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Dwayne Romero has been selected by process of the Aspen City Council as the newest member. Romero fills the space vacated by the election of Steve Skadron to Mayor of Aspen.

In April, Romero spoke to us about his campaign for office, his ideas and plans, if elected.

The Aspen City Council is deadlocked in its decision on who should fill its remaining open seat. After whittling the choices down to four, city council members found themselves at odds at last night’s (Tues, 7-2-2013) special meeting. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.

It could all come down to the roll of a die.

That is, if the deadlocked city council fails to reach a majority vote at another special meeting scheduled for later this morning.

A search for Carbondale resident Randy Udall continued this morning in the mountains of Western Wyoming. Udall set out on a solo backpacking trip in late June in the Wind River range. He was due out of the wilderness on June 26th. When he didn't show up, family members called authorities two days later.

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More commercial truckers are navigating Independence Pass... even though they’re not supposed to. That’s according to the Colorado State Patrol. This summer, officers are doing more to bring those numbers down. And the effort comes as a worldwide GPS company is also trying to get the attention of more drivers.

When traveling east of Aspen on Highway 82, there are several signs warning drivers, saying:

“No trucks over thirty five feet in length can drive up and over Independence Pass.”

Mountain Edition - June 27th, 2013

Jun 27, 2013

In a matter of days, it’ll be illegal to give family or friends a gun... without having them getting a  background check. Today we’ll hear about confusion over details of the new transfer law.

That and other new Colorado laws have frustrated local enforcement officials--enough that they’ve filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. We’ll talk with a Roaring Fork Valley sheriff about why he signed on with that effort.

Our science reporter delves into the tricky question of how air quality is monitored... even when pollution is coming from hundreds of miles away.

A major group of wildfires continues to burn in southwestern Colorado. That’s as Stage One fire restrictions kick into place for parts of the Roaring Fork Valley. We’ll find out why many in Pitkin County are at risk if a wildfire does break out nearby.

We’ll take a tour of one of the most energy efficient houses in the world. Amory Lovins is Chief Scientist for Rocky Mountain Institute. He takes us on a tour of his Old Snowmass home... spoiler alert, it has bananas, too.

Kitty Boone, Director, Aspen Ideas Festival with a look at the public programs for this year's event.

Jonathan Bastian, former host of APR's Page by Page, currently with Louisville Public Media on his new role there and covering the Ideas Fest for public radio and TV in Kentucky.

Marci Krivonen

On July 1st,  two controversial gun laws go into effect in Colorado and one local sheriff is speaking out against them. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says the gun magazine law and the background check bill are too confusing to enforce. One law limits gun magazines to 15 rounds and the other requires background checks for all transfers and sales of firearms.

Vallario and five dozen other Colorado sheriffs are suing the state over the new laws. They don’t believe the laws are enforceable or constitutional. Sheriff Vallario spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.

New Fire Mitigator for Pitkin County

Jun 25, 2013
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Later today, (Wed 6-25-2013) the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners will meet its new fire mitigation manager, Jerry Peetz. The position is the county’s latest move to ensure citizens are prepared should a wildfire occur. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.

People tend to wait to mitigate when the danger of wildfires is already high.  So says Joe DiSalvo. Sheriff of Pitkin County.

Valley Roundup - June 21st, 2013

Jun 21, 2013

On the show this week Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Brent Gardner Smith, Editor of Aspen Journalism join us to discuss the top news stories. 

We talk with Carolyne Heldman, Executive Director of Aspen Public Radio about NPR’s decision to end production of Talk of the Nation after 22 years.  We discuss the show’s replacement.

Marci Krivonen

The bulk of federal health care reform is starting to roll out and big changes could be in store for Colorado’s rural areas. Many of these regions, including the Roaring Fork Valley, are full of people who are uninsured. A quarter of residents living in the mountain counties of Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, Grand and Summit don’t have health insurance. With the Affordable Care Act, this group will be required to have insurance, or pay a penalty. But, it’s likely not everyone will apply. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.