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APR Local News
8:31 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Aspen Has “Unusual” Culture of Not Paying Overtime

Credit US Department of Labor

    "In Aspen, almost no employer was in compliance." Those are the words of Amy Debisschop, Assistant District Director at the US Department of Labor office in Denver, and she's referring to restaurants in the upper Roaring Fork Valley. Debisschop supervises agency investigators who reviewed the books of the Aspen Skiing Company, restaurants, and other businesses. 

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First Draft
3:25 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

First Draft - Ethan Rutherford

Ethan Rutherford
Credit Heather Kraft

Ethan Rutherford was born in Seattle, and now lives in the Midwest. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, New York Tyrant, Esopus, Five Chapters, and The Best American Short Stories. His work has received special mention in the 2009, 2010 and 2013 editions of the Pushcart Prize, and received awards from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota, and has taught creative writing at Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and the Loft Literary Center. He is the guitarist for the band Pennyroyal, which has been assaulting the ears of its listeners with songs of the ocean and long lost love since 2010. He is currently at work on a novel set in the Alaskan wilderness.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: True Media Foundation, Part 2

The True Media Foundation's mission is to teach teenagers how to make video media with positive social messaging. High school students from Basalt to Silt can sign-up for the Foundation's  after-school program, BeHeard! where they learn how to work with cameras and audio equipment. Students also learn how to plan, write and organize their own documentary films, focused on topics of interest in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Born Missing a Femur, Athlete Aims to Medal in Sochi

Alpine ski racer Melanie Schwartz is racing for the United States in Sochi. The Canadian native has duel citizenship and raced for Canada at the Vancouver Games. She trains in Aspen.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Alpine skier Melanie Schwartz will race for Team USA at the Paralympics but, she’ll do it on just one leg. The part-time Aspen resident was born without a femur, but started skiing at a young age. This will be her second Paralympics, but her first competing for the United States. In 2010 she raced for Canada. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

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APR Local News
6:33 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Pitkin County Surveys Residents

Credit Pitkin County

 

Pitkin County wants to know what residents think about a variety of issues, such as rural internet access. Several hundred locals received surveys in the mail in recent weeks, the county will make results public tomorrow, Tuesday March 11th. To learn more, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with County spokesman Pat Bingham. She started by asking  Bingham what the main goal of the survey is.

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