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Mick's Exit Interview

Jun 6, 2013
Roger Adams

Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland becomes citizen Ireland on Monday.  After three terms as mayor and a member of the Pitkin County Commission before that, Ireland has spent the better part of two decades in public office.  He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams about the transition he is making.  Ireland says he is getting used to the idea.

Two speakers from the upcoming Aspen Ideas Fest:

Heather Smith, President of "Rock the Vote"

Dr. Mitch Besser, Founder/Medical Director of "mothers2mothers"

Marci Krivonen

 After months of campaigning and build-up, the City of Aspen finally has a new mayor. The results of yesterday’s run-off election tipped in favor of current council member Steve Skadron. Skadron was one of two slow-growth candidates that advanced to the run-off after winning a municipal election in early May. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.  Current City Council member Steve Skadron received the news of his win in the room where he’s spent many long evenings: City Council chambers.

Basalt Death: Police Still Looking for RFTA Bus Rider

Jun 4, 2013

Farther down valley, the Basalt Police Department is still trying to reach someone who may have been one of the last people to see a man who died in Basalt last month. Daniel Perez Mejia was found in late May in a ditch near Big O Tires in Basalt. Police say Mejia got off a bus operated by the Roaring Fork Transit Authority late in the evening on Saturday, May 25th. There was another man who got off the bus at the same time.

Roger Adams

Steve Skadron has won Aspen's mayor's race.

As of tonight’s results, Skadron won 52% of the vote.

That’s compared to 47% for the other candidate, city councilman Torre.

There are several dozen outstanding ballots, but not enough to change the results in the coming days.

Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen will have a full report during tomorrow’s morning news.

That’s at 6, 7, 8, and 8:30am tomorrow morning.

You can also follow our coverage on Twitter and Facebook.

Mountain Edition - May 30th, 2013

May 30, 2013

Aspen’s mayoral run-off election is next Tuesday.  We’ll check in with candidates Steve Skadron and Torre on some of the top issues the next mayor will likely face.

Aspen Mayoral Run Off - Torre Interview

May 30, 2013
Roger Adams

Torre - My Birth name is Ronald Wayne Maranian III. I was named Torre a week after I was born, now my license, passport and ssn all read, Torre.

Age: 43

Where are you from originally? Born in Silver Spring, MD. Grew up in St.Pete, FL. 

How long have you lived in Aspen? 20 years

Aspen Mayoral Run Off - Steve Skadron Interview

May 30, 2013
Roger Adams

Steve Skadron

Age: 50

Two more speakers from this year's Aspen Ideas Fest:

* Cassie Conley, Planetary Protection Officer with NASA

* Dan Gross, President of Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
 

More Options for Retirees in Affordable Housing

May 29, 2013
Courtesy Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority

In Aspen, the city council has approved more flexibility for retirees who own affordable housing units. Starting June 30th, residents can leave for six months at a time--and they can rent out their homes while they’re gone.

At a council meeting on Tuesday night, the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority recommended the change for retirees. Tom McCabe is Executive Director.

Surls Museum It Is

May 29, 2013
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A museum for the sculpture of artist James Surls has been approved for Carbondale’s old library building.  Last night the Carbondale Town Council voted to convert the Gordon Cooper Library building into a museum and gallery.  Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams reports.

Adam Frankel is founding executive director of Digital Promise, a bipartisan, public-private partnershipchartered by Congress to spur innovation in education. Frankel was special assistant to the president and senior speechwriter for President Obama after speechwriting on Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Must Do: Read Well By Third Grade

May 19, 2013
Roger Adams

A recent study shows that 40 percent of Colorado high school graduates who go on to college need remedial help with at least one subject.  This high number may in part be the result of problems the kids had as far back as first and second grade.  A major factor, educators believe, is a lack of adequate early literacy.  As Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams explains, reading skills must be acquired at a very young age.

Marci Krivonen

 

High school students from across the Roaring Fork Valley have been tinkering with toys at school for the past few months. Don’t worry, it’s educational. It's all part of a lesson on solar power. The students have been designing, building and testing solar-powered remote-controlled cars while learning about energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The students’ efforts head to a race near Boulder this weekend in an event hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

 

Boosting Business in Basalt

May 16, 2013
Roger Adams

The apparent early success of Whole Foods Market in Basalt is drawing new attention to the Willits development.  Already some businesses have relocated to Willits from downtown Basalt as the foot traffic there grows.  For some this presents a challenge to downtown where merchants are brainstorming ways to attract more visitors their way.  Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams explains.

Carbondalians Weigh In

May 15, 2013
Rob St. Mary

Carbondale residents turned out last night (Tuesday 5-14-2013) to show their support for competing proposals for the old library building.  Three ideas for how to re-purpose the building were presented to the Carbondale Board of Trustees and last night the Trustees took public comments.  Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams filed this report.

Roaring Fork Studio Tour is May 18th with a Gala that night to benefit arts programs at the Carbondale Community School. Chair person of the event Laurel Holstein Tesoro and artists Diane Kenney and Summers Moore are the guests.

Fire Officials: It Takes A Village

May 13, 2013
Elise Thatcher

It’s easy to not think about wildfires just yet. But local officials in the Roaring Fork Valley are working together to make sure you’re getting ready for fire season. Fire departments, the red cross, and other emergency services are trying out a way of getting the word out. It’s part of a new national and international effort, to make it easier for people to understand how to get ready for--and survive--wildfire season. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher went to the first meeting in the series, to find out what’s new this year.

Yet Another Run-Off For Aspen

May 8, 2013
Elise Thatcher / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen residents cast their ballots for the city council and Mayor’s seat yesterday. The two council spots were easily filled, by Art Daily and Ann Mullins. But the mayor’s race is still too close to call. It’s not the first time the city’s had a run-off, although more unusual for it to happen with a mayor’s race. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher reports.

City Clerk Kathryn Koch runs Aspen’s elections. On Tuesday night, she described what happened when none of the mayoral candidates had enough votes to win outright.

Carbondale Library Considers Its Options

May 1, 2013
Roger S. Adams

The Town of Carbondale is facing a pleasant dilemma.  Later this year the town’s library will move to a new building and must now decide what happens to the current library.  The dilemma for Town Council is deciding among three good proposals for what to do with the Gordon Cooper building on 4th street. 

Among the ideas is an academy for the performing arts; dance, music and theater. Peter Gilbert, founder of Carbondale’s Dance Initiative is behind the plan.

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