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The Colorado Department of Transportation is planning to open Independence Pass to vehicle traffic this week. The winter gates are scheduled to open Thursday.

Crews start in April, clearing the high mountain pass of snow and debris. One of the last steps is avalanche mitigation, where officials from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center set off slides, then road crews clear away the snow. The avalanche work was done Thursday. CDOT spokesperson Tracy Trulove is confident the road will open on time.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week. 

Aspen High School principal Kim Martin resigned after only three years on the job.

More complaints are surfacing about the proliferation of pot shops in family friendly Glenwood Springs weed.

Meanwhile, a major commercial development proposal for one of the last big open space in the valley has been pulled by the developer.

And, with summer comes traffic. Residents in the West End neighborhood of Aspen say keep it on Main Street and not on theirs.

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State Representative Millie Hamner is back home in Summit County after a busy legislative session. The former school superintendent sponsored several education measures including one that will reduce testing. Hamner’s district includes Pitkin County. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.

Millie Hamner represents House District 61 at the Statehouse, which includes Pitkin County.

Elise Thatcher

Ballots for Aspen’s runoff election go in the mail this Friday, and early voting begins on Monday at City Hall, as residents choose between grassroots activist Bert Myrin and longtime civil servant Mick Ireland. They’re battling it out for an Aspen City Council seat. The election will be run nearly identical to the one that ended earlier this month.

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The embattled principal of Aspen High School announces her resignation.

A tax in Aspen is generating an extra $2 million annually. The public is getting a chance to decide how to spend it.

Finding affordable housing is always a challenge, but right now, Mid-Valley residents are facing significant hurdles.

A mentoring organization is seeking men, especially in Basalt and Carbondale.

And, a Carbondale resident is in the middle of Nepal’s aid effort. We talk to him about the latest earthquake to hit the area.

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Governor John Hickenlooper was in Rifle Wednesday at a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new wildfire research center. 

The Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting will officially open later this summer but, elected leaders from around the state gathered Wednesday for an unofficial welcome.

"We are pleased as punch to have the Center of Excellence here, at Rifle/Garfield County Airport," said Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson.

Marci Krivonen

A program that helps newcomers to the Roaring Fork Valley integrate and settle is investing in a new Latin food restaurant in Basalt. The non-profit Valley Settlement Project is using cooking to help families become financially secure and connect with their community. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

It’s lunchtime on a Monday and the Cocina Del Valle in downtown Basalt is packed. Mario Alverde is the manager.

New building planned behind courthouse

May 13, 2015

  Pitkin County plans to expand its office space with a new building behind the courthouse. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason sat down with County Manager Jon Peacock and undersheriff Ron Ryan about the project.

That was Jon Peacock and Ron Ryan, Pitkin County’s manager and undersheriff. They talked with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

Michelle DeYoung in Conversation with Chris Mohr

May 13, 2015

  On May 7, 2015 Aspen Public Radio's Classical Music Host, Chris Mohr, interviewed mezzo soprano, Michelle DeYoung. DeYoung will be starring in the Aida Celebration Dinner at the Aspen Music Festival and School on August 7, 2015. 

Hamilton Pevec

Former Carbondale resident Hamilton Pevec is in the middle of the aid effort in Nepal. After the country’s second major earthquake, he and his wife, Devika, are going back out to villages where people are trying to recover. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Pevec.

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