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Now that the Basalt Town Board has green-lighted a senior housing facility, marketing efforts to reach area seniors will ramp up. The non-profit behind the Continuing Care Retirement Community wants to start building in 2015. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Colorado is more energy efficient than any of its neighboring states… and it’s one of the most efficient in the Intermountain West. But federal money is running out for some programs, and organizations across the state are looking for new ways to fund initiatives they say are making a difference. That was one theme at a conference in Carbondale on Wednesday, November 13th.

Reporter: The event was organized by Clean Energy Economy for the Region, or CLEER. Attendees came from across the state gathered in town hall for the event...

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New building codes meant to make commercial buildings in Snowmass Village greener, are set to take effect December 1st. The codes come after a report in 2009 showed the resort emitted six times more greenhouse gases than the national average. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley are saving millions of dollars thanks to the local bus system. That's the conclusion of an independent assessment. It says RFTA’s service reduces commute times, increases public safety and cuts down on the number of car miles traveled per year. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Twenty-five year-old Meg Olenick  grew up skiing in Aspen, trailing her two older brothers. When they started doing tricks at the terrain park, Olenick followed suit. Soon, she was competing in slopestyle skiing around the world. The discipline is new to the Winter Olympics in 2014 and Olenick wants to be part of history in the making. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Mountain Valley Developmental Services is a non-profit who provides services and support to over 450 individuals with developmental disabilities in Eagle, Lake, Garfield and Pitkin county. The most common issue Mountain Valley works with is children prone to developmental disabilities. Executive Director Bruce Christensen and Human Resources director Dana Peterson, discuss Mountain Valley's children and family programs.   

Climate Change Measured on Open Spaces near Aspen

Nov 11, 2013
Marci Krivonen

In the future, the forests surrounding Aspen will look different. Already, mountain shrubs are replacing some Aspen stands and changing the complexion of the area.   This is likely due to due a warming climate.

Valley Roundup - November 8th, 2013

Nov 8, 2013

Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.  I’m Roger Adams. 

Andy Stone joins us to discuss election results and fallout. 

Today we talk with local author John Howard Wyman about his mother Winifred.  His book, Against Her Will, documents her involuntary confinement to a nursing home, her escape and her new life as a painter.

On the Download today we learn about IPO’s from a local portfolio manager…just as Twitter buyers strike gold.

Its all head on today’s Valley Roundup.

Marci Krivonen

Voters in Colorado passed new taxes on retail marijuana that will help pay for fixes to school buildings in disrepair. Proposition AA establishes excise and sales taxes on recreational pot that’s allowed to be sold to adults 21 and older. Besides raising money for schools, the taxes will also fund regulation of the new retail industry.

Mountain Edition - November 7th, 2013

Nov 7, 2013

On Tuesday, most voters said “no” to big tax increases locally and statewide. A CSU political science professor says anti-tax activists are growing in their influence.

One measure that did pass taxes retail marijuana to raise money for schools. As pot becomes more available in the state, one youth non-profit is worried.

A warming climate is changing ecosystems in the Roaring Fork Valley and one local government is using open spaces to gather data on what’s happening.

A new art display at the Wyly Art Center in Basalt features the work of a self-taught painter.  Despite being silenced by Alzheimer’s, Winifred Wyman is speaking through paint.

Also today on the Road to Sochi, Aspen native Simi Hamilton works to make the 2014 winter Olympic team. The Nordic ski racer specializes in sprinting.

That’s coming up on Mountain Edition.

Marci Krivonen

Arguably the most contentious ballot issues in the Roaring Fork Valley, were in Basalt. Voters there decided on two issues. Question 2B’s focus was on whether to free up money to restore the Roaring Fork River and fund the removal of residents of a flood-prone trailer park. Voters approved that measure. A separate set of questions asked voters to fund a recreation center at Crown Mountain Park. That ballot measure failed. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Nordic ski racer Simi Hamilton is one of the fastest sprinters in the United States. He clocks speeds up to 55 miles per hour when he flies across snowy courses. Since he was named to the U.S. Ski Team in 2010, he’s done well both nationally and in World Cup races. Now, Hamilton is training to make the 2014 Winter Olympic team. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with the Aspen native during some rare downtime.

