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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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Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives through year-round adaptive experiences for individuals faced with cognitive and or physical disabilities. They create life-changing opportunities by encouraging participation in activities designed to redefine limits, recognize abilities, and transfer newfound courage to everyday life. CEO, Jeff Hauser and Director of the Military Opportunities Program, John Klonowski, discuss current and future goals of their non-profit, and tangible examples with participants. 

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As the Lake Christine Fire continues to burn along the upper stretches of Missouri Heights, a handful of firefighters watched pink clouds of smoke billow on the hillside across from Spring Park Reservoir.

You know the song from the days you watched Bugs Bunny cartoons. You can listen to the famous tune right here, and you can enjoy the entire opera, Rossini's timeless Barber of Seville, live from the Wheeler Opera House on Aspen Public Radio Monday, July 16 at 8:00 pm with host Chris Mohr. Broadcast with the help of the Aspen Music Festival and School. It's funny, it's beautiful, and it is a great chance to enjoy hearing  youth and love win out over power and corruption!

Jane Parnell was the first woman to climb the 100 highest peaks in Colorado, an experience she details in her memoir. As Christin Kay reports, she’ll be discussing the book in the Roaring Fork Valley this week.

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.

Club 20

Club 20 advocates on behalf of the Western Slope at the state capitol. They held the first half of their summer meeting in Lake City last week. Members have high hopes for several state ballot initiatives facing voters this fall.

People are settling back at home after evacuating because of the Lake Christine Fire. Eagle County and area nonprofits are doing what they can to ensure people have what they need.

Jose Hernandez / USDA-NRCS Plants Database

In an open field in Longmont, Colorado, about a dozen people crouched in the tall grass, moving slowly and deliberately through mud that squelched underfoot. Some carried huge, serrated knives called hori-hori, a Japanese tool made specifically for gutting weeds. Others wielded gardening shears, saws or chemical sprays as their weapons of choice.

Walker Art Center

On Sunday, attendees are invited to bring their appetites to a performance art installation at the Aspen Art Museum.  

High Notes 

Alan Fletcher in conversation with Daniil Trifonov and Steven Hartke.

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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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