APR Local News
9:16 am
Fri June 13, 2014

New Details Released in Pfister Case

Credit Picture Ninja

A judge in Aspen has released hundreds of pages of court documents in the Nancy Pfister murder case.

Three people are charged with her homicide and are scheduled to appear in court later this month. The case has been mostly sealed until now. 

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Dorothy M. Atkins considers herself many things. She's a professional storyteller, a teacher, a life-long learner, a writer, a self-diagnosed neurotic... But above all, she's an old-fashioned gumshoe reporter. 

Atkins began her journalism career in 2010 at the Aspen Daily News in Aspen, Colo. Since, her reporting has taken her from a small town in Colorado where a community is fighting oil and gas companies from fracking in their backyard all the way to Miami Beach high-rises, where a corrupt condo association blocked the short sale of a condo. She's written pieces about athletes pushing the boundaries of ski competition, the impacts of failed child welfare policies in Miami and non-citizens fighting eviction in San Francisco's Mission District.

Environment
5:13 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Creek Through Contested Thompson Divide Gets Additional Protections

The headwaters of the south branch of the middle Thompson Creek are pictured here. This stretch of water received an "Outstanding Waters" designation from the state.
Credit Colorado Trout Unlimited

The Thompson Creek watershed that flows through the contested Thompson Divide area, received a special designation this week. On Tuesday, the state’s Water Quality Control Commission approved an “Outstanding Waters” designation for several branches of Thompson Creek, near Carbondale.

To win approval the stream has to meet several high quality standards and, the designation prohibits certain pollutants from being discharged into the water. Aaron Kindle is with Colorado Trout Unlimited, which fought for the designation. He says it protects fish.

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Mountain Edition
3:26 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Mountain Edition - June 12th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

A judge has released hundreds of pages of court documents in the Nancy Pfister case. We’ll have a quick review.

The sheriffs are in town-- for a statewide conference. This is a chance for Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo to show off his work in Aspen.

Officials and local representatives are tackling how to get faster internet access in rural areas.

Aspen wants to get more people to build hotel rooms...

And, Garfield County may have to help pay for some improvements near Glenwood’s Grand Avenue Bridge.

An Aspen nonprofit is heralding the cancelation of a mega dam project in Chile.

And a hydropower plant in southwest Colorado is now officially up and running… we’ll hear what that means for the Aspen.

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

Aspen Lodging
9:26 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Cheaper Rooms for Aspen?

Aspen is not a cheap place to live, or even visit.  That’s especially true now that the summer season is picking up. During peak seasons, in the winter and summer, the cheapest hotel room in Aspen goes for about two-hundred-dollars a night. But the local government is trying to change that. Over the past month, Aspen City Council has been considering a new lodging incentive program that would encourage more hotel development. Dorothy Atkins has the story.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Aspen Group Cheers Chilean Dam Decision

Kayakers paddle on the Baker River in central Patagonia. The Aspen non-profit Rios to Rivers fought to keep the river from being dammed.
Credit Weston Boyles/Rios to Rivers

This week the Chilean government canceled a controversial plan to build five hydroelectric dams on two of its southern rivers. It’s a victory for one Aspen non-profit that’s been fighting the $8 billion project for years. Aspen resident Weston Boyles started Rios to Rivers after floating the Baker and Pascua rivers in central Patagonia.

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APR Local News
4:32 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

GarCo May Pay For Some Grand Bridge Add-Ons

Aerial rendering of the replacement Grand Avenue Bridge planned for Glenwood Springs.
Credit Tsiouvaras Simmons Holderness

Paying for big construction projects gets really expensive really quickly. So the Colorado Department of Transportation often has a limited amount to spend on new roads or interchanges. But as planning for the new Grand Bridge in Glenwood Springs continues, lots of related improvements are creeping in, and CDOT can’t necessarily pay for all of them. Joe Elsen is the agency’s lead engineer on project. He recently spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher, and says Garfield County may have to pitch in.

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CrossCurrents
3:27 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

CrossCurrents - Huts for Vets & Aspen Fringe Festival

Huts for Vets presents "Make Sure it's Me", a play about veterans returning home after deployment, read by veterans from the Roaring Fork Valley. Guests are Paul Andersen, Dr. Jerry Alpern and Adam McCabe from Huts for Vets.

And David Ledingham, Donald Sage Mackay and Adrianna Thompson from the Aspen Fringe Festival on this year's lineup, including the Morales Dance Company, "Venus in Fur" and a play workshop on "The Last Outlaw" written by Mackay.

The Will Kahn Show

The Will Kahn Show is an eclectic mix of music.

Born and raised in New York City, Will moved to Aspen with his family in 2007. He is currently attending The Cate School, a boarding school in Carpinteria, California. He is a self-proclaimed “music fanatic”, and listens to a wide array of genres, including independent and classic rock, ambient electronic music, electronica and hip hop. When not listening, and discovering new music, or writing history papers, Kahn can be found playing bass guitar with his band in Aspen and loves pick-up basketball games. He listens to artists such as Lou Reed, Radiohead, Moby and Massive Attack, and is always looking for new and exciting artists.

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