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A new exhibit opening Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College’s Aspen campus looks back at 30 years of photography by Derek Johnston.

On Tuesday night, Basalt’s town council will pick up their discussion of the Pan and Fork property. Willits developer Tim Belinski has put forward a new proposal for the controversial piece of property downtown.

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  Parking in Aspen can be a nightmare. The City Council wants to adopt a new parking code that will free up space downtown and clear extremely bulky vehicles from residential streets.

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The Aspen Pedestrian Mall has been honored as one of the top public spaces in America by the  American Planning Association.

Snowmass Base Village will open this ski season, despite a couple hiccups in development.

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The Colorado State Forest Service is looking to help local governments, homeowners’ associations and utilities reduce wildfire risks.

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Roaring Fork Valley native Pete McBride is a photojournalist whose latest work “The Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim” is being released Wednesday. It chronicles his 800-mile hike through the entire canyon and highlights developments that threaten to change the landscape.

First Draft: Amitava Kumar

Sep 24, 2018

Amitava Kumar is a writer and journalist. He was born in Ara, and grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty and delicious mangoes. Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction and two novels. He lives in Poughkeepsie, in upstate New York, where he is the Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. His latest novel is called Immigrant, Montana.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight: For the Good, Week 4

Sep 24, 2018

For the Good is dedicated to empowering girls in Kenya by keeping them in school and addressing the root causes of gender inequality. They believe that when communities learn about human rights and critically think about gender roles, parents are more likely to support the education of their daughters. Kayce Anderson, Executive Director, and Ella, advocate, discuss that with time and education, their hope is that For the Good will no longer be needed. 

Welcome to the beginning of 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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When you walk into a room full of people you don’t know, you may pull out your phone and avoid eye contact. If you’re at a contra dance, you might as well smile, because the odds are good that you’ll have do-see-doed with most of the room by the night’s end. Contra is a traditional community dance. It's social, done with both big groups and partners. Its modern followers in the Roaring Fork Valley see it as an antidote for an increasingly isolated world.

Snowmass resident Renee Linnell’s new memoir, "The Burn Zone," explores why a worldly, well-educated person would join a cult.

First Draft: Ben Marcus

Oct 8, 2018

Ben Marcus is the author of five books of fiction: The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, The Flame Alphabet, Leaving the Sea, and Notes from the Fog. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories and New American Stories. Since 2000 he has taught on the faculty at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

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Environment

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Pitkin County has committed to using science to protect wildlife and habitat on the 5,000 acres of open space property it owns, and last week, the Open Space and Trails Board recommended spending more than $200,000 studying area wildlife.

 

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Up high in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, there’s an abandoned metal snow fence — well, there used to be. A diverse group of volunteers joined a team of mules and horses to haul tons of rebar out of the backcountry last month. Pack strings are one of the few ways to get heavy work done in protected wilderness areas, but their future is uncertain.

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Hundreds of thousands of people visited Hanging Lake last year, and the U.S. Forest Service says too much traffic has caused damage to the sensitive ecosystem. On Friday, the agency released its final decision to require hikers to get permits to visit the popular spot.

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