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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Mountain Edition
3:27 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Mountain Edition - June 5th, 2014

High water on the Crystal River has forced the Gunnison County Sheriff’s office to call off a search for a missing kayaker.

Rivers in the Valley are dangerously high. One stretch of the Colorado River is too full to float, so a commercial rafting company changed its route.

A local photographer is back from the Colorado River Delta, where he witnessed the Colorado River reconnect to the sea.

Jimmy Carter and Amory Lovins are a few guests set to speak at this summer’s American Renewable Energy Day in Aspen - we’ll have a preview.

And, more than a dozen new art sculptures were installed on Carbondale’s busy streets this week.

Finally, we’ll take you to Hunter S. Thompson’s old homestead for a cookout hosted by a marijuana advocacy group.

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

Valley Roundup
3:30 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Valley Roundup - May 30th, 2014

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

Joining us today are Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Michael Miracle Editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine

As has rolled out a broad-based incentive plan designed to get lodges to upgrade, to create more actual hotel rooms and to make more of them more affordable.

The affordable housing program in Aspen and Pitkin County turns forty this year.  Aspen Sojourner has examined what was and what is yet to be.

Also, this week a nifty way to get an apartment and keep your dog.; with a doctor’s prescription Trixie becomes Trixie the Therapy Dog. 

And, on the Download with Rob St. Mary; new penalties for revenge porn and how you can get Google to forget you.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

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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.

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