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The Colorado River District has one finalist — a local water attorney — for its general manager position.

Earlier this month, Joe Seeds was rescued by a Blackhawk helicopter and a Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) team. He had lost his way on Capitol Peak. Seeds was back in the valley yesterday to pick up his pack and campsite from Capitol Lake and stopped by the studio to talk with reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

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Hikers and hunters will soon be able to access public land acquired in a controversial land exchange earlier this year.

 

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Pitkin County officials are working on a trail that will eventually connect Carbondale to Crested Butte. They’ve released possible routes for Pitkin County’s section, which runs to the top of McClure Pass. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy took a tour of the area, exploring both the history and the future of the corridor.

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Garfield County officials are considering a proposal for 55 new gas wells in a Battlement Mesa neighborhood. Two citizen groups are fighting the development.

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Officials on the Garfield County planning and zoning commission are considering a proposal for another round of gas wells in a Battlement Mesa community.

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Several bears have been spotted in downtown Aspen looking for an easy meal. Earlier this week, a mom and two cubs had posted up in a tree on the Hyman Avenue mall. When the bears came down, photo takers surrounded them, trying to get selfies.

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  As wildfires burn across the west and communities regroup after devastating hurricanes in the south, Pitkin County officials discuss how to prepare for and prevent natural disasters.

There have been eight backcountry deaths in Pitkin County so far this summer, and Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) is taking stock. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy attended a meeting last week where the all-volunteer team discussed the need for more summer backcountry education.

During a busy — and deadly — summer season, officials with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs are reminding hikers and climbers to pitch in for rescue costs.

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The legal battle over a local trail continues, as attorneys have filed a new complaint aimed at preserving the Verena Mallory Trail.

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Smoke from large fires in several western states is settling in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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The U.S. Forest Service has a plan to clear cut some sections of the Upper Fryingpan Valley, beyond Ruedi Reservoir. As the agency assesses the environmental impacts of the project, some neighbors are preparing for a fight.

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Pitkin County is planning a trail from Carbondale to Crested Butte, and the public can check out route options this week.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper recently appointed Glenwood Springs resident Dr. Carrie Hauser to the state’s Parks and Wildlife Commission. This board sets rules and oversees state parks and wildlife programs.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with Hauser to talk about the appointment.

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Glenwood Springs resident Carrie Hauser has been appointed by the governor to serve on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission.

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Xcel Energy company filed a request with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to replace coal generators in Pueblo with clean energy. It would mean closing two coal-fired power plants a decade early.

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City of Aspen staff is working to understand and prepare for future water needs. Part of that could mean a reservoir to store municipal water. The city also faces opposition from environmental groups and private landowners in state water court over its rights to build dams on Castle and Maroon Creeks.

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The U.S. Forest Service announced a plan last week to limit crowds at Hanging Lake. The public has a chance to voice opinions Wednesday evening.

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Local nonprofit Wilderness Workshop is teaming up with the National Wildlife Federation to hold a rally in support of public lands this week in Glenwood Springs. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with Sloan Shoemaker, executive director of Wilderness Workshop, about the goals and purpose of the event.

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