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

Marci Krivonen

We-Cycle’s bike share system is already in Aspen and Basalt.  Now, it wants to expand to Carbondale. At a work session last week, the town took a step toward making that happen.  

 

Carbondale granted We-Cycle’s request to include a $30,000 placeholder in their 2020 draft budget.  We-Cycle asked for the placeholder to help it raise the rest of the money needed to place its bikes throughout the town. 

 

Leonard Slatkin and Seong-Jin Cho perform Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto July 21, and most people may not know that conductor Leonard Slatkin has been an occasional classical music DJ since 1968! Pianist Arie Vardi also talks about his all-Bach program where four nine-foot Steinway grands and an orchestra will all be onstage at Harris Hall July 20!

City of Aspen

At a meeting Monday, Aspen's city council could approve a contract to update the bus stop at the corner of Garmisch and Main Street, one of the city's busiest. 

 

Leonard Slatkin and Seong-Jin Cho perform Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto July 21, and most people may not know that conductor Leonard Slatkin has been an occasional classical music DJ since 1968! Pianist Arie Vardi also talks about his all-Bach program where four nine-foot Steinway grands and an orchestra will all be onstage at Harris Hall July 20!

Featuring Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in conversation with Courtney Kube, national security and military reporter for NBC News.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

 

The Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) released a set of guidelines Thursday that it is encouraging locals and tourists to use when sharing images of remote, backcountry locations on social media.

 

Instead of geotagging or sharing the exact location, ACRA wants people to use a generic tag that reads, “Tag Responsibly, Take the Aspen Pledge.” 

Anton Nel, Seong-Jin Cho, Anneleen Lenaerts all chat with Alan Fletcher about their upcoming concerts with the Aspen Music Festival.

Wilderness Workshop’s "Defiende Nuestra Tierra" program is celebrating Latino Conservation Week with a hike and barbeque in Rifle Saturday. 

This is the first year for a local celebration. Beatriz Soto is Latino Outreach Coordinator with Wilderness Workshop.

Eleanor Bennett

Walk in the Catto Center at Toklat in the Castle Creek valley near Aspen, and you’ll see colorful weavings lining every wall and stacked in tall piles in every corner.  Artist-in-residence Elena Gonzales Ruiz has been bringing her traditional textiles from Mexico to Toklat for the past thirty years. 

Elise Thatcher

 

Aspen City Council and Pitkin County appointed three citizens to the reorganized board of Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority or APCHA. All three have already served on APCHA’s board. 

Carson Schmitz, John Ward and Rick Head were picked from 32 applicants. David Laughren, who is not currently a board member, will be the alternate. 

Douglas County

Colorado officials say greenhouse gas emissions in the state peaked in 2010 and have been in decline since.

Colorado Air Pollution Control Division Director Gary Kaufman says the decline rate has been small, but it is expected to increase by 2030.

Courtesy of Mike Molloy

Scientists think the pika, a tiny alpine mammal, may provide clues to what climate change will mean in the Rocky Mountains.

 

Pikas, which are related to rabbits, are particularly sensitive to changes in temperature and snowpack. Researchers with the Front Range Pika Project began collecting data on pikas in the White River National Forest last year. They’re relying on citizen science volunteers to help conduct surveys in several locations across the forest, including Independence Pass. 

Craig Kopp will join Aspen Public Radio next month to serve as managing editor. Kopp is an award-winning media professional with 45 years of experience in radio, television and print.

 

 

He comes to the Roaring Fork Valley from Tampa, FL., where he served as general manager at community radio station WMNF. Kopp also taught podcasting at the University of South Florida’s Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications.

 

Moving BLM To Grand Junction Brings Praise, Prompts Questions

Jul 16, 2019
Wikipedia

The Trump administration's plan to move the government's largest land management office from Washington to Colorado evoked a mix of praise, criticism and questions on Tuesday.

Aspen Art Museum

This year, the Roaring Fork Valley celebrates the one-hundredth anniversary of the Bauhaus design school.  Wednesday, locals have the chance to hear from the architect of a new museum in Weimar, Germany, where the Bauhaus was born. 

        

The Bauhaus Museum Weimar is a minimalist concrete structure that embodies the Bauhaus principles of simple, functional design.  

 

Tim Barret / Bureau of Land Management

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner says the Trump administration is moving the headquarters of the federal government's largest land agency to Colorado.

 

Gardner said Monday the Bureau of Land Management's Washington office will move to Grand Junction.

 

Mike McMillan / Lake Christine Fire PIO

Shane Del Grosso spent some 30 summers crossing smoke-shrouded mountains and forests to fight increasingly devastating wildfires in the U.S. West.

Toward the end, his skills and experience propelled him to lead a federal multi-agency team that responded to large-scale national disasters. On some days he directed a thousand firefighters and helped coordinate aircraft attacks on massive blazes.

 

Lethal Measures Off Table For Controlling Wild Horse Herds

Jul 15, 2019
Wyoming Bureau of Land Management

 

The Trump administration will not pursue lethal measures such as euthanasia or selling horses for slaughter to deal with what officials say is an ecological and fiscal crisis caused by too many wild horses on rangelands in the U.S. West, an official said last Thursday.

The Arts Campus At Willits

Basalt has approved almost a million dollars to go toward construction of The Contemporary, a new performing arts venue in Willits. 

The money comes from a real-estate transfer tax on sales in Willits. Last week, council freed up those funds for The Arts Campus at Willits, or TACAW, to use in building the new venue. 

 

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