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Eight Air Force Academy cadets, their professor, and about ten U.S. Forest Service workers sweated side by side last week, pouring concrete, hauling 500 pound beams, and battling swarms of black flies about a mile past Maroon Lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

Hillary Clinton will host a campaign stop in Colorado Wednesday. It falls on the heels of Donald Trump’s visit to Colorado Springs and Denver last week.

Aspen Snowmass plans to make summers more fun

Aug 1, 2016
Ryer Gardenswartz

Aspen Skiing Company has big plans to add summer features to it’s recreation options, in hopes of making the summer months just as enticing as winter.

First Draft - Anna Noyes

Aug 1, 2016

Anna Noyes is the author of the debut story collection, Goodnight, Beautiful Women, which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice (Grove Atlantic 2016). She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Vice, A Public Space, and Guernica, among others. Goodnight, Beautiful Women is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an Indie Next Great Reads pick for June. Noyes was raised in Downeast Maine.  

Mike Pritchard is the Executive Director of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, or RFMBA . He discusses the organization's beginnings with chairman of the RFMBA board, Charlie Eckart. 

RFMBA is a member of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, or IMBA. To learn more about RFMBA and what it means to be a member of the IMBA, visit www.RFMBA.org

  JT LeRoy penned two bestselling novels before it was discovered that he didn’t exist. LeRoy was a pen name used by Laura Albert - that became a little too real. Albert’s relative even went out in public as LeRoy. Jeff Feuerzeig heard about the story and decided to make a film about it. “Author: The JT LeRoy Story”, documents the creation and eventual breakdown of the JT LeRoy personality.

  

Aspenbeat show as broadcast on Aspen Public Radio Saturday July 30, 2016
Host and Curator: Andrea Young

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge.

Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request

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The Bureau of Land Management released a plan Friday to cancel 25 oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. Local groups, including Wilderness Workshop and the Thompson Divide Coalition, said in statements that canceling those leases helps to protect wildlife, land and public water supplies.

Jordan Curet, Aspen Daily News

 Details about an hours-long hostage incident on Independence Pass show alleged gunman Brolin McConnell, of Colorado Springs, believed he was in a Truman Show-like scenario and that his life was in danger. Twelve accounts from victims and witnesses were collected and made available from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office yesterday.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is now Carbondale Arts. The name change comes along with rebranding of social media accounts and an upcoming new website.

 

Carbondale Arts came about after the town became a certified Colorado Creative District which entitled it for state funding for the arts. The group’s executive director, Amy Kimberly, was at the helm for this achievement.

 

The group will also be forming a governance council in September, with members being chosen by Carbondale Arts.

 

Jeh Johnson speaks about national security

Jul 28, 2016
Ryer Gardenswartz

A Chat with Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. In his final months in office, Johnson gives us his assessment of the state of the nation’s security. The talk is moderated by Thom Shanker, assistant Washington Editor for The New York Times.

 

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All week, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has been practicing his moves for his debut  dance performance on Friday at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s premiere fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars. Community members dance with ballet company members in competition against one another.

A winner is selected in an audience vote.

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Aspen local Blanca O’Leary is a super delegate at-large for the democratic party - assigned the position by president Barack Obama for her work on his successful campaigns. As part of the Colorado caucus, she has front-row seats to the historic events of this week’s democratic national convention in Philadelphia.

Press release from Colorado Department of Transportation-Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon will OPEN for Thursday, July 28th. Helicopter operations for rockfall mitigation were canceled due to challenging down drafts.

  Live from the Wheeler! On Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 pm, Aspen Public Radio will be offering a live broadcast of the Aspen Music Festival and School's production of William Bolcom's opera A Wedding, based on the 1978 Robert Altman movie of the same name. The clashes of New Money and Old Money at a wedding became material for this classic movie starring Desi Arnaz, Jr., Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Vittorio Gassman, Mia Farrow, Lillian Gish and others. William Bolcom's opera libretto comes from Robert Altman himself! Sung in English.

 This week on Cross Currents is Rabbi David Segal of the Aspen Jewish Congregation, along with Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu, which is attempting to transform the way Judaism is practiced and experienced by infusing aspects of Eastern spiritual practices with traditional Orthodox influences, so the ta’am or “taste” is unmistakably Jewish.

 

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A new proposal to replace the Conoco gas station in downtown Aspen will get its first public review tonight. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

The property at  the corner of Monarch and Main streets is owned by developer Mark Hunt, and was first proposed to be a lodge called Base 2. But voters overwhelming shot it down last fall through a citizen petition.

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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts gathered over 1000 signatures to show support for a request to allow the group to move into an empty library space in downtown.

 

Multiple groups are vying for the space including at one point, the Frontier Historical Society.

The society’s executive director Bill Kight said at a city council meeting last week that he had retracted his proposal.

 

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