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Spotlight Health 2018: Viewpoints

This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

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People, plants and animals all enjoy the nearly 5,000 acres of land owned by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. To make sure the shared space remains a thriving ecosystem, Open Space and Trails is turning to data collected on site.

Anderson Ranch

Artist Esteban de Valle is giving a talk at Anderson Ranch Thursday called “Makin’ It.” It’s about fulfilling the dream of becoming a full-time artist, which hasn’t been without its challenges for him.  

  This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

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Basalt is working on strengthening its requirements for sustainable building as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

On the first episode of Audio Canvas, we go behind the scenes at Anderson Ranch Arts Center to talk with Executive Director, Nancy Wilhelms, about all of the ways the ranch is enriching lives with art, inspiration, and community this summer. 

Aspen Words

Francisco Cantu is Aspen Words’ Writer-in-Residence this month.  Tuesday evening, he’ll discuss his bestselling memoir “The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border.”

First Draft: David Grann

Jun 11, 2018

David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. His book, Killers of the Flower Moon documented one of the most sinister crimes and racial injustices in American history.  Killers of the Flower Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award and a winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award for best true crime book.

His previous books include, The Lost City of Z, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: YouthEntity, Week 2

Jun 11, 2018

YouthEntity seeks to engage and empower youth to discover their potential by providing real-world experiences that prepare them for future successes. The main goal of YouthEntity is to make the Western Slope of Colorado the most financially literate region in the country. Kirsten Petre McDaniel describes their programs offered to high school students in the Roaring Fork Valley.  

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

 

 

New wildlife ordinance has teeth

Jun 8, 2018
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After a series of incidents between humans and wildlife - particularly with bears -  it is now illegal to harass wild animals in the City of Aspen. The new ordinance doubles fees for harassing wildlife within city limits.

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Colorado lawmakers wrapped up their annual legislative session this week. Even though the session was often overshadowed by sexual harassment allegations and the expulsion of former Rep. Steve Lebsock, lawmakers and the governor said it was one of the most successful sessions in history

After a dramatic and tearful day in early March, lawmakers voted out one of their own. Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock was the first lawmaker expelled in 103 years after allegations of sexual harassment, intimidation and retaliation from five women, were found to be credible.

But that wasn't the end.

Thousands of Colorado teachers spent two days rallying at the state Capitol for higher salaries and more money for schools. They highlighted long-standing funding problems and potential changes to the state’s public employee pension program currently being debated by the legislature.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Brian Eason of The Associated Press and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal about the rallies.

Senate leaders expect to meet soon to address next steps in possible punishments for Sen. Randy Baumgardner. Three independent investigations by two agencies have found allegations of sexual harassment against him at the Capitol credible.

Democrats are pushing for swift action. Baumgardner, a Hot Sulphur Springs Republican, survived an expulsion vote on April 2. That vote hinged on the findings of just one of the three investigations, which concluded that Baumgardner more likely than not grabbed and slapped a former legislative aide’s buttocks.  The two other investigations had not been finalized at the time of that vote. They were only released to the accusers last week. We made them fully available to the public on April 24 with the accusers’ consent.

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