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An investigative report by NBC about the Nancy Pfister case will air tonight, Friday October 10th, at 7pm Mountain Time. The two hour long Dateline special includes unusual interviews with former defendants Kathy Carpenter and Nancy Styler. Network reporter Keith Morrison says the characters in the case made it worth an extended look at what happened before and after Nancy Pfister died earlier this year. 

Marci Krivonen

As the fight to keep natural gas drilling out of an area known as the Thompson Divide continues, two Roaring Fork Valley residents who operate lodging near the Divide flew over the contested area last week with Ecoflight. They say energy development would hurt their business. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen went on the flyover and filed this report.

The clouds are clearing as our Cessna 210 leaves the ground. It’s a smooth takeoff and right away, snowcapped peaks come into view.

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Educators in Colorado are taking an inventory of environmental learning and finding gaps where more is needed. A Colorado Environmental Education Plan is being drawn up to evenly spread these kinds of lessons to students across the state...and two local non profits are involved. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

This week county clerks in Colorado began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. We catch up with the first couple to wed in Garfield County.

Residents of the Valley who operate lodging businesses say natural gas drilling in the Thompson Divide would hurt their bottom line.

And, we hear from the two state house candidates working to earn votes in Pitkin County.

Finally, we catch up with filmmaker Jason Reitman whose new movie, “Men, Women and Children” screened in Aspen last week.

On today's show, the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Maroon Bells birthday bash with Olivia Siegel from ACES, Will Roush of Wilderness Workshop and Andrew Larson of the White River National Forest.

Also, Kelly Alford, Executive Director of Wyly Arts, and artist Jody Guralnick on the new Wyly Annex and Jody's show opening August 8th.

Marci Krivonen

Same-sex marriage became legal in Colorado on Tuesday after the state supreme court cleared the last hurdle. Colorado’s attorney general announced clerks in all 64 counties were legally required to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Kat Sing and Toni Grenko were the first gay couple to get a license in Garfield County. The couple, from No Name, has been together for three years.

Eagle County Sheriff's Office

Another major marijuana grow site has popped up in the Roaring Fork Valley area. Eagle County officials say many plants were found near Cottonwood Pass. About a thousand plants were on private property, located approximately twenty minutes from El Jebel. The land is unincorporated Eagle County, so that sheriff’s office has destroyed the greenery and growing equipment. 

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The Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder is already fielding inquiries after a U.S. Supreme Court non-decision on Monday opened the door for same sex couples to wed. The high court’s refusal to take up the issue impacts Colorado. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

County clerks across the state will begin issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples likely in a matter of days. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says a ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down gay marriage bans will apply in Colorado.

Rematch: State House District 61

Oct 6, 2014
Denver University

In some ways the election in state house district 61 is a rematch.  The district includes Summit, Lake and Pitkin counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties. Democrat Millie Hamner won the district two years ago beating, among others, Debra Irvine.  Despite that loss, this year, Irvine, a Republican, is back to challenge Hamner.

Irvine – “Well, its not about me and if it was about me I probably wouldn’t because it is very difficult.  Its hard to put yourself out there.”

Especially hard she says when her campaign manager husband returns from the post office with negative mailers in support of the incumbent.  APR's Roger Adams talked with Irvine and Hamner and has this report.

October is domestic violence awareness month. Sue Smedstad and Keith Ikeda, board members of RESPONSE, share the history of the organization and its importance in the Roaring Fork Valley. The mission of RESPONSE is to support, educate, and empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Roaring Fork Valley.

If you, or someone you know, are suffering from abuse, please call the RESPONSE support and crisis hotline: 925-SAFE (7233). Learn more about RESPONSE at www.responsehelps.org

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