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Zoë Rom

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Zoë Rom is a southern story-teller turned mountain-dweller, who has traded in her home in the Ozark mountains for cooler climes and higher climbs in the Rockies.  While studying literature at the University of Arkansas, Zoë worked as an intern for KUAF in Fayetteville, where she developed a food and agriculture podcast. An avid backpacker, Zoë spent her summers as a backpacking guide in northern New Mexico's Sangre de Christos, where she fell in love with mountains.  Her love of audio and all things alpine brought her west to Boulder, Colorado where she earned a Masters in Environmental Journalism from the University of Colorado. She loves reporting on stories that blend science and the environment with people-focused narratives. She has covered alpaca racing in Colorado, Arctic ice exploration in Norway and sled dog racing in Alaska. Her work has appeared in Outside, REI Co-op Journal, Backpacker, Trail Runner, Rock & Ice and Threshold.  When she's not reporting, Zoë spends every moment she can outside. She's an avid trail-runner, rock climber, mountain biker and stargazer. Now that she lives in Aspen, she'll have to be a skier, too. 

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This week, Snowmass Village town council unanimously approved a sale tax question for November’s ballot.

Stay Aspen Snowmass

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.

The annual Ducky Derby sponsored by the Rotary Club of Aspen will be run a little differently this year, thanks to borrowed water and a computer algorithm.

A meeting Wednesday in Silt will address suicide in Garfield County.

 

Roger Adams

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron sat on the panel “Change Impact and Action” last week at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. They discussed what the changing climate means for recreation, agriculture and local economies.

Colorado River Water Conservation District

Water managers are boosting flows in the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork Rivers.

Zoe Rom

For over a century, the Turnbull family has been ranching in the Roaring Fork Valley. They’ve also been competing in Carbondale’s Wild West Rodeo, since its start in the mid-1950’s, passing down their love of competition and Western tradition from generation to generation.

 

Lake Christine Fire Updates

Jul 27, 2018

Update: July 29, 10:22 a.m.: All pre-evacuation notices have been lifted, due to an increase in containment--now at 72%--along with Saturday's rain. Residents are encouraged to register with both Eagle and Pitkin Counties' emergency alerts for flash-flood warnings.   

  Thanks to the autocratic Maduro regime, Venezuela is in political and economic free fall, with thousands of its citizens fleeing to other countries in the region and threatening to destabilize them. Autocracy is ascendant in Honduras as well.

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.

 

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

Earlier today Governor John Hickenlooper appeared with Senator Cory Gardener and Representative Scott Tipton at the Lake Christine Fire Command center

  to express their appreciation for ground crews despite limited resources.

There are health risks associated with the smoke and ash. Particulate matter in the air can exacerbate and cause health problems for those in areas affected by smoke and ash.  

The Roaring Fork Valley’s federal representatives are split on what should be required for low-income families to get food assistance.

 

With fire restrictions in place in Pitkin County, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) is exploring a high-tech alternative to fireworks: drones.

Democratic Congressman Jared Polis will face Treasurer Walker Stapleton in Colorado’s gubernatorial race.

  Atul Gawande explores the human side of this impasse and how the american experience with healthcare affects our views of our country, our government and even one another.  

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.

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.

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