The average annual cost of cancer drugs in the US now exceeds $100,000 and the price of more than 200 generic drugs doubled from 2013 to 2014. That puts them far out of reach for countess ailing people, including many with decent insurance.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

There is a primary election this month among three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. In a forum held this week, accusations flew from one candidate to another about conflicts of interest.

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Housing, open space dominate 'Squirm Night'

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ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” just finished its second season. It’s based off of the memoir of the same name by Eddie Huang.

The first of our live broadcasts for the Aspen Ideas Festival took place Thursday, June 23. It was titled "The Future of Medicine."

 Conflicts of interest, tenures on volunteer boards, how open space and trails are managed and what ought to be done about a dearth in affordable housing in the valley were some of the hot button issues at a recent candidate forum for those vying for a Pitkin County commissioner seat. Joining news director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Aspen Times reporter Jason Auslander, Mick Ireland, columnist for the Aspen Daily News and Roger Marolt, a columnist for the Aspen Times and Snowmass Sun.

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The founder of the AREDAY summit told a crowded room in Snowmass yesterday that he has a better location to display the prehistoric finds in Snowmass. Ryer Gardenswartz reports.

Chip Comins, chairman and CEO of  AREDAY, said the Snowmass Discovery Center should serve as the grand entrance to Snowmass Village.

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Theatre Aspen’s first production of the summer starts previewing tonight. “Mamma Mia!” is a jukebox musical that takes the songs of the pop-group ABBA and weaves them into a story of love and the relationship between a mother and daughter.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt may look at allowing marijuana businesses in a few more locations around town, after officials tightened up restrictions last summer.

 

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A fire north of the Roaring Fork Valley is getting lots of attention. The Beaver Creek Fire is near the Wyoming border and the town of Walden. Firefighters from Carbondale and Aspen are hoping to help put the blaze out. Crews from Aspen and Carbondale left Wednesday and Thursday after receiving a call for assistance.

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