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On this snowy afternoon, hosts Christin Kay and Claire Woodcock bring you the week's biggest local news stories.

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For many years, the Aspen Thrift Shop has sold donated goods at affordable prices, distributing grants to other nonprofits in the valley. The women who run the organization demonstrate commitment to local philanthropy and towards each other.

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Carbondale is in the midst of a feasibility study for affordable housing with the national nonprofit Artspace.

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Congress is currently ironing out their differences on a tax overhaul.

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Aspen Highlands won’t open this week as planned. Instead, it’ll open Dec. 16.

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Local conservation watchdog group Wilderness Workshop will celebrate the Antiquities Act Wednesday night at the Third Street Center gym in Carbondale.

The Pitkin County Board of Health got a primer on opioid use Tuesday. The nationwide health crisis has not left the valley untouched.

A state lawmaker from Firestone, about 30 miles north of Denver, was arrested on Tuesday at Denver International Airport for carrying a firearm. She is being held, pending an investigation and possible charges.

 

The lineup for Aspen Skiing Company’s Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series was announced this week.

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The City of Aspen has plans to buy land in Woody Creek that could one day become a reservoir, and officials hope to fill that reservoir using water rights the city has owned on Castle and Maroon creeks since 1971. But major questions remain about if this is possible — or necessary.

Furniture maker, sculptor and educator Andy Buck will give a lecture at Anderson Ranch Arts Center Tuesday night, concluding this year’s visiting artist series.

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Local immigrant rights activists are holding a rally at Glenwood Springs High School on Tuesday. They want Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican, to commit to the undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children, otherwise known as DREAMers.

Laura Hadar was a professional freeride snowboarder for a decade until she retired in 2015. Now, she aims to become the first woman to ride all of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks on a splitboard.  

First Draft: James Longenbach

Dec 4, 2017

James Longenbach is a poet and critic whose most recent collection of poems, Earthling is a meditation on the ways in which human beings inhabit their knowledge of impending mortality, ranging bemusement to panic.  His most recent critical work, Lyric Knowledge: How Poems Get Made is an account of how English-language poems, ranging from the 8th to the 21st century, are constructed from the most basic elements of their medium (diction, syntax, rhythm, figuration, and so on).  He has also written widely about modern and postmodern poetry.

Welcome to a new winter week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

Tuesday in Snowmass Village, furniture maker and sculptor Andy Buck will give a visiting critic lecture beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

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Aspen Art Museum’s winter show launched last week with the unveiling of a sculpture that sits outside the building’s front doors. Claire Woodcock paid a visit to the sidewalk gallery and spoke with onlookers and passersby.

The Basalt Education Foundation serves the Basalt public schools. Between the elementary, middle and high school, they serve about 1600 students. The non-profit when through major strategic planning in 2013 and 2015 and now offer "administrator grants" to teachers and administrators in the schools.

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Eagle County’s Commissioners will review the proposed 2018 budget on Tuesday. The county said, in 2018, it’ll spend almost $40 million less than it did in 2017.  

Another woman has decided to file a formal complaint alleging sexual harassment by a state lawmaker. The former legislative intern said Sen. Jack Tate made inappropriate comments and repeatedly leered at her and nudged her during the 2017 legislative session. That brings the number of complaints against lawmakers to four.

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The Aspen Institute announced last week that Dan Porterfield will succeed Walter Isaacson as president and CEO of the think tank. Porterfield is currently the president of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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