Valley Roundup - December 13th, 2013

Dec 13, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. I’m Elise Thatcher.

Carolyn Sackariason and Andy Stone join us this week.

Basalt officials change course when it comes to helping residents kicked of a trailer park. It’s the latest in a years long saga to move residents out of a flood plain… and build more lucrative development.

“If there’s a piece of land that they could build on, why didn't they have that conversation several months ago?”

The local bus authority says they’re not going to put in seat belts to certain buses… several people were ejected during a bus crash this fall… but it’s really expensive putting belts in existing buses.

“The feds shouldn’t wait until 2016 for every bus to have seat belts. Just make it mandatory January 1st, and then every bus agency in the country has to figure it out.”

Also this week, Aspen announced what the city calls big cuts in green house gasses… and law enforcement plans to crack down on idling cars…

Later this hour we’ll talk with a reporter covering a wrongful death lawsuit in Vail… that’s after a teenager died in an in-bounds avalanche…

“I cannot imagine the pain and the heartache of sending a child skiing in the morning and getting that phone call from the authorities in the afternoon.”

And on the Download this week, our digital guru talks with perhaps the most dedicated public radio listener ever.

Carolyn Sackariason is editor of the Aspen Daily News. Andy Stone is former editor of the Aspen Times. He writes a weekly column for the paper.












This year’s ski season is getting off to a good start… with lots of snow and cold temperatures. But two years ago, it was a very different scenario and on a big powder day at Vail, a thirteen year old died in an avalanche. Taft Conlin was inside the ski area boundaries and his parents have sued Vail Resorts, saying patrollers didn’t do good enough job of avalanche control that day. Randy Wyrick has been covering the lawsuit for the Vail Daily. I asked him to describe what we know about the day of the accident.


The Download with Rob St. Mary

NPR Radio Challenge with Michael Arvizu