Case dismissed against elderly driver

May 20, 2015

  A judge has dropped charges against an elderly man who caused a fatal car crash last summer on Highway 82. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

89-year-old John Walls of Carbondale was charged with careless driving causing death, a result of an accident that killed Basalt resident Patrick Dunn. Dunn was on his motorcycle when Walls crossed into the westbound lane and hit him head on with his car.

Marci Krivonen

In the Midvalley, it’s not uncommon for parents to add their child’s name to a waitlist at a childcare center long before the baby’s born. Michelle Oger directs Blue Lake Preschool.

“Several moms calls us once they find out that they’re expecting, to get on the waitlist even before they tell their spouse or extended family. They ask that we keep it a secret until they announce it to everybody else.” 

Allison Johnson

Two schools in the Midvalley are welcoming new school administrators. The Roaring Fork School District announced new principals at Basalt High School and Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale. 

Matthew Koenigsknecht will lead Crystal River Elementary School. He was a language arts teacher in Denver and managed a summer program at Basalt Elementary School.

Peter Mueller will take the reigns at Basalt High School. He works for The Nature Conservancy and served as principal at Telluride public schools. Mueller also worked in Evergreen, Colorado at a private school.

Elise Thatcher

Aspen Public Radio held a live debate last night between Aspen City Council candidates Bert Myrin and Mick Ireland, who are battling it out in the spring runoff election. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this overview of what went down, and a full recording of the debate.

Elise Thatcher

A new bus drivers’ union in the area is stretching its wings. Full time drivers with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority voted in February to start a local chapter of a national transit worker union. Ed Cortez is the President and business agent for the Aspen Local 774 of the Amalgamated Transit Union He sat down with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher to talk about where the union is now.

Kathleen Tadvick/Colorado Parks and Wildlife

There’s a debate happening about how to manage a chicken-like bird that calls part of Garfield County home. Last week county commissioners submitted a 1000 page package to the Bureau of Land Management. The agency’s drawing up a plan for how to protect the greater sage grouse whose population is shrinking. County officials fear protection could mean strict regulations for the oil and gas industry.

Forest Service visitor's center moves to Highlands

May 19, 2015
White River National Forest

There will be a new Forest Service visitors’ center at the base of Highlands starting next week. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

The new center will be in the Highlands ticket office. It’s aimed to better serve people going to the Maroon Bells —

Garfield County

Carbondale community members and Garfield County Commissioners are one step closer to resolving an access dispute. On Monday County commissioners were supposed to put the issue to rest, but those involved hadn’t collaborated on a solution.

Executive Director of the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance (APDHA), Cristina Gair, and Regional Oral Health Consultant, Kelly Keeffe, discuss the Smiles for Seniors program. The organization works with local dental hygienists to bring affordable preventative oral exams to senior centers in the Roaring Fork Valley. Gair and Keeffe also discuss the socioeconomics of tooth decay rates, and how the valley parallels the national trends. 

Seventh pot shop to enter Aspen market

May 18, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

  The number of pot shops in Aspen will exceed the amount of liquor stores if the latest dispensary application is approved. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Two local men submitted their application Friday to the Aspen City Clerk to open a pot shop at 400 East Hyman. RootsRX would be the seventh marijuana dispensary in downtown Aspen.

The applicants are Rob Holmes and Pete Tramm. Tramm says entering such a saturated market is not a concern.

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