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  In a closed executive session on Monday, the Aspen Valley Hospital board of directors solidified a contract bringing Dave Ressler back in as chief executive officer.

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Mule deer may seem ubiquitous in the Roaring Fork Valley, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife say numbers of the species are below its target in some key areas near Rifle. The state agency plans to kill mountain lions and bears in an effort to help grow the deer population.

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The University of Colorado Boulder has launched a brand new Space Minor program for undergraduate students.

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 The Downtowner, the electric shuttle that offers rides in Aspen, has carried more than 11,635 passengers in more than 4,996 rides. There are a total of five vehicles. The first season was so successful that the City of Aspen is extending the service for another year, meaning it will go until Sept. 15, 2017.

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The Motherlode Volleyball Classic begins its 44th year today. The tournament takes place in multiple parks throughout Aspen and features over 500 teams.

 

The beach volleyball event attracts teams from across the country, including both professionals and amateurs. Some participants are as old as 60.

 

Proceeds from concessions will support the Snowmass Rodeo, and the Aspen High School Girl’s Volleyball Team will be hosting a fundraiser during the tournament.

The event runs through Monday.

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  There are four films making U.S. debuts at next month’s festival. It starts with “Certain Women,” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and features Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern in a portrayal of the intersection of their lives in Montana.

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The City of Aspen is dipping its toes into the realm of food security and encouraging residents to grow their own vegetables and herbs.

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Morgan Williams, the fourth and fifth grade teacher at Glenwood Spring’s Two Rivers Community School took his students on a multi-disciplinary field trip last week. An adventure at the South Canyon Landfill served as an environmental lesson, as well as an opportunity to work on writing.

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Firefighters in Eagle and Garfield counties plan to ignite two prescribed burns in the upcoming weeks.

 

The fires will be on Bureau of Land Management lands in the coming weeks if the weather cooperates to keep conditions safe and to blow smoke away from local communities.

Analog Son is a Denver-based funk group making their JAS Labor Day experience debut this weekend. They’re opening for the R and B legend, Stevie Wonder. One of the group’s members, Jordan Linit, spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about this opportunity and what it means to them.

    

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 After spending almost nine months applying for grants from federal and state food assistance programs, Basalt Sunday Market manager Jimmy Dula has expanded the offerings of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the valley.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Politics is heating up in Basalt and now that the town manager up and resigned, the government  and its elected leaders are facing heavy scrutiny.

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Shakespeare in the Park has been an Aspen staple for a decade. “As You Like It” is one of Shakespeare’s more fantastical plays, and is this year’s work of choice from the Bard. But rather than using more fantastical tropes like in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “As You Like It” is described as a pastoral comedy.

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Government transparency, civil discourse and what to do now that the town manager has quit are issues facing the town of Basalt. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Scott Condon, reporter for the Aspen Times, Cindy Hirschfeld, editor of Aspen Sojourner Magazine and Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt.

You can hear more of the conversation which includes Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle at 3:30 p.m. on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

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A scheduled draining of Harvey Gap Reservoir and the corresponding fish salvage has been postponed at least a year because of a leaky ditch.

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  Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump showed up about three hours late to his own party in Aspen last night.

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In an attempt to clarify Colorado law regarding rentals, lawyers presented at an event hosted by the Aspen Young Professionals on Tuesday.

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Local photographer and filmmaker Peter McBride will be featured tonight as part of the MountainSummit: Mountainfilm festival.

 This week on Cross Currents, The Little Nell Hotel is hosting a BBQ cookoff with top Aspen chefs to benefit the Aspen Homeless Shelter Thursday.

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When Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson returned from their tours of duty in Iraq, they came back changed men. They were dealing with moral injuries, more than physical ones. Both were dealing with post traumatic stress disorder.

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