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The Aspen Citizen’s Academy is accepting applications through Monday. This is the third year of the course, which provides an opportunity to explore the limits, responsibilities and services provided by city government.

 

Seth Beckton

Snowmass Ski Area’s summer offerings have expanded and will debut Friday. There will be bike demos for visitors to explore the now 50 miles of cross-country trails.

Monday is the grand opening for Basalt’s Roaring Fork Apartments. There are 56 of them, brand new, next to the bus stop on Highway 82 by Stubbies.

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Off-road vehicles like ATVs and dirt bikes have long been banned on public roads in Colorado, but Pitkin County is only starting to enforce the law this summer.

More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the Mexico-U.S. border in recent weeks. Housed in tent camps, converted warehouses, and other shelters, they have had no idea when they will see their parents again. The Trump Administration may end the enforced separation by indefinitely detaining families together, but that is unlikely to eliminate enduring health impacts.

An inmate at the Garfield County Jail was found dead in a cell early Thursday morning.

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Low river flows and hot weather could be particularly tough on area fish. A local organization is asking boaters and anglers to chip in on a science project aimed at protecting trout.

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In 2016, the world’s largest investment firm issued a report saying that climate change must be a factor in money management. On Wednesday, BlackRock Vice Chairman Philipp Hildebrand will discuss sustainable investing.

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Eight wildfires now burn in Colorado, and Roaring Fork Valley communities are under fire restrictions because of hot, dry, windy conditions.

Wednesday evening, Aspen Valley Hospital and Pitkin County are hosting an Opioid Crisis Community Forum.  This event brings together medical experts and law enforcement to discuss addiction and treatment strategies for the valley.

  The City of Aspen will be buying real estate downtown as a permanent solution to their ongoing need for office space.

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On Tuesday night, Jazz Aspen Snowmass CEO and President Jim Horowitz will present plans to Aspen City Council for a public-private partnership to give J-A-S a home in downtown Aspen.

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Basalt’s Planning and Zoning commission is hosting a site visit to the contentious Pan and Fork parcel. The public will be able to visit the location of a newly proposed “river park.”

 

Courtesy of Thunder River Theatre Company

The Thunder River Theatre Company has been nominated for four Henry Awards, Colorado’s highest honors for theater productions.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: YouthEntity, Week 3

Jun 18, 2018

YouthEntity seeks to engage and empower youth to discover their potential by providing real-world experiences that prepare them for future successes. The main goal of YouthEntity is to make the Western Slope of Colorado the most financially literate region in the country. Kirsten Petre McDaniel describes why it is important to be aware of YouthEntity and how you can get involved. 

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At their meeting last week, the board of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) heard from consultants about the appetite the Roaring Fork Valley has for a property tax to help the authority expand.

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The 2018 AREDAY Summit kicks off today, and it includes conversations about setting aside half of the world for nature.

 

  This week, Pitkin County officials are in no rush to annex Basalt and El Jebel, Fire restrictions  are in effect throughout the valley, Pitkin County land managers are Using science to protect habitat, governments are putting money toward electric busses, the Aspen School Camp for the Deaf  is working to revitalize a community gathering, and, there just might be a way to get through the Food and Wine Classic calmly and peacefully.

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A handful of middle and high school students from across the Roaring Fork Valley spent the week learning about climate change and making films.

 

Honor Flag Arrives In Aspen

Jun 15, 2018

The U. S. Honor Flag will fly from Aspen Fire Department Saturday. The flag commemorates police officers, firefighters, first responders and military personnel who have died in the line of duty.

 

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