Pfister Murder Case
5:21 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Murder Charges Dropped Against One Defendant

Nancy Styler
Credit Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

  A charge of murder has been dropped against one of three defendants in the murder of long-time Aspen local Nancy Pfister.  Pitkin County Judge Gail Nichols today (6-17-2014) dismissed the murder charge against Nancy Styler .  Mrs. Styler will also be moved back to the Pitkin County jail from Eagle where she has been incarcerated without bond. There she will be processed and then released. Three members of the Pfister family were included in the hearing this afternoon when the charges were dismissed.

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Check 1, 2
3:27 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Royal Southern Brotherhood

Royal Southern Brotherhood - From left: Charlie Wooten, Devon Allman, Yonrico Scott, Cyril Neville, Mike Zito
Daniel Shaw

Check 1, 2 host Daniel Shaw meet up with the Royal Southern Brotherhood just before they hit the stage at the Snowmass Mammoth Fest on Sunday, June 15th.

Here’s a bio write-up from the band’s website:

The Brotherhood is back. Some might say they’ve never been away. Two years have passed since 2012’s self-titled debut album, but the genre-splicing all-star Southerners have barely paused for breath.

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Basalt
6:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

One Initiative Remains For Struggling Non-Profit: A Retirement Community

This drawing depicts a continuing care retirement community in Basalt. The development is the lone initiative of the Aspen Valley Foundation.
Credit Aspen Valley Foundation

The non-profit Aspen Valley Foundation is all but obsolete except for one remaining initiative: a retirement facility in Basalt. The Foundation this year, ran out of money for the grants it traditionally awards local non profits. But, members of the Foundation’s board say they’re committed to moving forward a so-called continuing care retirement community. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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APR Local News
11:09 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Locals Adjust to New Health Care Plans

Angus Morrison holds up information about the insurance plan he and his wife, Ally, purchased to be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
Elise Thatcher

     Adjusting to new health insurance rules has been a big shift for just about everyone involved in health care--whether it's patients, nurses or insurance workers. Six months ago the Affordable Care Act started requiring nearly everyone have insurance. We were curious to do a check-up and find out how patients are getting used to new healthcare plans. 

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Audio Canvas
4:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Audio Canvas: Lunchtime Auctionettes

Auctions are a staple in the art world. Sotheby's or Christie's might come to mind, but here in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center has auctioned fine art pieces for years. Every other Friday, the ranch hosts lunchtime auctionettes, yes, small auctions. Liz Delorme Garfield, Special Events Manager at the ranch, shares what makes these auctionettes unique. 

Visit the Anderson Ranch Calendar (HERE) to find auctionette dates and times. The large, Annual Art Auction will be held on Saturday, August 9th. Learn more about Anderson Ranch on their website: AndersonRanch.org

First Draft
3:27 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

First Draft - Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer
Credit Nina Subin

Meg Wolitzer's novels include The Interestings; The Uncoupling; The Ten-Year Nap; The Position; and The Wife. She is also the author of a novel for young readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman.  Wolitzer's short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize.  www.megwolitzer.com

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: ACES, Part 3

Jamie Cundiff is the Forest Programs Director at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). In 2012, For the Forest merged with ACES to create a powerful voice for more than just the trees of the Roaring Fork Valley, but also for those in Colorado and the West. Cundiff explains the actions ACES is taking to ensure the health of the forests in the valley, as well as large-scale projects designed to predict the future of forests and tree species based on different carbon out-puts in the coming decades.

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Aspen to Central America
8:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

On the Road: Authenticity

Credit Skippy Mesirow

Havana – Mexico

Gatito sits on a plastic covered couch. She’s back in Cancun looking through the glass outer wall of an Elektra, a one-stop shop for bank loans, cheap credit, home décor, motorbikes, and electronics. Outside looks so different after the last few weeks. People move faster, they wear fewer smiles; pure joys are supplanted by hurried desires.  Cars are everywhere, big and new. Storefronts house things and OXXO’s sell food and snacks on almost every corner. Passing by the window so fleetingly, so flippantly, are all the things desired of the average Cubans she met. Work, freedom of opportunity, and a car are available along with cheap food. Yet, it all feels so hollow, so cold and callous.

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Theater Aspen
8:13 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Theater Apprentice

  When Theater Aspen’s season kicks off next week (6-24-2014) the company will have ten apprentices working in all aspects of the productions.  This is the second year of the Theater Aspen Apprentice Program.  It is a chance for young actors as well as lighting, sound and costume designers who are just getting started to work in a professional setting.   David Gram is associate artistic director and coordinator of the apprentice program at Theater Aspen, actor Allie Walsh was one of ten apprentices last year in the inaugural program.  She has returned this summer to work with the company.  They spoke with APR’s Roger Adams.

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CO Governor's Race
9:15 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Governor Apologizes for Gun Law Mistakes

Governor John Hickenlooper talks with county sheriffs at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen on Friday, June 13th.
Credit Elise Thatcher

 As the campaigning for governor heats up, Governor Hickenlooper is facing lingering anger over new gun regulations he signed in to law.  Last week, on a visit to Aspen, Hickenlooper faced some of his toughest critics over the new laws; county sheriffs. Fifty-six of them have sued the governor to rescind the gun restrictions.  

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