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The Garfield County Sheriff is taking aim at District Attorney Sherry Caloia. In emails between the two elected officials, the sheriff calls her incompetent and ignorant. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason to discuss the context around that description is Glenwood Post Independent editor Randy Essex.

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Colorado Democrats will gather in Loveland on Saturday to elect their final group of delegates to the National Convention in Philadelphia this summer.

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A bill to ban what's known as "rolling coal" has initially passed in the Colorado House of Representatives Wednesday. Bente Birkeland has more.  

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It will now be legal for Colorado hunters to wear florescent pink next hunting season, after Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law late Tuesday/earlier this week. Bente Birkeland has more.  

This past weekend, Buttermilk served as the site of an annual post-season tradition: the K-9 Uphill. It’s an uphill race for dogs and their owners. But this year, there was a new addition. The dog sledding operation Krabloonik took over the race that benefits Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter.

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Ballots for this spring’s election for two board seats at Aspen Valley Hospital are expected to show up in mailboxes this week. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

It’s the first contested race for the board of directors at the hospital in six years. AVH canceled two previous ones because no one applied, except the incumbents.

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Reporter Alycin Bektesh spoke with Native leaders as they hosted a pow wow earlier this month in downtown Aspen.

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Congressman Scott Tipton wants to introduce legislation that would exchange leases on the Thompson Divide for new drilling rights near Paonia and Rangeley — a plan that’s nearly identical to a proposal by the oil and gas industry last year.

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A section of the Rio Grande Trail in Carbondale is getting a bit of a makeover. Flowers and hops have been planted. Invasive tree species removed … And now art is being added. That’s part of the new Rio Grande ArtWay plan that was unveiled last night. It’s part of a project to update a section of the trail with art and signage that help point users toward businesses and art centers.

Coming up on Cross Currents, part two of Dr. Nader Hashemi of the University of Denver's Joseph Korbel School of Middle Eastern Studies on the Isis Crisis: How the World Should Respond.

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Over the weekend, the work of a few dozen high school students went on display at the Aspen Art Museum. There is painting, sculpture and mixed media pieces.

 PRESS RELEASE

GARFIELD COUNTY —Just a few days shy of two months after the initial rockfall incident that closed Glenwood Canyon, the project team has completed the necessary repairs to get I-70 open to four lanes of travel. Repairs to the Glenwood Canyon bike path have also been completed although the path is still closed from Shoshone to Hanging Lake rest area until later this week.

 

The emergency project was completed 23-days ahead of the original schedule.

 

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The plans for a new hotel at the bottom of Aspen Mountain will get their first public review this summer. Developers of the Gorsuch Haus hope to build just over 60,000 square feet and put nearly all of their required affordable housing off site. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The land use application for the project was deemed complete by the city of Aspen two weeks ago. Jim DeFrancia is one of the developers behind the project. He met with city staff yesterday and was told public hearings will likely begin in July.

Elise Thatcher

Another controversial development proposal is being considered for the El Jebel area, with Eagle County Commissioners reviewing The Fields proposal on Tuesday night.

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 Three judges from the Colorado Court of Appeals visit Glenwood Springs High School this morning as part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Courts in the Community, an outreach program established 30 years ago.

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A man is calling Roaring Fork Valley residents, claiming to be a Pitkin County Sheriff  and then asking for money.

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The nonprofit designation of Aspen Power Plant was questioned by attendees of a community meeting held last week.

Elise Thatcher

  Buying and using health insurance can be time-consuming and complicated. A statewide nonprofit recently reviewed data on complaints, and found a top issue has to do with which doctors a patient can see.

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  There’s a long-held view in conservation that management to help big game is also good for other wildlife. But that may or may not be the case. The new research could affect what managers are doing to help mule deer near Meeker.

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