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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Marci Krivonen

Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley work a wide range of jobs, from ski lift operators and bus drivers to carpenters and seasonal police officers who patrol for signs of bears. Today we start a series we’re calling Working The Valley.

Kurt Fehrenbach is a long-time Valley resident who splits his time teaching skiing in the winter and helping mountain bikers in the summer. His job as a Bike Pro in Snowmass Village is relatively new but, he says, he’s been biking nearly all his life. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Garden tour showcases mid-valley's green thumbs

Jul 25, 2013
Rebecca Kruth

This Saturday, the Pardon My Garden club will hold its first annual tour of public and private gardens throughout the mid-valley. The self-guided tour showcases both ornamental and edible gardens. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth visited two stops on the tour to learn more about the unique ways Roaring Fork Valley residents are using their green thumbs. 

At Kim Bock’s home in El Jebel, it’s a rare day that something isn’t in bloom.

Federal Highway Administration

Construction kicks off Monday on a project to create cell phone service through Glenwood Canyon. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Right now, drivers on Interstate 70 through the Canyon can’t use their phones and there’s limited emergency communication.

That will change once four towers are erected at rest areas along the 13 mile stretch. Marti Whitmore is an attorney for Canyon Summits, the group behind the project. She says cell service at busy tourist spots like Hanging Lake will help in emergencies.

Facebook/Refuel Colorado Fleets

Garfield County is one of nine Colorado counties chosen to participate in a program meant to expand alternative fuels. Refuel Colorado Fleets aims to power more vehicles with fuels like compressed natural gas. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Under the plan, a group of so-called “energy coaches” will connect businesses and government agencies with auto dealers, fuel providers and others in the transportation sector. It's in an effort to create an infrastructure for unconventional fuels.


The natural gas company responsible for a hydrocarbon spill in Garfield County continues to clean up the mess. Over the weekend, an aeration and vapor extraction system was set up to rid the area of cancer-causing benzene. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Donna Gray with the energy company Williams says the system erected Sunday is one of seven aeration and vapor extraction systems. The process is also called air sparging.

"That involves introducing air or oxygen to both the surface area and groundwater in the soil, in the spill area," Gray says.

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Elise Thatcher

In a month, more than a thousand pro cyclists, staff, and journalists will descend on Snowmass Village. That’s for the kickoff of the USA Pro Challenge, an international bike race. It’s the first time Snowmass has hosted part of the event. In past years, retailers across the state have said they don’t make much money from spectators. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a look at what Snowmass merchants are expecting.

Valley Roundup - July 19th, 2013

Jul 19, 2013

On the show this week Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone former Editor of, and now Columnist for, the Aspen Times join us to discuss the top news stories in the Valley.  

We talk with Associated Press Reporter Ivan Moreno about an audit of Colorado’s medical marijuana sector.

On the Download Aspen Public Radio’s Digital Content Manager Rob St. Mary tells us about sites that might allow people to limit the amount of digital information collected on them by the government.

Mountain Edition - July 18th, 2013

Jul 18, 2013

Pitkin County’s library is moving ahead with designs to expand, but the plan is significantly scaled back because voters turned down funding the project.

In Southwest Colorado, a massive wildfire closed down businesses in tourist towns. Now businesses are trying to recover...They’re applying for special loans.

We’ll talk about fire with Congressman Scott Tipton. In response to deadly forest fires he has sponsored legislation to thin forests so they are less explosive.

And, we’ll make a trek to Gothic, Colorado on the other side of the Maroon Bells where scientists have been studying a colony of marmots....for more than 50 years.

Finally today...The Thompson Divide Coalition’s attempt to buy out oil and gas company leases is not new...It’s been tried in other Western states.

Hangin' at The Pour House

Jul 15, 2013
Roberta McGowan

For the past three decades the venerable Pour House saloon has served up cold beer and warm meals to residents and visitors in Carbondale.  Opened by Skip Bell in 1984, the bar has become a generational watering hole for cowboys, hippies, artists and others.  Tuesday evening  (7/16/2013) at The Pour House there is a reception to unveil a new book of photographs and tales from the bar.  Aspen public Radio’s Roger Adams reports.