Valley Roundup

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In our survey of the week’s top stories, Valley Roundup brings together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the news. Valley Roundup goes beyond the headlines with reporters and editors discussing issues important to the Roaring Fork Valley.  These journalists are keeping an eye on local government, public utilities, the environment, the arts and much more.  On Valley Roundup each week, they’ll be in casual conversation about the stories they cover and why they matter to us.   

Valley Roundup is more than just a week-in-review – it’s your connection to your community and beyond.

Hosted by APR News Director Carolyn Sackarison, guests include editors and reporters from The Aspen Daily News, The Aspen Times, The Glenwood Springs Post
Independent, and others.  

Valley Roundup received a Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) Award of Excellence for Best Public Affairs Program in 2015. 

Support for Valley Roundup on Aspen Public Radio comes from Balcomb and Green, PC, a full-service law firm with offices in Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Basalt. Learn more at www.balcombgreen.com.

Valley Roundup - July 11th, 2014

Jul 11, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories of the week in the Roaring Fork Valley.

This week - Fracking. 

Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Times toured a drilling and hydraulic fracturing rig in Parachute recently and this week our stories ran.  Joining us are Scott Condon reporter for the Aspen Times and our own Elise Thatcher.

On the November ballot this year voters will have a number of fracking issues to decide, among them whether local communities should have control over oil and gas exploration.

Our reporting looked at one fracking operation run by WPX Energy.  It is one of the big players in the industry.  We got an up close look at what is going on at drilling rig H & P 318.

Valley Roundup - July 4th, 2014

Jul 4, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup for Friday July 4, 2014. 

This week we feature a single interview on the show.  Admiral Mike McConnell retired this week from his post as Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton the giant intelligence contractor for the U.S. Government.  Most people know it as the company that employed Edward Snowden. 

In his long career Admiral McConnell also served as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the 1990’s.  He was Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama and was the top intelligence officer for General Colin Powell in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003. 

It was Powell who told President Bush before the invasion that, “If you break it you own it.” In an interview, McConnell told us that what is happening now in Iraq validates Powell’s prediction. 

McConnell was in town for the Aspen Ideas Festival and we spoke in his room at the Aspen Meadows.  Note: an edited version of this interview aired earlier in the week.

Valley Roundup - June 13th, 2014

Jun 13, 2014

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

Joining us today are Curtis Wackerle from the Aspen Daily News, Michael Miracle from Aspen Sojourner magazine and fresh off several weeks of vacation, Andy Stone from the Aspen Times.

A massive wedding planned for tomorrow in Little Annie Basin is drawing fire around town for being too big, too intrusive and too insensitive to neighbors

Colorado County Sheriffs are in town this week for a conference.  Most don’t share Pitkin County Sheriff Jo DiSalvo’s views on guns or marijuana.

Also this week, more thoughts about Aspen’s new lodging incentives.

And a lively discussion about school shootings and gun rights.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - June 6th, 2014

Jun 6, 2014

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

Joining us today are Carolyn Sackariason from the Aspen Daily News and Michael Miracle from Aspen Sojourner magazine.

The judge in the Nancy Pfister murder case this week rescheduled a preliminary hearing for later in the month.  She also denied a motion to allow separate trials for the accused.

The building housing Aspen’s Explore Booksellers is on the market.  It unclear what that means for the bookstore

Also this week, a plan to open a small business incubator in Aspen.

And activist and artist Lee Mulcahy loses an appeal of his ban from Aspen Institute property.  He is also still banned from Skico properties and the Aspen Art Museum.

On the Download with Rob St. Mary we look at how best to increase and distribute broadband access in the mountains.

It’s all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - May 30th, 2014

May 30, 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.

Valley Roundup Special - Mental Health

May 23, 2014

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.

Valley Roundup - May 16th, 2014

May 16, 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.

Valley Roundup - April 24th, 2014

Apr 25, 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 Curtis Wackerle from the Aspen Daily News and Michael Miracle from Aspen Sojourner magazine..

This week, Aspen City Council gave the cold shoulder to the much debated hydro-electric power plant proposal.  The city will instead pursue other renewable sources of power.

Council also agreed in principle this week that Aspen’s core should be allowed to get louder at night than current noise rules allow.

Also today some case files in the Nancy Pfister murder are opened but they reveal little.  And more construction and an upgraded credit rating provide more evidence that Aspen has emerged from the great recession.

Valley Roundup - April 11th, 2014

Apr 11, 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 Sackariason from the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone from the Aspen Times.

This week, the prosecution’s case against the accused in the Nancy Pfister murder moves closer to being unsealed.

Commercial Real Estate in downtown Aspen is moving and with it come the closure of the Ute City Restaurant and the sale of the building that’s home to the Aspen Daily News.

Also today keeping things behind closed doors…Aspen Valley Hospital calls off what some say was a stealth board of directors election

On the Download with Rob St. Mary malware and heartbleeds, from hospitals to Google searches it seems nothing is secure anymore.

Valley Roundup - April 4th, 2014

Apr 4, 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 Michael Miracle of Aspen Sojourner magazine and Andy Stone from the Aspen Times.

