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APR Local News
2:02 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Another Pot Site, Now Cottonwood Pass Road

About a thousand marijuana plants were found on October 1st near Cottonwood Pass road. There was also a "very elaborate irrigation system."
Eagle County Sheriff's Office

Another major marijuana grow site has popped up in the Roaring Fork Valley area. Eagle County officials say many plants were found near Cottonwood Pass. About a thousand plants were on private property, located approximately twenty minutes from El Jebel. The land is unincorporated Eagle County, so that sheriff’s office has destroyed the greenery and growing equipment. 

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APR Local News
7:56 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Pitkin County Clerk "Excited" To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

County clerks across Colorado will begin issuing marriage licenses for gay couples soon. This follows a non-decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.
Credit Jose Antonio Navas/Creative Commons/Flickr

The Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder is already fielding inquiries after a U.S. Supreme Court non-decision on Monday opened the door for same sex couples to wed. The high court’s refusal to take up the issue impacts Colorado. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

County clerks across the state will begin issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples likely in a matter of days. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says a ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down gay marriage bans will apply in Colorado.

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Midterm Elections
6:25 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Rematch: State House District 61

Colorado State Capitol
Credit Denver University

In some ways the election in state house district 61 is a rematch.  The district includes Summit, Lake and Pitkin counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties. Democrat Millie Hamner won the district two years ago beating, among others, Debra Irvine.  Despite that loss, this year, Irvine, a Republican, is back to challenge Hamner.

Irvine – “Well, its not about me and if it was about me I probably wouldn’t because it is very difficult.  Its hard to put yourself out there.”

Especially hard she says when her campaign manager husband returns from the post office with negative mailers in support of the incumbent.  APR's Roger Adams talked with Irvine and Hamner and has this report.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: RESPONSE, Part 1

October is domestic violence awareness month. Sue Smedstad and Keith Ikeda, board members of RESPONSE, share the history of the organization and its importance in the Roaring Fork Valley. The mission of RESPONSE is to support, educate, and empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Roaring Fork Valley.

If you, or someone you know, are suffering from abuse, please call the RESPONSE support and crisis hotline: 925-SAFE (7233). Learn more about RESPONSE at www.responsehelps.org

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APR Local News
7:31 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Students, Parents Tackle College Questions at Fair

Parents and students wait for a workshop on financial aid and college to begin.
Credit Elise Thatcher

On Sunday, October 5th, Aspen High School hosted just under three thousand students and parents from Lake City, Durango, and other far flung Colorado towns. They quizzed University representatives and took workshops as part of the Colorado Western Slope College Fair. It’s been around for years, but this time, the focus was on helping students with the details, like essay writing and affordability.

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