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El Jebel's New Playground Designed By Local Families

The only playground in El Jebel was torn down to make room for a traffic circle last year. This weekend, volunteers will come together to build a new one.

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On Monday night, the Red Brick Center for the Arts will ask Aspen City Council to become a permanent department within the city’s parks and recreation department.  

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The Zoppe Italian Family Circus brought acrobats and clowns back to Snowmass last weekend.  

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.

Garfield County’s overall property value is 9 percent higher than last year. Jim Yellico, the county assessor, said it’s all because of oil and gas.

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This week, Snowmass Village town council unanimously approved a sale tax question for November’s ballot.

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The only playground in El Jebel was torn down to make room for a traffic circle last year. This weekend, volunteers will come together to build a new one.

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This fall, Eagle County commissioners may ask voters to renew a property tax to fund the county’s open space program, but first, they want input.

Host Alan Fletcher discusses upcoming concerts and more with Patrick Dupres Quigley of Seraphic Fire and pianist Lise de la Salle. This is the final High Notes presentation of the season as we look ahead to the last weekend of music for the 2018 season.

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UPDATED Thursday, Aug. 16, 3:25 p.m.: Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission decided it would consider including provisions for zero-emission vehicles. Roaring Fork Valley officials were among those pushing for their inclusion. The commission will discuss the issue again in December, before making a final decision in March, 2019. 

A new film festival is aiming to help the community be more compassionate. It makes its debut in Carbondale this weekend.

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Sexual harassment allegations at Colorado's Capitol came with a sizeable price tag for taxpayers -- $275,000. That includes everything from fees for attorneys, sexual harassment training and consultants to staffing for a special committee of lawmakers meeting this summer and fall to study changes to the Capitol's workplace harassment policy.

Colorado lawmakers wrapped up their annual legislative session this week. Even though the session was often overshadowed by sexual harassment allegations and the expulsion of former Rep. Steve Lebsock, lawmakers and the governor said it was one of the most successful sessions in history

After a dramatic and tearful day in early March, lawmakers voted out one of their own. Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock was the first lawmaker expelled in 103 years after allegations of sexual harassment, intimidation and retaliation from five women, were found to be credible.

But that wasn't the end.

Thousands of Colorado teachers spent two days rallying at the state Capitol for higher salaries and more money for schools. They highlighted long-standing funding problems and potential changes to the state’s public employee pension program currently being debated by the legislature.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Brian Eason of The Associated Press and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal about the rallies.

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