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The Aspen Chapel Gallery's upcoming exhibition, "Art From the Heart," (June 24 through July 12) benefits local artists and organizations helping in the Roaring Fork Valley’s COVID-19 response. The Aspen Chapel Gallery’s co-director Tom Ward said the impetus behind the exhibition was simple.

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Monday, the Roaring Fork School District begins a three-phase plan to welcome back student athletes for practice over the summer. The first phase will require any workout to be outdoors, athletes to work out in groups of ten and participants to keep six feet of distance at all times.

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This is Week in the Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibitions and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

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LIFT-UP Releases July Food Distribution Plan

Friday, June 26- Next month, LIFT-UP Food Pantries will continue to distribute food throughout the Roaring Fork Valley via drive-through and walk-up format. LIFT-UP pantries are not open for food pick up or donations at this time. 

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Carbondale is one of many towns in Colorado putting plans in place to help local businesses adjust to the economic effects of COVID-19. The town closed Carbondale’s Main Street between Third and Fourth streets so businesses can give customers space to safely shop and dine. 

Some local business owners said the closure is helping, while others said it is bad for business.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Public Health

Rates of positive COVID-19 tests are gradually rising in the Roaring Fork Valley. In Thursday’s Pitkin County Board of Health Meeting, officials said the rate of positive tests at Aspen Valley Hospital was increasing and that positive cases in neighboring Garfield and Eagle are being closely monitored. 

Courtesy Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Registration for Anderson Ranch Arts Center's Summer Series is now open; this week, the Snowmass Village art facility announced its 7-week series of Q-and-A's and conversations, which will be held over Zoom due to COVID-19. 

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Thirty-two-year-old New Castle resident Janeth Niebla said she cried tears of joy Thursday morning when she read that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration in upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

“Along with all of my friends who were just patiently waiting to see what decision we were going to get, I feel just really excited, really grateful, really blessed,” she said. 

via Garfield County Libraries Carbondale branch

Plenty of people turned to books and movies to help pass the time while stuck at home during lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. Data from the Garfield County Libraries Carbondale branch shows that adult fiction was the most popular category for checkouts, and patrons chose a variety of highly-acclaimed recent films when it came to movies.

Courtesy of the National Immigration Forum

Ali Noorani is a guest speaker at English in Action's annual fundraiser (June 18, 6 p.m.), which is being held virtually this year due to COVID-19.

Noorani is executive director of the National Immigrant Forum and author of the book “There Goes The Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice And Meet The Challenge of Immigration.” On his podcast, “Only in America,” he interviews people across the political and ideological spectrum about key issues surrounding the immigration debate.

Town of Basalt

Basalt officials are looking for public feedback on updates to the Arbaney Pool.  Improvements spread out through four years include improvements to the main pool and creating a robot-shaped children's pool, as well as making the facility eco-friendly.

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Aspen’s Rio Grande Recycling Center will stop accepting cardboard on July 1. That alone will reduce the center’s budget by 50-60%, part of the city’s effort to slim budgets after financial losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Pitkin County Solid Waste Center will continue to accept cardboard and residential trash services will still pick it up curbside.

Aspen Public Radio founder and former station manager Sy Coleman died Monday from a heart attack in Cusco, Peru where he lived most of the year.  He was 77. 

Coleman moved to Aspen in 1980. A year later, he brought the Roaring Fork Valley its first non-commercial radio, using a chain of mountain-top translators to broadcast NPR programming from the University of Wyoming station KUWR. 

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Garfield County announced a new, free online mental health resource last week to help those struggling during the COVID-19 crisis. CredibleMindPRO is a website that provides tools, assessments and local mental health information through articles, podcasts and videos. 

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This is Week in the Arts—a curation of virtual events and exhibits around the Roaring Fork Valley.

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PitCo Says State Public Health Order Changes Won't Go Into Affect Here Until Later

Thursday, June 18 - Changes to Colorado’s statewide public health order to go into effect today, but any of those changes will not go into effect in Pitkin County until the local public health order is amended, according to a release from the county. Pitkin County could choose to be more restrictive or less restrictive with its next set of rules, as allowed by a variance. 

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Protests against racism and police brutality swelled to hundreds of people in Aspen last weekend. More demonstrations are planned for Saturday and Sunday morning at Wagner Park. 

Roaring Fork Valley residents Jenelle Figgins and Sajari Simmons co-founded the new advocacy group Roaring Fork Show Up and have organized the protests. 

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Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company concludes its 2019-20 season with a performance of the one-woman play "The Pink Unicorn," which premiers virtually Friday, June 12 and is available for online viewing until June 27.

2020 is the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and host Chris Mohr will be celebrating his music this summer weekdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Aspen Public Radio starting on Monday, June 22.

To mark the milestone, Classical Music from Aspen will feature a journey through Beethoven’s life and music. Beethoven endured deafness, illness, war, a violent alcoholic father, political turmoil, and even a major epidemic. His music is known to bring triumph, revolutionary spirit, humor, pathos, and transcendence.

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Tourist attractions in Glenwood Springs were given the stamp of approval by the state to open Monday, June 8, including Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Courtesy of Theatre Aspen

 

The details of Theatre Aspen’s 2020 summer season are still being worked out due to COVID-19. Taking center stage, however, are essential workers and local leaders who have served the community during the pandemic.

via United States Drought Monitor

Some portions of Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield Counties are experiencing moderate drought because of hotter temperatures and below average precipitation in April and May. 

The U.S. Drought Monitor upgraded Aspen and some parts of Pitkin County from “abnormally dry” to “moderate drought,” the second of five levels of drought severity. 

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