6:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Basalt Town Council: We're Not Hijacking Downtown Redevelopment Process

Earlier this year, the Town of Basalt took in thousands of ideas from the community on how to redevelop a large chunk of downtown. At a meeting Tuesday, several community members expressed concern the process, called "Our Town," was being hijacked by Town Council.

Tensions were high at a packed Town Council meeting in Basalt Tuesday night, where the discussion was about downtown redevelopment. A group of people criticized council and the mayor, accusing them of hijacking the months-long community process of deciding what belongs on key parcels.  Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Methodists Debate Gay Marriage
4:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Defrocked Minister Reinstated

Rev. Frank Schaefer

UPDATE 10-28-2014:  The highest internal court of the United Methodist Church has reinstated Minister Frank Schaefer.  He had been defrocked by the church for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony.  The wedding was of his son, who is gay.  Schaefer was in Aspen earlier this year for a talk at the Aspen Community Church.  

Below is the story we ran on March 24, 2014:

Below story are current news links to Schaefer's reinstatement.

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The United Methodist Church is in a heated internal debate over the issue of gay marriage.  At the center of this conflict is the Methodist Book Of Discipline which guides the denomination’s practices and beliefs.

“I fear that this will lead to a splintering or a split of the church before it gets changed in the actual discipline.”

Rev. Frank Schaefer is at the center of this debate.  He spoke in Aspen on Friday (3-21-2014.) APR's Roger Adams reports.

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Aspen Lodging Incentives
3:53 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Paticipatory Democracy

Aspen Community Development Director, Chris Bendon, explains how participants can give instant input on lodging incentives proposed by the City of Aspen.
Credit Roger Adams

Earlier this month, Aspen City Council scrapped a controversial lodging incentive ordinance.  Now, at a series of public input sessions, the city is gathering survey responses on the issues contained in the ordinance.   Three more sessions are set for tomorrow (Wednesday 10-29-2014) and the survey will then be available online.

It is an exercise in participatory democracy.

APR's Roger Adams attended a session and filed this report.

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Your Ideas
11:48 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Who’s A Racist?

I can’t remember a time when the terms “racist” or “racism” were used with the abandon that now infects our political discourse.  These are hateful words - akin to the worst racial slurs bigots apply to others.  Yet some partisans apply the term to anyone who disagrees with the current Administration’s policies or who calls for voter identification requirements.

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7:50 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Just Like Food, Marijuana To Be Tested For Contaminants

Jessica Olson, Ashley Hansen and Hilary Glass make up the science team at GreenHill Laboratories in Carbondale. They plan to test thousands of marijuana samples a day when they open.
Credit Marci Krivonen

A laboratory that tests retail marijuana is opening in Carbondale. It’s one of just two such Colorado labs west of the Continental Divide. The scientists who run GreenHill Laboratories say they will be testing for potency and they’ll be one of the first to test for contaminants. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Inside Greenhill Laboratories in Carbondale, Lab Owner Hilary Glass motions toward her equipment.

Glass: "These are my incubators. I need about eight more."

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