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3:29pm

Fri December 13, 2013
Valley Roundup

Valley Roundup - December 13th, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. I’m Elise Thatcher.

Carolyn Sackariason and Andy Stone join us this week.

Basalt officials change course when it comes to helping residents kicked of a trailer park. It’s the latest in a years long saga to move residents out of a flood plain… and build more lucrative development.

“If there’s a piece of land that they could build on, why didn't they have that conversation several months ago?”

The local bus authority says they’re not going to put in seat belts to certain buses… several people were ejected during a bus crash this fall… but it’s really expensive putting belts in existing buses.

“The feds shouldn’t wait until 2016 for every bus to have seat belts. Just make it mandatory January 1st, and then every bus agency in the country has to figure it out.”

Also this week, Aspen announced what the city calls big cuts in green house gasses… and law enforcement plans to crack down on idling cars…

Later this hour we’ll talk with a reporter covering a wrongful death lawsuit in Vail… that’s after a teenager died in an in-bounds avalanche…

“I cannot imagine the pain and the heartache of sending a child skiing in the morning and getting that phone call from the authorities in the afternoon.”

And on the Download this week, our digital guru talks with perhaps the most dedicated public radio listener ever.

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3:28pm

Thu December 12, 2013
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - December 12th, 2013

Seatbelts could have prevented some major injuries in a bus rollover that happened in October. That’s when A RFTA bus crashed near Carbondale.

The Pitkin County Jail is working on a set of policies for sexual assault. It’ll serve as a model for rural jails across Colorado.

Turns out, the higher you go in elevation...the bigger your brain gets. This brain swelling may be keeping high school athletes safer.

One of the largest citizen science efforts in the world kicks off on Sunday. The annual Christmas bird count includes volunteers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

And, Aspen’s Olympic history stretches way back. It begins when the first ski runs were being cut on Aspen Mountain...in the 1930’s. We’ll have more in the Road to Sochi.

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7:20am

Thu December 12, 2013
Preventing Sexual Assault

State Model: Pitkin County Jail

Pitkin County Jail
Credit Pitkin County

It is part of cultural lore that if you go to prison you will be raped.  Literature, television and movies have reinforced this belief and a Department of Justice study released last year found that about four percent of inmates were raped during a 12 month period.  That’s nearly 62-thousand sexual assaults just in the prison system.  

Rape is most prevalent in large institutions though small jails and holding facilities are not immune.  There are new Federal laws in place to reduce sexual assaults in prison.  And, the Pitkin County jail is now working on a set of policies and procedures that will serve as a model for rural jails across Colorado.  APR’s Roger Adams explains.

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2:27pm

Wed December 11, 2013
Environmental News

City of Aspen Meets Greenhouse Gas Goal 7 Years Early

Aspen city and environmental leaders celebrate the city achieving greenhouse gas reduction goals seven-years early on Wednesday.
Credit Rob St. Mary

The City of Aspen started the Canary Initiative in 2005 with an eye to trimming the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020. The city announced Wednesday it met the goal seven-years early.

“Well, we found out this year, to our great celebration, was that we actually achieved our goal this year. So, the City of Aspen reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 30.7%.  So, that’s a huge accomplishment.”

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10:50am

Wed December 11, 2013
Basalt

Basalt Town Council Votes to "Explore Options" proposed by Pan and Fork advocacy group

The Town of Basalt has been offering cash assistance to families being relocated from the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park. An advocacy group says they'd prefer affordable housing in town.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Elected leaders in the Town of Basalt voted last night to explore alternative options for families being relocated from a trailer park. The Town has been offering cash assistance. But, a group called Workers for Justice and Diversity in Basalt says it’s not enough to pay Basalt’s high rent prices. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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