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The City of Glenwood Springs filed a motion Monday to intervene in Rocky Mountain Resources’ lawsuit against Garfield County.

The controversial mining company operates the Mid-Continent Quarry just north of Glenwood Springs. It filed federal and state lawsuits suggesting Garfield County has no authority over their limestone mining operations after the county cited the company for violating their special-use permit.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

An initiative to reintroduce gray wolves to Colorado has qualified for the November ballot. The secretary of state’s office says supporters turned in enough valid voter signatures to qualify the measure. The gray wolf has been successfully reintroduced to a number of U.S. states but was eradicated in Colorado in the 1940s. A group called the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund is campaigning for the plan.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen played host to plenty of visitors between Christmas and New Years, with upwards of 90% of hotel rooms booked in that time frame. While the busy holiday period made for crowded roads and sidewalks, Aspen police say it didn’t lead to a significant increase in traffic accidents.

Elise Thatcher

Starting Tuesday, Basalt residents who want to run for one of the three open Basalt Town Council seats or for mayor can pick up their paperwork and start gathering signatures.

Basalt Town Councilman Bill Infante will hold an event that morning at Starbucks in Willits from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to answer questions from potential candidates.

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Food contaminated with a chemical at a Colorado restaurant sent four people to a hospital. Hospital officials say the female customers of the Qdoba Mexican Grill in Glenwood Springs were treated and released Thursday.

Alan Nahigian

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

Alleghany Meadows

A new artists’ workspace opens up in Carbondale this week. TheDigs is a sister project to the Studio for Arts and Works, or SAW. The name comes from the building’s former use as offices for an excavation company.

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management moved its headquarters to Grand Junction on Thursday. Demonstrators were there, in part to protest acting department director William Perry Pendley.

The Daily Sentinel reports that the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary signed an order last Thursday extending the appointment of Pendley until April,despite criticism. Pendley was placed in temporary charge of the agency in July and his current appointment was set to expire this week.

Pocket Of Severe Drought Lingers Over Southwest US

Jan 3, 2020
United States Drought Monitor

Drought has yet to give up its hold over parts of the southwestern United States despite a series of storms that have brought rain and snow to the region in recent weeks. The latest federal map shows a pocket of moderate and severe drought centered over the Four Corners region, where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. 

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

In December, the Bureau of Land Management said it will not make a decision to approve Rocky Mountain Resources’ proposal for a hydrology study until early 2020. 

The mining company owns the Mid-Continent Quarry just north of Glenwood Springs and is looking to expand operations by 5,000%. For the Bureau of Land Management to approve that expansion, it must first conduct a hydrology study. 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

A driver was charged this week after striking and injuring a person on Aspen’s pedestrian mall on Christmas Eve. Aspen assistant police chief Bill Linn says the city has considered erecting barriers to prevent similar incidents in the future, but says there are reasons why it has not done so yet.

Aspen Film

At the 28th annual Academy Screenings, which run Saturday through Tuesday, Aspen audiences can catch films likely to be Oscar contenders this year.

The festival opens Saturday with “Bombshell,” starring Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie as news anchors who came forward about sexual harassment by Fox News creator Roger Ailes.

While that hit theatres in December, Aspen Film’s executive and artistic director Susan Wrubel says Academy Screenings offers an early look at a number of other films. 

Colorado Department of Revenue / Division of Motor Vehicles

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 2, immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally can be issued a valid state driver's license from the Glenwood Springs Division of Motor Vehicles.

The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, passed in 2013, allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain these drivers licenses, but only from four Division of Motor Vehicle offices in the state.

Aspen Art Museum

Art meets mindfulness at the Aspen Art Museum this weekend when Roaring Fork Insight leads an event that uses contemporary art as a jumping-off point for meditation. 

Lisa Goddard founded the organization, which works to bring mindfulness practices to the community. 

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Just after Christmas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised the nationwide minimum age to buy tobacco and nicotine vaping products to 21. Pitkin County health officials, who had previously sought local regulation to reduce youth tobacco use, are still pressing on with plans to make the same change in the county.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife


The Gunnison sage-grouse, a smaller cousin of the greater sage-grouse, is a unique, regal-looking bird found in southwestern Colorado.  In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed it as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act. This past fall, the federal government released its recovery plan for the species, and Tuesday is the final day for public comment.

 

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club

Aspen Mountain was home to some star-studded ski racing Monday during the 10th running of the Ajax Cup. Sixteen teams competed in the annual charity race, a fundraiser for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

City of Aspen

Lots of people may be setting resolutions as they look forward to a new year. For those who also need a little help moving on from the past, the City of Aspen hosts a new “Let It Go” bonfire Tuesday night.

Community members are invited to write down old resolutions or unmet goals and drop them off at locations around town, including the Red Brick Center for the Arts, the Wheeler Opera House and City Hall. 

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

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Winter break started a week ago for Roaring Fork School District students, and the time off could mean some students are left without food they would typically get in school. 

Sarah Fedishen, the director of Family Services at the Family Resource Center in the district, says to help students and their families who are food insecure, the district gave them food before the break started and also works with local food pantry Lift Up. 

Wikipedia

Authorities say police have arrested 18-year-old Kamyl Xavier Garrette in a mall shooting that killed a 17-year-old boy in a Denver suburb. The suspect's capture was announced the day after the Friday shooting inside a J.C. Penney store at the Town Center at Aurora mall.

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A winter storm is bringing snow to parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska just as many holiday travelers make their way home. The National Weather Service says Saturday's storm is forecast to bring heavy snow to parts of Colorado's plains through Saturday night with near blizzard conditions possible depending on snowfall.

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