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Molly Dove

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Molly Dove graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism. She was a reporter and producer for KBIA while attending college. She most recently was a journalist with Wisconsin Public Radio.

"As the new Morning Edition host, I am excited to wake up and have my morning cup of coffee with our listeners while helping them stay informed and engaged with the local, state and national news of the day. It is not only an amazing opportunity to move to a beautiful part of the country, but it is also a privilege to tell the stories of the people and places that make up the community Aspen Public Radio is a part of," she says. 

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Ever wonder why the high occupancy vehicle lane is on the right side of Highway 82? Aspen Public Radio's community advisory board member Ziska Childs did, and so she asked us to find out why. 

Most highways have HOV lanes set aside for multi-passenger cars and buses on the left-side, but not Highway 82, which runs from Basalt to Buttermilk.

Elise Thatcher

Colorado is holding its first presidential primary in 20 years on March 3.

Ballots were mailed to registered voters on Feb. 10. If you are a registered as a Democrat or Republican, you will receive that party's ballot. If you are not registered with a party, you will be sent both party's primary ballots and will be allowed to only return one. 

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UPDATE 11:10 A.M.

Pitkin County officials say Watson Divide Road from Highway 82 to Snowmass Creek Road is closed to all traffic until further notice. If you live on Watson Divide Road, officials say you will have access through. 

Eagle County says their county government offices and departments will have reduced services today. Glenwood Springs City Hall has closed for the day. 

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Joseph Deras started his new role last week as Glenwood Springs Chief of Police. He recently moved to the valley from Gilroy, CA, where he was police captain. Deras says he wanted to move to Glenwood Springs to leave behind the fast-paced lifestyle in California.

Morning Edition host and reporter Molly Dove visited Chief Deras in his office to talk about his new role. She asked about his transition to Roaring Fork Valley life.

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The Aspen School District is currently searching for its next superintendent, and the Board of Education has made community outreach a priority in the process. 

Consulting company Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates worked with the district to create a leadership profile outlining what the community would like to see in the next superintendent. 

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Permit reservations to visit Hanging Lake during the 2020 shuttle season go on sale Saturday, Feb. 1. This year’s shuttle season is May 1 through Oct. 31, the same schedule as 2019.

In 2019, the White River National Forest implemented the Hanging Lake Visitor Use Management Plan by using the shuttle service to protect natural resources, help manage congestion and enhance visitor safety. 

Rob McFarland

Witches’ Pantry is stocked with animal bones, microbes and stalagmites and stalactites, but it's not a cupboard in a haunted house. It's a cave recently discovered in Glenwood Springs that researchers say could be home to new scientific findings. If mining company Rocky Mountain Resources' expansion proposal is approved, Witches’ Pantry could be destroyed.

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As Aspen School District looks for a new district superintendent, it is encouraging community members to help with the process. 

The district is working to create an advisory group made up of students, parents, staff and other valley residents. Board of Education President Susan Marolt says the group will sit in on final-round interviews and give input to help inform the board’s decision. 

Candidates for Basalt Town Council, Basalt mayor and the Carbondale Board of Trustees on the April 7 ballot were announced Monday.

Running for the three open town council seats are incumbent Jennifer Riffle and newcomers Tiffany Haddad, Glenn Drummond, David Knight, Elyse Hottel and Kirk "Dieter" Schindler. The three candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected onto the council. 

Elise Thatcher

Monday is the deadline to turn in nomination packets to run for Basalt Town Council and Carbondale’s Board of Trustees for the April 7 election.

As of Thursday, Carbondale City Clerk Cathy Derby said the three candidates who are up for re-election picked up packets, as well as two new candidates. So far, only trustee Marty Silverstein dropped off his paperwork. 

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Standing on a black metal picnic table in Centennial Park in downtown Glenwood Springs, local activist Sophia Clark addressed a crowd of over 100 people during this year’s Women’s March on Saturday. 

The main focus of the nation-wide event was making sure all women are included in the fight for equality and representation. 

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