Roger Adams

News Director

Born in the Panama Canal Zone, Roger grew up with radio. His father was a HAM radio operator, and there was always a radio room in his house. He started listening to public radio in the late 1970s while in college and started volunteering at community station WMNF, Tampa, Florida in 1980. He went on to become News Director. Since, he has served as News Director for WDET, Detroit Public Radio and most recently as Program Director for Wyoming Public Radio. In Panama he was an avid water-skier but is embarrassed to say he has never been on snow skis. He loves the West and enjoys fly-fishing, horses, photography, sculpture and poetry. His daughter is a Junior in college while his teenage son is a Junior in high school. 

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3 Men Still Missing
11:53 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Mudslide Video and Photos

Looking down on the mudslide west of Carbondale.
Mesa County Sheriff's Office

  A mountainside southwest of Rifle gave way Sunday night (5-25-2014) in a rural area southwest of Rifle and about 40 miles east of Grand Junction.  Three men are still missing including a Mesa County Road and Bridge Department employee and his adult son.  The slide is estimated to be four miles long, a half mile wide and 250 feet deep.

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Valley Roundup
3:27 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Valley Roundup Special - Mental Health

Among medical and mental health care providers patients who repeatedly experience crisis episodes are often called "frequent flyers". 

Many of these people have untreated mental health disorders and they seek help in emergency rooms or are locked up in jails.  This untreated mental health problem costs $1,000 a year for every resident of Colorado

Health officials say it is difficult or impossible to treat these expensive frequent flyers without addressing their mental health.  Much of the problem is due to lack of resources

This month Rocky Mountain PBS’s I-News team focused on untreated mental health in Colorado.  Aspen Public Radio, in conjunction with station KUNC and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News takes a look at all of these issues.  The special is hosted by APR’s Roger Adams.

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CO 3rd Congressional District
1:50 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Former Lottery Director Abel Tapia Running For Congress

Candidate Abel Tapia and Pitkin County Democrats Chair; Blanca O'Leary
Credit Roger Adams

Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, in the view of one political observer (here,) the has gone from safe Republican to likely Republican.  The change came as Democrat Abel Tapia entered the race against GOP incumbent Scott Tipton.  Tapia is a civil engineer by training but has a long record of public service.  He served terms in the Colorado State House and Senate and was director of the Colorado State Lottery.  Recently, Tapia, who lives in Pueblo, was in Aspen meeting voters and came in for an interview.  He spoke with APR’s Roger Adams.

Listen to the radio interview here:


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Valley Roundup
3:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Valley Roundup - May 16th, 2014

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

Joining us today is Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News.

There was a big turnout this week for a board meeting at Aspen Valley hospital.  Many in attendance are still angry about the change in surgeons at AVH.

The Aspen Homeless Shelter is fundraising to keep its doors open the rest of the year.  Until last year the shelter was funding through the Aspen valley Foundation. 

Also, this week more evidence that the real estate market in the upper valley is hot. 

And, on the Download with Rob St. Mary.  Net neutrality, cat videos and the Internet of Things.

Its all just ahead on Valley Roundup.

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Aspen Homeless Shelter
3:58 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

A Safety Net

Dr. Vince Savage; Executive Director of the Aspen Homeless Shelter
Credit Roger Adams

 The Aspen Homeless Shelter sent out a fundraising email this week asking for donations to meet the shelter’s budget.  Last year 120 different people spent at least a few days at the shelter where they were able to take baths, wash their clothes and eat a meal.  This was all accomplished on a shoe string budget of less than $250,000.  

Until last November, the shelter was fuly funded by the Aspen Valley Foundation (formerly the Aspen Medical Foundation.)  Now on its own, the homeless shelter has had success so far in meeting its budget needs.  

Dr. Vince Savage is the shelter’s executive director.  He spoke with APR’s Roger Adams about the myths that surround homelessness.

The broadcast version of the interview is here:

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