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Bustang, a service provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation, is expanding its service next month.

Poet Cam Scott moved to the Roaring Fork Valley eight years ago. He writes a poem every day, and has been doing so for decades. He said that his first order of business after moving was to find a local poetry group. He found that in the Aspen Poets' Society.

Scott discusses the evolving poetry movement on Colorado's Western Slope and how poetry has helped shaped his life. Kim Nuzzo, co-founder and president of the Aspen Poets' Soceity, also contributes. 

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Bridge repair will disrupt traffic on Castle Creek Road

Oct 18, 2015
City of Aspen

A pedestrian bridge over Castle Creek Road near Aspen was damaged this summer. Now it’s getting fixed, which means the road will be closed to traffic later this month. 

On June 18th an oversized construction vehicle clipped the the bridge on its way up Castle Creek Road. The wooden bridge connects two open spaces. The truck ripped off part of the support structure on the bridge’s underside. Matt Kuhn is the City of Aspen Trails Manager.

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Pitkin County staff are taking first steps to up-root and move ahead of a major construction project.

Base2 lodge debate focuses on nostalgia versus growth

Oct 13, 2015
Marci Krivonen

Supporters and opponents of a hotel development in Aspen, debated density, parking and employee housing Tuesday. 

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Lyrics Born is a Berkeley, California-based rapper whose latest album “Real People” came out earlier this year. He will be playing at Aspen’s Belly Up tonight. “Real People” was crowdfunded, and relied on the donations of his fans to help him produce his album. But his big goals for his album had him coming back to his roots as an independent artist.

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The insides of the Wheeler Opera House will look completely different to those who step inside after mid-December.

 

The $3-4 million renovations include new restrooms, HVAC infrastructure and a bar with a better service area.The current layout becomes crowded easily and is often difficult to move around in.

 

The first floor of the building will become a true lobby area, while the second floor will have the bar, and a portable stage for small performances to happen.

 

 

Pitkin County will present several preliminary designs for a new airport terminal next week, on Oct. 22nd.

The concept drawings range from a single-story building to a two-story configuration. The designs incorporate community input given at community meetings last spring. Airport Director John Kinney said in a statement community comments led to designs where views are maximized, the size is appropriate and interior is intimate with a “small town feel.”

A few years ago, the Aspen Poets' Society published A Democracy of Poets of the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond, a book that features poems by local poets. Marjory DeLuca, member of the society and owner of Aspen Graphic Solutions, helped design and publish the book. She says the response has been great and they're onto their second printing. DeLuca shares the process of creating the book, and the expansion of poetry in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Kim Nuzzo, co-founder and president of the Aspen Poets' Society, and Cam Scott, member of the society, also contribute. 

Learn more about the Aspen Poets' Society and their monthly live poetry readings at www.aspenpoetsociety.com or 379-2136.  

Pitkin County

Pitkin County residents will be registering their cars and voting in a different location soon.

The Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s office is planning to move into three different locations next year so the annex building it currently occupies can be remodeled. County staff on Wednesday will ask the commissioners to approve three leases that combined will cost the county nearly $19,000 a month in rent. That’s almost a half a million dollars over the 2 years the departments will be in their temporary offices. That doesn’t factor in altering the new spaces. Janice Vos Caudill is Pitkin County’s clerk and recorder.

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The John Denver Celebration has been a tradition in Aspen since the musician died 18 years ago. People from all over the world have come here this weekend to pay their respects and relive the music that they love so much. The event is more than just a concert for the people attending.

Nas, deadmau5 headline X Games music performances

Oct 8, 2015
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When he was only 20 years old, Nas put out what is arguably one of the greatest rap albums of all time. “Illmatic”.

Now he will be coming to perform at the X Games in January at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. deadmau5 and KYGO join the lineup, as well as Run The Jewels, Twenty One Pilots and DJ Snake.

The musicians will also play smaller shows at the Belly Up.

 

This year’s lineup continues on the rap and electronic track. Last year, rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa made appearances alongside Skrillex and Chromeo.

Mountain Edition - October 8th, 2015

Oct 8, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

A developer in Snowmass Village is stepping away from Base Village and selling its assets.

Both sides of a heated election campaign in Aspen are focusing on parking.

Glenwood Springs leaders and businesses mull over how to address homelessness.

The life of a long-time Aspen local and former ski shop owner is remembered.

And, we talk budget with a state legislator who represents communities in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company released its winter schedule yesterday. A third consecutive record-breaking fundraising event won’t change the way the company operates artistically.

The “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser in July was the most profitable fundraiser that the group has had yet. That is the third year in a row that it has broken its own record, but the group does not release the numbers publicly.

Public documents show that the organization raised $700,000 through fundraising in 2013.

 

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Jill Sheeley is a children’s author and has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for many years. She is the author of the series, “Adventures of Fraser the Yellow Dog”. Now, one of her books has found itself on the best-seller list at Explore Booksellers in Aspen. More than a decade after its release.

 

Lisa Max Zimet and Kim Nuzzo are the co-founders of the Aspen Poets' Society. Celebrating its 9th year anniversary this month, the organization was formed after Zimet, who was doing marketing for the former Zele Cafe in Aspen, had the idea of bringing live poetry readings to the cafe after a series of successful evening events with music. 

Zimet and Nuzzo share the history of the organization and the power of poetry. The Aspen Poets' Society hosts live poetry readings every month at Victoria's Cafe in Aspen. To learn more about the organization and their events, visit www.AspenPoetSociety.com or (970) 379-2136. 

Winners crowned in AspenFilmFest

Oct 1, 2015

The winners have been crowned for the 2015 AspenFilm Festival.

 

“Room” won the audience award for best feature film, while “Romeo is Bleeding” won the award for best documentary film.

“Room” stars Brie Larson and explores the bond between mother and daughter in a tale of captivity and one’s willingness to help children experience the world.

 

“Romeo is Bleeding” follows Donte Clark as he tries to combat gang violence with the poetry of William Shakespeare.

AspenFilm Festival a success in Thew’s first year

Sep 30, 2015
AspenFilm

When John Thew took over as the executive director of AspenFilm last year, he still was waiting for full control as veterans George Eldred and Laura Thielen transitioned out and helped him through FilmFest.

 

Now, after putting the festival together himself for the first time, Thew says the opening night of the festival was a great experience for him.

 

“We thought maybe 50 people would show up for the reception because it was at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and we had over 200 people show up.”

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In order to improve forest health and habitat for wildlife, a coalition of outdoor organizations is planning a prescribed fire in Hunter Creek. It's a popular recreation area near Aspen. 

Barring bad weather and safety concerns, the burn will be done in spring of 2016. It’ll happen on Forest Service land on north side of the Hunter Creek Valley, near the “lower plunge trail” and “hummingbird traverse.” The historic buildings on the valley floor won’t be in the burn area.

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