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PRESS RELEASE FROM CITY OF ASPEN: The City of Aspen announced today that Assistant City Manager Randy Ready, who has been with the City since 1993 and in the Assistant City Manager position since 1996, has submitted his resignation in order to accept the position as Frisco’s Town Manager. Ready’s last day will be in early January.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. A group of locals, including two former mayors, are pushing elected leaders to ban chain stores in Aspen’s downtown core. They are afraid there won’t be anywhere to shop or eat for the average person. But there could be some serious unintended consequences for the commercial landscape and the local economy. City council to consider limits on chain stores Council moving 
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State transportation officials addressed lawmakers Thursday about new ways to fund roads and bridges, and about being ready for any changes at the federal level.

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Last year, the Aspen City Council took a chance by bankrolling a citizen-led initiative meant to help young entrepreneurs.

Spaces that occupy stores like Brunello Cucinelli, Prada and Moncler were once locally serving businesses. As in, the average person could buy stuff without draining their bank account. Now, there’s an idea afloat to ban chain stores in town. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason explores this issue with area journalists on Valley Roundup. You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today right here on Aspen Public Radio news.

Yesterday, elected officials in Eagle County initially approved plans for a controversial subdivision in the midvalley. The Fields is a 19-acre property, near the intersection of Highway 82 and Valley Road.

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The state’s planning group on aging is calling for a new position to coordinate services, programs, spending and the needs of Colorado’s growing aging population. The group released recommendations on Tuesday.

The Aspen Institute is hosting its first community forum on transportation and mobility.

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The Hotel Colorado is one of the oldest hotels in the state. Ownership is about to change for the first time in three decades.

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The immensely popular Sky Mountain Park trails close Thursday for the winter season. Pitkin County Open Space and Trails lead ranger Pryce Hadley said the closures are key to protecting wildlife, especially elk, during the most stressful season.

This week on Cross Currents is the president of the Aspen Science Center, David Houggy, along with the newly hired Maya Hunt, education coordinator on their Preschool Education Program.

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Now that Mother Nature has awoken from her slumber, let the real skiing begin. Almost a week after what was to be the official opening day on Aspen Mountain, the Aspen Skiing Co. will have to top-to-bottom skiing and riding starting Wednesday. There are over 3,200 feet of vertical and 135 acres of terrain served by three lifts: The Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express and Gent’s Ridge. Snowmass will see additional trails open from the mid-station of the Village Express. Expect additional...

On a summer night a year-and-a half ago, an underage man drove drunk and slammed head-on into another vehicle.

County officials across Colorado are busily inspecting the size, quality, and whatever else is considered in determining property values. This happens every odd year.

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A valley local is taking the helm of Carbondale’s 5Point Adventure Film Festival. Meaghan Lynch was named executive director of the non profit on Monday.

First Draft - Emily Witt

Nov 28, 2016
Noah Kalina

Emily Witt is a writer in New York City. She has written for n+1, The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ , the London Review of Books , and many other places. She has degrees from Brown, Columbia, and Cambridge, and was a Fulbright scholar in Mozambique. Her first book, Future Sex , was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

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As the national conversation about climate change heats up, the City of Aspen is turning its eye toward planning for a warmer, drier future. Aspen and other resort towns face a unique challenge in predicting just how many people might be living here in decades to come.

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Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron is joining leaders of cities across the United States in signing a letter urging President-elect Donald Trump to take action on climate change.

The public has spoken - they want high-profile acts at the Wheeler Opera House and they are willing to pay for it.

Aspen’s elected officials are inching forward with their plans to overhaul government buildings.

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