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Aspen School Board Takes Neutral Stance on Amendment 66

Sep 24, 2013
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The Aspen School Board yesterday, decided against taking a formal stance on Amendment 66. It's a school finance reform measure voters will see on the November ballot.

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The beginning of this week has brought an unusual amount of moisture to the Roaring Fork Valley. Mountains were dusted with snow and rains lifted river levels to flows usually seen in the Spring. Sarah Johnson with the Roaring Fork Conservancy says flows on rivers like the Crystal are dramatically higher than they were this time last year. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with her on Monday.

Valley Roundup - September 20th, 2013

Sep 20, 2013

The flood waters are now moving east into Kansas and Nebraska. Better weather is allowing hard hit mountain communities like Boulder to dry out. This was a singular massive rain event. How it happened seems pretty clear. How and what it means long term, less so. Brent Gardner-Smith and Bob Ward of Aspen Journalism join us this week to talk about all the water, Colorado’s on going drought and climate change.

Also, this fall, voters will decide the fate of a new funding model for public schools – Mick Ireland shares his take.

And on The Download – how hackers might be able to steal your fingerprints.

Mountain Edition - September 19th, 2013

Sep 19, 2013

Floodwaters in the Front Range are receding and the number of missing people is going down. Residents of flood-ravaged towns are returning home. We’ll bring you an update on the floods and let you know how you can help. Some from the Roaring Fork Valley have been helping Front Range residents get back on their feet and seeing just how devastating flooding can be. The state’s climatologist says what’s strange about last week’s weather is its pattern. Simultaneous, powerful rain storms hit multiple Front Range areas at one time. Also today, men are still making more money than women in Colorado – we’ll break down the numbers, county by county. And finally, imagine flying 80 miles an hour down Aspen Mountain on skis. One Aspen ski racer could be an international champion, if she can land a spot with the Olympic team.

The History of KAJX - Part 2

Interviews with Sy Coleman, Michael Stranahan and Andrea Young.

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Men are making more money than women working in the Roaring Fork Valley. But, the differences vary depending on the county. A new report shows a woman earns 80-cents for every dollar a man makes in Colorado. 

In Pitkin County, on average, a man earns $54,000 a year compared to $47,000 for a woman. In Garfield County, the disparity is greater. A man earns $50,000 annually, compared to a woman’s earnings of $37,000.

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Ten athletes from the Aspen area are training to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics, which start in early February. Only a handful of them will make it. Over the next several weeks, we’ll follow these athletes as they work hard to make the cut.

Valley Roundup - September 13th, 2013

Sep 13, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup for September 13. 2013, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

The water keeps coming along the front range in what some are calling floods of biblical proportions.  Three are known dead and thousands are evacuated from Ft Collins to Colorado Springs.  We gather up the latest from the flood affected areas.

In the valley this week it was the bus system that led the news as the new rapid transit system is almost two weeks old.  There has been some grumbling.

Two Democratic state Senators were thrown out in recall elections this week.  It could spell trouble for the party in next year’s legislative races.

Wealth inequality is growing and Mick’s has a take   

And on the Download this week…the sounds of deep space

Mountain Edition - September 12th, 2013

Sep 12, 2013

Many Coloradans on the Front Range have moved to higher ground, they’re working to stay safe in the middle of dangerous floods. Three people have died, and some communities are evacuating. One is Jamestown, northwest of Boulder. But there are major complications.

In other news, there’s been a few notable meth-related incidents in Rifle in this week...We’ll talk to the police chief there. And, Pitkin County is one of the last counties in Colorado figure out early plans for so-called “retail” marijuana.

Plus, when it comes to tiffs over real estate, a dispute in downtown Aspen is very unusual.

Law Enforcement: Meth is a Significant Problem in Rifle

Sep 12, 2013
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Methamphetamine has made headlines in Garfield County recently. On Monday, law enforcement officials announced they collected 117 grams of meth in the Rifle area. The drug enforcement team TRIDENT made eight arrests in the drug bust. Also, authorities announced this week a meth overdose was to blame for a mysterious death. Rifle resident Anthony Green fell over dead around midnight on August 22 on a downtown street.

