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APR Local News
7:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Exclusive Access Fails Building Code in Aspen Condo Dispute

The building at the center of the dispute, at 308 East Hopkins in downtown Aspen. The entrance in question is on the right side of the building.
Credit Loopnet.com

This week, the city of Aspen is going toe to toe with a developer and townhouse owners, over access to a building downtown. The City requires builders to make sure they provide access for affordable housing tenants and people with disabilities. Now, town attorneys are arguing in court the developer JW Ventures and two of their condo owners failed those mandates…. by letting the condo owners keep everyone else from using the main entrance.

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Carbondale
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Dance, Art Replace Books At Former Carbondale Library

The old Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale is being transformed into a center for arts and dance. The interior is seeing most of the work, though the exterior will be painted and a sculpture garden is planned.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Next week a new creative space will open in an old library in Carbondale. Two non profits are retrofitting the former Gordon Cooper Library and renaming it The Launchpad. They say the center, which will offer art and dancing, adds something that’s missing in Carbondale’s rich arts scene. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Deborah Colley gingerly steps over construction materials at the old Gordon Cooper Library.

"Our offices will be over here on the closed-off, glassed-in north side of the building," she says.

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First Draft
4:27 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

First Draft - Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler
Credit Beth Gwinn

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and five grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California.  www.karenjoyfowler.com

Valley Roundup
3:33 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Valley Roundup - September 26th, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week  - Vice President Joe Biden and his 44-car entourage storm in an out of Aspen.  Criticism rises in his wake.

The gig is up for the secret to free parking in Aspen.  It has been costing the city more than fifty thousand dollars a month.  The finger pointing has begun.

Also this week, we talk bears.

And, a Denver Business Journal health care reporter helps explain why insurance rates might actually be going down in the roaring Fork Valley.

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Aspen Film
5:40 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Aspen FilmFest Brings New Films, 35 Years of History

Aspen Film’s annual celebration of features takes to screens in Aspen and Carbondale over the next week. The screenings start today and run through Wednesday. Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary talked to co-director of Aspen Film Laura Thielen  about the festival’s 35th year.

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