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Sen. Mitch McConnell comes to Aspen

The Aspen Institute’s Hurst Lecture Series continues at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson will interview McConnell.

The conversation will be held at Paepcke Auditorium. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at

Gaze at the stars Wednesday

Aspen Center for Physics will hold its last Star Gazer evening of the summer starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The event includes an ice cream social, storytelling and telescope viewing, among other offerings. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on and dress warmly.

The Physics Center is located at 700 Gillespie St. For more details, contact or email mlandis@aspenscience

Kick up your boots at Aspen Chapel

The Aspen Chapel will host an evening of square dancing, hosted by Tom Paxton with live music by Ellen Stapenhorste and Julie Paxton, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served in the chapel garden followed by barbecue dinner from Hickory House. All proceeds will directly support Aspen Chapel’s annual fund. Cost is $35 for advance tickets, which can be bought at or by calling 970-925-7184. Tickets at the door are $40. Youth under 17 pay $15.

Rankin takes seat on state education board

Joyce Rankin, a Republican resident of Garfield County, has been named to fill the Colorado Third Congressional District seat on the Colorado Board of Education.

The announcement came from Old Snowmass resident Frieda Wallison, who is chair of the Colorado Third Congressional District Republican Central Committee.

The seat was recently vacated by the resignation of Marcia Neal. A 13-member vacancy committee of the Third Congressional District Republican Central Committee made the appointment.

Rankin has an extensive background in educational matters, having been both a teacher and principal in public schools. She currently serves as a legislative aide in the state legislature and follows educational issues.

Rankin has indicated her intention to run in the 2016 general election to retain her seat on the state education board. She is the wife of state Rep. Bob Rankin.