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Julia Hedman teaches skiing by day and designs jewelry by night.  Her work gets its debut at Aspen’s Harvey Preston Gallery on Wednesday.  

In her line “Julia Marie,” Hedman focuses on shapes and materials inspired by nature. She says she wants her work to stand in contrast to mass-produced items. 

 

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One-third of Colorado teens report using tobacco, one of the highest rates in the nation, and more Western Slope youth are vaping than in many other parts of the state.

 

Now, Eagle County is joining a federal lawsuit against JUUL Labs and other electronic-cigarette makers that argues that manufacturers developed products specifically targeting children. 

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A federal oversight office will look into a plan to relocate Bureau of Land Management jobs to Colorado and other western states. The Grand Junction Sentinel reports the Government Accountability Office has agreed to review the Interior Department plan following a request by Democratic U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona.

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Nearly 40 million people depend on the Colorado River for their water supply. Last week, a group of stakeholders gathered in Las Vegas for the Colorado River Water Users Association conference to discuss major issues when it comes to sharing and regulating usage.

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Last week, private garbage and recycling company Waste Management said it would cost $120,000 to operate a public recycling drop-off center in Basalt next year, more than double what it cost in 2019. The firm says that comes in response to higher drop-off fees at a larger facility in Denver.

 

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Rescuers successfully dug out a person buried in an avalanche at Steamboat Resort in northern Colorado on Sunday. 

A resort official tells the Steamboat Pilot & Today that the avalanche was triggered by skiers shortly before 1 p.m.

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

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About 25 wild horses will be removed from private land in northwestern Colorado using a bait and trap technique. Bureau of Land Management officials say specialists are expected to use hay and water to attract the horses to specific areas until captured.

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A federal report has shown fewer people in Colorado and Wyoming were arrested or deported this year for living illegally in the United States compared with last year.

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Glenwood Springs officials are applauding the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to postpone approving a hydrology study by mining company Rocky Mountain Resources.

The company is looking to expand its limestone mining operations just north of Glenwood Springs by 5,000 percent.

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Magician Doc Eason started performing for audiences in Aspen and Snowmass in the 1970s. Monday night, he'll discusses the intersection between his career and the area’s history.

Eason performed for 27 years in the tower on the Snowmass mall, a renowned magic bar at that time.

 

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The Bureau of Land Management said Thursday it will not make a decision to approve Rocky Mountain Resources’ proposal for a hydrologic study until early 2020.

Rocky Mountain Resources operates the Mid-Continent Quarry just north of Glenwood Springs. The mining company is looking to expand their limestone mining operations by 5,000 percent. 

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The City of Aspen released the results of its latest citizen survey this week. The annual questionnaire measures resident attitudes about living in Aspen and the city’s government.

Overall, respondents gave the city high marks in categories such as safety and protecting the environment, but were dissatisfied with livability.

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Starting Saturday, commuters travelling between New Castle and Glenwood Springs will see more routes from the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA). 

Communications manager Jaime Tatsuno, said 30 trips will be added between the two towns during peak hours, which comes out to one bus about every half hour. 

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Straight Line Studio, a new gallery that aims to highlight local artists, opens Friday in Snowmass Base Village.

Visual artist Kelly Peters owns the new studio. She says she sees a need for an experimental space in the upvalley area that hosts community events and workshops while featuring emerging artists.

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The Basalt Public Arts Commission has handed out grants to fund two new projects in 2020.

The commission granted $15,000 to the Art Base for a new event called "Art in the Park."

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Learning to ski can be awkward. After squeezing into a tight pair of boots and waddling to the lift, a first trip down the bunny hill can be full of challenges. But once you start getting the hang of things, there’s that unbeatable rush.

“Your heart starts racing,” said 18-year-old Alisha Geary. “Your mood changes, your attitude shifts. It's just amazing. You kind of have to experience it yourself, you know?”

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As the professional ski season gets underway, some of the world’s best racers have been training at Aspen Highlands. The list of skiers who trained on Golden Horn in the early season includes the Swiss men’s alpine team and American star Mikaela Shiffrin. 

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A coworker, someone sitting next to you on the bus or even a friend or family member may be struggling to feed their families, or themselves. According to the Colorado Health Institute, nearly 13 percent of residents along the I-70 mountain corridor ate less than they should have in 2019 because of financial troubles.

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A group that works to make childcare more affordable and accessible in the mid-valley is asking the town of Basalt to fund a study of the town’s childcare needs.

The Basalt Early Childhood Coalition is asking for $10,000 for that study.  The last needs assessment for the area was completed by Kids First, which coordinates childcare in Aspen, along with the City of Aspen, ten years ago.

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U.S. officials will review whether grizzly bears have enough protections across the Lower 48 states after advocates sued the government in a bid to restore the animals to more areas. The review must be completed by March 31, 2021, under a settlement approved Monday by a federal judge.

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Tuesday, Pitkin County Commissioners will hear an update on commercial paddleboarding and boating businesses that operate at North Star Nature Preserve, a popular open space property east of Aspen along the Roaring Fork River. This comes as Open Space and Trails staff work to balance recreation with protecting the sensitive nature preserve in an update to the area’s management plan.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

A 29-year-old Fort Collins woman has died in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in northern Colorado. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says it's the first avalanche death this winter season in Colorado.

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Last week, Kevin Warner stepped into his new role as District Ranger for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest. He started his career working in the district and has previously served as its acting director.

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