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Pitkin County

Read With Me Day is Tuesday

Kids First and Raising a Reader will host Read With Me Day in 26 early-childhood classrooms in Pitkin County on Tuesday.

Thirty community volunteers will read to children ranging from infants to 5-year-olds in Aspen, Snowmass Village and Basalt. These volunteers will model the love of reading and represent a diversity of professions including police officers, firefighters, Realtors, attorneys, a city mayor, a cowboy and a newspaper editor.

This year, Read With Me Day coincides with One Book 4 Colorado, which aims to make sure every 4-year-old across the state reads the same book. More than 70,000 books will be distributed through a collaboration of the private sector, the community and state libraries.

The public can donate new and gently used books locally at Alpine Bank and the Yellow Brick Building by May 17.


Surgeons in discussion today

Two orthopaedic surgeons will describe the latest in joint replacement and sports medicine as part of the Community Conversation program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Basalt Regional Library.

Hosted by Paul Andersen, the discussion also will feature Drs. Tom Pevny and Lindsey Harris. Both work at Aspen Orthopaedic Associates.

For more details, contact Andersen at

El Jebel

Fire meeting is Thursday in El Jebel

Wildfire-preparedness meetings for area residents continue from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the El Jebel Fire Station for Pitkin County residents in Basalt and surrounding areas.

Additional meetings are scheduled for June 6 at the Aspen Fire Station for Aspen residents, June 19 at the Snowmass Village Fire Station for Snowmass residents and June 25 at the Carbondale Fire Station for Carbondale residents. All meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m.


Immigration forum set for next week

The Roaring Fork Valley Immigration Forum, featuring representatives of the White House, Sen. Michael Bennet’s office and others, will take place May 13 in Aspen.

Presented by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, the Aspen Institute and the National Immigration Forum, the event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Regis Aspen Resort.

The forum, according to organizers, will “foster a solutions-focused conversation on immigration in America by engaging consequential leaders in business, law enforcement and government in an open forum about the overwhelming economic and social necessity for immigration reform.”

Other speakers will include Mark Shurtleff, former Utah state attorney general; John Suthers, Colorado state attorney general; Ben Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council; and Ann Allott, an immigration attorney.

The moderator will be Steve Wickes, former director of the Society of Fellows and Aspen Institute moderator.

The forum is free and open to the public, but an RSVP with the Aspen chamber is required; call 970-925-1940, or email

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