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Valley Roundup
4:09 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Valley Roundup - January 17th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.

The NTSB released its initial report on the plane crash at Aspen’s airport earlier this month.  There are no conclusions as to what caused the crash but it includes new details and corrects some earlier speculation about wind speeds at the time of the wreck.  We’ll have a summary.

Also today, three Aspen journalists join us to discuss the news this week. Carolyn Sackariason, Andy Stone and Michael Miracle are here to talk about a noise trail this week and what it means for Aspen’s messy vitality. 

Aspen’s mayor embraces the high end of the community’s population.

And; working dogs or pampered pets?  The Krabloonik sledding operation faces off with public opinion and criminal charges of animal cruelty.

Its all just ahead on this week’s Valley Roundup.

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Aspen Plane Crash
10:49 am
Fri January 17, 2014

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Aspen Plane Crash

Wreckage of the crash at the Aspen Airport - photo taken Sunday January 5th, 2014
Roger Adams - Aspen Public Radio

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the Sunday January 5th, 2014 crash of a private jet at the Aspen Airport that killed one crew member and injured two others onboard.

The report dated Thursday January 16th, 2014 reviews aspects of the weather, communications and other information.

In the report lays no blame on the cause of the crash – be it nature, man or machine.

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Mountain Edition
3:29 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Mountain Edition - January 16th, 2014

The first purchases of recreational marijuana in the Roaring Fork Valley happened this week. People lined up outside the Doctor’s Garden in Carbondale on Wednesday.

While weed becomes legal for adults 21 and older, parents are worried about the effects retail pot might have on teenagers, if it gets into their hands.

A trial in Aspen this week leads to an acquittal for a brew pub in Aspen. The Aspen Brewing Company was cited for noise violations.

Rainbow flags along Aspen’s streets mark Gay Ski Week in Aspen. This year, there are more participants than ever before. And, a group ceremony for civil unions will wrap up festivities.

As ski equipment improves and people are skiing faster, ski resorts are working harder to educate people. Aspen-Snowmass is focusing on ski safety.

Finally, the U-S cross country team is doing well this season. And, some think there’s a chance the team could medal. That hasn’t happened for more than 30 years.

APR Local News
9:56 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Jury Not Convinced Aspen Brewing Company Was Too Loud

Natalia Shvachko and a translator answer questions during a jury trial.
Elise Thatcher

Aspen Brewing Company was not too loud last summer. Yesterday six jurors found the micro brewery not guilty of breaking Aspen’s noise ordinance.  The decision comes amid ongoing friction between businesses on Restaurant Row and the owners of two penthouses right in the core. 

“How many of you go to bars in the downtown core?” 

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APR Local News
5:59 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Jury Finds Aspen Brewing Company Not Guilty

A jury has found the Aspen Brewing Company was not too noisy this summer. After a short deliberation, the six members unanimously decided the ABC did not violating Aspen noise ordinances on three different occasions this summer. The decision came after a day’s worth of testimony and arguments. Aspen’s Assistant Attorney Debbie Quinn argued city police had measured over-the-top noise levels coming from ABC… and affecting a family living in a neighboring penthouse. Ultimately jurors decided they weren’t convinced that happened.

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