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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.

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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.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: The Manaus Fund, Part 4

Oct 29, 2013

There are two traveling pre-schools in the Roaring Fork Valley -- in the form of short buses. El Busesito is the name for each of these buses. They currently provide 3-hours of pre-school time for 90 children in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Early childhood education is one the goals for the Valley Settlement Project, a project focused on incorporating and encouraging immigrant and low-income communities in the Roaring Fork Valley. The project is run by The Manaus Fund. 

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There are still big questions about a bus accident near Carbondale last weekend. The Colorado State Patrol says a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus hit a concrete barrier after swerving around another vehicle. But the agency continues to collect information to figure out what happened… and the agency responsible for the bus says there may be two different stories.

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Today, we look at one of three Aspen-area athletes who competes in cross country skiing. Michael Ward is one of the youngest on the US Nordic team. He’s just 20-years-old. Still, he’s hoping to beat the older competition so he can land a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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The removal of more than three dozen trailers from a mobile home park in Basalt is continuing ahead of work to restore the Roaring Fork River’s shores. The trailer homes sit in a floodplain and the local government is working on getting residents out of danger. They plan to replace the trailers with a public park. So far, a handful of trailers have been hauled away. Still, many residents remain. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, they’re hoping to find inexpensive housing.

Valley Roundup - October 25th, 2013

Oct 25, 2013

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

On the show today Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone, a columnist for the Aspen Times join us to discuss the following issues in the news this week

Marci Krivonen

The Town of Basalt held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for a major river project set to get underway Monday.

The so-called Pan and Fork project will replace a trailer park with a public park and an improved floodway and riverbank. Construction starts in earnest on Monday. Town Manager Mike Scanlon says he wanted to get the word out now.

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The Forest Service is chipping away at plans to improve habitat on 10’s of thousands of acres in the Roaring Fork Valley. The large-scale project includes thinning overgrown vegetation in areas like the Frying Pan and Crystal River Valleys. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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