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Valley Roundup - July 12th, 2013

Jul 12, 2013

On the show this week Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Brent Gardner Smith, Editor and Investigative Reporter for Aspen Journalism join us to discuss the top news stories in the Valley.  

We talk with Aspen Public Radio Reporter Elise Thatcher about demonstrations planned for the weekend.  The rallies will focus on opposition to hydraulic fracturing – fracking – in Colorado.

Denver Post Staff Writer Bruce Finley talks with us about his report in the Post this week about air pollution in the nine counties around Denver.

On the Download Aspen Public Radio’s Digital Content Manager Rob St. Mary tells us about a website where visitors can find out what the government might know about your digital habits, security concerns about Android smartphones and a real world file sharing hide and seek campaign.

Marci Krivonen

A group of cross-country cyclists is making a stop in Silt Friday to help build a house. The group will work with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to construct a home for a family in need.

The cycling group, called Bike and Build, sends groups of young people on long tours through different parts of the country, where they hammer nails for affordable housing projects.

24-year-old Cindy Freimark is with the group building homes in Colorado this summer. She says she’s been touched by the stories she hears.

Mountain Edition - July 11th, 2013

Jul 11, 2013

If you get a DUI, your blood sample isn’t going to the state lab any more... that’s because the Colorado health department wasn’t handling them properly. We’ll get an update on what that means for drug and alcohol cases.

Indian Tribes across the west are strengthening their sovereignty by getting involved in natural resource development on or near reservations. The tribes in Colorado are involved in two hydro projects.

And fires may be burning differently-- because of changing weather, trees, and other factors. That means changes are in store for how firefighters take on wildfires.

Carbondale writer Jon Waterman has a new book out--after detailing the winding journey of the Colorado River, he’s put together what he calls a handbook for a life intertwined with the outdoors.

And, We’ll get a preview of three exhibitions opening in Basalt this weekend... they’re all by women artists.


Speedtest.net

Residents along the Roaring Fork Valley are being asked to share the details of their internet access at home. It’s part of an effort to speed up connections across Northwest Colorado. Phylis Mattice is Pitkin County Assistant Manager.

“The survey is asking people who their internet provider is, how much do they pay for it. We just don’t want it to be available to people, we want it to be affordable to people.

Dwayne Romero sworn in

Jul 9, 2013
Rebecca Kruth

The Aspen City Council has finally filled the seat vacated by Mayor Steve Skadron following his election this May. Last night (Mon., 7-8-2013), the council swore in its newest member. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.  

The fifth city council seat is no longer empty.

The council wasted no time in making its newest member, Dwayne Romero, official. Municipal Court Judge Brooke Peterson was there to do the honors at last night’s meeting.

Marci Krivonen

A clearer picture is emerging of a senior living community in Basalt. Last month, the organizers of the massive project presented detailed plans to Basalt’s Town Council. The senior campus would include multiple buildings on 18 acres just down the road from the local high school.

Organizers say such a development is badly needed in an area where the senior age demographic is expected to skyrocket in coming years. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Valley Roundup - July 5th, 2013

Jul 5, 2013

On the show this week Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News (http://www.aspendailynews.com) joins us to discuss the top news stories in the Valley. 

We talk with Karl Isberg, Editor of the Pagosa Springs Sun (http://www.pagosasun.com/) about the huge West Fork Complex fire burning in southwest Colorado.

Reporter Greg Nickerson joins us from WyoFile (http://wyofile.com/) to talk about the recent annual meeting of the Wyoming Mining Association.  It was described by one participant as “like a funeral.”

The Senior Editor of the National Review (http://www.nationalreview.com,)  Ramesh Ponnuru was in town this week for Aspen Ideas and to talk with Pitkin County Republicans.  He speaks to us about rebuilding the GOP.

NPR has moved into its new building and already conservative critics are calling the studios extravagant and a waste of taxpayer money.  We ask NPR’s Marketing Director, Emma Carrasco, about the new digs.

On the Download Aspen Public Radio’s Digital Content Manager Rob St. Mary interviews Tony Fadell, designer of the iPod about his new creation; a smart (and good looking) thermostat.

Mountain Edition - July 4th, 2013

Jul 4, 2013

Aspen has a full city council again. Former council member Dwayne Romero has been selected to fill a vacancy created by the election of Mayor Steve Skadron.

Also returning this week are the mammoth and mastodon bones recovered in Old Snowmass. The fossils are on public display not far from where the animals died tens of thousands of years ago.

We talk with a biologist about tree killing insects and how they actually affect human health.

Our science reporter does what everyone’s mother says not to…look straight at the sun.

And we’ll hear about a work of art about the Colorado River that’s on display in downtown Chicago.

