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Glenwood Springs Police Department

If you live in Glenwood Springs, and bear gets into your trash, the police will give you a warning. If it happens again, even a few times, you might get a small fine. But that could change after recommendations from the city’s Police Department. Officials are considering cracking down on people letting bears eat their garbage. The move comes after an unusually high amount of bear and trash problems in the last year. APR’s Elise Thatcher talks with Chief Terry Wilson.

Your Evening News - December 3rd, 2014

Dec 3, 2014

Gov. Hickenlooper Apologizes for Sand Creek Massacre

On November 29th, 1864, Colorado militia volunteers slaughtered up to 150 women, children, and elderly members of the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes at Sand Creek. Today, Governor John Hickenlooper apologized to the descendants of the Massacre at the 150th Anniversary and Commemoration Ceremony. Hickenlooper says he doesn’t make the announcement lightly and it follows his discussions with all the former living governors of the state.

Your Morning News - December 3rd, 2014

Dec 3, 2014

Health Care Sign Ups Are Go

Residents in the Roaring Fork Valley and around Colorado have had about two weeks to sign up for health insurance through the statewide online marketplace, called Connect for Health.

Your Evening News - December 2nd, 2014

Dec 2, 2014

Glassier Open Space Comment Deadline Approaches

The deadline is looming to comment on a management plan for a new open space parcel in the mid-valley. The Glassier open space near Emma will be used for recreation and agriculture.

Unlike most Pitkin County-managed open space parcels, the Glassier land will give agricultural producers a chance to grow crops. About half of the 282-acre land is irrigated and at one time, was used for ranching.

Your Morning News - December 2nd, 2014

Dec 2, 2014

Aspen Considers New Lodging Incentives

Aspen City Council has decided to once again move forward with trying to improve lodging in the resort. At a special meeting last night, elected officials decided to go with a much more mild version than previously.

Small lodges were one of the key themes of the night, with several people speaking in favor of making it easier for those establishments to freshen up their interiors or get a facelift. Marcia Goshorn made this public comment about the importance of making sure small lodges don’t disappear.

Screenshot from GrassRoots TV/aspenpitkin.com

Small lodges could have a brighter future in Aspen. City Council decided Monday night to pursue ways to help them do small renovations and generally spruce things up. That’s part of a scaled down version of a lodging ordinance that’s moving forward. 

Your Evening News - December 1st, 2014

Dec 1, 2014

Local Farmers Look for More Local Sales

There’s an effort to make it easier for local farmers to grow food and get it to buyers in the Roaring Fork Valley. A group working on that issue is trying to get farmers to be part of a Valley-wide registry.

The Roaring Fork Food Policy Council is nailing down what growers need the most, and they’re starting by putting together a directory. Gwen Garcelon is Director. She says so far the most common complaint from farmers is getting access to land which can be expensive.

  The Aspen-based Chris Klug Foundation is a small organization with a big impact. With two full-time staffers, the foundation reaches thousands of people every year through national events. Aspenite, Olympic bronze medalist, and liver transplant recipient, Chris Klug, is the founder of the foundation.

Klug shares the mission of foundation and how they raise awareness about organ donation. Executive Director, Beth Slater, also joins. 

Your Morning News - December 1st, 2014

Dec 1, 2014

Austrian Takes First at World Cup

Thirty-one year old Nicole Hosp of Austria defeated the world’s top female skiers to capture gold at the Ski World Cup competition on Aspen Mountain. ESPN reports it’s her first world cup victory since 2008.

None of the American alpine racers took the podium. Favorite Mikaela Shiffrin was in the lead after the first run, but landed in fifth overall. Resi Stiegler, another American skier, came in 11th place.

Screenshot from powder.com

There’s been a troubling problem with avalanche deaths in recent years... and now Powder Magazine and gear company  Black Diamond have joined forces to figure out what's going on. They’ve hired a freelance journalist to dig deep into what happened during certain accidents-- and what's being done to help backcountry travelers make better decisions when avoiding avalanches. APR's Elise Thatcher talks with writer David Page about the project, called "The Human Factor."