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Heroin Is Back
6:54 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Dope Valley

Poppy Flowers
Credit drug-addiction-support.org

The other day I sat down for an interview with two young men. It was a sunny day and we were talking on a bench in downtown Basalt.   They are in their early twenties; both are clean-cut, good-looking guys and very articulate and educated.  They were telling me about heroin.

Medical providers and emergency officials are seeing an increase in the number of heroin overdoses and heroin addicts in the Roaring Fork Valley.  APR's Roger Adams reports.

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8:50 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Community Church Begins New Era

Pastor Jane Keener-Quiat, of the Aspen Community Church, retires at the end of June.
Elise Thatcher

One of Aspen’s longest running institutions is beginning a new era.The Aspen Community Church has shed its scaffolding and 2014 is its first year with a new roof and other structural improvements. Already, some say that’s had a real effect on what it’s like to spend time in the historic building. APR’s Elise Thatcher has more.

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7:35 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Basalt's Pan And Fork Mobile Home Park Nearly Empty

In August, the Town of Basalt began relocating families living the Pan and Fork mobile home park. Now, just one family remains before the April 1st move-out deadline.
Credit www.ourtownplanning.org

The process of moving families out of Basalt’s Pan and Fork mobile home park is nearly complete. Just one family remains in the flood-prone neighborhood which will eventually become a public park. 

Since August, officials from the Town of Basalt have been working with families in the 38 homes, to help them find new housing. The Town purchased part of the trailer park in 2011 so it could redevelop it. Town Manager Mike Scanlon says more than 380 people were living in the park.

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8:43 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Economic Recovery, Affordable Housing Discussed At Candidate Forum

Basalt Town Council candidates Bernie Grauer, Jeff Orsulak, Richard Duddy and Mark Kittle participate in a forum at the Basalt Library. A fifth candidate, Gary Tennenbaum, wasn't there. The five men are vying for three open seats in the April 1st election.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Issues like economic recovery, marijuana and affordable housing were discussed at a candidate forum in Basalt Monday night. The candidates are vying for open seats on Basalt’s Town Council.  Four of the five registered candidates participated. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was there and filed this report.

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12:18 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Downtown Business A Concern Ahead of Basalt Election

Downtown Basalt business owners would like to see new council members tackle the problem of a lack of business.
Credit www.basalt.net

Basalt’s municipal election is about one week away and five candidates are vying for three open seats on the Town board. One of the biggest issues is business. While downtown stores struggle, the new urban Willits area is busy. Mike Scanlon is Basalt’s Town Manager.

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