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Rosybelle: The valley’s new vehicle for arts education

Rosybelle, the mobile maker space, made her debut this month. She is a bus created on behalf of Carbondale Arts, and she’s ready to provide another venue for arts education to the valley’s youth.

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Garfield County’s Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to pay Xcel Energy just under $325,000 to power up one of their new radio towers.

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Rosybelle, the mobile maker space, made her debut this month. She is a bus created on behalf of Carbondale Arts, and she’s ready to provide another venue for arts education to the valley’s youth.

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City of Aspen voters will elect a mayor and two council seats next month. Some locals are pushing for new blood on council, largely because of the current council’s vote to hold on to water rights to build dams on Castle and Maroon creeks. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been following the issue and is here to give us an update.

Spring Board Aspen teaches their members how to actually be on a board, be philanthropic and encourages future involvement with other non-profits. Board members frequently come together to decide on Aspen Spring Board's evolving and current mission. 

Aspen’s elected officials are considering two proposed laws that combat tobacco use. One of them would prohibit the sale of all tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21. Right now, you only have to be 18 to buy tobacco in Colorado.

The matter was originally brought forward by Dr. Kim Levin, Pitkin County’s medical officer, and representatives of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. It’s part of an initiative called “Tobacco 21”.

The second ordinance sets out a licensing program for businesses that sell e-cigarettes.

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  Alicia Thompson, Jeff Glasser and Wade Spann share their stories of service and sacrifice with reporter Alycin Bektesh.

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The Carbondale Board of Trustees is scheduled to review a draft Climate Action Plan tomorrow night.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The Aspen Skiing Co. shook up the industry this week with its announcement that it was buying two resort companies — Intrawest and Mammoth.

SkiCo and KSL to acquire Mammoth Resorts

SkiCo: Intrawest purchase does little to Aspen Snowmass operations

The Aspen Skiing Co. announced this week two pending acquisitions that will change the resort industry landscape if they go through. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason this morning on Valley Roundup are Jason Blevins, staff writer for the Denver Post, Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News and David Krausse, editor of the Aspen Times.

 

 

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent at 3:30 p.m. today..

 

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As the weather heats up, local energy organizations and utilities are offering residents opportunities to make their homes more efficient.

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Colorado’s $28.6 billion budget is nearing the end of its legislative journey.

Each year, the six-member, bipartisan Joint Budget Committee crafts a balanced budget before sending it to the House and Senate for amendments. The JBC then has to reconcile those changes.

But in most cases, they go back to the original budget they spend months writing.

This year, the the House and Senate have added about 30 amendments to the so-called “long bill”.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is term limited and the race to succeed him in 2018 is already underway. Some big names have recently announced their campaigns and much earlier than usual. The moves could impact one of the biggest agenda items still facing lawmakers during this year’s legislative session – transportation funding.

Ed Sealover, a reporter for The Denver Business Journal, and Peter Marcus with ColoradoPolitics.com, spoke to Bente Birkeland about the race.

Colorado’s budget handily passed the state Senate on March 29. It has bipartisan support and increased four percent compared to the previous year. In many ways the debate was a microcosm of the entire legislative session. It showed lawmakers working together, complex policy issues,  partisan fights and political statements. It is balanced, as required by the state constitution, but reflects how Colorado lacks enough money to fully fund schools, health care and roads.

Many lawmakers are not happy with how the bill turned out.

Colorado lawmakers still have several significant and complicated bills to work on in the last five weeks of the session.

Valley Roundup brings together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the news.

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