  Mountain Valley Developmental Services is an expansive non-profit based out of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Their mission is to encourage and support individuals with developmental disabilities, enhance their ability to live, learn and work while educating the community about their contributions and capabilities. It is one of the largest non-profits in the Roaring Fork Valley, employing over 150 staff and over 50 contracted professionals. Mountain Valley reaches over 450 individuals and families in Eagle, Garfield, Lake and Pitkin County. Executive Director, Bruce Christensen, gives an overview of the organization. 

Valley Roundup - November 1st, 2013

Nov 1, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

Carolyn Sackariason and Andy Stone join us to discuss the election next Tuesday. Its an off year with ballots full of tax increase proposals.

Displaced residents from a Basalt trailer park show up en masse to a meeting with town officials. The mood was one of anger.

The dog operation called Krabloonik stumbles again as the general manager quits and Little Annie's reopens.

On the Download, the Ski Butlers go mobile and more scary ways to improve your brain functions.

Its all head on today’s Valley Roundup.

Mountain Edition - October 31st, 2013

Oct 31, 2013

A weekend RFTA bus rollover that injured 11 people is under investigation. We have the latest.

The fire district that serves Carbondale is asking voters for a tax increase. The chief says it’s needed to fight increasingly intense fires. Opponents say it costs too much.

Snowmass Village voters have a different tax question. It would pay for improvements to aging infrastructure like leaks and cracks in sewer pipes.

A Mid-Valley non-profit is concerned about the health of the Fryingpan River. Flows were down over the summer… thanks to the drought last winter... and a study will determine how that affected fish.

The Aspen Skiing Company is recognized with an award for commitment to the arts. Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams talks to the Ski-Co’s Managing Partners, Jim and Paula Crown.

Finally, an Aspen ski jumper is hoping to make the Olympic team in the Nordic combined. We profile Michael Ward in the latest Road to Sochi segment.

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There are all sorts of tax measures on the November ballot. We’ve covered proposals that would affect residents in Basalt and Carbondale. Now we take a look at a measure in Snowmass Village and a few surrounding areas.

Marci Krivonen

As mobile homes make way for a public park in Basalt, some say a non profit organization has broken promises about how it would help residents. More than 200 people in the flood-prone Pan and Fork Mobile Home park now have to move or get ready to, as riverfront work starts there. One resident Adriana Torres, says years ago, the Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation, or CDC talked about relocating the residents.

Ballot Issues 4C and 4D - the proposed Crown Mountain Recreation Center in the mid valley. Amy Conrardi, board member of the Crown Mountain Rec Center and a proponent of the center. Katie Schwoerer, former Basalt City Council member, is on the issue committee No on 4C/4D will discuss the center.

Show Me...Not

Oct 30, 2013
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In the months since Colorado’s new gun laws have been in effect the number of concealed carry permits has grown.  Nearly 150 thousand people are legally allowed to carry a concealed weapon. Despite strong feelings about guns, both pro and con, what hasn’t increased are complaints lodged against people legally carrying guns.  Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams reports.

“As far as somebody saying, ‘I saw the outline of a gun or I saw the barrel of a gun underneath someone’s jacket when they lifted their arm up.’  We’ve had none of that.”

Drought Prompts Study of Gold Medal Fishery near Basalt

Oct 30, 2013
Marci Krivonen

This Fall, a local river conservation group is keeping a close eye on the Fryingpan River. This follows last year's drought that brought the levels on the river down. The low flows affected fish, aquatic insects and possibly the local economy. The Fryingpan is considered Gold Medal fishing waters. It draws people from around the world to fly fish there. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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