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Most everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond should have received their ballots by now. The Aspen Public Radio news team has answers about the logistics of voting in this mail-in election.

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Basalt has three questions related to parks, open space and trails on November’s ballot, two of which are connected to each other and one that stands on its own.   

Ideological differences were clear last night in a debate over the future of Basalt’s Pan and Fork property.

The Arts Campus at Willits in Basalt had a summer full of ups and downs. The group hired its first managing director, Ryan Honey, but also faced lots of drama surrounding its budget and future funding.

  Ted Guy, of Basalt, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the town government for not being transparent enough. Guy is suing Basalt’s mayor, the town clerk and all five council members.


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The Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax, and the multiple questions in Basalt about the Pan and Fork land parcel, will both have effects on art-focused nonprofits. Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort spoke with Gena Buhler from the Wheeler Opera House and Genna Moe from The Art Base to see how each would be affected by November’s votes.

The legal bills are mounting in the town of Basalt after a tumultuous year for the municipality.


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  Genna Moe has been a mainstay in the Roaring Fork Valley arts community for almost ten years. She ran children’s programs at the Aspen Art Museum. She worked at the Wheeler Opera House.

 Lisa Singer’s interpretations of stormy weather are on display at the Art Base in Basalt starting Friday. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about what creating these paintings does for her state of mind.

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

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Lynn Goldsmith’s “The Looking Glass” exhibit continues at the Art Base in Basalt. The show features wildly distorted self-portraits, in which Goldsmith contorts her body. Some photos look pastoral — others are straight out of a Tim Burton Film.

Art nonprofits up and down the valley are handling interns in different ways. The Aspen Art Museum typically tries to work with locals who might be staying with family or who are home from college for the summer.

Drawing isn’t necessarily the flashiest of the visual arts, but a new show at The Art Base in Basalt is looking to change the opinions of people who see it.

Richard Carter, James Surls, Chris Hassig and Jody Guralnick are part of the show simply  called, Drawings.

It’s a show that takes the four artists out of their regular media. None of them are drawers by trade.

 This week's show features artist Nancy Lovendahl and her mentee, Cheyenne Meyers of Basalt from the ArtBase Claudette Carter Art Mentors Program.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced Thursday that Basalt’s underpass will receive funding from the department’s Safe Routes to School Program. Only seven projects were approved for funding out of 21 communities who applied.

Basalt will receive $264,500, which will go towards the pedestrian underpass at the intersection of Highway 82 and Basalt Avenue. Leslie Feuerborn, who manages CDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program, said the goal is to get more kids to walk or bike to school.  

Auden Schendler

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age? Auden Schendler, 45

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? I came here because I wanted to be in the mountains. I stay here because of the community, the beauty, the small town-ness, my work and because my family loves it here.

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Herschel Ross

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age? Herschel Ross, 73

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? I started a second dental practice here in ’93. I found that when I had built both it and the Snowmass Village practices up to where I could sell one that it was Basalt where I wanted to live and work.

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Jacque Whitsitt

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age?  Jacque Whitsitt, 62

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here?  Basalt was my husband’s childhood vacationland. His family traveled from Kansas City to spend many summers riding horses and recreating in Emma. No arm twisting was needed when he suggested that we leave corporate jobs in Denver to relocate here.  The rural, laid back nature of the midvalley is still what keeps us here.  Living on the river in Basalt is a dream come true.

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Jennifer Riffle

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age? Jennifer Riffle, 37

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? Affordable housing, small-town character and temperate climate brought me to Basalt and keeps me here. I’m invested in Basalt with my service-based business (estate manager/chef), homeownership, my husband’s business (owner’s representative for construction management; Rocky Mountain Institute is one of his projects) and it’s heaven.

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Katie Schwoerer

Mar 11, 2016

Name? Katie Schwoerer (no age given)

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? Basalt is my home because I enjoy the town’s historic, small-town character; the readily accessible recreational opportunities of the mountains, rivers and trails; and, the passionate, intelligent residents who care about preserving  our exceptional town and valley.

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