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More and more schools are using something called restorative practices in an effort to reduce harmful verbal behavior and encourage positive behavior through building healthy relationships between students, educators and administrative staff.

The Roaring Fork School District is working to move towards more of these restorative practices. To educate parents and community members how these practices would benefit its students, they are holding a three day event series throughout the Valley. 

Morning Newscast: Tuesday, November 12, 2019


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The Colorado State Patrol says six people died in six separate accidents on state roads over a 12-hour period this past weekend.

Col. Matthew Packard, chief of the state patrol, says six fatal crashes occurred between about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday involving either excessive speed or alcohol.

The accidents included a pedestrian hit while standing on the road and a handicap-accessible van crash that resulted in the death of a man in a wheelchair inside the van.

Morning Newscast: Monday, November 11, 2019


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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.

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

Some dogs are leashed, some run free. Some enjoy playing with other dogs, some would rather keep to themselves. Some are friendly and enjoy a stranger petting them, others don’t. 

All dogs are different, and Basalt residents are, too. Some support a new Basalt ordinance regarding leash laws, and others, not as much. 

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The early season snowstorms that hit the Rocky Mountain region this fall have boosted snowpack levels between two and three times the average.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows snow water equivalent above 150% and 200% of average throughout Idaho, northern Colorado and western Montana. Those levels are also scattered across Wyoming and parts of northern Utah.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Across the nation, changes are coming to the way cell signal reaches people’s phones. A new technology called “small cell” is being installed nationwide at the behest of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Before Aspen installs the new transmitters, the city is gathering public opinion about how it should do so.

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Carbondale visual artist Wewer Keohane wants to help fund a project that uses creative expression to address mental health issues. 

 

Keohane credits art with saving her life. After a breast cancer diagnosis, she struggled with depression. Creating art helped fuel her will to live.  

 

Pitkin County

Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails Board has a plan for Penny Hot Springs north of Redstone. It’s the first plan ever for the popular spot in the Crystal River Valley. The plan was discussed for the first time at a meeting Thursday.

Aspen Journalism Environment Editor Elizabeth Stewart-Severy says the Penny Hot Springs has quite a storied past.

Morning newscast for Friday, November 8, 2019. 


Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio

Numbers from around the Roaring Fork Valley show slightly more than a third of registered voters cast a ballot on election day 2019, according to unofficial counts on Thursday afternoon.

All three counties also delivered among the lowest turnout rates in the state. Out of Colorado’s 64 counties, Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield all posted turnout percentages ranking in the bottom seven.

 

Klaus Kocher

Saturday in Carbondale, six locals take the stage to tell their stories of immigrating to the U.S. from Latin America, Europe and Africa.

Susana Salamun is one of the storytellers for "Immigrant Voices." She moved to the U.S. from Mexico when she was in her mid-twenties.

Morning Newscast: Thursday, November 7, 2019


Garfield County Libraries

 

Garfield County’s libraries will soon stay open longer and have more materials, thanks to voters approving ballot issue 6A earlier this week, which raises revenue for the libraries through increased property taxes. 

6A will generate about 4 million dollars a year for Garfield County Libraries, which have had to cut services and hours in recent years in the face of a funding shortage.  

Eric Lovgren / Eagle County Wildfire Mitigation

new report on last year’s Lake Christine fire found that, while firefighters saved homes in the El Jebel mobile home park and Missouri Heights areas, mitigation played a significant role as well; however, making properties more resistant to wildfire requires investments from local communities and homeowners.

 

 

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New Zealand native Susan Te Kahurangi King is the selected artist for Aspen Snowmass' 2019-20 winter season lift tickets.

 

King’s bold, colorful contemporary works, created with felt tip markers, have been exhibited in major art fairs, galleries and museums. 

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid has been offered throughout the Valley for about the last seven years. It is a course for teachers, parents or community members to learn what the warning signs are for different mental health illnesses and substance abuse crises in youth, and what they can do to help. 

Not only will they know what to look for, the course also teaches participants how to respectfully encourage those struggling to seek professional help. 

Morning Newscast: Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio

Tuesday's election confirmed new school board members and approval of new property tax rates and tobacco taxes. The Aspen Public Radio news team was following the results late into the night.

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