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Valley Round Up - Nov. 16, 2018

This week on Valley Round Up, it’s ski season again, and with more people each year choosing to hike their way up the mountain, the Aspen Skiing Company is calling for increased skier awareness of mountain operations. A pair of young men have allegedly carried out multiple violent sexual assaults in the valley, more details were unsealed this week. And, close up look at our local media comments section.

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When Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers to form The Milk Carton Kids, they discovered that they had a lot to teach each other. They also had a plan: to give their music away in order to find their audience. It worked remarkably well. Now, their third album, The Ash & Clay, is out on a regular label — no freebies this time around — and they're playing to packed houses across the U.S. and Europe.

Matthew McConaughey, Getting Serious Again

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Matthew McConaughey earned early attention as a sensitive actor with his turn in the 1996 legal drama A Time to Kill -- but since then he has mostly made a career with leading-man roles in romantic comedies like How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days, Failure to Launch and The Wedding Planner.

He calls these "tomorrow roles," and he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he appreciates them for what they are: parts he could land one day and walk on set to film the next day.

Next: Bleached

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You could hear it in their first singles in 2011: Sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin and their band Bleached are onto something. Now comes their debut full-length, Ride Your Heart, and it fills in the story: Beachy harmonies combine with punk attitude to take what you loved about Best Coast to a grittier place. It's fun and it's heartfelt — what could be better?

Grammy-winning blues-rock singer Ben Harper has made 10 studio albums over the course of his career. For his latest project, he teamed up with harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite to release a collaborative album titled Get Up! Musselwhite, one of the few white musicians to gain exposure in the blues scene during the 1960s, has released 26 records and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Last month the Obama Administration laid out a plan to help plants and animals deal with the impacts of climate change. Already, polar bears are losing sea ice and waterfowl are flying south weeks later than decades before. The plan lays out strategies on how to help animals survive these changes.

In Aspen, a group of citizen scientists hope to do the same thing. They’re getting trained on how to recognize and record changes to the environment. The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is behind the effort. The group hopes to make it easier to track changes.

The grisly week that began at the Boston Marathon Monday left one police officer dead.

As police closed in on the bombing suspects Thursday night, law enforcement officials say two officers were shot. One, transit police officer Richard Donohue, is in critical condition at Mount Auburn Hospital.

The other, Sean Collier of the MIT campus police, was pronounced dead Thursday night.

MIT says Collier had gone to respond to a report of an altercation on campus Thursday evening. Soon, word came over the police radio that he had been shot.

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Vienna Teng takes the stage at the Wheeler on Saturday night. The songwriter and pianist takes an experimental approach in her music, but her approach to songwriting is all about stories and connection.

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Aspen Community Theatre’s run of "Big River" is on stage this week. The musical is a 1985 adaptation of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, set in the South during the time of slavery. Aspen Community Theater’s production eliminates much of the racist language in the original. However, staging older theater productions often raises questions about portrayals of race, gender and American history that go deeper than words.

First Draft : Karen Bender

Nov 12, 2018

Karen Bender is the author of the short story collections Refund and The New Order, the novels Like Normal People and A Town of Empty Rooms and is co-editor of Choice.

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As governments across the world work to address climate change, big businesses are doing the same. David Hone is Chief Climate Change Adviser at the energy company Shell. Hone is in Aspen this week, discussing the company’s plan to limit global temperature rise.

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Last year, the Trump administration reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. Now, the federal government is taking public comment on a draft management plan for the monument, and Thursday is the last day for feedback.

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