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Zoë Rom

Morning Host/Producer

Zoë Rom is a southern story-teller turned mountain-dweller, who has traded in her home in the Ozark mountains for cooler climes and higher climbs in the Rockies.  While studying literature at the University of Arkansas, Zoë worked as an intern for KUAF in Fayetteville, where she developed a food and agriculture podcast. An avid backpacker, Zoë spent her summers as a backpacking guide in northern New Mexico's Sangre de Christos, where she fell in love with mountains.  Her love of audio and all things alpine brought her west to Boulder, Colorado where she earned a Masters in Environmental Journalism from the University of Colorado. She loves reporting on stories that blend science and the environment with people-focused narratives. She has covered alpaca racing in Colorado, Arctic ice exploration in Norway and sled dog racing in Alaska. Her work has appeared in Outside, REI Co-op Journal, Backpacker, Trail Runner, Rock & Ice and Threshold.  When she's not reporting, Zoë spends every moment she can outside. She's an avid trail-runner, rock climber, mountain biker and stargazer. Now that she lives in Aspen, she'll have to be a skier, too. 

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Lake Christine Fire Updates

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Update: July 22, 2:00 p.m.: The fire is now 10,406 acres and is 32% contained. 

There will be a community meeting tonight at 6. Following the meeting, Eagle County officials will be discussing flooding potential and how residents can better prepare themselves. Both meetings will be held at Basalt High School.

  Thanks to the autocratic Maduro regime, Venezuela is in political and economic free fall, with thousands of its citizens fleeing to other countries in the region and threatening to destabilize them. Autocracy is ascendant in Honduras as well.

June was pride month, and while many cities nationwide celebrated with elaborate parades and parties, the valley’s gay community didn’t hold a central celebration. 

However, a float in Aspen’s Fourth of July Parade flew the rainbow flag. It’s part of an effort to make the gay community more visible, and effort that includes new summer events and a pop-up gay bar. Each week they set up shop at a downtown restaurant and set aside space for themselves.

 

  The Lake Christine Fire is burning at 6,100 Acres and is now 39 percent contained.

Earlier today Governor John Hickenlooper appeared with Senator Cory Gardener and Representative Scott Tipton at the Lake Christine Fire Command center

  to express their appreciation for ground crews despite limited resources.

There are health risks associated with the smoke and ash. Particulate matter in the air can exacerbate and cause health problems for those in areas affected by smoke and ash.  

The Roaring Fork Valley’s federal representatives are split on what should be required for low-income families to get food assistance.

 

With fire restrictions in place in Pitkin County, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) is exploring a high-tech alternative to fireworks: drones.

Democratic Congressman Jared Polis will face Treasurer Walker Stapleton in Colorado’s gubernatorial race.

  Atul Gawande explores the human side of this impasse and how the american experience with healthcare affects our views of our country, our government and even one another.  

The Aspen Citizen’s Academy is accepting applications through Monday. This is the third year of the course, which provides an opportunity to explore the limits, responsibilities and services provided by city government.

 

Seth Beckton

Snowmass Ski Area’s summer offerings have expanded and will debut Friday. There will be bike demos for visitors to explore the now 50 miles of cross-country trails.

Wednesday evening, Aspen Valley Hospital and Pitkin County are hosting an Opioid Crisis Community Forum.  This event brings together medical experts and law enforcement to discuss addiction and treatment strategies for the valley.

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On Tuesday night, Jazz Aspen Snowmass CEO and President Jim Horowitz will present plans to Aspen City Council for a public-private partnership to give J-A-S a home in downtown Aspen.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt’s Planning and Zoning commission is hosting a site visit to the contentious Pan and Fork parcel. The public will be able to visit the location of a newly proposed “river park.”

 

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The Thunder River Theatre Company has been nominated for four Henry Awards, Colorado’s highest honors for theater productions.

A new exhibit at the Aspen Historical Society commemorates Hunter S Thompson’s controversial campaign for Sheriff.

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  Tonight the Carbondale Board of trustees will consider raising the purchase age of tobacco products while still complying with Colorado laws.

 

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After a series of incidents between humans and wildlife - particularly with bears -  it is now illegal to harass wild animals in the City of Aspen. The new ordinance doubles fees for harassing wildlife within city limits.

 

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo kicks off tonight at seven-thirty at Gus Darien Arena for a night of roping, riding and barrel racing.