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Valley Roundup, July 7, 2017

Jul 7, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me in the studio this week are Jason Auslander, a reporter for the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News. And later, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent will join me via Skype.



Police are getting closer to identifying the suspect who slashed a $3 million painting in an Aspen gallery.

Aspen cops zero in on suspect in $3 million painting slashing

And, Mountain Rescue Aspen crews have been busy responding to emergencies in the backcountry.

Three Mountain Rescue responses so far over long holiday weekend

Search resumes near Maroon Bells for climber missing since September

Also, the number of vehicles coming into Aspen remains flat as sales tax revenue increases.

Traffic numbers are flat after a multi-year rise


Meanwhile, further west, firefighters are battling blazes — some with success and others not as much.

Aspen-area national forest, BLM restrict fires

Fires sear Colorado, the West as seasonal rains near

Breckenridge’s Peak 2 Fire: Nearly 500 homes remain under evacuation as blaze smolders

Gutzler Fire closing in on Grand County border; officials preparing contingency plans

As climate change creates hotter and drier environments, the defunding of the Colorado Energy Office has local ramifications.

Rejected energy department funding threatens local programs

Finally, Marble residents are making noise over increased ATV use in their backyard.

ATV overload is a problem for some Marble residents