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Klaus Obermeyer is in his fourth hall of fame. The iconic Aspenite and ski wear entrepreneur was recently inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame, for his decades long contributions to the ski industry. He is the founder of Sport Obermeyer. It informally started when Obermeyer moved to Aspen in 1947, and as he started finding ways to make skiing more comfortable. He came up with the first quilted down parka and made headway with high altitude sunscreen and a variety of other innovations. But Obermeyer’s tinkering with ski-related gear had begun long before.

Your Evening News - February 16th, 2015

Feb 16, 2015

Pitkin County Creates New Air Travel Website

In order to avoid travel troubles at the Aspen airport, Pitkin County has launched a new website. It’s in response to the delays, cancelations and diversions experienced over the holidays.

The Saturday after Christmas, more than 300 planes either landed or took off from the Aspen Airport, according to the Aspen Daily News. The large amount of traffic coupled with snowy weather caused headaches for travelers.

The website aspentraveltips.com is the result of brainstorming by airport officials, airlines...and several local organizations including the Aspen Skiing Company and the Aspen Institute.

It offers real time information about ground transportation, rental cars and road conditions to Denver. Travelers will also find last-minute lodging availability in Aspen and Snowmass, should they decide to wait out the weather. Airport officials say it’s the first of several initiatives they’re considering to make peak season travel smoother.

Kayo Ogilby is the Science Department Chair at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. He shares his teaching style, and talks about the culture of the school. CRMS is unique in many ways, but the athletic teams really stand out. The school has a large soccer and cross-country ski team, but there's also a telemark skiing and climbing team (among many other mountain sport clubs). 

Visit www.crms.org to learn more about the school's academic curriculum, outdoor programs, and sports teams. 

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Colorado writer Mark Stevens has written three murder mystery novels that are set in the Flattops Wilderness near Glenwood Springs. His latest book, Trapline, was released in November. He was signing books at Explore Booksellers in Aspen on Saturday. Stevens, who lives in Denver, explained to Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen why he chose the Flattops as the backdrop for his books.

Mark Stevens is the author of Trapline, a murder mystery novel set in the Flattops Wilderness near Glenwood Springs. Stevens’ fourth book comes out in September.

Your Morning News - February 16th, 2015

Feb 16, 2015

Teen in Court Tomorrow Following Aspen Arrest

An Aspen teenager will appear in court tomorrow to face four charges...including Obstructing a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Underage Possession of Marijuana and Underage Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Police say the boy resisted arrest after an officer allegedly saw him with marijuana at a bus stop near the school campus. He was taken down forcefully by two officers and a civilian. Videos taken by students at the scene show the altercation.

CO Sheriff’s Answer Federal Money Question

A statewide Sheriff's association says it wants to clarify details in a US Department of Justice review. The DOJ released an audit Friday showing a lack of accountability at sheriff’s offices around the state. The federal agency alleges about $700,000 in grant money was misspent on purchases including sweatshirts and taking spouses to dinner.

The grant money was meant for an automated service that tracks criminals in jail and alerts victims of any changes in an offender’s status. Pitkin County does use the service and is following up to see if it has been affected. The county provides its own notifications for victims.

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Four charges were filed today against a 16-year-old Aspen high school student. The charges are Resisting Arrest, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Underage Possession of Marijuana and Underage Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Your Evening News - February 13th, 2015

Feb 13, 2015

Aspen Student Charged Following Rough Arrest

Four charges were filed today against a 16-year-old Aspen high school student. The charges are Resisting Arrest, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Underage Possession of Marijuana and Underage Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The charges follow a controversial arrest on February 6th. Police say the boy resisted arrest after an officer allegedly saw him with marijuana at a bus stop near the school. He was taken down forcefully by two officers and a civilian. A video taken by a student shows the altercation. A second video showing the officer’s initial contact with the student was released Friday afternoon. The student is due in court next week.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

Controversy continues to swirl around the forceful arrest of an Aspen High School teenager suspected of possessing pot.

Meanwhile, a Silt man's dreams of becoming a businessman selling marijuana edibles at a New Castle high school were stymied after one of his teenaged customers got sick.

In downtown Aspen, a few changes happened in the commercial real estate world. The Hotel Jerome made history when it sold for over $70 million.

And city council approved an affordable lodge on the other side of town.

How confused are tourists with the city of Aspen's parking rules?

Spring is around the corner and so will be the presence of bears. Should a spring bear hunt be brought back?

And local bus drivers are looking to unionize.

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, Editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Michael Miracle, the editor of Sojourner magazine and Andy Stone, former editor and columnist of the Aspen Times.

Your Morning News - February 13th, 2015

Feb 13, 2015

Less Snow Means Less Green for Businesses

Aspen saw its second driest January in nearly a hundred years. February so far has also been dry and warm. For businesses who make a lot of money on snow, it’s been a tough go of it.

 

“I’ve been in the snow removal business for 28 years, and really never seen this long a dry spell before,” says Will Vannice.

 

He owns Daly Properties in Basalt. He and his workers usually remove snow and ice for commercial properties, and business is down about 350 percent. Vannice says the company will probably make it through OK, as long as he keeps spending to a minimum. But it’s harder on the workers.

 

“We have 6 salaried positions here and they just cut 30% of their salary out until the first of April,” he says.

 

Further up valley, Glenn Loper is owner of Groundskeepers of Aspen. The company also does snow removal and landscaping.

 

“At this point we’re on an “on call” business for our employees, about fifteen or eighteen of them that are in limbo right now.”

 

Loper also has about a handful of salaried employees and they’re staying busy down in Carbondale. That’s because Groundskeepers is now operating Planted Earth nursery there. Like Will Vannice, Loper has to make sure he keeps an eye on spending this spring to make it through OK. And they’re both waiting out February before switching over to spring landscaping.  

“I was kind of excited the other day when I saw that the weather pattern had shifted and we’re possibly gonna get more snow now,” Loper says.

 

Aspenweather.net is forecasting snow for this Sunday and Monday. Corey Gates, co-founder of the hyper-local forecasting website, says the rest of the month looks stormy.

He guesses that 28 inches of snow will fall by the end of the month.

Your Evening News - February 12th, 2015

Feb 12, 2015

First Lady to Visit Aspen this Weekend

Local law enforcement is preparing for a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama this weekend, according to sources. This will be her third President’s Day Weekend visit in Aspen. The past two years, the First Lady has brought her daughters, Sasha and Malia, to Aspen for a ski vacation. The Obamas stayed at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, friends of the First Family and the owners of the Aspen Skiing Company. The home is located on the Tiehack side of Buttermilk. That is the ski area where Michelle and the girls made turns in prior years.

It is unknown whether the Mrs. Obama’s daughters will come on this trip or whether the Crown’s will be hosting. The President is not expected to join his family in Aspen over the holiday weekend.

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