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Colorado is the first state to finalize the details on how to regulate recreational marijuana. The rules came out Monday, September 9th.  Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Pitkin County Commission is taking some early steps for figuring out how to work out recreational… or so-called “retail”... marijuana. They met yesterday, Tuesday September 10th, to explore what comes first.

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We're following Roaring Fork Valley athletes training for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February for a series we're calling The Road to Sochi.  Over the next few months we’ll Introduce you to home-grown athletes and what it takes to be at the top of their sport.

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There’s a battle happening in downtown Aspen. It has to do with noise complaints filed by the owners of a penthouse against neighboring bars and restaurants.   And, it’s headed to the courts. So too is an earlier issue involving access to the penthouse building. The condos' owners, a builder, and the City of Aspen are suing each other. It’s an unusual real estate dispute.

Valley Roundup - September 6th, 2013

Sep 6, 2013

The battle is joined as the owners of an Aspen condominium counter sue the city over their right to make all other tenants of the building use the back door.

The Yellow Brick School building in Aspen tightens up security as the city agrees to finger print scanners and other high tech measures.

We unveil a multimedia report on equine therapy for wounded soldiers called Horses for Heroes.

Mick Ireland in defense of spandex.

And, on The Download a service that will press your cremation ashes into vinyl records.  

That and more on Valley Roundup.

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Every year, more than 100 border collies drive sheep across a field in Meeker. The small town at the foot of the Flattop Mountains, plays host to the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials.

In the competition, the handler uses a whistle to direct the dog who takes a group of sheep through challenging courses. In this youtube video, the dog keeps the sheep tightly packed together and moves them across a field.

Mountain Edition - September 5th, 2013

Sep 5, 2013

As the offseason begins, Colorado’s elected leaders are deciding whether to support a U.S. led military strike in Syria. President Obama wants a green light from Congress before any action is taken.

After a summer chock-full of events, things are quieting down in Colorado’s high country… unless you’re a sheepdog herder. The annual sheepdog trials in Meeker are underway… and there’s some serious cash on the line.

In other money matters, we find out who paid to put out the Red Canyon Fire. The blaze near Glenwood Springs racked up a bill quickly--and other fires in the state already burned through the first source of funding.

We’ll find out what it takes for an Aspen coffee shop and roaster to make what they say is the best cup of coffee ever...even after life throws you a curve ball.

And, we have the latest from the artist Christo about the installation he wants to do in Colorado… as well as what opponents are saying.

Finally we’ll introduce you to an event with new roots in Aspen…but a deep history that hearkens back to 18th century Paris.  Details about Sunday's (9-8-2013) Salon at Justice Snow's:  www.anniversarysalon.eventbrite.com

Website Aims to Tackle Wealth and Drilling Argument

Sep 5, 2013
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The Thompson Divide Coalition launched a new website yesterday, in part, as a response to a common argument made by the energy industry that drilling opponents are wealthy homeowners who paradoxically use a lot of natural gas but don’t want it in their backyards. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Aspen staple Ink Coffee say they’re the only shop in the area which roasts and sells its own beans. Making the perfect roast is no small task…the shop relies on the skills and passion of its roast master, John Rose. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth spoke with Rose to find out more about his love for coffee and what goes into making the perfect roast.

It’s pretty safe to say that anyone who walks into Ink Coffee’s roasting headquarters in Basalt is going to notice one thing right away - the rich aroma of freshly roasted Joe. 

Red Canyon Firefighting Costs Top $1 Million

Sep 3, 2013
Marci Krivonen

Once again, this summer, the Western United States saw plenty of forest fires. Many of them, like California’s Rim Fire, continue to burn. When the flames are extinguished, the dollar signs emerge. States handle fire suppression costs differently. In Colorado, it depends on what kind of land is burning and how big the blaze is.

Valley Roundup - August 30th, 2013

Aug 30, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup for Friday 8-30-2013, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The Town of Basalt moved a step closer this week to relocating families living in a riverside trailer park.  The move is necessary because the area is a flood zone but the process has been anything but easy. 

What began as a complaint by a downtown Aspen resident about noise is quickly escalating into a city-wide debate over the future of Aspen’s core commercial district.  Today Aspen’s former mayor weighs in.

Also today marijuana grows up and becomes a respectable part of society alongside Johnny Walker, pinot noir and Bud Lite.  And speaking of impairment, the Download returns this week with a look at the dangers of texting and driving.

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