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When local health staffers are alerted to new cases of coronavirus in Pitkin County, they work with infected people to figure out where they might have picked it up. 39% of cases in the county are considered “community spread,” meaning the infected person does not know where they were exposed to the virus.

Aspen Public Radio is partnering with the Aspen Music Festival and School this month to air a six-part virtual concert series highlighting the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Jointly hosted by Classical Music from Aspen host Chris Mohr and Aspen Music Festival and School President Alan Fletcher, the schedule features the following hour-long performances:

Friday, August 14, 8:00-9:00 p.m.: James Ehnes violin and Andrew Armstrong piano in Beethoven Violin Sonatas

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Thursday night, Pitkin County commissioners discuss the future of Aspen-Pitkin County airport in a special meeting. They will review recommendations set forth in the final report from the ASE Vision Committee, an advisory group of experts and community members. 

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UPDATED Friday, 6:00 p.m. -  The Mile Marker 111 fire has been contained. Fire crews are wrapping up their work on scene. I-70 is open with no more expected delays. 

When audiences complained that Charles Ives's music was difficult to understand, Ives would snort, "Use your ears like a man!" Jeremy Denk has a deep understanding of Ives's brilliantly quirky music, and this Sunday he and Stefan Jackiw will tackle three of Ives's piano sonatas.

 

The BettyFlies Foundation, which provides flight school scholarships to students in the Roaring Fork Valley, hosts their “2020 Virtual Rendezvous” Wednesday starting at 6pm. Retired NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott will be featured, along with local youth Isaac Musselman, founder of the Basalt Aeronautics Club. 

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Have you ever fallen in love with a place, and seen it change before your eyes? That's the question at the root of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency's (CORE) storytelling workshop, which runs throughout the month of August (August 6-27).


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Pitkin County is using a study of cell phone data to figure out who is most likely to spread COVID-19 within the county. 

The numbers are a combination of how many people from a specific place are in Pitkin County and how prevalent the virus is in their home region. 

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

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Governor Polis, Treasurer Young Urge For Additional State Funding In Stimulus Package

Tuesday, August 4 - Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Treasurer Dave Young today sent a letter to the state's congessional delegation advocating for additional funding for Coloradans in the next stimulus package. Governor Polis and Treasurer Young stressed the importance of additional federal funding for essential services in the state as Colorado continues to mitigate the public health and economic effects of the pandemic. Areas highlighted by Governor Polis and Treasurer Young in need of financial assistance include food programs for children and families, support for child care and early childhood education, families experiencing homelessness because of the pandemic and assistance for ranchers and farmers.  The letter comes as leaders in Washington D.C. continue to debate what will be included in the next federal stimulus package.

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The Aspen School District is planning for a hybrid learning model for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. At a virtual town hall Thursday, district officials said they expect elementary students to return to the classroom on August 26, while middle and high school students learn virtually from home.

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Carolee Carmello is a Broadway star and a three-time Tony Award nominee. Monday evening (August 3), she headlines Theatre Aspen’s Celebrity Concert Series. It’s her first time back in front of a live audience since COVID-19 shut down performances around the country, including her tour of “Hello, Dolly!” She spoke to Aspen Public Radio about Monday's show.

Last fall, pianist Conrad Tao released his highly political album, American Rage. Its themes of social justice and compassion resonate more strongly than ever today. The four tracks: Which Side Are You On?; Copland Piano Sonata; Compassion; and Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, all speak of the plight of workers and others who have been treated unjustly in America.

Conrad talks with Chris Mohr about his music, racism, and his new relationship with his audience in the world of virtual performances.

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For a ski rental shop at the base of Aspen Mountain, winter means big business when the resort opens. But right now, it’s pretty hard to say exactly what challenges will come with a mid-pandemic ski season.

Both Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Music Festival and School are celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday with a vengeance. That's a challenge these days, but this Sunday at 3:00 p.m.,  pianist Behzod Abduraimov will be playing on the livestream for the Aspen Music Festival's virtual concert series. Among other favorites, he'll be playing Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata.

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The Arts Campus at Willits, also known as TACAW, is adding family-friendly mini-performances by Carbondale-based theatre company Voices to its weekly Wednesday Night Live events (July 29 and August 5, 12 and 19).

Each 15-minute vignette features the characters Cloud, Rowdy and Gidget. They play in a backyard fort, and practice social distancing to keep each other safe, although they still find ways to go on imaginative adventures. 

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Artists and cultural organizations were financially hit especially hard early on during the pandemic. Their lost revenue is still piling up due to cancellations of in-person exhibitions, concerts and shows.

Reina Katzenberger isn’t immune from that trend. She’s a mixed media artist who grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley. In 2014, she opened The Project Shop in Carbondale.

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The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers Memorial Day weekend sparked protests around the country, including in the Roaring Fork Valley. Dan Richardson, the mayor of Carbondale, said those events inspired him to explore racism in the town and find ways to build a more equitable Carbondale. 

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On a recent busy Saturday morning at Ruedi Reservoir in the Fryingpan River valley, Jaime McCullah sprayed a high-powered jet of hot water over every nook and cranny of a bright-green motorboat. 

McCullah is a supervisor for Rocky Mountain Recreation, which inspects boats at Ruedi for quagga and zebra mussels. She found mussel shells, smaller than a fingernail, on the craft she just decontaminated. 

Morning Newscast: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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About a month ago, Annell, who works as a housekeeper in the Roaring Fork Valley, tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work. Aspen Public Radio is only using her first name to protect her identity because of her immigration status. Annell was asymptomatic, but still struggled during her two-week quarantine because she could not work.

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Earlier this month, the Trump administration weakened the National Environmental Policy Act, a 50-year-old rule meant to limit the environmental impact of large development. Trump says rolling back the regulations will eliminate “red tape” and speed up infrastructure projects, but opponents of the move say it paves the way for big industry to get away with development that could harm the environment.

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