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Marci Krivonen

The Thompson Divide Coalition launched a new website yesterday, in part, as a response to a common argument made by the energy industry that drilling opponents are wealthy homeowners who paradoxically use a lot of natural gas but don’t want it in their backyards. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Rebecca Kruth

Aspen staple Ink Coffee say they’re the only shop in the area which roasts and sells its own beans. Making the perfect roast is no small task…the shop relies on the skills and passion of its roast master, John Rose. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth spoke with Rose to find out more about his love for coffee and what goes into making the perfect roast.

It’s pretty safe to say that anyone who walks into Ink Coffee’s roasting headquarters in Basalt is going to notice one thing right away - the rich aroma of freshly roasted Joe. 

Marci Krivonen

Once again, this summer, the Western United States saw plenty of forest fires. Many of them, like California’s Rim Fire, continue to burn. When the flames are extinguished, the dollar signs emerge. States handle fire suppression costs differently. In Colorado, it depends on what kind of land is burning and how big the blaze is.

Valley Roundup - August 30th, 2013

Aug 30, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup for Friday 8-30-2013, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The Town of Basalt moved a step closer this week to relocating families living in a riverside trailer park.  The move is necessary because the area is a flood zone but the process has been anything but easy. 

What began as a complaint by a downtown Aspen resident about noise is quickly escalating into a city-wide debate over the future of Aspen’s core commercial district.  Today Aspen’s former mayor weighs in.

Also today marijuana grows up and becomes a respectable part of society alongside Johnny Walker, pinot noir and Bud Lite.  And speaking of impairment, the Download returns this week with a look at the dangers of texting and driving.

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it won’t try and stop Colorado and Washington State from allowing recreational marijuana.

Basalt officials say they’re on track to move nearly forty families living in a trailer park. It’s part of a redevelopment plan… and some of the families say they can’t afford to stay in Basalt.

We’ll find out what the reaction in Aspen was to the USA Pro Challenge, which took over parts of the Upper Valley last week.

And, what the latest is on what cycling officials are doing to catch doping… turns out they don’t necessarily agree with each other.

A Glenwood Springs teacher is teaming up with NOAA to chart the ocean floor. She sets sail early next month.

An accomplished local author is taking readers across the world. Her latest novel will be published soon. It chronicles an early feminist in the 19th century Ottoman Empire.

And, The Colorado State Fair continues in Pueblo through the weekend… we have an audio postcard.

Federal Highway Administration

Cell towers disguised as trees will be erected soon in Glenwood Canyon. It’s a project years in the making. One Forest Service employee has been with the project since day one. Donna Graham’s focus has been to make the towers and their infrastructure mesh with the scenery.

Aspen Global Change Institute's program director James Arnott.

Marci Krivonen

The relocation of families living in 38 mobile homes in Basalt is moving forward. Last night Basalt’s City Council passed several measures designed to move the residents out of the trailer park as a step towards redevelopment of the property. As Marci Krivonen reports, the meeting room was packed with people on both sides of the plan.

Mostly positive feedback for USA Pro Challenge

Aug 28, 2013

The USA Pro Challenge has come to an end, and now the City of Aspen wants to know what everyone thought. Last night (Tues. 8-27-13), the city council invited the public to give feedback on the race. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.  

More than 30 people took to the mic at last night’s meeting to voice their thoughts on the cycling event which took center stage in Aspen last week.

No one described any major inconveniences, and the comments were mostly supportive.

Aspen resident Blanca O’Leary said the race embodied Aspen ideals.

Valley Roundup 8-23-2013

Aug 23, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup for Friday 8-23-2013, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The big news story of this week came in on pedal power to the upper valley.  Year three of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge literally shut the place down on Monday afternoon.  By most accounts the race is a positive event…though it remains a tough sell for some.  We also discuss the big number of homes in Aspen that list their owners as corporations.  And, what would a review of the news be if we didn’t mention marijuana?  The retail sale of recreational marijuana is moving forward in fits and starts.

Also today one severe outlook on climate change sees an end to the global ski industry by century’s end.  We’ll talk with Porter Fox and editor at Powder magazine about his new book on climate change and the ski industry.

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