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Last week, Kevin Warner stepped into his new role as District Ranger for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest. He started his career working in the district and has previously served as its acting director.

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A recycling center in Basalt is set to close at the start of 2020 after Pitkin County decided to stop funding it, and residents are now turning to Eagle County in hopes of a solution.

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Almost 300 people have contracted hepatitis A in Colorado since an increase in the contagious liver disease began in 2018. State health officials say at least two of those people have died, one in Denver and the other in nearby Arapahoe County.

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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. 

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mix6 made its debut in the new Collective building in Snowmass Base Village on Saturday. At the new restaurant, Aspen chef Martin Oswald gives diners the power to assemble their own dish.

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A 58-year-old Nevada man shot during a confrontation with police in a parking lot of a store in a Colorado mountain town has died.

The Colorado State Patrol says the shooting happened Thursday night soon after state troopers and local officers attempted to make contact with the driver of a rental truck on Interstate 70 that they pulled over near the Avon exit.

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Last week, Pitkin County Board of Commissioners approved three members to join the Citizens Review Board for Child Welfare Services.

The state requires every county to have a citizen review board in order to investigate any serious complaints about staff and processes. However, the review board for Child Welfare Services has not been utilized for at least eight years. 

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Storm troopers meet sugar plum fairies this weekend for Symphony in the Valley’s concert “The Nutcracker Strikes Back.” The orchestra is made up of volunteer local musicians from Aspen to New Castle.

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One night, when Aspen Words executive director Adrienne Brodeur was 14, her mother snuck into her bedroom and told her that she was having an affair, and she needed her daughter to serve as a co-conspirator. For years, Brodeur kept her mother’s secret, but it took its toll. 

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Country music gets satirized in the musical “The Doyle and Debbie Show,” opening Friday at Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company.

The production mimics duets seen on old programs like “The Porter Wagner Show,” where Dolly Parton got her start.

 

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Roles are reversed for some local, state and federal policy makers at Thursday’s Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit in Carbondale.

Over 100 students from the Youth Water Leadership Program of Wild Rose Education will present solutions to different water issues and climate change impacts.

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The House Judiciary Committee is holding its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry today (Wednesday, December 4), focused on constitutional grounds for impeachment. The Judiciary Committee is tasked with drafting potential articles of impeachment against President Trump. Watch the hearing live starting at 8 a.m. 

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The Roaring Fork Transit Authority unveiled its new electric buses in a ceremony at Rubey Park on Tuesday. Over the course of the next month, eight new electric buses will join RFTA’s fleet of about 90 total buses.

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The Valley Health Alliance is a group of six of the largest employers in the Roaring Fork Valley. They've joined together to lower healthcare costs for employees and their dependents -- currently, about 6,000 people.

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On Monday, the Snowmass Town Council got a look at the size and location of buildings that would make up a proposed overhaul of Snowmass Center. Richard Shaw, a landscape architect working with Eastwood Snowmass on plans for the renovations, led a tour for council members and residents. 

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As part of their “Charge At Work” initiative, Holy Cross Energy is asking the Pitkin County board of commissioners Tuesday for approval to install four electric vehicle charging ports in Buttermilk’s parking lot.

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The four finalists for Glenwood Springs' chief of police include one who oversaw the aftermath of a deadly shooting earlier this year and another who was recently placed on paid leave.

 

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The City of Glenwood Springs is working on improvements to the Three Mile Creek confluence area. The public can give feedback at an open house on Monday.  

Wheeler Opera House

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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Starting December 1, some Bureau of Land Management areas will be closed off to motorized and mechanized vehicles to protect big winter game and prevent road damage. 

Until April 15, some BLM areas in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin Counties will be gated off to vehicles, but other outdoor recreation like horseback riding, snowshoeing, hiking and skiing are allowed. 

The only area blocked off to all human use is the Sutey Ranch in Garfield County. 

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The City of Aspen hosts a “Feedback Forum” next week, where officials are hoping to get public input on four different city projects. The open meetings will be held on Dec. 4 at the Limelight hotel in Aspen.

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The news website Vox recently published an article titled “Colorado’s cleanest energy options are also its cheapest.” The author, David Roberts, spoke with Aspen Public Radio about his findings. Roberts’ full article can be read here.

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In 2019, Aspen residents saw a hike in their electric and water bills. They’ll see another one in 2020. 

Starting Jan. 1, residential electric bills will go up 5% and water bills by 7%, on average. This means residents could pay around $15 extra a month for utility services. 

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