Valley Roundup
3:27 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Valley Roundup - October 31st, 2014

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

This week - getting citizens behind urban planning.  In Basalt, angry pro-development residents hammer town council.

In Aspen, the city tries citizen surveys to move on a lodging incentive package.

There is a big drug bust mid-valley with more arrest to come.  And for the now legal drug, more marijuana grow operations approved in Missouri Heights.

Also this week Sam Wyly says he is bankrupt.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary, a look at online election information.

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1:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Update: 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

Update (10/31/14):

The Democrat running for Pitkin County Commission refused to comply with a probation order placed on her by the Colorado Board of Nursing.  That’s according to new information uncovered by the Aspen Times.

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APR Local News
11:54 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Aspen Airfield Must Be Reconfigured To Fit New Jets

More than 20 people attended an open house on potential changes to the Aspen Airport. The airfield must be reconfigured to fit a new fleet of commercial jets that will arrive in the coming years.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Pitkin County held the first of two open houses on Thursday, introducing the public to future changes at the airport. The commercial jets that fly into Aspen now are being phased out so, the airport has to find a way to make the new, bigger jets fit. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

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Alva Noë is a contributor to the NPR blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture. He is writer and a philosopher who works on the nature of mind and human experience.

Noë received his PhD from Harvard in 1995 and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. He previously was a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company and has recently begun a performative-lecture collaboration with Deborah Hay. Noë is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

Gone Till November
5:50 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Abnormal Normality

Iran is like small town America
Skippy Mesirow

Tehran – Persepolis

For four days now I have traversed Iran: from the busy streets of Tehran to the solitude of the desert and calming Shiraz to the dramatic Persepolis. I’ve taken long bus rides and taken short flights, bargained with locals and discussed politics at mosques. I’ve made friends with young Iranians and shared meals with older gentlemen. Yet, I have a problem. Writers block. It’s not for lack of movement or experience; it’s just that nothing stands out. You walk, you talk, you see, you eat.  

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APR Local News
5:03 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

SourceGas/Colorado Mtn College Court Battle May Continue

Energy company SourceGas filed a lawsuit in 2012 after Colorado Mountain College refused to allow a compressor station at its Spring Valley campus. Now SourceGas has filed an extension to appeal the latest court ruling.
Credit Flickr/Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College’s Board of Trustees met on Thursday to get legal advice on how to proceed on a pending court case. The trustee’s meeting was closed to the public.

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Mountain Edition
3:27 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Mountain Edition - October 30th, 2014

A Town meeting in Basalt got heated this week as community members and elected leaders discussed development downtown.

After scrapping a controversial ordinance, the City of Aspen is trying to find out what citizens want in local lodging.

The only contested race in Pitkin County this election is between commissioner Rob Ittner and democrat Patti Clapper. We speak with both of them.

Carbondale is getting a new laboratory that tests marijuana for contaminants.

And, Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House is saying “goodbye” to its long-time executive director.

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Driving High
8:42 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Under Development: Roadside THC Detector

Barry Knott is President and CEO of Lifeloc Technologies. The company, based in Wheat Ridge, CO is developing a hand-held device to test a person's THC level.
Credit Lifeloc

Sometime next year, a Colorado company hopes to have a prototype of a hand-held device that can test a person’s THC level. Lifeloc Technologies, of Wheat Ridge, CO makes blood alcohol content detectors and recently won a grant from the state to create a similar device for marijuana. 

Barry Knott is President and CEO of Lifeloc.  He says law enforcement has no way to test for THC during a traffic stop. Knott spoke with APR's Roger Adams.

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Leticia Ingram Honored
8:12 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Teaching With Dedication

ESL Teacher Leticia Ingram (center rear) and some of her Basalt High School students. Ingram has been awarded the Virginia French Allen Award for Excellence in Teaching award by the Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Credit BHS

Next month, Basalt High School teacher Leticia Ingram will be recognized for her excellence in teaching.  Ingram will receive the Virginia French Allen Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work teaching English as a second language.   APR's Roger Adams reports.

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