Methodists Debate Gay Marriage
4:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Defrocked Minister Reinstated

Rev. Frank Schaefer
Credit lgtbnation.com

UPDATE 10-28-2014:  The highest internal court of the United Methodist Church has reinstated Minister Frank Schaefer.  He had been defrocked by the church for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony.  The wedding was of his son, who is gay.  Schaefer was in Aspen earlier this year for a talk at the Aspen Community Church.  

Below is the story we ran on March 24, 2014:

Below story are current news links to Schaefer's reinstatement.

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The United Methodist Church is in a heated internal debate over the issue of gay marriage.  At the center of this conflict is the Methodist Book Of Discipline which guides the denomination’s practices and beliefs.

“I fear that this will lead to a splintering or a split of the church before it gets changed in the actual discipline.”

Rev. Frank Schaefer is at the center of this debate.  He spoke in Aspen on Friday (3-21-2014.) APR's Roger Adams reports.

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Aspen Lodging Incentives
3:53 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Paticipatory Democracy

Aspen Community Development Director, Chris Bendon, explains how participants can give instant input on lodging incentives proposed by the City of Aspen.
Credit Roger Adams

Earlier this month, Aspen City Council scrapped a controversial lodging incentive ordinance.  Now, at a series of public input sessions, the city is gathering survey responses on the issues contained in the ordinance.   Three more sessions are set for tomorrow (Wednesday 10-29-2014) and the survey will then be available online.

It is an exercise in participatory democracy.

APR's Roger Adams attended a session and filed this report.

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Your Ideas
11:48 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Who’s A Racist?

I can’t remember a time when the terms “racist” or “racism” were used with the abandon that now infects our political discourse.  These are hateful words - akin to the worst racial slurs bigots apply to others.  Yet some partisans apply the term to anyone who disagrees with the current Administration’s policies or who calls for voter identification requirements.

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Marijuana
7:50 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Just Like Food, Marijuana To Be Tested For Contaminants

Jessica Olson, Ashley Hansen and Hilary Glass make up the science team at GreenHill Laboratories in Carbondale. They plan to test thousands of marijuana samples a day when they open.
Credit Marci Krivonen

A laboratory that tests retail marijuana is opening in Carbondale. It’s one of just two such Colorado labs west of the Continental Divide. The scientists who run GreenHill Laboratories say they will be testing for potency and they’ll be one of the first to test for contaminants. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Inside Greenhill Laboratories in Carbondale, Lab Owner Hilary Glass motions toward her equipment.

Glass: "These are my incubators. I need about eight more."

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First Draft
3:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

First Draft - Laird Hunt

Laird Hunt

Laird Hunt is the award-winning author of a book of short stories, mock parables and histories, The Paris Stories and six novels: The Impossibly, Indiana, Indiana, The Exquisite, Ray of the Star, and Kind One, and Neverhome. His writings, reviews and translations have appeared in the United States and abroad in, among other places, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Bomb, Bookforum, Grand Street, The Believer, Fence, Conjunctions, Brick, Mentor, Inculte, and Zoum Zoum. Currently on faculty in the University of Denver’s Creative Writing Program, where he edits the Denver Quarterly, he has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, and was in residence at Marfa (Lannan Foundation) this past summer. He and his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, live in Boulder, Colorado, with their daughter, Eva Grace.

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Your Ideas
11:03 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Setting Things Straight

A young couple in Tehran.
Skippy Mesirow

Tehran - Shiraz 

We in the West have a certain image in our heads when we think of Iran; evil scientists planning world destruction in a lab, crazy fanatical leaders plotting the demise of Israel and supporting terrorists to quell their maniacal, blood thirsty whims, bearded men wandering the streets, buildings crumbling behind them as old Soviet cars belch thick black smoke into the sky. They’re dressed head to toe in Arab garb, heads wrapped in turbans, eyes sinister and beards long. Women are forcibly shoved to the periphery of life, controlled and in fear. They look upon westerners with distain and malice. 

We are wrong.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: RESPONSE, Part 4

Kristin Werner is a somatic psychotherapist and facilitates the English-speaking support groups for RESPONSE. Werner explains how she works with victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Executive Director Logan Hood also discusses a new technique called Advocate Initiator Response, where RESPONSE advocates go immediately to victims, rather than waiting for victims to come to them.

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Energy Efficiency
8:42 am
Mon October 27, 2014

CORE Celebrates 20 Years In Roaring Fork Valley

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency is celebrating 20 years. It's work to promote renewable energy has reduced greenhouse gases locally.
Credit aspencore.org

The non profit the Community Office of Resource Efficiency is celebrating twenty years in the Valley this month. Citizens, local governments and utility companies partnered in 1994, to reduce energy consumption locally. CORE’s work so far has taken a significant amount of carbon out of the atmosphere. 

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APR Local News
8:33 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Non-Profit To Serve People With Special Needs In Roaring Fork, Colorado River Valleys

Brian Sanchez (left) and Zach Bartell (right) volunteered at the Aspen Valley Marathon this summer. Sanchez inspired his sister, Cindy Bartell, to start the non-profit Project Radius.
Credit Cindy Bartell

The director of a new non profit in Glenwood Springs says her family inspired her to start the program for people with special needs. Project Radius promises to provide social and therapeutic recreational opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Cindy Bartell who founded the organization earlier this year.

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