Valley Roundup - February 28th, 2014

Feb 28, 2014

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

We are joined today by Curtis Wackerle of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone from the Aspen Times.

We’ll discuss the US Labor Department’s probe of businesses in Aspen that have not properly paid overtime to their employees.  More than 40 businesses were snared by the investigation and most will be paying back wages.  The department is suing the owners of several restaurants.

The Labor Department is also suing the owner of a cleaning service in Basalt for withholding wages.

The Hotel Aspen continues to spar with Aspen City Council over expansion plans.  And, across town there is word that The Dancing Bear building could get finished.

Also today, some thoughts on old timers who say Aspen “ain’t what it used to be.”  Turns out one of San Francisco’s leading citizens, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, says the same thing about his city.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Topics and links on this week’s program 2-28-2014:

Media Roundtable with Curtis Wackerle and Andy Stone:

Labor Department Investigates Aspen Businesses:

From Aspen Daily News:

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/161370

From Aspen Times:

http://www.aspentimes.com/news/10358272-113/violations-aspen-wages-agreed

Labor Department Sues Basalt Cleaning Company Over Wages Issues:

From Aspen Daily News:

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/161371

Hotel Aspen Expansion Plans:

From Aspen Daily News:

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/161374

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/161435

Dance, Dancing Bear, Dance:

From Aspen Daily News:

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/161347

It ain’t as good as it used to be…Lawrence Ferlinghetti Upset With San Francisco

From The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/23/is-san-francisco-losing-its-soul