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The 2018 JAS Cafe starts Thursday night with vocalist Niki Haris, as well as James Horowitz and his trio.

This week on Cross Currents, reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy interviews Bronze Star recipient Stacy Bare, who is also the Director of Sierra Club Outdoors and works with its military outdoors program. 

Challenge America

 Last week, servicemen and women came to Aspen to participate in the first-ever Military Ski Week. The non-profit Challenge America offered discounts on lift tickets and lodging for the military community — and some time to heal and reconnect.

Glenwood Springs Police Department

The Glenwood Springs Police Department has noted that shoplifting is on the rise, just in time for the holidays.

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to roll back net neutrality laws that prevent Internet providers from favoring certain websites over others.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Forest Service released a draft decision yesterday to log up to 1,800 acres in the Upper Fryingpan Valley.

 

Garfield County

On Monday, Garfield County joined other valley governments in funding a housing study; it pledged $10,000, which is $5,000 less than what they were asked for.  

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

December is ski season, with or without much natural snow. Aspen Skiing Company has relied on man-made snow to open local ski areas, but this comes with a cost.

Welcome to the Roaring Fork Valley's holiday season!

Tuesday, Anderson Ranch Arts Center is celebrating its latest exhibition. “And Still I Rise” focuses on political art and is open in Snowmass Village at 4:30 p.m.

 

The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue’s holiday show will run throughout the week. Shows start at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

 

First Draft: James Han Mattson

Dec 18, 2017

James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in North Dakota. A Michener-Copernicus Fellowship Recipient and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Cape Town, the University of Maryland, the George Washington University, and the University of California – Berkeley. The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves is his first novel.

The Basalt Education Foundation says that Colorado currently ranks 39th in the US per pupil funding. Their non-profit is very cognizant of what's happening at the state and federal level around public education.

Claire Woodcock

Last week, Aspen City Council approved a $100,000 year-long contract between the city-owned, publicly-funded Wheeler Opera House and Professional Facilities Management. The Rhode Island based management booking company beat out Belly Up, Aspen, a local music venue, for booking the 2018 year.

Wyatt Orme

Colorado’s Sens. Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner co-sponsored the DREAM Act of 2017. It would grant residency to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, otherwise known as “Dreamers.”

Claire Woodcock / Aspen Public Radio

Snowmass Ski Area celebrated its 50th anniversary this weekend. Saturday, Banana Days was resurrected. A town-wide scavenger hunt had visitors searching for 1,967 plastic bananas, each containing a prize.

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On Monday, Aspen City Council will consider funding a project to tell the story of the John Denver Sanctuary.

This week, Basalt's Pan and Fork property is back in the news: The developer is out, the landowner is angry, and the town council is shaking its head. Latino families in the Roaring Fork Valley are discovering public education isn’t their only choice here. Also, Snowmass turns 50 this weekend.

Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you the biggest local news stories from the week. 

The meager early season snow could spell trouble for avalanches in the backcountry later on this spring, and Challenge America is hosting its first ever military ski week.  

Also, some local businesses are actually winners because of the bare mountains.  

People might have their rock skis out on the hill, but there’s nothing but smooth sailing ahead on Mountain Edition.

 

 

 

When Aspen Highlands opens Saturday, skiers and riders will have access to the most challenging in-bounds terrain in Aspen, thanks to the work of hard-core volunteers. These are the boot packers who help prepare the iconic Highland Bowl.

Claire Woodcock / Aspen Public Radio

Snowmass Ski Area celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend. Among the festivities is a ski-themed selfie station at the Snowmass Village Mall. It's a product of a group of artists from Anderson Ranch.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

This weekend, Aspen’s Rio Grande Park will host the World Snow Polo Championships, but nature hasn’t been cooperating.

 

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