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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 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. 

April 2020 - Molly has moved back to Wisconsin, but continues to host Morning Edition and report on the valley from there. Due to the virus impacting travel and movement about the country, we have postponed the search for her replacement at this time.

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Pitkin and Garfield Counties are working together to expand broadband to remote areas of their counties by creating the Garfield Pitkin Broadband Authority Board. 

At the joint work session on Tuesday, Pitkin County and Garfield County approved moving forward with the formal creation of the board, which will be responsible for the long-term operations of the fixed-wireless broadband service. 

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Colorado public schools are closed until at least April 17, so Aspen School District is rolling out virtual learning for its students beginning April 1. 

Students will access content on their own time and work at their own pace, instead of teachers and students meeting online in real-time each day. 

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UPDATE: We've moved to doing weekly updates since information is changing rapidly. Find them here.
 

Updated: Saturday, March 21, 3:30 p.m. 

Eagle County Public Health and Environment has confirmed the first death of an Eagle County resident from COVID-19. The patient was a male in his 60s with underlying health conditions. He died at a Denver-area hospital. 

 “It is with a heavy heart that we are confirming the loss of one of our community members from COVID-19. We are extremely saddened by the news and extend our deepest condolences to the family,” said Heath Harmon, Director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment.  “The news of this loss in our community serves as a solemn reminder that COVID-19 can pose greater risks to some members of our community, in particular older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions. We must all take steps to protect our families, ourselves, our friends, and our community.”

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While the Garfield RE-2 School District is closed until April 17, at the earliest, due to COVID-19, the district has been working to still provide free breakfast and lunch to its students.

Thursday, March 18 is the last day for students in Rifle, Silt and New Castle to get those meals since spring break technically begins Friday. Local organizations LIFT-UP and the River Center will provide mobile lunch services during the break.

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Recent orders from Gov. Jared Polis have shut down bars and restaurants and ski mountains in Colorado, schools are closing and health officials are encouraging people to stay home as much as possible. Many Roaring Fork Valley residents may be feeling anxiety and stress during this time of COVID-19.

Governor Jared Polis said Tuesday that all public schools will be closed until April 17. The executive order directs Colorado school districts and the Charter School Institute to work to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time.

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The Aspen Pitkin County Airport is a primary way residents and visitors travel to and from the Roaring Fork Valley. In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the airport is taking steps to keep travelers and workers safe. 

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The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) announced Sunday that reduced services will begin Monday, March 16. Affected routes include up and down valley express buses, direct buses to and from Snowmass Village, Hogback commuter buses and Snowmass, Buttermilk and Highland's skier shuttles. 

Whitcomb Terrace Assisted Living

COVID-19 is spreading in the Roaring Fork Valley, and older adults are particularly vulnerable. One assisted living facility is already taking steps to help protect their residents. 

Whitcomb Terrace Assisted Living in Aspen is implementing measures to keep residents and staff safe against the coronavirus outbreak, including monitoring staff and residents temperatures, and not allowing family members or volunteers into the building. 

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The Roaring Fork School District announced Friday all district schools will be closed until March 29 as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

The two week closure, one week including spring break, will allow custodial teams to deep clean schools, and district officials to monitor the coronavirus outbreak with local public health officials. 

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Aspen School District will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Interim superintendent Tom Heald said in a letter to parents and community members that school principals will meet Friday with staff to go over plans and expectations going forward.

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Colorado Mountain College announced Thursday all campuses will extend spring break until March 20 and hold classes online for three weeks starting March 23 as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. 

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Editor's Note: This interview is part of a series on the Basalt mayoral race that takes 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.

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The Roaring Fork and Aspen school districts are putting plans into place as coronavirus spreads. Sporting events are canceled, schools are preparing for conducting classes online and penalties for absences are being waived if they are related to COVID-19. 

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Editor's Note: This interview is the second 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.

Basalt mayoral candidate Rob Leavitt sits in a wooden chair sipping on hot tea alongside the Roaring Fork River in Willits. Looking straight ahead across the river, he points out the lot is empty and he wants to keep it that way. Encouraging slow growth in Basalt is one main reason why he is running for mayor.

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Updated: March 11, 2:42 p.m. 

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has confirmed that six additional people who were in contact with the Australian visitor have tested presumptively positive for coronavirus.  

 

 

These additional positive results are in addition to the previous three positive tests that were announced earlier Wednesday.  This brings the number of positive tests in Pitkin County to nine. There is still one test outstanding. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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