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The Snowmass Wine Festival is continuing to gain attendees. This year the Friday night wine dinner sold out, and the Saturday grand tasting had a record high in ticket sales. The number of online sales doubled from 2015.

  Welcome to Valley Roundup -  an analysis and commentary of the week’s news with writers and editors in the valley. Hosted this week by Alycin Bektesh, sitting in for Carolyn Sackariason.

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City of Aspen staff is directing council to keep water rights for reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks. As Elizabeth Stewart-Severy reports, this goes against public sentiment.

Colorado has one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the country, and state and federal officials are asking Congress for more money to try to expand public awareness and hire more healthcare workers. 

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Local nonprofit Wilderness Workshop is seeking volunteers for a restoration project on Sunday to remove barbed wire on Buttermilk.

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Sustainable Settings, a nonprofit organization that runs a ranch, has its annual Harvest Festival tomorrow night.

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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.

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The Center’s floors were ruined when the building near Interstate 70 flooded this summer.

Construction is finally complete on the flood-damaged floors. Tomorrow afternoon, the organization will officially reopen its space. The $11,000 repair was included in the first stage of upgrades to the building.

Dance instruction was hindered due to the damage. Dancing is one of the largest parts of the art group’s programming. Those classes were being held in the Masonic Lodge in Glenwood springs.

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  A record number of tourists stopped through Aspen this summer.

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This election cycle has been anything but typical and now Colorado voters will have their say in how the next election is handled.

 U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez visited Colorado on Wednesday to campaign for a ballot measure increasing the state’s minimum wage. 

This week on Cross Currents is a segment from the archives with photographer Andrea Booher, who was one of two photojournalists who documented Ground Zero after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

 It’s been nearly three years since Pitkin County implemented the 9-1-1 text messaging system. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts visited the county’s dispatch center to learn more about this emergency communication option.

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A section of the Roaring Fork River is closed to boaters and anglers as crews start building two recreational waves above the Town of Basalt. Pitkin County attorney John Ely said the project is intended as a safeguard against drought.   

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Corbett and Grace Lunsford have been on the road for six months, without ever leaving their home. Their mobile living space serves as a model for efficient and sustainable buildings. This week, they parked their home in Carbondale to give tours.

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  The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation has agreed to take a loss in selling land to the Town of Basalt. The CDC owns land along the Roaring Fork River that the town is eyeing to turn into a community park. A ballot measure posed to the voters this fall will ask if the town should buy that land for the appraised value  - $2.9 million. Currently, the CDC owes more than that amount on the land, and would be taking a loss.

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  Just months after completing a $14 million renovation, the Pitkin County Library will spend another half-million dollars on a new roof.

Prior to the Nov. 8 election, Colorado voters will receive a booklet of information about the measures that will show up on their ballots. This is the last week for the public to submit statements to be included in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights “blue book.”

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Kidney expert Dr. Richard Johnson discusses how climate change relates to the evolution of mankind tonight as part of the Aspen Global Change Institute’s public speaker series.

 

Johnson, who is the chief of the renal division and hypertension at the University of Colorado, researches kidney disease, diabetes and obesity, and he has found connections to climate change in his studies.

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The state approved 22 oil and gas wells in a Battlement Mesa residential community late last week.

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