year, the keynote address was given by Music Director Robert Spano who reflected on this season's theme of "Conscience and Beauty."

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Aspen Music Festival & School
4:15 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Festival Showcase - June 25th, 2013

Alan Fletcher,  Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO, and Artistic Administrator Asadour Santourian preview the upcoming 65th season.  Among the topics is this year's theme of "Conscience and Beauty." Also for discussion is this season's emphasis on the music of Benjamin Britten, in honor of the birth centennial of the English composer.

Pitkin County
3:57 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

New Fire Mitigator for Pitkin County

Colorado Fires 6-20-13
Credit Gilad Rom / Creative Commons

Later today, (Wed 6-25-2013) the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners will meet its new fire mitigation manager, Jerry Peetz. The position is the county’s latest move to ensure citizens are prepared should a wildfire occur. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.

People tend to wait to mitigate when the danger of wildfires is already high.  So says Joe DiSalvo. Sheriff of Pitkin County.

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