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Lake Christine Fire Updates

Update: July 22, 2:00 p.m.: The fire is now 10,406 acres and is 32% contained. There will be a community meeting tonight at 6. Following the meeting, Eagle County officials will be discussing flooding potential and how residents can better prepare themselves. Both meetings will be held at Basalt High School.

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The Lake Christine Fire continues to grow on Basalt Mountain, and hot, dry weather the past couple of days has meant increased activity. It’s estimated to be nearly 8,000 acres, and officials said it grew about 500 acres Wednesday.

 

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum.

Jeremy Swanson

The annual Deaf Camp benefit returns to Snowmass on Saturday. The event raises funds to bring children who are deaf and hard of hearing to the Roaring Fork Valley for outdoor adventures.

Alan Fletcher hosts this weekly chat with AMFS artists. This week he talked with Lawrence Power and Alexander Shelley. Audio file below!

Aspen Security Forum: America First

Jul 19, 2018

From pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate accord, to questioning the value of NATO and imposing tariffs on European allies, to renegotiating NAFTA, to tearing up the Iranian nuclear agreement, to promising to pull troops out of Afghanistan and Syria in the not too distant future, President Trump is upending 70 years of foreign policy orthodoxy in pursuit of his “America First” agenda. Meanwhile, a rising China and a revanchist Russia are working feverishly to fill the void. Does the President have it right or is he taking the nation – and the world – down a dangerous new path?  

Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security Secretary, briefs us on the security challenges the nation faces and how the Department and its partners, domestic and foreign, are working together to meet them. 

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Marchers Rally Against Family Separation

Jul 19, 2018

  

More than 50 people gathered in Paepke Park last night to protest the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s practice of separating families accused of crossing the border illegally.

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The FBI Director describes the Bureau’s role in national security generally and cyberterrorism and counterintelligence specifically.

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Pitkin County residents may soon see some changes in their trash bills. Officials have proposed an update to a 27-year-old ordinance governing waste and recycling.

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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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