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This week, hosts Zoe Rom and Christin Kay bring you the week's news from the Roaring Fork Valley. 

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Earlier this month, Aspen City Council declared a stage 2 water shortage, restricting outdoor irrigation and water use. But several city properties are exempted from the rules.

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As fires burn in Colorado and across the west, Roaring Fork communities have frequently been under health advisories for air quality because of smoke.

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  A group of city and county officials have proposed re-writing the agreement that governs the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority. In their board retreat Tuesday, the commissioners weighed in on what a public housing program could look like in the future.

  The Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners held their mid-year retreat Tuesday and got a full briefing from airport director John Kinney.

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The city has reached agreements with all of the opposing parties in a Castle Creek water court case. But there’s still work to be done.

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Pitkin County’s emergency alert system is getting an upgrade.

Madeleine Albright was America’s first female secretary of state, serving under President Bill Clinton from 1997-2001. She’s now a writer and a professor at Georgetown University. She recently published the book "Fascism: A Warning."

Arts and culture reporter Christin Kay sat down with her at the Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt.

 

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On Tuesday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will hear from the community about their concerns regarding the shooting range where the Lake Christine fire began.

This week: Years after marijuana is legalized in Colorado, it may soon be sold in Snowmass Village, residents react to the pot prospect and consider an additional tax on the drug.

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The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority is reaching out to the program's homeowners associations to see how healthy their rainy day funds are.

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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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.

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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. 

On Tuesday night, Basalt's Town Council reviewed a new development proposal for the Pan and Fork property from Willits developer Tim Belinski.   

 

At its meeting Tuesday night, Basalt’s Town Council unanimously rejected Whole Foods’ application for a fermented malt liquor license. This would have allowed the grocery store to sell low-alcohol beer -- beer that contains less than 3.2 percent alcohol -- and alcoholic kombucha.

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Earlier this month, the open space and trails boards for both the City of Aspen and Pitkin County agreed to move forward with plans to build a trail along Castle Creek Road. It will run just under a mile between the city trail from the Marolt housing to the campus of the Aspen Music School and Aspen Country Day School.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor shows Pitkin County is now experiencing severe-to-extreme drought and, on Monday, city council agreed to implement Stage Two water restrictions. It's the first time the city has taken this step, which is meant to protect area rivers and preserve the city’s water supply.

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Aspen has hired a consultant to study ways to improve the "uphill economy."  

The work will cost $75,000 and is scheduled to be completed by June of next year.

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