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Pitkin County commissioners approved an update to the county’s hazard mitigation plan Wednesday. It comes as officials are preparing for a dry, hot summer and increased wildfire danger.

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At the end of this week, local energy groups will name one area high school the winner of the Changemakers Challenge. It’s a social media contest to award environmental engagement, and the kickoff featured its own teenage changemaker.

According to the Colorado Education Association, around 10,000 teachers are expected to rally at the capitol Thursday and Friday. They want more funding and better retirement benefits. Most teachers in the Roaring Fork Valley aren’t leaving their classes to attend, but a handful will, and many others still plan to show solidarity.


On Thursday, the Aspen Art Museum hosts PechaKucha Night. Local architects and designers will share their work in a 20-by-20 format: 20 images displayed for 20 seconds each.

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The Castle Creek Bridge team will host monthly in-person open houses to update attendees on the project's progress. The first of these are on Wednesday.

Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The state wildlife agency is reminding people to take steps to protect newborn animals this spring, and it starts with adhering to trail closures.

Guillermo Ceja

Guillermo Ceja of El Jebel ran the Boston Marathon earlier this month. His path there, arguably, was an unlikely one; he immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, and struggled with alcohol for years before turning to competitive running. Boston was a victory for him, even though he didn’t set a personal record.

Activists are trying to get the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to prohibit drilling, unless companies can prove there’ll be no public health risk. On Tuesday night, both Carbondale and Basalt are considering formally supporting the effort.

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Glenwood Valley Athletics (GVA) is in its fifth year. It’s a cheer squad, but not the kind with chants and pompoms: At GVA, the cheerleaders are the athletes.

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Bruce Handy is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He’ll be in town this summer to facilitate the Aspen Words Reader’s Retreat.  

First Draft: Sarah Henstra

Apr 23, 2018

Sarah Henstra’s latest novel is called The Red Word Her previous novel Mad Miss Mimic is an historical tale for young adults. Sarah is a professor of English literature at Ryerson University, where she teaches courses in Gothic Horror, Fairy Tales & Fantasies, Psychoanalysis & Literature, and Creative Writing.

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Glenwood Springs Historical Society

The historic Durand Opera House in Glenwood Springs is on the market. There’s a local effort to purchase the building for a potential art center.  

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Eagle County

Housing in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys is tight. Data is currently being collected to learn just how tight it truly is.

This week on Valley Roundup, a prominent developer is getting out his wallet, Snowmass Village is moving forward with a new shopping center, where does co-housing fit in the affordable-housing discussion? And will a valley lawsuit create precedent in Colorado’s judicial system?

Friday is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado. It was the deadliest in U.S. history, until 17 people were killed in Parkland, Fla. this February. Students at Aspen High School are joining walkouts around the country to protest continuing gun violence.

Director Meredith McKee

Meredith McKee makes action-sports films.  But her new film "Ten Years Out" is about a different kind of bravery. McKee spent the last year with Summers Moore, a local artist whose husband took his own life. The film documents how photography and nature have helped with the healing process.

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5 Point Film Festival is underway in Carbondale, and the offerings go beyond adventure films.  On Saturday, 5 Point will co-host a discussion about the impacts of backcountry rescue missions.

This week, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Christin Kay bring you the biggest stories from the Roaring Fork Valley.


Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, but celebrations kick off in Aspen on Thursday.