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Garfield County Encouraging People To Get Tested After Labor Day Weekend

Wednesday, September 9 - Garfield County Public Health is emphasizing the need for people with one or more COVID-19 symptoms to seek testing as soon as possible. In a release, the county said many people traveled or were exposed to visitors over the long holiday weekend.  

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

Hannah Berman & Caroline Tory

Four new Little Free Libraries have popped up in Aspen that will be stocked with books by Black authors and anti-racist literature. Aspen Words partnered with Aspen Skiing Company and local advocacy group Roaring Fork Show Up to build and stock the new bookshelves. 

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The scheduled start of the Colorado ski season is only about three months away – and with snow falling on the tops of nearby peaks just this week, it’s hard not to wonder what a winter on the slopes is going to look like during a pandemic. 

Rosalie O’Connor


On a weekend in early June, hundreds of protesters marched through the rainy streets of Aspen to call attention to systematic racism and police violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. 

The protest was organized by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancer, Jenelle Figgins, along with local resident Sájari Simmons. Together they co-founded the racial justice organization, Roaring Fork Show Up in June. The advocacy group works to dismantle systems of racism and oppression through demonstrations, education and virtual events in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

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Two new exhibitions are coming to Carbondale Arts’ R2 Gallery as part of the local art organization’s First Friday celebration on Friday, Sept. 4. The event kicks off with an outdoor talk featuring exhibiting artists Brian Colley, Wewer Keohane and Andrew Roberts-Gray at 5:30 p.m., and the gallery will open to up to 10 visitors at a time at 7 p.m.

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Grizzly Creek Fire

The Grizzly Creek Fire that sparked three weeks ago on Aug. 10 has now burned over 32,000 acres and is 73% contained. 

As of Monday, Aug. 31, the wildfire is now the second most expensive in Colorado this year, costing about $25.5 million. The Pine Gulch Fire, which has been burning north of Grand Junction since late July, is more than four times the size and the most expensive at $28 million.  

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  • The Airline Industry In The Mountain West Is Faring Somewhat Better Than Others

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

Katalin Domoszlay

COVID-19 Case Numbers Remain Low, But Fall And Winter Bring Uncertainty

Friday, September 4 - New cases of COVID-19 in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties are among the lowest they have been since the beginning of the pandemic, according to local health officials. Online COVID-19 status trackers for both Aspen Valley Hospital and Valley View Hospital said they are at "comfortable" levels of virus activity.

Winter Is Coming

Aug 28, 2020

Most year-round Aspenites love winter, but for poets around the world, winter is often a symbol of bleakness and despair. Franz Schubert set to music 24 anguished poems of a lovelorn winter traveler descending from depression into madness. As pianist Wu Han said, it can almost be called "Music for the Pandemic Era." Wu Han is well known as a performer and teacher at the Aspen Music Festival,  and releasing these songs with Russian baritone Nikolay Borchev has been her pandemic project, transforming misery into profound beauty.

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Aspen Film begins streaming the documentary “They Ain’t Ready For Me” on Sunday, Aug. 30. The film follows Tamar Manasseh, a Black rabbinical student organizing against gun violence on Chicago’s South Side.

Aspen Public Radio will broadcast a special series from NPR, “Summer of Racial Reckoning,” hosted by Ailsa Chang and Rachel Martin. The three one-hour specials will air September 1 - 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Since the killing of George Floyd in an arrest by Minneapolis Police on May 25th, the summer has unfolded with an outpouring of grief, anger and calls to action. This series highlights NPR's best reporting on racial injustice, the protests that have swept the country, and where the nation is headed.

Each of these hours tells a different part of the story.

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Imagine you’re sitting at home one day and the notice comes in – a wildfire is bearing down on your house and you have to evacuate. In the course of the next few minutes, you have a to pack a bag and hit the road. What do you bring? 

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  • Aspen City Council Member Skippy Mesirow Joins New Statewide Eviction Prevention Task Force
  • Colorado Small Businesses Impacted By COVID-19 Have Another Chance To Apply For State Grants

As of Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Grizzly Creek Fire that sparked more than two weeks ago has burned roughly 32,000 acres and is 61% contained.


A recently formed coalition of local government, nonprofits and businesses called the Glenwood Canyon Restoration Alliance has plans to raise funds for wildfire restoration. Their work will include planting trees and rebuilding trails at Hanging Lake and other areas that were destroyed in the fire.

The Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) normally puts on some 300 concerts in eight weeks. This summer, they were all canceled. One would think that would leave the staff with little to do. But as Alan Fletcher said, organzing a video virtual concert and master class series meant that the everyone on board worked twice as hard.

Classical Music from Aspen host Chris Mohr caught up with Alan to talk about the first virtual season in their history, as well as plans for next summer's Beethoven-infused season. 

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  • The New Glenwood Canyon Restoration Alliance Is Raising Funds For Wildfire Restoration
  • A New Leader Take Over The Colorado National Guard As They Help Fight Wildfires

Creative Commons

When COVID-19 shut down schools, businesses and ski resorts back in March, Aspen Skiing Company employees also found themselves sitting at home. They decided to use the time to write and produce an original song called “See You,” which will be available for download on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music this week.

  • Grizzly Creek Fire Updates 
  • Aspen Skiing Company Employees Wrote And Produced An Original Song Released This Week
  • The Aspen and Roaring Fork Valley School Districts Are Doing Their School Work From Home, At Least Until September 21st

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Colorado Rolls Out Enhanced COVID-19 Data Website  

Monday, August 24 - Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) rolled out a new COVID-19 website. The site features an enhanced data dashboard, which includes information about hospital bed availability, demographic breakdowns of COVID-19 cases in the state and percentages  of patients needing hospitalization, ventilation or ICU treatment. The new website can be found here.

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

Strings For Peace

Aug 21, 2020

Guitarist Sharon Isbin is well known to Aspen Music Festival and School audiences, having taught master classes and put on concerts here for decades. This past year, she has released no less than three albums. She has collaborated with other classical guitarists, as well as guitarists of almost every genre in the world. Now she performs with Indian sarod virtuoso Amjad Ali Khan. Isbin has loved Indian classical music since disccovering it in her college days at Yale, and it was a real artistic challenge for her to play with this fast-fingered virtuoso from twelve time zones away!