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Mountain Edition
3:25 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Mountain Edition - November 21st, 2013

Federal agents on the Front Range today are raiding medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations with the help of local authorities. We’ll have the latest.

A new method for handling criminals is ramping up in Pitkin County. Instead of incarceration, a new wellness program is being tried for people who fit the bill.

As the Greater Sage Grouse’s habitat disappears across the West, federal officials are deciding how strongly to protect some of its Colorado habitat. Local stakeholders are watching closely.

College students around the country are getting an inside glimpse into the social workings of the Roaring Fork Valley...through a book called “The Slums of Aspen.”

A Wall Street Journal reporter explores the early movers and shakers in developing fracking - one of them is a former Aspen resident.

Finally, the fastest distance Nordic skier in the U-S grew up in Aspen. We profile Noah Hoffman in the Road to Sochi series.

Breaking News
2:15 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Feds Raid Pot Shops in Denver

Credit njmarijuana.com

This morning (Thursday 11-21-2013) a task force of Federal and state law enforcement and the IRS carried out a series of raids on medical marijuana dispensaries and marijuana growing operations in the Denver area.

Media reports from Denver say officials broke into some facilities.  At some grow facilities marijuana plants were cut down and stacked in the snow and later removed with heavy equipment.

Aspen Public Radio spoke about the ongoing raids with Jesse Miller, one of the owners of Leaf Aspen, a medical marijuana dispensary and growing operation.

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Environment
10:02 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Sex and the Greater Sage Grouse

Greater Sage Grouse
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Greater Sage Grouse is in trouble. The bird looks like a large chicken and has an elaborate mating dance… and it's habitat across the West has been under siege for several decades. There’s been big effort to help the bird. Now, Garfield County officials are watching closely as the federal government decides how closely to protect a big chunk of its Colorado habitat. There’s disagreement about how to do that... and huge restrictions on private and public land are at stake if officials get it wrong. The BLM is taking comments on its habitat plan for the Greater Sage Grouse.

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CrossCurrents
3:35 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

CrossCurrents - Binge TV Viewing & Pop Culture Review

Off season binge TV viewing and pop culture review with Laura Thielen, Artistic Director of Aspen Film and Stewart Oksenhorn, Arts Editor of the Aspen Times.

APR Local News
9:53 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Colleges Across the Country Using the Book "Slums of Aspen"

The book "The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants Vs. the Environment in America's Eden" was released in 2011. Now it's being used in college classes across the country.
Credit nyupress.org

A book that looks at environmental crises, immigration and social inequality in the Roaring Fork Valley is being taught in college classrooms across the country. The Slums of Aspen was published by New York University Press in 2011. Now instructors of environmental sociology are using it at schools from Los Angeles to Boston. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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