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Valley Roundup
3:28 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Valley Roundup - February 14th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.

We are joined today by Curtis Wackerle of the Aspen Daily News.

We’ll discuss Garfield County’s intention to sue the State of Colorado over the high cost of health care premiums in mountain communities.  If the county were to win the effects could be felt up and down the valley.

Also this week the Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled against a developer who challenged Aspen’s affordable housing program requirements.

Retail marijuana will soon be for sale in Aspen.  To assure a smooth rollout in the community, local officials have created the Valley Marijuana Council.

This week a top executive of Colorado’s health care exchange was put on leave after she was indicted for fraud and embezzlement in Montana.We’ll talk with Clair Johnson, the Billings Gazette reporter who broke the story of the indictments.

And, on the download with Rob St. Mary – What to do about reporting Olympics results from Sochi, Russia.  Does social media require spoiler alerts?

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

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APR Local News
8:51 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Suicides Prompt Meeting On Better Prevention

Michelle Muething, left, listens to participants at a meeting on how to improve suicide prevent.
Elise Thatcher

A string of suicides  has sparked a community meeting on the subject. After three deaths in period of ten days, the Aspen Hope Center held a gathering yesterday on how to better tackle the troubling problem. Counselors, law enforcement, residents, and others met in Basalt.  

 

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Mountain Edition
3:29 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Mountain Edition - February 13th, 2014

A new report says there isn’t enough natural gas in the Thompson Divide to make it worth drilling. But the industry argues there aren’t enough facts to say if the leases would be a bust…

A new marijuana task force is meeting for the first time today. The goal is to monitor the effects of recreational pot on the Roaring Fork Valley.

The City of Aspen’s utility wants to run on 100-percent renewable energy and its enlisted the help of a government laboratory to help them get there. Aspen will inch closer to its renewable goal when it starts taking power from a new hydro plant in Ridgway later this month.

Local teenagers are getting a lesson on slam poetry. Two performance artists are visiting schools this week, teaching kids how to write and deliver “spoken word” poetry.

Finally, a Durango biathlete is competing in Sochi tomorrow. Her story is a unique one - she owes her Olympic bid to her twin sister.

APR Local News
8:28 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Coalition, Industry Clash Over Thompson Divide Report

Credit Thompson Divide Coalition

 

There isn’t enough natural gas in the Thompson Divide to make it worth drilling… that’s the conclusion of a report by consultants hired by the Thompson Divide Coalition. The Carbondale group has been trying to buy oil and gas leases from drilling companies. An industry group, however, says there aren’t enough facts to say if Thompson leases would be a bust, and it accuses the Coalition of being disingenuous about its intentions. 

 

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APR Local News
3:33 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Local Teens Express Themselves Through "Spoken Word"

Performing artist Myrlin Hepworth is teaching Roaring Fork Valley teenagers "spoken word" poetry this month. Some of the teens compare writing the poems to therapy.
Credit myrlindo.com

Teenagers across the Roaring Fork Valley are getting a lesson this week on the “spoken word.” It’s a form of artistic poetry or story telling that's sometimes put to music. Often poets perform their original works at a competition called a poetry slam. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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