APR Local News

10:04am

Fri November 8, 2013
Marijuana

Report: Roaring Fork Valley has Highest Rate of Teen Marijuana Use in the State

A 2011 assessment shows a higher rate of teen marijuana use in the Roaring Fork Valley than anywhere else in Colorado.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Voters in Colorado passed new taxes on retail marijuana that will help pay for fixes to school buildings in disrepair. Proposition AA establishes excise and sales taxes on recreational pot that’s allowed to be sold to adults 21 and older. Besides raising money for schools, the taxes will also fund regulation of the new retail industry.

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3:28pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - November 7th, 2013

On Tuesday, most voters said “no” to big tax increases locally and statewide. A CSU political science professor says anti-tax activists are growing in their influence.

One measure that did pass taxes retail marijuana to raise money for schools. As pot becomes more available in the state, one youth non-profit is worried.

A warming climate is changing ecosystems in the Roaring Fork Valley and one local government is using open spaces to gather data on what’s happening.

A new art display at the Wyly Art Center in Basalt features the work of a self-taught painter.  Despite being silenced by Alzheimer’s, Winifred Wyman is speaking through paint.

Also today on the Road to Sochi, Aspen native Simi Hamilton works to make the 2014 winter Olympic team. The Nordic ski racer specializes in sprinting.

That’s coming up on Mountain Edition.

6:00am

Wed November 6, 2013
Election Results

Basalt: Mid-Valley Recreation Center Fails; Fix the Fork Question Passes

Question 2B in Basalt asked voters to free up money to "fix" the Roaring Fork River in downtown. The measure passed.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Arguably the most contentious ballot issues in the Roaring Fork Valley, were in Basalt. Voters there decided on two issues. Question 2B’s focus was on whether to free up money to restore the Roaring Fork River and fund the removal of residents of a flood-prone trailer park. Voters approved that measure. A separate set of questions asked voters to fund a recreation center at Crown Mountain Park. That ballot measure failed. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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4:53pm

Mon November 4, 2013
Road to Sochi

Road to Sochi: Nordic Ski Racer Simi Hamilton Sprints toward Olympic Spot

Nordic ski racer Simi Hamilton is one of the fastest sprinters in the United States. He started skiing in Aspen at age two.
Credit USSA

Nordic ski racer Simi Hamilton is one of the fastest sprinters in the United States. He clocks speeds up to 55 miles per hour when he flies across snowy courses. Since he was named to the U.S. Ski Team in 2010, he’s done well both nationally and in World Cup races. Now, Hamilton is training to make the 2014 Winter Olympic team. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with the Aspen native during some rare downtime.

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11:48am

Mon November 4, 2013
Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Mountain Valley Developmental Services, Part 1

  Mountain Valley Developmental Services is an expansive non-profit based out of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Their mission is to encourage and support individuals with developmental disabilities, enhance their ability to live, learn and work while educating the community about their contributions and capabilities. It is one of the largest non-profits in the Roaring Fork Valley, employing over 150 staff and over 50 contracted professionals. Mountain Valley reaches over 450 individuals and families in Eagle, Garfield, Lake and Pitkin County. Executive Director, Bruce Christensen, gives an overview of the organization. 

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