Valley Roundup
3:27 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Valley Roundup - August 29th, 2014

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

This week  - Aspen City Council dumps its much despised lodging incentive ordinance that would allow giant hotels and cut affordable housing. 

Glenwood residents get ready to vent about the Grand Avenue Bridge

Also this week, the tortoises head for a warmer spot as the Aspen Art Museum gets worldwide publicity

And, on the download, computer devices edge out clothes as must haves for students this year.

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APR Local News
8:57 am
Fri August 29, 2014

RFTA Downshifts to Fall After Busy Summer

Credit Roaring Fork Transit Authority

Bus service in the Roaring Fork Valley will be less frequent starting next Tuesday, September 2nd. It’s part of the usual fall calendar switch for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, but the agency is also having its first anniversary with the VelociRFTA bus rapid transit service, or BRT. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with President and CEO Dan Blankenship.  

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Michel Martin is curious about many things. "I wonder what it's like to leave everything and everyone you know for the promise of a better life, to run for President, to be a professional athlete, to parent children of a different race," she notes. "I am fascinated by people who live lives different from my own. And at the same time, I feel connected to all of these lives being a journalist, a woman of color, a wife and mother."

Michel can be heard across NPR news programs, bringing her deep reporting and interviewing experience to bear on NPR's coverage of relevant topics, including education, families, faith, race and social issues. Outside the studio, she is hosting NPR Presents Michel Martin, an ambitious live event series in collaboration with Member Stations.

Mountain Edition
2:29 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Mountain Edition - August 28th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Parents of students in the Roaring Fork School District may notice a few things are different this year.

Law enforcement officers are aiming to cut down on DUI’s… but there are limits on what they can do.

Colorado says it’s posted next year’s health insurance rates so people can find out whether they’ll be charged more… but it’s near impossible actually find those rates.

Water experts and decision makers are trying to figure out how to fairly divvy up Colorado River water if drought becomes a factor in the future.

And, now that recreational marijuana shops are open in Pitkin County, elected leaders are going over concerns, like accidental overdoses.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.

APR Local News
10:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Roaring Fork School District: New Tests, Character Building Part Of School Year

For students across the Roaring Fork Valley, this week marked the start of school. In the Roaring Fork District, students and teachers will see subtle changes this year.
Credit Marci Krivonen

School started this week for K-through-twelve students across the Roaring Fork Valley. This school year, kids in the Roaring Fork School District will see subtle changes. The district operates schools from Glenwood Springs to Basalt, and it’s rolling out a “visioning process.” Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Superintendent Diana Sirko about what the process means for kids in the classroom.

Diana Sirko is Superintendent of Schools for the Roaring Fork School District. It operates twelve schools, serving 5800 students in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. 

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CrossCurrents
3:27 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

CrossCurrents - Mountain Rescue-Aspen

Today on CrossCurrents, David Swersky and Jeff Edelson from Mountain Rescue-Aspen on the history of the organization and the new building opening this weekend.

About Mountain Rescue-Aspen:

Mountain Rescue-Aspen was incorporated in 1965 as a non-profit organization and is one of the oldest search and rescue teams in the state. We are accredited through the Rocky Mountain Region of the Mountain Rescue Association and work as a volunteer arm of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office; providing search and rescue services for Pitkin County and mutual aid for other counties in Colorado.

Our dedicated 50-member team annually donates thousands upon thousands of person-hours serving Pitkin County’s community and visitors. These hours represent time away from families to attend meetings and trainings; educate the public with our annual community avalanche seminar; teach children what to do if they are lost through the national “Hug-A-Tree” program, and of course, engage in search and rescue missions.

Unlike other emergency response agencies such as Police or Ambulance, or even Volunteer Fire, there is no tax base or public budget for Mountain Rescue. We are 100% unpaid volunteers who raise the funding we need each year through the solicitation of public donations and applications for local and state grants.

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APR Local News
7:23 am
Wed August 27, 2014

More Questions Than Answers Surrounding Marijuana And Health

On Tuesday, the Pitkin County Commissioners heard concerns from staff about recreational marijuana and health. Retail pot shops started selling weed nearly nine months ago in Colorado.
Credit Marci Krivonen

When it comes to how to regulate recreational marijuana, there are more questions than answers. That was the conclusion at a Pitkin County Commissioner’s meeting Tuesday, where officials discussed public safety and environmental health surrounding pot. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

It’s been nearly nine months since recreational marijuana shops in Colorado started selling pot to adults 21 and older. Now, Pitkin County is examining problems and concerns that have cropped up.

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Drunk Driving
6:50 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Season of the DUI

Credit Colorado State Patrol

One of the year’s big drinking holidays is this weekend.  In response the Colorado State Patrol has stepped up drunk and high driving enforcement for the Labor Day weekend.

The Heat is On is a statewide effort by the highway patrol and local law enforcement to get drunks off the road.  The campaign includes more police cars patrolling the roads and in some cases traffic roadblocks where all or most drivers are checked for possible intoxication.  APR's Roger Adams reports. 

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Arts & Culture Desk

Aspen Public Radio, the Roaring Fork Valley’s premier public media organization, announces the creation of the Arts and Culture Desk, expanding APR’s arts coverage on both radio and digital platforms. Creation of the new Arts and Culture Desk is a part of APR’s ongoing strategic plan to better meet the needs of our audience in the 21st century.

Colorado River
8:46 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Water Managers Discuss Drought And The Colorado River

The Colorado River fills Lake Powell and Lake Mead. A discussion about drought and the Colorado River took place at a conference in Snowmass Village last week.
Credit Colorado River Water Conservation District

NOTE: In the on-air version of this story we incorrectly stated the date of a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announcement about Colorado River cut-backs to lower basin states. That announcement happened in 2013, not this year. (8/26/14)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced this month water releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead will increase next year, after historically low releases in 2014. Lake Mead has reached record low levels this summer. The Colorado River supplies these large reservoirs. At a water conference in Snowmass Village last week, drought and the Colorado River were discussed. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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