This week, a discussion of wealth and the widening income gap in Aspen.  Some fear there will soon be no middle.

Young people in Aspen face a tough road to becoming old Aspenites.  A new survey shows housing, wages and business opportunities are barriers to Aspen’s Next Generation

Also Aspen begins talking about raising the city’s lodging tax.

On the Download with Rob St. Mary its spring and time to talk baseball, pot and poetry.

Valley Roundup - March 28th, 2014

Mar 28, 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 Curtis Wackerle, from the Aspen Daily News and Michael Miracle of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

This week saw another court proceeding in the Nancy Pfister murder case.  Also a story emerges that sheds some light on the relationship between Pfister and one of those accused in her murder.

Colorado Mountain College is cutting employees hours to avoid paying health care costs mandated by Obamacare – not everyone is happy with the decision.

And, as the Basalt municipal election gets closer candidates for town council wrestle with the ongoing issue of Willits vs Downtown.

One the Download with Rob St. Mary we discuss Facebook’s big plans to deploy drones and look at a possible solution for keeping people off their phones at dinner.  Its all coming up on today’s Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - March 21st, 2014

Mar 21, 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.

Valley Roundup - March 14th, 2014

Mar 14, 2014

Rundown Pending

Valley Roundup - March 7th, 2014

Mar 7, 2014

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

This week, the community processes the murder of a lifetime local.  Homicide is rare here and it is especially difficult when the victim is so well know.

Also this week, Aspen Valley Hospital parts ways with a longtime surgeon and signs up with a new surgical team.

And, a new Limelight in Snowmass is off the table…maybe.

One of NPR’s top international correspondents visited the valley this week.  Phillip Reeves gave audiences the backstory to Ukraine, Russia and Crimea.  Reeves sat down for interview with us and you’ll hear it just ahead on this week’s Valley Roundup.

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.

Valley Roundup - February 21st, 2014

Feb 21, 2014

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

Carolyn Sackariason, from the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone from the Aspen Times, join us today.

This week, the evolving story about relocating residents of the Pan and Fork trailer park in Basalt.  Eight families remain and their communications with the town are deteriorating.

In Aspen, a proposed Habitat For Humanity project moves forward. 

And following a bus crash last year, attorneys start digging into the safety record of the Roaring Fork Transit Authority.

Also today, we talk today with a senior political reporter at Politico about a meeting next week in Colorado of high-end Republican party donors.  Organized by a supporter of gay marriage, these GOP donors want to reshape the direction of the party.

And, on the download with Rob St. Mary – How the web makes it easy to financially support public radio.

It's all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - February 14th, 2014

Feb 14, 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.

We’ll discuss Garfield County’s intention to sue the State of Colorado over the high cost of health care premiums in mountain communities.  If the county were to win the effects could be felt up and down the valley.

Also this week the Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled against a developer who challenged Aspen’s affordable housing program requirements.

Retail marijuana will soon be for sale in Aspen.  To assure a smooth rollout in the community, local officials have created the Valley Marijuana Council.

This week a top executive of Colorado’s health care exchange was put on leave after she was indicted for fraud and embezzlement in Montana.We’ll talk with Clair Johnson, the Billings Gazette reporter who broke the story of the indictments.

And, on the download with Rob St. Mary – What to do about reporting Olympics results from Sochi, Russia.  Does social media require spoiler alerts?

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - February 7th, 2014

Feb 7, 2014

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

The Aspen Times’ Andy Stone and Aspen Daily News’ Carolyn Sackariason join us this week to discuss:

The death of a friend; Stewart Oksenhorn chose this week to take his own life.

The snow that keeps on coming; the wet heavy kind.

Aspen goes after homeowners who rent out their place and don’t pay any lodging tax.

The TSA goes fast-track at Aspen Airport.

Casa Tua is off the hook for its big-pour to a local drunk.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary – Tracking the local Sochi connection. Also, robots writing poetry; the horror, the horror.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - January 31st, 2014

Jan 31, 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 the Aspen Times’ Andy Stone and Aspen Daily News’ Curtis Wackerle. This  Week, Garfield County officials said they are asking the state not to impose new air pollution standards on oil and gas drilling rigs in the county.

Aspen’s most famous downtown, Ukrainian, penthouse-owners have been told the city will no longer jump every time they complain about noise from bars and restaurants.

Now that marijuana is legal, the conversation about pot has shifted.  One new topic is; how potheads should behave in public.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary – Big snow goes viral.  Also, break out the goldfish.  It might be Superbowl 48 in some quarters, to others its Weed Bowl 1.  Even Jello Biafra weighs in.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - January 24th, 2014

Jan 24, 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 Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, a columnist fro and former editor of the Aspen Times and Michael Miracle, Editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

The X Games are upon us and the word is that ESPN will continue them in Aspen for another five years.  The games bring a younger crowd to town.  Today we consider what Aspen looks like to a 20-something visitor.

Basalt is organizing a crowd-sourcing urban planning process.  The town wants residents to look ahead and imagine a future town.

Aspen will soon have an empty art museum to repurpose and the ideas for the space are rolling in.  The city wants a public service that will engage the community.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary - Netflix could be ready to press subscribers into the battle over net neutrality.

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