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As of Wednesday, this winter’s snowpack is nearly exactly the same as it was last year. 2019’s skyrocket in snowfall totals did not begin until the first week of March. Russ Schumacher, a climatologist at Colorado State University, says that jump isn’t likely to repeat.

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Colorado’s last wild wolves were killed in the 1930s, but this winter, wildlife officials confirmed that a wolf pack has moved in to Northwest Colorado. The news comes several months before Colorado voters decide whether they’ll support a bill to reintroduce gray wolves to the state. Recent reporting from Aspen Journalism looks into what the return of wolves could mean for the Roaring Fork valley. Morning Editon host and reporter Molly Dove sat down with Aspen Journalism Environment Editor Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.  

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife says it received 5,369 total bear calls from April 1 through Dec. 31 of 2019. On Wednesday, the agency released the latest statistics from its modernized tracking system. CPW said there are likely an equal number of human-bear interactions that go unreported.

Courtesy Kate Howe

New billboards painted by local artists using ink made from carbon soot go up around the Roaring Fork Valley Tuesday. The four billboards are part of the Imagine Climate project which aims to bring together art and science to inspire climate action.

The Art Base

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

Final Application of Basalt River Park / Town of Basalt

The Basalt River Park project has been long-debated, but a plan for the campus could be finalized as early as Thursday at town council's meeting. 

The proposed $1 million project includes public portions, like the park itself and an outdoor area for concerts and other events. It also includes privately-funded commercial spaces and 24 residential units, both affordable and market-rate. 

Every ten years, people all over the country take part in the census, a national headcount that decides how government resources are distributed that's responsible for bringing 13 billion dollars of federal funding to Colorado. 

School districts in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield County received 25 million dollars from the last census, which took place in 2010.  Aspen School District receieved $1.4 million from the previous census. $11.7 million went to the Roaring Fork School District.

Aspen Center For Environmental Studies Hosts Conservation International VP Shyla Raghav

Feb 20, 2020
Conservation International

As nations around the world work to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate, environmental organizations are turning to nature for solutions. 

Shyla Raghav, who leads Conservation International’s climate strategy team, is in Aspen Friday to discuss her use of ecosystem-based solutions to address the climate crisis. 

 

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Firefighters say a falling ice dam was likely to blame for a structure fire in Aspen last weekend. Ice dams tend to form in the late winter when snow on rooftops melts and refreezes near the edge of the roof, creating large, heavy chunks of ice.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Anderson Ranch Art Center’s Thinker Thursdays series continues Thursday evening. The event highlights different forms of creativity from community members. Last month’s inaugural event saw presenters discuss everything from photography to science to distance running.

Report / Colorado Natural Heritage Program

A study released this week by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program finds native plants and wildlife could be negatively affected if mining company Rocky Mountain Resources’ expansion proposal is approved. 

The mining company is looking to expand its operations at the Mid-Continent Quarry by 5,000% just outside of Glenwood Springs. 

Aspen Words

Four novels and one short story collection are on the shortlist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, the organization announced Wednesday. The award recognizes a work of fiction that highlights vital contemporary issues; the finalists address drug addiction, homophobia, immigration and income inequality. 

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Tuesday night, Snowmass Town Council discussed the latest plans for a redevelopment of Snowmass Center. This week’s meeting focused largely on parking. Some council members, including mayor Markey Butler, said current plans don’t include sufficient parking. 

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

 

Colorado consistently ranks in the top 10 states with the highest suicide rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the problem is particularly bad in the Roaring Fork Valley, say mental health providers. 

That’s why about 20 people gathered at the Glenwood Springs Library in January to learn how to help others who might be dealing with a panic attack or considering suicide.  

 

Aspen Words

Author Christopher McDougall’s best-seller “Born To Run” looked at what an obscure tribe of elite runners in Mexico could teach ultra-marathoners. He’s in town Tuesday to discuss what it's like to run with a donkey.

Wheeler Opera House

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

Courtesy of Pitkin County

Work begins Monday to hold back erosion along a stretch of the Crystal River, where Pitkin County Open Space and Trails says the river is undercutting the Crystal Trail.

The construction site is at highway 133 and Thomas Road, south of Carbondale, where the Crystal River bends toward the highway. The project will see heavy machinery in the river to modify the river channel, stabilize the bank and plant native vegetation.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

A new space at the Aspen Art Museum aims to help people of all ages learn about contemporary art.

Elizabeth Strunk is the school, youth and family programs manager at the Aspen Art Museum. She says the Learning Lab on the museum's main floor is designed to be welcoming and educational.

 

"What we want this space to be," she said, "is a place where everybody can gain the knowledge and learn about at least one exhibition in the museum."

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Presidents Day weekend marks one of the busiest on the calendar for Roaring Fork Valley hotels, and this year is no exception.

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association says the long weekend lines up with Valentine’s Day and attracts Front Range visitors looking for a romantic getaway. Lisa Langer, the chamber’s director of tourism promotion, says she heard from about nine hotels that plan to be at or near capacity for part of the weekend.

 

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