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  • Independence Pass Closed Near The Summit For Rockfall Safety Work On Sept. 30 And Oct. 1 
  • The Red Brick Center In Aspen Has A New Exhibition Featuring Works By Local Artists
  • Colorado’s Recent COVID-19 Spike Appears To Be Leveling Off, But It's Too Early To Celebrate 
  • Public Land Use Decisions Are Under Scrutiny Following The Removal Of The Director At The Bureau Of Land Management

  • Colorado’s Colleges And Universities Will Allow Students To Apply For Free On October 13
  • It's Especially Important To Get A Flu Shot This Year, But Less Than Half Of Americans Typically Get The Vaccine
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Have Increased In Colorado During The Pandemic
  • Colorado Continues To See A Surge In People Wanting To Sign Up To Be Poll Workers

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This is Week In The Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibits and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Mateo Lozano / Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Efforts to wind down the 2020 Census by Sept. 30 have been blocked for now as a federal judge in California has ruled that the U.S. Census Bureau must continue through October. Though, the Trump administration is appealing the order to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Bryan Alvarez-Terrazas is a program associate at the Aspen Community Foundation (ACF), which is part of the Aspen to Parachute Complete Count Committee (A2PCCC). He said the once-in-a-decade population count has a huge impact on the Roaring Fork Valley and the state because it’s used to determine federal funding for local schools, hospitals and nonprofits as well as to divvy up the number of seats Colorado gets in the House. 

  • Recent Wildfire Smoke In The Roaring Fork Valley Has Been Coming From Out-Of-State Fires 
  • The Westbound Deck Of I-70 Reopens Friday, Sept. 25 In Glenwood Canyon
  • The State Is Winding Down A COVID-19 Health Equity Initiative Governor Polis Formed To Tackle Racial Disparities
  • A New Study Suggests Wildfire Smoke Is More Dangerous Than Other Air Pollutants For Asthma Patients         
     

Patrick Semansky / AP

Update 9/30/2020: Aspen Public Radio will continue to broadcast the Presidential Debates. The dates are:

Wednesday, October 7: Vice Presidential Debate - The University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT), 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 15: Second Presidential Debate - Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami, FL), 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 22: Third Presidential Debate - Belmont University (Nashville, TN), 7:00 p.m.

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  • Colorado Is Bringing Nearly 400,000 Fish To Alpine Lakes, Including Some In The Roaring Fork Valley
  • Some School Districts In Colorado Struggled To Balance Their Budgets Even Before The Pandemic
  • Hotels In Colorado Saw Occupancy Rates Increase Again Last Month
  • The State's Emergency Rent Fund Has Paid Out About $7.5 Million To Cover Housing Costs For People During COVID-19

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Drive-in movies have seen a comeback this summer thanks to COVID-19 public health protocols, but the most recent films playing at Buttermilk’s drive-in theatre as part of The Meeting FilmFest have audiences dreaming of winter. 

  • Registration Is Now Open For The Aspen Music Festival And School’s After School Music Classes
  • Colorado Health Officials Say COVID-19 Cases Have Increased For The Third Consecutive Week
  • Many Colorado Workers Will Be Forced To Take Days Off Without Pay Because Of Budget Shortfalls Due To The Pandemic
  • Large Numbers Of Migratory Birds Have Dropped Dead Across The West.

     

Grizzly Creek Fire Facebook Page

A recent study from the University of Colorado Boulder found that forests in the southern Rocky Mountains are becoming less resilient in the wake of wildfires. 

“In the last fifty years, fires have, on average, become larger. And with larger fires, we have larger areas that are tree-less,” said the lead author of the study Kyle Rodman.

  • A Recent Study Provides A Window Into What Forests Will Look Like In The Wake Of The Grizzly Creek Fire
  • Economists Say Colorado’s Budget Picture Is Improving, But Their Latest Forecast Includes Several Warnings
  • New Researcher Suggests There Could Be Fewer Aspen Trees In Colorado Because Of Climate Change

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This is Week In The Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibits and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley. 

USPS

The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to give Colorado the ability to review national media related to voting procedures and processes ahead of the November election to prevent future voter confusion as part of a settlement with the state. The Postal Service will also destroy remaining mailers that a federal judge previously banned the Postal Service from sending to voters in Colorado. 

  • The Roaring Fork School District Has Announced New Plans For Resuming In-Person Learning 
  • Fire Restrictions Have Dropped Down To Stage 1 In Both Pitkin And Eagle Counties
  • Colorado Has Seen Plenty Of Wildfires This Year, But Nothing Like The Catastrophic Fires Still Burning Along the West Coast 
  • Senate Democrats Are Pushing The FCC To Expedite Progress On Broadband Connectivity In Native Communities 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County is seeing a slight uptick in new COVID-19 cases among residents, the first steady increase since a spike in late July. The county has recorded fourteen new cases in the past fourteen days. Aspen Valley Hospital posted a fourteen-day positivity rate of 3.11%, well below the hospital’s threshold for concern, but the highest positivity rate in over a month.

  • Pitkin County Has Seen An Uptick In New COVID-19 Cases Over The Past Two Weeks
  • A Colorado Poll Found That Less Than Half Of Respondents Are 'Very Likely' To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine Once It's Available
  • People Who Work At Or Manage Marijuana Businesses No Longer Have To Be Colorado Residents

Kirsten Dobroth/Aspen Public Radio

Governor Jared Polis Extends Colorado Mask Mandate

Monday, Sept. 14 - Governor Jared Polis extended Colorado's statewide mask mandate for another 30 days over the weekend. The extension is set to expire on Oct. 12, but could be extended again, as it has been twice since it was originally adopted in July.

Courtesy of Roaring Fork Transportation Authority

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is receiving a $13 million grant toward the construction of its new regional transit center in Glenwood Springs. The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation is the second batch of federal funding RFTA has received this year, following $11.48 million from the Federal Transit Administration.

 

 

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This is Week In The Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibits and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Charles Curtis / Aspen Fire Department

The Aspen Fire Department is holding a virtual memorial service on GrassRoots TV to mark the 19th anniversary of 9/11. Aspen Fire Chief Rick Balentine is the lead organizer and will be speaking as part of the program, along with Aspen Mayor Torre, local veteran Lt. Col. Dick Merritt, Rabbi Mendel Mintz, artist Patricia Blanchet Bradley and many others. 

"Ballot Box" by wtfcolorado is licensed under CC BY 2.0

A Denver judge has rejected a lawsuit that tried to delay the distribution of the state voting guide known as the blue book.

  • The Aspen Fire Department Is Holding A Virtual Remembrance To Mark The Anniversary Of 9/11 
  • Governor Polis Has Plans To Use Emergency Funds For The Grizzly Creek Fire Area 
  • A Denver Judge Will Decide Whether To Delay Distribution Of Colorado’s Voting Guide 

  • Grizzly Creek Fire Updates 
  • Conspiracy Theories Are Popping Up Everywhere These Days, Especially In Our Region
  • Colorado High Schools Sports Officials May Allow Some Outdoor Sports This Fall 

Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting

Firefighters working on the Grizzly Creek Fire that sparked over four weeks ago in Glenwood Canyon have been using new technology to help them. This includes everything from drones that drop small plastic spheres known as Dragon Eggs that contain potassium permanganate for burn operations to mapping software that allows aircraft to superimpose infrared footage with topographical maps to more precisely detect the fire perimeter and new burn activity. 

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