APR Local News

Aspen Lodging
9:26 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Cheaper Rooms for Aspen?

Aspen is not a cheap place to live, or even visit.  That’s especially true now that the summer season is picking up. During peak seasons, in the winter and summer, the cheapest hotel room in Aspen goes for about two-hundred-dollars a night. But the local government is trying to change that. Over the past month, Aspen City Council has been considering a new lodging incentive program that would encourage more hotel development. Dorothy Atkins has the story.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Aspen Group Cheers Chilean Dam Decision

Kayakers paddle on the Baker River in central Patagonia. The Aspen non-profit Rios to Rivers fought to keep the river from being dammed.
Credit Weston Boyles/Rios to Rivers

This week the Chilean government canceled a controversial plan to build five hydroelectric dams on two of its southern rivers. It’s a victory for one Aspen non-profit that’s been fighting the $8 billion project for years. Aspen resident Weston Boyles started Rios to Rivers after floating the Baker and Pascua rivers in central Patagonia.

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APR Local News
4:32 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

GarCo May Pay For Some Grand Bridge Add-Ons

Aerial rendering of the replacement Grand Avenue Bridge planned for Glenwood Springs.
Credit Tsiouvaras Simmons Holderness

Paying for big construction projects gets really expensive really quickly. So the Colorado Department of Transportation often has a limited amount to spend on new roads or interchanges. But as planning for the new Grand Bridge in Glenwood Springs continues, lots of related improvements are creeping in, and CDOT can’t necessarily pay for all of them. Joe Elsen is the agency’s lead engineer on project. He recently spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher, and says Garfield County may have to pitch in.

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Local Spanish Language Radio
1:24 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

La Nueva Mix in Aspen?

Axel Contreras, La Nueva Mix Program Director
Credit Roger Adams

About a third of the people living in the Roaring Fork Valley are Latino and in the Hispanic community many people use Spanish in their daily lives.  This is also true for how the community consumes media.  And yet the majority of media in the valley is in English, especially in the upper valley.  On Wednesday (6-11-2014) Glenwood Springs' KQSE 94.5 FM will petition the Pitkin County Translator Advisor Board to bring its signal to the upper valley.  The board oversees the selection of radio stations whose signals are retransmitted using a system of radio translators.

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Internet in the Mountains
5:27 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Conference Looks at Improving Rural Mountain Internet Service

Credit http://ventureburn.com/

The future of rural broadband in the Rockies is being discussed this week in Vail. The Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference seeks to bring together stakeholders to talk about ways of improving service. Christopher Mitchell is with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance based in Minnesota. He is attending the conference. Mitchell spoke recently to Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary about how co-ops could help improve broadband service in the rural West.

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