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Construction on Glenwood Spring’s Grand Avenue bridge will take a pause for the holiday weekend and then hit the ground running with a new phase of the project next week.

Basalt’s town attorney acknowledges that it may look like he had a conflict of interest when representing his boss at a legal proceeding earlier this summer.

Tom Smith, who is contracted to legally represent the town and its citizens, appeared with Mayor Jacque Whitsitt when she was questioned during a criminal investigation by the District Attorney’s Office.

Aspen Public Radio obtained the audio of the July 1 interview with Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown and his investigator:

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Colorado has the most creative people in the country, according to a nationwide study from the National Endowment for the arts. 65 percent of Coloradans “personally perform or create artworks,” according to the research.

Right now, multiple groups are trying to convince city government that they should be allowed to use the empty library space for offices. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts had its main location flood earlier this summer. YouthZone, another nonprofit, found out it would have to leave its current location after a land swap agreement put its building in control of the city, which has other plans for it (affordable housing).

Claims of a lack of transparency in Basalt town government has led to a surge of requests for public documents.

Town Clerk Pam Schilling has about a dozen requests by citizens and journalists for information filed under the Colorado Open Records Act. By law, she has three days to provide those public documents.

But because she is inundated with so many requests at once, she informed some individuals earlier this week that it’s going to take longer to assemble the public documents.

  Aspen’s historic preservation commission (HPC) is a volunteer board with a lot of power. The group reviews developments within designated historic districts in town. HPC makes the final call for many new buildings — even going against City Council recommendations.

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For more than 25 years, Jim Horowitz has been putting on some of the biggest music events in the Roaring Fork Valley. But it wasn’t always that way.

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The Oklahoma Flats Trail, one of Aspen’s busiest commuter paths, reopens today with several improvements.

This week on Cross Currents is Weston Boyles of Rios to Rivers, a local non profit for cultural and environmental education.

After listening to a variety of comments from the public last night on how to develop a key piece of property along the Roaring Fork River, the Basalt Town Council agreed to scale its plans back.

  In a closed executive session on Monday, the Aspen Valley Hospital board of directors solidified a contract bringing Dave Ressler back in as chief executive officer.

Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Mule deer may seem ubiquitous in the Roaring Fork Valley, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife say numbers of the species are below its target in some key areas near Rifle. The state agency plans to kill mountain lions and bears in an effort to help grow the deer population.

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The University of Colorado Boulder has launched a brand new Space Minor program for undergraduate students.

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 The Downtowner, the electric shuttle that offers rides in Aspen, has carried more than 11,635 passengers in more than 4,996 rides. There are a total of five vehicles. The first season was so successful that the City of Aspen is extending the service for another year, meaning it will go until Sept. 15, 2017.

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The Motherlode Volleyball Classic begins its 44th year today. The tournament takes place in multiple parks throughout Aspen and features over 500 teams.

 

The beach volleyball event attracts teams from across the country, including both professionals and amateurs. Some participants are as old as 60.

 

Proceeds from concessions will support the Snowmass Rodeo, and the Aspen High School Girl’s Volleyball Team will be hosting a fundraiser during the tournament.

The event runs through Monday.

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  There are four films making U.S. debuts at next month’s festival. It starts with “Certain Women,” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and features Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern in a portrayal of the intersection of their lives in Montana.

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The City of Aspen is dipping its toes into the realm of food security and encouraging residents to grow their own vegetables and herbs.

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Morgan Williams, the fourth and fifth grade teacher at Glenwood Spring’s Two Rivers Community School took his students on a multi-disciplinary field trip last week. An adventure at the South Canyon Landfill served as an environmental lesson, as well as an opportunity to work on writing.

Courtesy of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Firefighters in Eagle and Garfield counties plan to ignite two prescribed burns in the upcoming weeks.

 

The fires will be on Bureau of Land Management lands in the coming weeks if the weather cooperates to keep conditions safe and to blow smoke away from local communities.

Analog Son is a Denver-based funk group making their JAS Labor Day experience debut this weekend. They’re opening for the R and B legend, Stevie Wonder. One of the group’s members, Jordan Linit, spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about this opportunity and what it means to them.

    

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