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A panel of experts will focus on the connections between international development and U.S. national security in a roundtable discussion Friday at the Greenwald Pavilion on the Aspen Meadows campus.The U.S. government placed greater importance in recent years on international development support, often touting it as a key pillar of national security policy along with defense and diplomacy. The panelists will look at the advantages, disadvantages and limits of the policy. They will also discuss if it represents a fundamental shift in U.S. understanding of national security or temporary policy subject to budget politics.The panel features Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president, Global Development Program, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Richard Danzig, chairman of the board, Center for a New American Security; Susan Schwab, profession, University of Maryland and former U.S. Trade representative; and Raj Shah, administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development. The moderator is Jessica Tuchman Mathews, president, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The panel is being presented by the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Strategy Group and the Brookings Blue Roundtable. The discussion will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Doors open 45 minutes before the event.Tickets for the event are $15 and available through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House.
The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District has created a public rock collection site in the Rocky Fork area near the base of Ruedi Reservoir dam.The area was selected because there is an ample supply of red sandstone, a rock in high demand for landscaping. Rocks ranging from a few inches to five feet in diameter have piled up at the bottom of a hillside. Rocky Fork is served by a road that loops around a picnic area at a dead-end south of the dam. The rock collection area is evident near the toilet serving that picnic area.Permits to collect the red rock must be obtained at the Aspen Ranger Station or the Sopris Ranger station in Carbondale. A $14 permit entitles a permit holder to up to one ton of rock but Forest Service personnel expect most collectors will gather a smaller volume.Rock can be collected by hand only. Wheelbarrows will be allowed but no motorized or mechanized equipment. Rock collections are available through Nov. 15.Questions about the rock collection program should be directed to Olivia Garcia at (970) 274-8526.
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After nine months of being shuttered due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Wheeler Opera House will reopen for local acts. A touchless reservation system will be open to 53 people for in-person at the venue. Online live streaming also will be available.