The 14th yearly AREDAY summit, from the Aspen-based American Renewable Energy Institute, kicked off Monday.  The them of the week is “Protecting America’s Greatness”.  Institute CEO Chip Comins points out the nation doesn’t need to become great “again.”  He says his organization is “for an intelligent future.”  Highlights include this morning’s panel on how renewable energies will affect national security, moderated by former General and Presidential candidate Wesley Clark.  The CEO of the Sierra Club will also speak this week, as will Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.  Passes for the week’s events, that include a free Thursday concert from John Popper and Brother’s Keeper and an extensive collection of environmental films, are said to still be available.  Learn more by calling 930-8002, or visiting AREDAY dot net.  The events run through Thursday at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village.

A lot more big names stream into the upper valley for the Aspen Institute’s yearly Ideas Festival that begins Thursday.  It’ll have 3 segments, opening with a couple days on health…  the entire event stretching out ‘til July 1st.  It’ll be a literal who’s who, with prominent names in the news arriving as they do each year.  This time they include former acting Attorney General Sally Yates… National Security Agency Director, Admiral Mike Rogers…  Senator Mark Warner…  Governor Hickenlooper…  Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards…  Former Health & Human Services Secretary and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius…  Gold Star military father Khizr Khan…  legendary TV producer Norman Lear… former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz…  New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu…  former CIA Director, General David Petraeus…  ex-UN Ambassador Samantha Power…  the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, and many many more.  Aspen Ideas dot org is where you can check out the many seminars and talks, and learn how to attend.

Glenwood Springs officials say retail sales measured through April are higher than they were a year before, however not as high as projected.  Some local officials are concerned, despite that boost so far of 1.4 percent.  Many anticipate a downturn as the existing Grand Avenue Bridge goes away in August, with traffic detoured for months.  The Glenwood Chamber and the city say they’ll be spending more money on promotions in the coming few months, urging more visits and more shopping.  That’s expected to largely a social media campaign.  Extra money’s been budgeted, however, for this year’s 4th of July celebration in Glenwood.

Now’s the time of the season for–  more stringent enforcement of the state’s DUI laws.  Police and deputies across Eagle, Garfield, & Pitkin counties are part of this year’s announced “blitz” of additional patrols and checkpoints designed to find drunk or impaired drivers, especially the rest of this week, through next Monday.  Nearly a third of all traffic deaths in the state last year camp in the summer months alone.  And no, the boost in enforcement doesn’t just end for the summer on the 26th.  The state patrol and other agencies note “The Heat Is On” will be back in force over the always-challenging 4th of July period, from the 30th of this month through July 5th, too.

And state wildlife officials urge everyone to be careful outside since new animal babies have been born this spring, and some wildlife moms, especially moose, can be very aggressive and dangerous in protecting their young.  There’ve already been a couple moose interactions in recent weeks.  Officials note dogs really seem to aggravate moose, and there’ve been dogs involved in those latest incidents.  When out in moose habitat, they say it’s a good idea not to let your dog run loose, but keep them on a leash.

 

If you missed some of our stories or just want to read them for yourself, they’re all posted at ksno dot net.  I’m Jim Williams, KSNO News.  There’s more of the Morning Roundabout, including Meteorologist Don Day’s complete extended forecast, on the way next.