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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. 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

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.

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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.

June was pride month, and while many cities nationwide celebrated with elaborate parades and parties, the valley’s gay community didn’t hold a central celebration. 

However, a float in Aspen’s Fourth of July Parade flew the rainbow flag. It’s part of an effort to make the gay community more visible, and effort that includes new summer events and a pop-up gay bar. Each week they set up shop at a downtown restaurant and set aside space for themselves.

 

Mountain Edition: July 12, 2018

Jul 12, 2018

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

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

As the Lake Christine Fire begins to be contained, valley residents are picking up the pieces. They’re unpacking their go-bags, sweeping ash from their doorsteps and checking on their neighbors. For some, the emotions of the past week may just be sinking in. Last Sunday, the Art Base in Basalt opened its doors to the community and offered a free “Art, Healing and HOPE” class, meant to help residents relieve stress and start to heal.  

The Lake Christine Fire has threatened the safety of valley residents. It’s also threatened their health.

Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio

Featuring the Honorable Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, in conversation with Aspen Institute president and CEO Dan Porterfield.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Crown Mountain Park is usually a pretty popular place on summer evenings.  But Tuesday evening, the sidewalk is lined with people cheering and holding signs as fire trucks drive in. Firefighters wave shyly.  Some are recording videos on their cell phones.

Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for public input as it starts planning what to do with land it acquired near Carbondale last year.

  The Lake Christine Fire is burning at 6,100 Acres and is now 39 percent contained.

People who evacuated their homes last week because of the Lake Christine Fire are returning. Some have to pass through police checkpoints, which is how law enforcement is ensuring people are who they say they are, in order to cut down on crowds and to prevent looting.

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Low water levels and high temperatures are causing stress to fish in the Roaring Fork Valley, so experts are asking anglers to stop fishing in the mid-afternoon.

Lake Christine Fire 31 Percent Contained

Jul 9, 2018
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

  The Lake Christine Fire is still burning at 5,916 Acres and is now 31% contained.

Eagle County Public Information Officers

Eagle County Firefighters were called to a wildland fire above the Eagle Springs Golf Course in Wolcott Sunday night at 5 pm. A major power line in the area was initially threatened, and as a precaution, the communities of Edwards, Avon, Beaver Creek and Vail were notified of the possibility of a power outage. Firefighters were successful in keeping the fire away from the power lines, and as of 11:00 p.m., Incident Command did not anticipate further threat to the area’s power supply.

Six individuals and two horses were evacuated as a precaution. Crews remained on scene to monitor fire activity overnight.

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 the diverse programs and events they offer. 

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The Lake Christine Fire is estimated at 5,916 acres and 30 percent contained. 

Evacuated Communities Begin Re-entry

Jul 8, 2018

Starting July 8, some neighborhoods will be open for re-entry. Estimated sequencing and timeframes are:

8 a.m. 
El Jebel Trailer Park

2 p.m.
Big Pinion and Little Pinion
Shadow Rock
Original Road, Pine Ridge and Sagewood Court
Hillcrest, Silverado, Two Rivers for access to Hillcrest.

Checkpoints will be in place for 24 hours following the opening. Residents will need to need to show either a re-entry badge or photo ID with a physical address each time for security purposes.

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