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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The primary election results are in. Two valley natives will advance to the fall election for a Pitkin County commissioner seat. And in Garfield County, a candidate has been selected who will be serving his sixth term as a commissioner. In the Colorado congressional race for the third district, it’s going to get interesting between Democrat Gail Schwartz and Republican Scott Tipton.

 

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 The spread of free enterprise has created a more dynamic, efficient, and competitive global economy, while the marvels of American technology and innovation have ushered in an age of unprecedented possibility.

  In this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Elise Thatcher present a compilation of the week’s news.

  Carbondale Trustees are getting ready tackle the affordable housing question again. Trustees are considering key questions: What is the town government’s role in dealing with affordable housing? What are median and average prices of homes in Carbondale, and how are current policies are affecting housing affordability?

Every year, the Aspen Music Festival puts on a free fourth of July concert at 4:00 pm at the Tent, filled with stirring patriotic favorites. If you're in your back yard enjoying a family barbecue, you can hear a live broadcast of this concert on Aspen Public Radio. Hosted by APR's own Chris Mohr, these fantastic orchestral examples of the best of Americana will entertain and inspire the whole family.

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  Five million of 29 million households with school­-age children don't have the Internet at home. Lacking high­-speed access takes its toll on children and teens by making it unduly difficult to complete school assignments that are heavily dependent on Internet access—creating a homework gap that’s keenly felt by low­ income families.

The signature event, the 2016 Afternoon of Conversation hosts an audience of more than 2,000 in the Benedict Music Tent. From criminal justice for the most vulnerable, to space exploration, to the changing Supreme Court, to artificial intelligence, and the state of the Grand Old Party, big thinkers and doers engage in serious ideas about their work and our collective future.

Young adults from across the globe gathered in the St. Regis ballroom earlier this week for the first ever program aimed at igniting a segment of the population to become more involved in the world. It’s part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, and is geared to those between 14 to 21 years old.

 

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On the ballot in November, Coloradans will be voting on “ColoradoCare” — an amendment to the state constitution that would establish a single-payer health insurance system

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The Garfield County Coroner’s office said Wednesday that an emergency department physician has died after a hiking accident near Glenwood Springs. Dr. William Bevins tripped while hiking the Grizzly Creek Trail in Glenwood Canyon on Monday.

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The first ever Wild West Fermentation Fest starts later this week in Glenwood Springs, featuring 30 beer and spirit and cider makers from the West.

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  When Obama drew his now infamous “red line” in August of 2012, the world closely observed. Chemical weapons and barrel bombs strangled the streets of Damascus and Aleppo while the intervention-cautious Obama administration furiously calculated its next steps.

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    A Carbondale resident didn’t come close to beating a current U.S. Representative in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District. Same goes for a Republican Garfield County Commissioner candidate. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports.

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Shining brightly on the Aspen Institute campus this week is a portal to another space. It’s a project of Shared Studios LLC. It’s a temporary set up, mirroring the gold-painted shipping containers placed in public areas all over the world that provide audio and video connection to other portals. Or, more accurately, provide human connection.

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  Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

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  City of Aspen officials want to have more parking available in front of shops and businesses downtown. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, it appears to be working.

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John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, spoke about the fight against violent extremism at the Aspen ideas festival yesterday.

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Having served as advisor under four different Presidents, both Republican and Democrat, there are few more acquainted with the demands of the office than David Gergen. Join Gergen and NPR’s Renee Montagne to explore which leadership qualities the next president needs most in order to succeed.

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Anna Deavere Smith is a professor, playwright and actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles on “The West Wing” and “Nurse Jackie”. She’s currently speaking and performing at the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss her projects, “Notes From The Field” and “The Pipeline Project”. They focus on the relationship between education, poverty and how that relates to youth incarceration. She performed on Sunday, and will again Tuesday evening in an event that is open to the public.

 


The Grand Avenue Bridge project in Glenwood Springs is on time, after chugging along for more than five months. A key goal now for the Colorado Department of Transportation is making sure river users know about upcoming closures.

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