 

Romero wins city council seat, no dice needed

Jul 3, 2013
Rebecca Kruth

The Aspen City Council spent weeks narrowing down a pool of applicants to decide who will fill the seat left vacant by Mayor Steve Skadron. The council made its final decision this week, but it almost came down to a tie-breaking dice roll. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.

One applicant is resting easy after a last minute change of heart lead the Aspen City Council to a consensus earlier today (Wed., 7-2-2013).

Former councilman Dwayne Romero says he’s “elated” by the council’s decision to appoint him to the vacant seat.

Wilderness Workshop's Artist in Wilderness Program

Trent Burkett is a sculptor and professor of art. He is currently Full Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture and Chair of the Department of Visual Art at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.
www.trent-burkett.com/

Mary Dominick is on the board of Wilderness Workshop and heads up the Artist in Wilderness program
www.wildernessworkshop.org/

 

Dwayne Romero Appointed to Aspen City Council

Jul 3, 2013

Dwayne Romero has been selected by process of the Aspen City Council as the newest member. Romero fills the space vacated by the election of Steve Skadron to Mayor of Aspen.

In April, Romero spoke to us about his campaign for office, his ideas and plans, if elected.

The Aspen City Council is deadlocked in its decision on who should fill its remaining open seat. After whittling the choices down to four, city council members found themselves at odds at last night’s (Tues, 7-2-2013) special meeting. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.

It could all come down to the roll of a die.

That is, if the deadlocked city council fails to reach a majority vote at another special meeting scheduled for later this morning.

A search for Carbondale resident Randy Udall continued this morning in the mountains of Western Wyoming. Udall set out on a solo backpacking trip in late June in the Wind River range. He was due out of the wilderness on June 26th. When he didn't show up, family members called authorities two days later.

Garmin International

More commercial truckers are navigating Independence Pass... even though they’re not supposed to. That’s according to the Colorado State Patrol. This summer, officers are doing more to bring those numbers down. And the effort comes as a worldwide GPS company is also trying to get the attention of more drivers.

When traveling east of Aspen on Highway 82, there are several signs warning drivers, saying:

“No trucks over thirty five feet in length can drive up and over Independence Pass.”

Mountain Edition - June 27th, 2013

Jun 27, 2013

In a matter of days, it’ll be illegal to give family or friends a gun... without having them getting a  background check. Today we’ll hear about confusion over details of the new transfer law.

That and other new Colorado laws have frustrated local enforcement officials--enough that they’ve filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. We’ll talk with a Roaring Fork Valley sheriff about why he signed on with that effort.

Our science reporter delves into the tricky question of how air quality is monitored... even when pollution is coming from hundreds of miles away.

A major group of wildfires continues to burn in southwestern Colorado. That’s as Stage One fire restrictions kick into place for parts of the Roaring Fork Valley. We’ll find out why many in Pitkin County are at risk if a wildfire does break out nearby.

We’ll take a tour of one of the most energy efficient houses in the world. Amory Lovins is Chief Scientist for Rocky Mountain Institute. He takes us on a tour of his Old Snowmass home... spoiler alert, it has bananas, too.

Kitty Boone, Director, Aspen Ideas Festival with a look at the public programs for this year's event.

Jonathan Bastian, former host of APR's Page by Page, currently with Louisville Public Media on his new role there and covering the Ideas Fest for public radio and TV in Kentucky.

Marci Krivonen

On July 1st,  two controversial gun laws go into effect in Colorado and one local sheriff is speaking out against them. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says the gun magazine law and the background check bill are too confusing to enforce. One law limits gun magazines to 15 rounds and the other requires background checks for all transfers and sales of firearms.

Vallario and five dozen other Colorado sheriffs are suing the state over the new laws. They don’t believe the laws are enforceable or constitutional. Sheriff Vallario spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.

New Fire Mitigator for Pitkin County

Jun 25, 2013
Gilad Rom / Creative Commons

Later today, (Wed 6-25-2013) the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners will meet its new fire mitigation manager, Jerry Peetz. The position is the county’s latest move to ensure citizens are prepared should a wildfire occur. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.

People tend to wait to mitigate when the danger of wildfires is already high.  So says Joe DiSalvo. Sheriff of Pitkin County.

Valley Roundup - June 21st, 2013

Jun 21, 2013

On the show this week Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Brent Gardner Smith, Editor of Aspen Journalism join us to discuss the top news stories. 

We talk with Carolyne Heldman, Executive Director of Aspen Public Radio about NPR’s decision to end production of Talk of the Nation after 22 years.  We discuss the show’s replacement.

Marci Krivonen

The bulk of federal health care reform is starting to roll out and big changes could be in store for Colorado’s rural areas. Many of these regions, including the Roaring Fork Valley, are full of people who are uninsured. A quarter of residents living in the mountain counties of Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, Grand and Summit don’t have health insurance. With the Affordable Care Act, this group will be required to have insurance, or pay a penalty. But, it’s likely not everyone will apply. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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