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Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

Editor's Note: This interview is the first in a series on the Basalt mayoral race, taking place on April 7. Aspen Public Radio Morning Edition host and reporter Molly Dove sat down with all three candidates, Bill Kane, Rob Leavitt and Bill Infante, in their favorite place in Basalt. 

Sitting at a small table in CC's Cafe, Kane, a Roaring Fork Valley resident for 46 years, said his previous experience as Basalt's town manager, paired with other leadership and communication experience, makes him the best candidate to be mayor.

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

The Glenwood Springs Citizens’ Alliance filed a lawsuit Monday against the Bureau of Land Management, arguing the federal agency has failed to regulate mining activity at the Mid-Continent Quarry outside of Glenwood Springs.

The lawsuit claims the Bureau of Land Management has allowed Rocky Mountain Industrials, the operator of the Mid-Continent Quarry, to mine and sell certain types of limestone that are not allowed under the company’s federal permit. 

Centers for Disease Control

Public health officials say it's likely more cases of coronavirus will be identified across the state in the coming days.

In a briefing Monday, Pitkin County health officials stressed the importance of staying informed with reliable sources of information. More information on their website addresses frequently asked questions, gives advice on preparedness and offers guidelines to those in industries from health care to hospitality. 

One Year Later: What The March 2019 Avalanche Cycle Hints At On Climate Change

Mar 9, 2020
Colorado Avalanche Information Center

One year ago, a massive avalanche broke from Highland Ridge and slid all the way into the Conundrum Creek valley near Aspen. It was one of about one-thousand avalanches statewide that were reported during the first two weeks of March, 2019. Recent reporting from Aspen Journalism digs into how that historic avalanche cycle might connect to climate change. 

Tammy Terwelp / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County public health officials said Monday that 13 visitors to Aspen are currently under self-isolation after coming into contact with a 21-year old Australian woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in her home country after visiting Aspen.

Those 13 people, all of Australian nationality, traveled to the area with the young woman who developed the new coronavirus. 

City of Glenwood Springs / Facebook

The City of Glenwood Springs is holding its first virtual town hall Tuesday to discuss the city’s infrastructure and 2020 projects.

Jonathan Godes, the mayor of Glenwood Springs, says it will allow more residents to be informed by getting information directly from the city council.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, or CDPHE, said Sunday afternoon that a woman in her twenties who was visiting Aspen returned home to Australia earlier this week, where she tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual had contact with Aspen residents and visitors at social gatherings; some of the people who had contact with the woman have reported experiencing respiratory symptoms.

Rafael Soldi / Aspen Art Museum

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

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Eagle County Public Health and Environment is reporting the first positive case of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in the county. 

The patient is a woman in her 50s visiting the area and likely exposed during international travel. The patient was not hospitalized and is recovering in isolation. The patient is working with public health officials in the ongoing investigation to identify people that may have had close exposure. The case is presumptive positive, which means test results haven’t yet been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


Courtesy Photo / Sage Kaufman

Four eighth-grade students at Riverview School are hosting Empowerfest Friday. The event highlights female leaders as well as local organizations working to promote equality for all genders, races and abilities.

Students Sage Kaufman, Kate Hardaker, Taia Nykerk and Lily Stelzriede worked since the beginning of the school year to recruit speakers and local organizations for Friday's event.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Thursday afternoon, Aspen businessman Roger Moyer and former mayor Bill Stirling hand-delivered a letter to Aspen’s Chase Bank branch addressed to CEO Jamie Dimon. The letter outlined their concerns with climate change and urged Chase to remove fossil fuel companies from its investment portfolio.

Atlanta-based artist Lonnie Holley visits Aspen this weekend. The musician, filmmaker and sculptor is driven by what he calls “improvisational curiosity.” 

Holley’s work looks at race, struggle and spontaneity. His found-object sculptures have been displayed in museums across the U.S. 


Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Colorado currently has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but Pitkin County Public Health Director Karen Koenemann said officials are taking precautions should the illness arrive in the area. 

“We really do believe it's not if, it's when, we will have cases in Colorado,” Koenemann said. “We may have cases in Pitkin County. And so I think just being aware and being prepared for that is where we're at right now.”



City of Champaign Police Department

The Town of Carbondale released the names of the four finalists for the chief of police position Tuesday. 

The four candidates are Lee Damuth, Sean Dugan, David Shaffer and Kirk Wilson. 


Lisa Yuskavage first became known for her paintings of provocative female nudes. Her new show at the Aspen Art Museum, “Wilderness,” focuses on a more under-the-radar aspect of her work: landscapes.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Housing can be tough to find in the Roaring Fork Valley, and the list of properties gets shorter when it comes to finding places that accept pets. 

Charissa Carvell, a dog trainer at Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood Springs, knows this situation all too well. People will come to the rescue to surrender their cats and dogs because they can’t find housing that will take their pets.  

The Collective

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

Allison Johnson / Basalt Middle School

Actors from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Violence Prevention Program performed at Basalt Middle School last week. The program uses live performances and roleplay to teach students Shakespeare literacy and ways to intervene when they see violence in school.

Community Office for Resource Efficiency

The Imagine Climate project from CORE, or the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, brings together art and science to inspire climate action. This year, the month-long event includes literature, too: ten books called "The Reading List for a Warming World" that look at different aspects of climate change, from rising oceans to disappearing species. 

The Arts Campus At Willits

The Arts Campus at Willits has partnered with the New York International Children’s Film Festival to bring audience favorite and award-winning short films to Basalt.

Aspen High School / Facebook

Aspen School District's Board of Education announced four finalists for the district's new superintendent. The board initially interviewed 24 candidates and now the finalists will head into the final-round interviews on Tuesday, March 3.