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Bear activity in downtown Aspen is at an all time high this fall, and officials are urging people to secure their trash. Bad human behavior at the recycling center on Rio Grande Place is proving to be a challenge for Liz Chapman, who is the city’s waste reduction and environmental health specialist. Each morning, she picks up garbage that bears got into. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason joined her to talk about the problem.

This week on Curated, we take a tour of Owl Farm, longtime home of the late gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson, in Woody Creek, Colorado. His widow Anita Thompson shares her plans to turn his home into a museum, and his friends recall the time he ran for Pitkin County Sheriff in 1970. 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, David Krause, editor of The Aspen Times, and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

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Several bears have been spotted in downtown Aspen looking for an easy meal. Earlier this week, a mom and two cubs had posted up in a tree on the Hyman Avenue mall. When the bears came down, photo takers surrounded them, trying to get selfies.

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Reporter Alycin Bektesh stopped by the Aspen Homeless Shelter’s day center recently to check in on summer use, new programs and preparations for the winter season.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me in the studio this week are Jason Auslander, a reporter for the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News. And later, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent will join me via Skype.

 

 

Police are getting closer to identifying the suspect who slashed a $3 million painting in an Aspen gallery.

On this week's Cross Currents, we talk about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is April.

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 Welcome to Valley Roundup.

 

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, who spoke via Skype, and in the studio, Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times and Barbara Platts, digital content manager at Aspen Public Radio.

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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.

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