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Aspenbeat show as broadcast on Aspen Public Radio Saturday July 30, 2016
Host and Curator: Andrea Young

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge.

Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request

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The Bureau of Land Management released a plan Friday to cancel 25 oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. Local groups, including Wilderness Workshop and the Thompson Divide Coalition, said in statements that canceling those leases helps to protect wildlife, land and public water supplies.

Jordan Curet, Aspen Daily News

 Details about an hours-long hostage incident on Independence Pass show alleged gunman Brolin McConnell, of Colorado Springs, believed he was in a Truman Show-like scenario and that his life was in danger. Twelve accounts from victims and witnesses were collected and made available from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office yesterday.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is now Carbondale Arts. The name change comes along with rebranding of social media accounts and an upcoming new website.

 

Carbondale Arts came about after the town became a certified Colorado Creative District which entitled it for state funding for the arts. The group’s executive director, Amy Kimberly, was at the helm for this achievement.

 

The group will also be forming a governance council in September, with members being chosen by Carbondale Arts.

 

Jeh Johnson speaks about national security

Jul 28, 2016
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A Chat with Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. In his final months in office, Johnson gives us his assessment of the state of the nation’s security. The talk is moderated by Thom Shanker, assistant Washington Editor for The New York Times.

 

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

All week, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has been practicing his moves for his debut  dance performance on Friday at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s premiere fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars. Community members dance with ballet company members in competition against one another.

A winner is selected in an audience vote.

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Aspen local Blanca O’Leary is a super delegate at-large for the democratic party - assigned the position by president Barack Obama for her work on his successful campaigns. As part of the Colorado caucus, she has front-row seats to the historic events of this week’s democratic national convention in Philadelphia.

Press release from Colorado Department of Transportation-Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon will OPEN for Thursday, July 28th. Helicopter operations for rockfall mitigation were canceled due to challenging down drafts.

  Live from the Wheeler! On Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 pm, Aspen Public Radio will be offering a live broadcast of the Aspen Music Festival and School's production of William Bolcom's opera A Wedding, based on the 1978 Robert Altman movie of the same name. The clashes of New Money and Old Money at a wedding became material for this classic movie starring Desi Arnaz, Jr., Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Vittorio Gassman, Mia Farrow, Lillian Gish and others. William Bolcom's opera libretto comes from Robert Altman himself! Sung in English.

 This week on Cross Currents is Rabbi David Segal of the Aspen Jewish Congregation, along with Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu, which is attempting to transform the way Judaism is practiced and experienced by infusing aspects of Eastern spiritual practices with traditional Orthodox influences, so the ta’am or “taste” is unmistakably Jewish.

 

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A new proposal to replace the Conoco gas station in downtown Aspen will get its first public review tonight. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

The property at  the corner of Monarch and Main streets is owned by developer Mark Hunt, and was first proposed to be a lodge called Base 2. But voters overwhelming shot it down last fall through a citizen petition.

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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts gathered over 1000 signatures to show support for a request to allow the group to move into an empty library space in downtown.

 

Multiple groups are vying for the space including at one point, the Frontier Historical Society.

The society’s executive director Bill Kight said at a city council meeting last week that he had retracted his proposal.

 

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The City of Aspen is looking to curb emissions, and soon truck drivers could face a $500 fine for excess exhaust smoke.

Gordon Bronson

 There are hopes that Bernie Sanders’ supporters will back Hillary Clinton. As Bente Birkeland reports, some Colorado delegates are calling for unity at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Todd Wawrychuck, ABC

The state Republican Party is blasting ABC saying the network forced reality star Ben Higgins to drop out of a Colorado state legislative race.

Elected officials are taking the high road today when it comes to understanding the local marijuana industry. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Aspen City Council members are taking a field trip this afternoon to three pot shops in the downtown core. They’ll spend 20 minutes or so at each one in hopes of learning something about an industry they are considering regulating.

This week I meet with Katherine Bell to see what the summer and fall have in store for the children at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. 

Jessica Garrow / Courtesy Photo

Five months into a ban on new construction in the downtown and surrounding areas, city officials want to know what your Aspen should look like.

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