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Jury considers lawsuit against Skico in first day of trial

Jul 8, 2015

A trial involving a homeowner who is suing the Aspen Skiing Company got underway at the Pitkin County Courthouse Tuesday. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

  

  Andrew and Maralee Safir filed suit against the Skico after a mudslide violently crashed through their Buttermilk home in May of 2011. They claim it did $2 million in damage and that Skico is liable because it cut a water diversion ditch near a ski access road above their house, causing the slope to fail.

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Public transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley could include light rail once again. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is reconsidering the service. RFTA is putting long term goals into something called an Integrated Transportation Plan.

This week at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Nancy Wilhelms, Executive Director, and Andrea Wallace, the Artistic Director of Photography and New Media and the Director of the Workshop Program, discuss the Ranch's Scholarship and Partnership Program. The Ranch partners with over 60 colleges and universities around the country to bring undergraduate and graduate art students to the Snowmass Village arts center. And, the Ranch has a scholarship program for all students to help cover the costs for summer workshops and kids camps. 

  The Aspen Music Festival and School kicked off its summer season last week. This year we introduce a new series that brings you closer to the students who come to the school every year. Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort brings you the first part of our series. He spoke with twenty-one year old french horn player, Roy Femenella.

For decades the Aspen Valley Land Trust has kept open spaces in the Roaring Fork Valley from being developed. Now, the organization’s director is preparing to step down. Martha Cochran sat down with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen. She says the work AVLT has done to permanently preserve land is not just critical for views and historic land uses, like ranching, it’s important for wildlife.

Martha Cochran is executive director of Aspen Valley Land Trust. She’s stepping down at the end of the year, but intends to stay in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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The City of Aspen will target homes and neighborhoods in a push to reduce its carbon footprint. The latest inventory of pollutants shows Aspen is falling behind in meeting goals to reduce emissions. 

Since 2004, greenhouse gas emissions in Aspen have dropped by 7.4 percent. Ashley Perl is with the City’s Canary Initiative that tracks this data.

"That’s no small task for our town because we’ve been growing a lot and our economy has grown as well, and we’ve enjoyed a great quality of life while continuing to reduce emissions.”

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Garfield County Commissioners are demanding a long list of emails and other federal documents. The elected officials are upset with the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Land Management over new plans to protect a controversial bird. 

Energetics Education is a young non-profit organization based in Carbondale that works to bring energy education programs into high schools. Established in 2014, the organization has one program - Solar Rollers - that gives solar car kits to high schoolers and hosts a competitive race for the school teams in the spring.   

Noah Davis is the executive director of Energetics Education and shares his personal history in energy and education, and what inspired him to start the organization.

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The marijuana industry in Colorado got some attention at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week. Festival participants toured a grow operation near Basalt and heard from experts about the somewhat bumpy rollout of recreational pot. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

There’s a few rules before you take a tour of High Valley Farms near Basalt.

Aspen residents and visitors will have a little more elbow room this week. The July 4th stretch is one of the busiest on the resort’s calendar, and the epicenter last week was the Aspen Institute’s campus. It’s home to the Aspen Ideas Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. And one longtime local was on the front lines directing the thousands of people passing through there.

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