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The City of Aspen will hold its first “Citizens Academy” this fall. Municipal governments from across the country have used similar programs to help residents get to know the inner-workings of their local government, and Aspen is now following suit.

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The Snowmass Concert series finishes tonight on Fanny Hill. This summer, most of the shows have avoided the anecdotally present rain that seems to have interfered in previous seasons. The series featured music industry veterans like Taj Mahal and newcomers like Jamestown Revival.

Colorado Department of Transportation

The I-70 Glenwood Canyon will be open today due to early completion of rock fall mitigation work.

    Interviews with two music students and a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to bring the Pittsburg Symphony to Aspen August 23-25.

After three years away from his post, Dave Ressler, the former CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital, is taking his old job back, because like many who move to Aspen and then leave, he realizes that life is good here. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason asked him what drove his decision to return.

 

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Pitkin County developed a dirty reputation earlier this year when it was revealed that the average citizen produces 10 pounds of waste per day. In response, officials have launched a campaign to change people’s trashy behavior.

Mountain Collective adds new ski resorts

Aug 9, 2016
Telluride Ski Resort

Mountain Collective passholders can now add Telluride and Revelstoke to their ski vacation plans this year. 

The additions now make the Mountain Collective pass valid at 14 different resorts, including Aspen Snowmass, resorts in Wyoming, California, Utah and formerly, Whistler Blackcomb. The Canadian resort was purchased earlier this week by Vail Resorts for more than a billion dollars. 

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Elected officials from Pitkin and Gunnison counties met in Redstone yesterday to reiterate enthusiasm for a trail connecting Crested Butte and Carbondale.

 

The proposed 74-mile trail is in the early stages of a complicated development process, but is seeing some progress. Discussions about such a trail began in the 1990s and finally picked up steam this year when Governor Hickenlooper tagged the area on the “16 in 2016” list that identified the state’s highest priority trails.

 Signatures for anti-fracking proposals along with a new tax on cigarettes and tobacco were among those turned in Monday, which was the deadline for groups wanting to put questions in front of votes in November. 

 

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Governor John Hickenlooper has already been front and center this campaign season.

 Monday was the deadline for groups to turn in signatures for proposals that may go before voters this November.

Colorado has been seen as a key swing state during the last few presidential elections – but this year many political pundits say its trending blue, and won’t be a battleground state. But the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns aren’t treating it that way.

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Glenwood Canyon will be closed again this Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., forcing many motorists to seek alternate routes.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is making it official: protecting biodiversity is more important than recreation. A new policy focuses on preserving natural habitats, even if that means keeping some areas closed to humans.

This week at Anderson Ranch I talk to Jessica Cerise and Liz Ferrill to talk about the ArtWorks Store. The ArtWorks Store is open year-round. Summer hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm and Sunday 12 noon - 6 pm. Non-summer hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.  

 The Aspen Art Museum held its annual ArtCrush fundraising event on Friday. The museum netted $2.5 million, and was exactly what was expected, according to Aspen Art Museum CEO Heidi Zuckerman. That number is the same compared to last year’s event.

First Draft - Kim Addonizio

Aug 8, 2016

Kim Addonizio is the author of six poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry, The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me. Her latest books are Mortal Trash: Poems (W.W. Norton) and a memoir-in-essays, Bukowski in a Sundress (Penguin). 

Roaring Fork Mountain Association, or RFMBA, Executive Director Mike Pritchard shares the organization's trail projects and how they benefit more than just mountain bikers in the Roaring Fork Valley. RFMBA Board Vice President, Todd Fugate, also contributes.

Visit www.RFMBA.org to learn more about the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and past, current , and future trail building projects.

The “Wheeler Wins” program was launched in November by the Wheeler Opera House as a way to make shows more affordable and provide other benefits. There are more than 400 members so far.

 

Wheeler executive director Gena Buhler said the membership numbers are encouraging.

 

That’s especially important to her because last week, the City of Aspen gave the Wheeler Opera House over $100,000 to help bring in bigger acts. The money came from the real estate transfer tax.

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The city of Aspen engineering department is taking to heart citizens comments about getting around town on foot and on bike.

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