2:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Hotel Construction A Sign Of Progress In Willits Town Center

A construction crew works on the site of a new hotel in Willits. The hotel, called "Element by Westin" is expected to open in late 2015.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Construction has started on a new 112-bed hotel in Willits that’s scheduled to open next year. At a groundbreaking event on Tuesday, developers said the hotel is another indicator of a turnaround at Willits, where work stalled during the recession. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Workers in fluorescent yellow vests dig dirt at a construction site alongside Highway 82. This is the latest sign of development and recovery at Willits.

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6:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Candidate Clapper Says She's Voice Of The "Common Man"

Patti Clapper is campaigning for the District One seat in Pitkin County. Her opponent is county commissioner Rob Ittner.
Credit Facebook/Patti Clapper

In the race for the lone contested Pitkin County Commissioner seat, candidate Patti Clapper says she’s ready to return to the board. The former nurse and commissioner is running in District One against incumbent Rob Ittner. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen sat down with her.

Patti Clapper served on the elected board for more than a decade before she was term-limited. This time around, she says her focus is on funding for health and human service organizations and growth management. It's an issue where she says she and her opponent differ.

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First Draft
4:28 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

First Draft - James Salter

James Salter
Credit Michael Lionstar

James Salter grew up in New York City and was a career officer and Air Force pilot until his mid-thirties, when the success of his first novel, The Hunters (1957), led to a fulltime writing career. Salter’s potent, lyrical prose has earned him acclaim from critics, readers, and fellow novelists. His novel, A Sport and a Pastime (1967), was hailed by the New York Times as “nearly perfect as any American fiction.” His latest book, All That Is, was published to critical acclaim in 2013. He lives in New York and Aspen.

Energy Development
10:52 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Study Looks At Economic Impact From Oil, Gas In Garfield County

A new study from the Leeds School of Business looks into the economic impact of energy development in each Colorado county, including Garfield.
Credit Marci Krivonen

CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business released a study last week tracking how much money the oil and gas industry has contributed to the Colorado economy. Researchers found billions of dollars were generated over a four-year period.

The study was commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute and looks at energy development in each county from 2008 to 2012. During that time, the energy industry generated more than $126 billion statewide, the analysis finds.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: RESPONSE, Part 2

Logan Hood is the Executive Director of RESPONSE. She says sexual assault and domestic violence is far  too common - even in the Roaring Fork Valley. Hood discusses issues in the valley, challenges the organization faces, and how communities can rally together for no-tolerance. 

Learn more about RESPONSE at, or call the 24-hour support and crisis hotline at 925-SAFE. 

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