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Aspen City Councilman Bert Myrin wants to know why the new police department building is slated to run on natural gas.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup.

The Aspen community lost a veteran newspaper columnist this week. Su Lum embodied watchdog journalism and never held back. Her co-workers and loyal readers remember her as a no-nonsense Aspen icon.

Longtime Aspen Times columnist Su Lum, known for acerbic wit, dies at age 80

Law enforcement agencies and elected officials up and down the valley are looking at alternative ways to combat mental illness issues that are becoming public safety concerns. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor for the Aspen Daily News, and Roger Marolt and Andy Stone, both columnists for the Aspen Times.

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today on Aspen Public Radio.

 

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A member of the Kennedy family was arrested in Aspen Thursday morning. 22-year-old John Conor Kennedy was arrested outside of the nightclub, Bootsy Bellows.

As Aspen police officers increasingly respond to calls related to drugs and alcohol, homelessness and other mental health related issues, a new kind of policing has emerged. Elected officials recently signed off on a one hundred thousand dollar experiment to see if dedicating one highly trained officer helps in the field. Carolyn Sackariason spoke with Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor about the new — and unprecedented — position he’s creating.  

There have been some unusual arrests lately, fueled by meth. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup to discuss this growing epidemic are Jason Auslander, crime reporter for the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

  The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is resurrecting a program for sexual assault victims in the valley. The SANE program, which stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, has been dormant for four years. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with District Attorney Sherry Caloia about the effort.

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 Details about an hours-long hostage incident on Independence Pass show alleged gunman Brolin McConnell, of Colorado Springs, believed he was in a Truman Show-like scenario and that his life was in danger. Twelve accounts from victims and witnesses were collected and made available from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office yesterday.

City of Aspen

The scope of a new city development, combined with a booming construction market, has raised the price of building new police headquarters and affordable housing in Aspen.

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

In its attempt to get more social media followers, the Aspen Police Department had a bit of fun with the resort’s reputation as a party town.

Small plastic bag found at grocery store checkout causes internet stir

And time will tell if two developers who want to build lodging at the base of Aspen Mountain can play well together.

 The annual Aspen Police Department bike auction raised a record amount of money for the city.

  "Drug Take Back" day takes place Saturday at the Aspen Police Department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It’s an event where people can anonymously drop off medication that will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

Police will accept prescription medication in the form of tablets, capsules and other solids. The Aspen Police Department hosts this event twice a year — in the spring and fall, to give people the opportunity to dispose of drugs that are expired or unused.

$1K left anonymously for PitCo official

Feb 29, 2016

An elected official in Pitkin County is trying to find out who left a thousand dollars in cash on her front gate earlier this month. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

County commissioner Patti Clapper returned from work one day to find an envelope addressed to “Pat C.” written on it and 10 $100 bills inside. The anonymous note said, “for past good deeds.”

 

She says her first reaction was she that wanted to throw up.

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  The Aspen City Council approved the initial development steps for city employee housing during its meeting on Monday. The resolution passed 4-1, Councilman Bert Myrin was the dissenting vote.

X crowds keep law enforcement on watch

Feb 1, 2016
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With over 100,000 people attending this past weekend’s Winter X Games, law enforcement questioned hundreds of people related to everything from intoxication to marijuana possession. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Cops no longer idling

Dec 7, 2015

  Law enforcement agencies have stopped idling their patrol cars after Aspen Public Radio reported in March the engines were running unattended for long periods of time.

 

 

 

Top brass sat the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Aspen Police Department told their staff to end the practice. Bill Linn is assistant police chief.

“We sent a very strong message to everybody and said, look, you cannot be idling cars. This is against policy and don’t do it,” he says.

PitCo deputies get raises; still lower than most in state

Nov 2, 2015

 

Deputies in the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office are getting raises but their pay is woefully lower than other Colorado cops. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

 

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo says he did a salary comparison with several comparable law enforcement agencies in the valley and around the state. He did that after some of his deputies started asking why they were some of the lowest paid cops in among their peers.

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Snowmass Village Police continue to investigate a report last week of a sexual assault. A woman walking home from a friend’s house was reportedly attacked. The investigation is ongoing but few details are emerging. Law enforcement says such a sensitive crime needs a certain level of privacy, especially in a small town. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Reporter: "The occurrence of sexual assault crimes like this, how common is it that your department handles such cases?"

Chief Brian Olson: "Looking back at statistics, we investigate two cases a year."

Suspected pot robber back in Aspen

Aug 12, 2015

  The Aspen man accused of robbing a local pot dispensary is back in Pitkin County. He was being held in St. Louis, after he fled from police.

A paperwork mix up in St. Louis County landed Hayden May in the custody of Roaring Fork Valley local authorities. Authorities in Missouri never served him the warrant related to the high speed chase he led police on and the resulting head-on collision with an officer. That meant he could no longer be in the custody of St. Louis County.

  An Aspen retail marijuana shop was robbed on Tuesday. As of that night, the man is still at large. At 12:30pm Tuesday, a twenty something year old man stole marijuana from a store downtown called Stash. Owner Garrett Patrick calculates more than 400 grams were stolen, but declines to say what the value is.

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