Aspen to Central America
9:44 am
Fri June 20, 2014

On the Road: Big Jumps and War Zones

Credit Skippy Mesirow

Tampico through Tamaulipas

2100 hours. A soldier eats his last MRE for the day. He huddles with his platoon mates for what may be the last time. They look each other in the eyes, man their perimeter and tuck in for an uneasy last night sleep before a sunrise assault tomorrow. They know some won’t make it, they are fearful, but together, they are strong. This is what hell week, all the training, all the battles to this point has lead up to. They think of their children, families, loved ones. In the morning, the fear will subside, they will be trained and ready, tomorrow is their day.

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Plane Crash
5:45 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Two Locals Killed in Aspen-to-Texas Flight

Photo of the plane
Credit http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/story/d/story/abilene-owned-plane-crashes-west-of-lubbock-three/17943/

NBC5 in Dallas/Fort Worth has reported on the IDs of those killed in yesterday’s single-engine plane crash in Texas. The flight originated from Aspen.

"Investigators have revealed the identities of three people killed when a single-engine airplane en route to Central Texas crashed in a remote area of West Texas.

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The Law & Marijuana
3:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

CO Sheriffs Debate Pot Legalization

It's been six months since selling marijuana officially became legal in Colorado. And now county sheriffs across Colorado are dealing with how to enforce the new law. That issue played out during a bi-annual sheriffs’ conference held in Aspen last week. Dorothy Atkins has the story.

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Mountain Edition
3:27 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Mountain Edition - June 19th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

There were surprising new developments this week in an Aspen murder case. We’ll have the latest.

The Pitkin County Commissioners approve a stop-gap measure to prevent mega events in environmentally sensitive areas. A huge wedding on the back of Aspen mountain prompted the move.

In Aspen Governor Hickenlooper apologizes to law enforcement for mistakes made with the state’s new gun laws.

Several sheriffs in Aspen for a conference are concerned about legal marijuana.

And, employers are figuring out pot and drug policies for workers.

Finally, we check in with newly insured locals who purchased health insurance plans through the state exchange.

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

Marijuana
11:24 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Colorado Employers Review Drug Policies In Light Of Marijuana's Legalization

Some employers in Colorado are reviewing the drug and alcohol policies after recreational pot became legal in 2012.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Summer in Aspen not only means warm weather and crowds, it also means businesses are hiring. The resort has a seasonal economy and, some companies are reviewing their drug and alcohol policies now that marijuana is legal in Colorado. It's causing some confusion for employers and raising questions for human resources departments. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Since marijuana became legal for adults in Colorado, Alicia Miller has been getting a lot of questions from employees at Aspen Valley Hospital.

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Pfister Murder Case
6:29 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

New Evidence To Be Revealed Friday in Pfister Case

Pitkin County Courthouse
Credit Picture Ninja

There have been major developments in the Nancy Pfister case this week. First the District Attorney’s office decided to drop charges against one of three murder defendants. Now, it’s considering doing the same for another defendant, who’s scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.

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CrossCurrents
3:27 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

CrossCurrents - Danah Boyd

Today on CrossCurrents, a speaker from this year's Ideas Fest, Danah Boyd.

Danah Boyd is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research; a research assistant professor in media, culture, and communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society

http://www.aspenideas.org/speaker/danah-boyd

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Your Ideas
10:37 am
Wed June 18, 2014

On the Road: U.S. Bank of F. Y**

Credit Skippy Mesirow

Cancun – Villahermosa

You always expect the unexpected, but sometimes, regardless of your preparation, you get absolutely blindsided. Something happens by no fault of your own but the impact is irreversible and changes your path in an unforeseen and unwelcomed manner. There is nothing you can do, the change is irreconcilable and all you can do it bury your apprehensions, emotions and resentments and push forward, making the best of what you have.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Pitkin County Working To Close Loophole After Large Wedding Angers Residents

A huge wedding on the backside of Aspen Mountain on Saturday angered area residents. Now local elected leaders are trying to make sure such a mega-event doesn't happen again.
Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

A loophole in Pitkin County’s land-use code allowed a huge wedding on the backside of Aspen mountain last weekend. The size of the ceremony angered area residents. Now, Pitkin County Commissioners are scrambling to close the loophole.  How they plan to do that is still up in the air. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen attended their meeting yesterday and filed this report.

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Pfister Murder Case
7:09 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

UPDATED: Charges Dropped Against One Defendant in Pfister Case

Nancy Styler has been held without bond in the Eagle County Jail until now.
Credit Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

Several charges have been dropped in the case against defendant Nancy Styler. Styler is one of three charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder against Aspen native Nancy Pfister.  Pitkin County Judge Gail Nichols ordered Styler's charges be dropped on Tuesday, June 17th, after the 9th Judicial District Attorney's office filed a motion the same day, saying the DA's office believes "there is insufficient evidence to prove the defedent's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and the [DA's office] do not believe there is a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits at trial."

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