Campbell Brown gives free Aspen talk Thursday |

Campbell Brown gives free Aspen talk Thursday

Campbell Brown to speak Thursday

Former CNN and NBC journalist Campbell Brown will give a free talk from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Mountain Chalet, 333 E. Durant Ave.

The event, sponsored by the Pitkin County Republicans, will feature Brown’s take on school choice and education reform.

Brown founded the Partnership for Educational Justice, which aims to improve public schools through advocacy and legal action.

Hospital campus goes smoke, tobacco free

Aspen Valley Hospital’s campus will go smoke and tobacco free starting Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The policy change is a result of a partnership between the hospital and Pitkin County Health and Human Services that formed earlier this year. The campus includes the location of the hospital and assisted living facility/senior center, as well as its associated clinics, office spaces and housing units. It also includes the property where the Health and Human Services building is located. While indoor use of tobacco has been prohibited for many years, the restriction now includes outdoor spaces.

“Smoking is a major cause of preventable death,” says hospital human resources director Alicia Miller. “While smoking on our campus has always been minimal, we wanted to take the next step and completely eliminate smoking from our properties. It’s been great working toward this common goal with staff from the county since AVH and the HHS building are adjacent to one another.”

Water tour next month

The city of Aspen will host a public tour of its facility that treats water from Castle Creek, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

The free tour is underwritten by the city’s Water Department and Aspen Tap, a city program under Environmental Health. Roaring Fork Conservancy also is helping with the event.

The tour will happen rain or shine. Registration is required at Call 970-927-1290 with questions.

Filoha family tour Sept. 12

Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Filoha Meadows Family Exploration event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Filoha Meadows Open Space near Redstone.

The free event is made possible by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails.

Participants will learn about the local bat population, explore beaver ponds, collect aquatic insects and go on a scavenger hunt. The event is appropriate for families with children of all ages and their parents.

The tour will happen rain or shine.

Register at or call 970-927-1290 for more details.

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