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Unofficial results indicate that Basalt voters narrowly rejected ballot questions related to buying the former Pan and Fork mobile home parcel. Tuesday night results show that about 52 percent of voters said “no” to the town buying the land to build a park, and about 55 percent voted against park-related improvements.

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  In Pitkin County, Democrat Greg Poschman won more than sixty percent of the votes in the race for an open commissioner’s seat. He defeated independent candidate Scott Writer.

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Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with Member station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

Colorado is one of a handful of states conducting this election by mail.

The City of Aspen released results from its 2016 citizen survey last week. River health ranked at the top of the list of issues of concern for respondents.

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Pitkin County is the only county in the state that has a fund dedicated to protecting the health of rivers. The Healthy Rivers and Streams board oversees a $1 million budget, including a couple high-profile projects in 2017.

Brooke Bedingfield is the Executive Director of the Aspen Education Foundation. She discusses the programs and positions the organization helps fund in the Aspen School District. Dr. Kathy Klug also contributes.

In this election cycle, Colorado Democrats have outspent their Republican counterparts in the contests for president and congress. It was the opposite in 2014; Garfield County exemplifies this trend.

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The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) recently handed out hundreds of free National Parks passes to elementary students in Aspen, Basalt and Glenwood Springs.

If voters in Garfield County, Aspen and Carbondale want out of Senate Bill 152, now is their chance; it’s on the ballot.

The gap is narrowing between Republicans and Democrats who have turned in ballots so far in Colorado. 

Local newspapers have made their endorsements on several ballot questions and candidates. Why should voters rely on journalists for guidance when making election decisions?

Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup to discuss that are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Lauren Glendenning, editor of the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

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Early in this politically charged election season, Aspen elementary school teacher Julie Wille decided to step into the arena — to protect public lands. Wille and her two daughters, who are both in college, started a letter-writing, social media-driven movement called Women for Wild Lands.

The tradition of newspapers making endorsements is alive and well in the Roaring Fork Valley. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup this morning are Lauren Glendenning, editor of the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

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This weekend, Pitkin County residents can make voting part of their everyday errands, and join the thousands of valley residents that have already cast their ballots.

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The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board voted Thursday to purchase 10 acres from a private landowner in the upper Hunter Creek Valley.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may be getting all the attention, but voters in Colorado also have 26 other presidential candidates to choose from.  

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams says the state’s voting system is secure. This comes after Donald Trump expressed concerns about the mail ballot process over the weekend.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Barbara Platts present a compilation of the week’s news.  

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