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Local Genealogy Buffs Use Modern And Age-Old Tools To Find Their Roots

Mail-in DNA tests from places like Ancestry and MyHeritage have made it easier than ever to be an armchair genealogist. But for those who still see question marks in the branches of their family tree, there are real, in-the-flesh communities here in the Roaring Fork Valley to offer support. These groups are led by local genealogists who help people make their family tree as large and complete as possible.

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Aspen Words

Tayari Jones won the Aspen Words literary prize earlier this year for her novel “An American Marriage.” She speaks in Aspen Tuesday as a part of the weeklong writing conference Summer Words.  

“An American Marriage” is about an African-American man whose relationships are upended when he’s jailed for a crime he didn’t commit.  The novel delves into an unjust criminal justice system and racism.

 

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Even after a wet winter, many farmers are struggling to regain financial footing after a 19-year drought in Colorado.

Farmers in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties can apply for an emergency loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency to help them recover from drought.

 

The money can be used to rehab damaged soil or replace crops damaged by drought.

Joshua Johnson of 1A returns to Aspen Wednesday, June 26th, for APR's summer lawn party. 

He'll be in conversation with Aspen Public Radio reporter Christin Kay, starting at 5:00 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, beverages and snacks, and make it a picnic!

 

Devi Laskar is the author of two poetry collections: Gas & Food, No Lodging and Anastasia Maps and the novel: The Atlas of Reds and Blues.  She lives in Northern California.


Morning Newscast: June 17, 2019

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Morning newscast for Monday, June 17, 2019.


Summer classical music host Chris Mohr is coming up to Aspen for his sixth summer on Aspen Public Radio. He has loved classical music since he was twelve.

“And I owe it all to radio,” Chris explains. “I grew up in a farm town east of Cleveland. Most of the music I heard growing up was Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and other favorites of my parents. 

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Mail-in DNA tests from places like Ancestry and MyHeritage have made it easier than ever to be an armchair genealogist.

But for those who still see question marks in the branches of their family tree, there are real, in-the-flesh communities here in the Roaring Fork Valley to offer support. These groups are led by local genealogists who help people make their family tree as large and complete as possible.

City of Glenwood Springs


Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs is due for an upgrade; an online survey asks the community what changes they’d like to see.

 

The seven-acre park is in the heart of Glenwood Springs. It’s where Strawberry Days is hosted every June.

Welcome to another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!  This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

City of Aspen

Aspen is taking over the Rio Grande Recycle Center from Pitkin County in August.

A recent survey suggests overwhelmingly Aspenites want it to stay open. What services it’ll provide and what that will cost is uncertain.

City council will discuss the results Monday.

 

 

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Aspen Words

Tayari Jones won the Aspen Words literary prize earlier this year for her novel “An American Marriage.” She speaks in Aspen Tuesday as a part of the weeklong writing conference Summer Words.  

“An American Marriage” is about an African-American man whose relationships are upended when he’s jailed for a crime he didn’t commit.  The novel delves into an unjust criminal justice system and racism.

 

Devi Laskar is the author of two poetry collections: Gas & Food, No Lodging and Anastasia Maps and the novel: The Atlas of Reds and Blues.  She lives in Northern California.


Welcome to another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!  This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

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A state-by-state effort to start using the popular vote as the deciding factor in presidential elections is getting some mixed results in the months after Colorado joined the cause.

The leaders of the national popular vote compact are celebrating Oregon’s decision this month to join the group. If the governor approves the change as expected, the Beaver state will become the 15th state to join the initiative.

Colorado is set to begin looking into specifics of what it would take to create a passenger rail line along the fast-growing Front Range. The state's transportation department, along with its Commission on Passenger Rail, is now accepting proposals for a study aimed at connecting Pueblo to Denver and Fort Collins by rail. The request also includes Trinidad and asks for the anticipation of a link to Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

When Gov. Jared Polis walked into the Stedman Elementary School auditorium behind a marching band on Tuesday afternoon, with dozens of supporters waving signs and cheering, the signing ceremony for the full-day kindergarten bill felt more like a pep rally.

“Today, we celebrate the fact that this fall, kids from across our state will be able to go to free fullday kindergarten,” Polis said to loud cheers before he signed the bill.

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