Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

David Kodama

The Roaring Fork Valley is an artists’ mecca, and area artists say the community here is unusually close.  Because of that support, the valley just might have a signature aesthetic: collaborative art.

Alisa Golden

Two new group exhibitions open Friday at the R2 Gallery in Carbondale. They use different mediums to combine visual art and words.

Bureau of Land Management

The federal government has released plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas development near sage grouse habitat, including changes to Colorado's plan.

Thousands of Colorado teachers rallied at the capitol last week, protesting what they see as inadequate school funding. Several districts canceled class for the day because they couldn’t find enough substitutes. The Roaring Fork School District remained open, but some of its teachers went to Denver.

Aspen Historical Society

A traveling exhibition about Ute culture is making its way around the Western slope, and a Ute drumming demonstration will be held in Aspen this weekend. They both provide an opportunity to learn about the tribe's past and present.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Stream flows in the Roaring Fork watershed are slowly creeping upward, but the effects of this winter’s low snowpack are already showing.

Courtesy of Eric Mitchell, True Nature Healing Arts

This spring, 5 Point Film teamed up with a nonprofit called Big Heart Big Hands to host a panel discussion about the trauma and loss involved in backcountry rescue and recovery. Big Heart Big Hands raises money for mountain rescue teams and provides counseling support to those impact by mountain incidents.

The conversation was held in kiva at True Nature Healing Arts in Carbondale. We pick up with moderator Bobby L'Heureux of Big Heart Big Hands.


Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Results from a valley-wide survey are in, and they show strong support for allowing some e-bikes on paved trails.

Courtesy of Big Heart Big Hands

Journeys into the backcountry allow adventurers to find inspiration and pursue challenging feats. But what happens when those adventures turn to tragedy? The non-profit Big Heart Big Hands supports those impacted by backcountry trauma. Last month, they co-hosted a panel discussion with 5 Point Film. It focused on the ripple effect of trauma and loss that hits communities.

Aspen Chapel

Artists from the current ceramics show "Unbridled" will discuss their work Wednesday evening at the Aspen Chapel Gallery.


Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt told Aspen Public Radio all three candidates are locals and could start immediately.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Forest Service announced its final decision Monday to log 1,600 acres of national forest in the upper Fryingpan valley. Some areas have been removed from the project after public objections.


About a year ago, a home in Firestone, Colorado, blew up, killing two people and seriously injuring another. The cause was a severed flowline from a nearby gas well.

First Draft: Curtis Sittenfeld

Apr 30, 2018

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Officials hope to improve water quality, fish habitat and a diversion structure along the Crystal River in Carbondale.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Red Brick Center for the Arts

This summer, famous artists and professional performers will grace Aspen’s galleries and stages. But right now, it’s time for area youth to take the spotlight.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this week that provides funding for a state program to prevent the spread of invasive species into Colorado’s lakes and reservoirs. The pressure is still on local authorities to cover most of the cost of boat inspections.

Students in Carbondale are rallying for school safety from 9:30 until 10 a.m. on Friday. The event was originally planned for last week, when students protested nationwide, but was rescheduled because of weather.