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Not all of the athletes who train in Aspen will be heading to the Olympics, some will compete in the Paralympics, which are also held in Russia. These Games in March feature events like alpine skiing, biathlon and wheelchair curling.

Seven athletes on the U.S. Paralympic National Team train in Aspen. And, they’ve got a good shot at making the Paralympic team. Kevin Jardine works with the U.S. Olympic Committee and helps out in Aspen, with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s Adaptive Program. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

Rocky Mountain Institute

A new report on non-profit organizations shows charities in the Mountain West have the among the lowest pay for high level staff among nonprofits across the country.   The survey by Charity Navigator found one standout here.  The top official at the environmental non-profit, Rocky Mountain Institute, was recently paid much more than counterparts at other non-profits, in fact, many times more.  (You can read the entire Charity Navigator report here.)

Mid-Valley Recreation Center?

Oct 21, 2013
Crown Mountain Recreation District

  This week we are looking at the various tax increase questions before voters next month.  One of the largest projects in the valley seeking voter approval is the proposed recreation center in Basalt.  The indoor facility would be built in the Crown Mountain Park. Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams reports.

“For me, I think it’s a great amenity, I think its an amenity for everyone who lives here and I think it’s the next step in the progression of any community.”

Valley Roundup - October 18th, 2013

Oct 18, 2013

On the show today Carolyn Sackariason and Andy Stone join us to discuss the closing of Little Annie’s in Aspen.  It’s one more landmark of Aspen’s funky days that will likely disappear.

Aspen Valley Hospital chooses a new CEO.  In his job interview he named transparency as a high priority.

Also today, parking fees are set to go up in Aspen next year and a new book about Lance Armstrong blames him for the biggest sports conspiracy…ever.

And on the Download this week…the bumpy rollout of Obamacare’s tech side

Its all head on today’s Valley Roundup.

Mountain Edition - October 17th, 2013

Oct 17, 2013

Businesses currently selling medical marijuana will be allowed to sell recreational pot on January 1st, if they’re willing to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for a license. Dispensary owners say the added business would be a boon.

The story of Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace continues to unfold. In a new book, two Wall Street Journal reporters explore the financial underpinnings of how and why the cyclist cheated.

A coal mine over the mountains near Paonia recently laid off many of its employees. The layoffs and that could hurt local communities.

And, we’ll examine at coal mining across the country and look into the challenges the industry’s currently facing.

Finally, we introduce you to a young female snowboarder looking to make the Olympic team in a new event - snowboard slopestyle.

Medical Marijuana Businesses Prepare to go "Retail"

Oct 16, 2013
Marci Krivonen

The Aspen City Council this week approved the sale of recreational marijuana. At first, this marijuana will be sold by stores currently operating as medical marijuana dispensaries or those that have applied to become a dispensary. City officials say as many as eight shops could part of this new industry come January.

One of those is LEAF Aspen, which is currently a medical marijuana shop. Next year LEAF Aspen plans to sell both recreational and medical pot. The storefront is in Aspen, and the store grows marijuana at a storage unit in Carbondale. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen took a tour.

Originally aired April 17th, 2013

Huts for Vets, a non-profit founded in January, will lead three day wilderness hut trips at no cost, to veterans beginning this summer.

Paul Anderson, founder and ED of Huts for Vets, along with Board members Dr. Gerald Alpern and Brian Porter talk about the program.

Marci Krivonen

Organizers of Aspen’s first-ever bike share program are calling its inaugural season a success. We Cycle’s last day is November first. It will reopen next summer. This year the system saw more than 9000 rides over four months. It includes 100 bikes parked at 13 stations scattered around town. Riders check out the bikes for 30 minute rides through Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with We-Cycle’s co-founder Mirte Mallory.

Elise Thatcher

Two weeks ago, the coal mine near Paonia owned by billionaire Bill Koch laid off more than half of its employees. The Koch owned Oxbow Mining company hopes to expand operations again in the future and rehire some of the workers.  In the meantime the layoffs are creating hardships for a number of communities.

Mike Ludlow: “It’s very sad time around the mine, you know to lose your income and lose your job is real traumatic, so it’s very painful decision for us.”

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Our Road to Sochi series takes a look at the Aspen-area athletes training and competing this fall in hopes of making the 2014 Olympic team. Today, we take you to an extreme snowsports course, one with rails and big jumps. It’s new to the Olympics, but competing in Snowboard Slopestyle is something Jordie Karlinski has been doing for years. The petite 24-year-old is hoping this year, she’ll be throwing tricks in Sochi, Russia. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Valley Roundup - October 11th, 2013

Oct 11, 2013

This week on the show we discuss the top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley with Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone, former Editor and now a columnist for the Aspen Times. 

Mountain Edition - October 10th, 2013

Oct 10, 2013

The government shutdown trudges on but Pitkin County is working to alleviate the pain by increasing access to a local attraction on federal land.

A proposal for funding public education has been called historic by Colorado’s governor. But, the ballot measure could stretch wallets.

The Aspen Skiing Company hopes to catch the eye of up and coming skiers from certain Asian countries.

And, changes may be in store if the USA Pro Challenge bike race returns to the upper Roaring Fork Valley next year. We talk with an economist who says big sporting events may not mean more money for the towns hosting them.

Finally, we get an update on local athletes training for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

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This week, Governor John Hickenlooper enthusiastically supported Amendment 66, calling it the single most important education reform initiative in the history of the United States. School districts in the Roaring Fork Valley are also weighing in on the measure.  Hyperbole aside, the amendment would change the way the state funds public schools. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, school administrators aren’t the only groups sharing opinions before voters head to the polls in November.

The Roaring Fork School District's Visioning Process with Dr. Diana Sirko, Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Rob Stein, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer.

Aspen Skiing Company Expands International Reach

Oct 9, 2013
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The Aspen Skiing Company is boosting its efforts this year to reach international visitors. The Company is working to attract skiers from new markets like Japan and China. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Visioning The Best Schools

Oct 8, 2013
RFSD

  For the past several weeks the Roaring Fork School district has been holding what it calls visioning sessions.  The aim of the process is to improve performance and student achievement.  While the Roaring Fork district is performing above Colorado’s average in most academic areas officials want to do even better.  Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams reports.

Explainer - Colorado Health Exchange

Oct 8, 2013

If you thought the debate over health care reform was complicated to follow the shopping experience for health insurance may be equally hard to understand.  First of all the prices people will encounter vary.  Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams went shopping for policies on the Colorado Health Exchange - Connect For Health Colorado.

Elise Thatcher

The USA Pro Challenge finished just over a month ago, and planning for next year’s edition has already begun. Aspen plans to apply to host the race again in 2014... and officials have started looking at whether to improve on how things went during the 2013 edition of the race. Discussions range from road closures to conversations with international cycling officials in Europe.

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As the Winter Olympics inch closer, we’re continuing to highlight the Aspen-area athletes who are training for the Games. Ski racer and Aspen native Wiley Maple is a speed demon. Last year, he was clocked going 95 miles per hour down a snowy course. But, Maple is more than just a skier, he loves art. During slow times at competitions, you can find him sketching to pass the time. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Elise Thatcher

Officials are pushing to rebuild the Front Range after devastating floods That includes a direct line to the Roaring Fork Valley… a railroad line, that is. Tracks west of Denver were washed out-- and that means changes for Amtrak service to Glenwood Springs. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has more.

Reporter: Jeff Hershenson, who lives in Snowmass Village, is at the Glenwood Springs Amtrak station on a recent gorgeous fall day. He says the competitive fare prompted him to buy a ticket to Denver.

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