6:54am

Thu March 27, 2014
Heroin Is Back

Dope Valley

Poppy Flowers
Credit drug-addiction-support.org

The other day I sat down for an interview with two young men. It was a sunny day and we were talking on a bench in downtown Basalt.   They are in their early twenties; both are clean-cut, good-looking guys and very articulate and educated.  They were telling me about heroin.

Medical providers and emergency officials are seeing an increase in the number of heroin overdoses and heroin addicts in the Roaring Fork Valley.  APR's Roger Adams reports.

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3:29pm

Wed March 26, 2014

8:50am

Wed March 26, 2014
APR Local News

Community Church Begins New Era

Pastor Jane Keener-Quiat, of the Aspen Community Church, retires at the end of June.
Elise Thatcher

One of Aspen’s longest running institutions is beginning a new era.The Aspen Community Church has shed its scaffolding and 2014 is its first year with a new roof and other structural improvements. Already, some say that’s had a real effect on what it’s like to spend time in the historic building. APR’s Elise Thatcher has more.

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7:35am

Wed March 26, 2014
APR Local News

Basalt's Pan And Fork Mobile Home Park Nearly Empty

In August, the Town of Basalt began relocating families living the Pan and Fork mobile home park. Now, just one family remains before the April 1st move-out deadline.
Credit www.ourtownplanning.org

The process of moving families out of Basalt’s Pan and Fork mobile home park is nearly complete. Just one family remains in the flood-prone neighborhood which will eventually become a public park. 

Since August, officials from the Town of Basalt have been working with families in the 38 homes, to help them find new housing. The Town purchased part of the trailer park in 2011 so it could redevelop it. Town Manager Mike Scanlon says more than 380 people were living in the park.

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8:43am

Tue March 25, 2014
APR Local News

Economic Recovery, Affordable Housing Discussed At Candidate Forum

Basalt Town Council candidates Bernie Grauer, Jeff Orsulak, Richard Duddy and Mark Kittle participate in a forum at the Basalt Library. A fifth candidate, Gary Tennenbaum, wasn't there. The five men are vying for three open seats in the April 1st election.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Issues like economic recovery, marijuana and affordable housing were discussed at a candidate forum in Basalt Monday night. The candidates are vying for open seats on Basalt’s Town Council.  Four of the five registered candidates participated. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was there and filed this report.

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3:28pm

Mon March 24, 2014
First Draft

First Draft - Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra
Credit Smeeta Mahanti

Anthony Marra is the New York Times-bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, longlisted for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. It was selected as one of the ten best books of 2013 by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, New York Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal, among numerous other year-end lists. He is the winner of the Whiting Award, the Pushcart Prize, and currently teaches at Stanford University.  www.anthonymarra.net

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12:18pm

Mon March 24, 2014
APR Local News

Downtown Business A Concern Ahead of Basalt Election

Downtown Basalt business owners would like to see new council members tackle the problem of a lack of business.
Credit www.basalt.net

Basalt’s municipal election is about one week away and five candidates are vying for three open seats on the Town board. One of the biggest issues is business. While downtown stores struggle, the new urban Willits area is busy. Mike Scanlon is Basalt’s Town Manager.

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9:11am

Mon March 24, 2014
Methodists Debate Gay Marriage

UMC v LGBT

Rev. Frank Schaefer
Credit lgtbnation.com

  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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9:00am

Mon March 24, 2014
Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: True Media Foundation, Part 4

Chris Tribble, founder and director of Carbondale's True Media Foundation, discusses the future of media and how his foundation is working to educate students in new technology while encouraging the art of good storytelling though video media. In April, students in the after-school program, BeHeard!, are going to film and broadcast a live panel discussing the effects of legal marijuana and its impact on teenagers. This production is in collaboration with Youth Zone. Dana Marlatt, board secretary and administrator of True Media, and Patricia Petit-Blair, a student filmmaker with BeHeard!, also share details about the live broadcast. 

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3:28pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Valley Roundup

Valley Roundup - March 21st, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.  

Joining us today are Carolyn Sakariason, from the Aspen Daily News , Michael Miracle of Aspen Sojourner magazine and Andy Stone from the Aspen Times.

This week saw the first court proceedings in the Nancy Pfister murder case.  Much of the time was spent arguing over evidence and public statements from law enforcement.   The concern is that media reports and rumors could make it impossible to find an impartial jury.  A trial in the case is months if not years away.

Also this week, Hotel Aspen gets approved to grow itself.

And, in Snowmass the owners of base village go on the defensive over losing another proposed development.

We’ll discuss those stories and have The Download with Rob St. Mary.  It’s coming up on today’s Valley Roundup.

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