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The attorney who represents the teenager who was taken down forcefully in Aspen last month believes the police officer did not have probable cause to arrest him. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Instead of fighting the charges of underage marijuana possession and resisting arrest on the argument that Aspen Police officer Adam Loudon didn’t have probable cause to handcuff the high school student, he pleaded guilty on Monday.

Your Evening News - February 12th, 2015

Feb 12, 2015

First Lady to Visit Aspen this Weekend

Local law enforcement is preparing for a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama this weekend, according to sources. This will be her third President’s Day Weekend visit in Aspen. The past two years, the First Lady has brought her daughters, Sasha and Malia, to Aspen for a ski vacation. The Obamas stayed at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, friends of the First Family and the owners of the Aspen Skiing Company. The home is located on the Tiehack side of Buttermilk. That is the ski area where Michelle and the girls made turns in prior years.

It is unknown whether the Mrs. Obama’s daughters will come on this trip or whether the Crown’s will be hosting. The President is not expected to join his family in Aspen over the holiday weekend.

The Aspen Music Festival and School has announced its 2015 summer season. The organization’s 300 events will center around the theme “Dreams of Travel.” The Music Festival holds classical music performances for eight weeks and instructs students from around the world. This year, the organization attracted more student applications than ever before. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Festival CEO Alan Fletcher.

Here's a list of offerings from the Aspen Music Festival and School this summer:

For one year now, Colorado has allowed recreational marijuana stores to operate. In the Roaring Fork Valley, fourteen recreational pot shops are operating. Aspen Public Radio is examining the legal marijuana business from one end of the Valley to the other and, how momentum has shifted from the mid Valley to  Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher and Marci Krivonen report.

Longtime Carbondale resident Tom Bleskan is standing outside of what could be his new line of work. He’s next to a small warehouse.

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The new owners of Aspen’s Explore Booksellers say they bought the property and business because they want to promote new ideas. They also have a history of visiting Aspen and the book store. The $5 million sale closed earlier this month.

The new buyer is a group of investors connected to the Public Interest Network. The Network trains activists and supports non profits. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Wendy Wendlandt, a spokesperson for the group of buyers.

Today on CrossCurrents, the five final candidates who are applying for the old Aspen Art Museum Space – the Powerhouse.

Guests are:

Paul Kienast of The Gathering Place

Jackie Francis of The Aspen Science Center

Duncan Clauss of Aspen Brewing Company

Angie Callen of The Red Brick Center for the Arts

John Masters of Grassroots TV

Marci Krivonen

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told a small crowd in Aspen Thursday that action on climate change is needed now. Administrator Gina McCarthy timed her visit with the Winter X Games, to reach a younger crowd.

McCarthy’s visit was in conjunction with Protect Our Winters, a climate change advocacy group led by snow sports athletes. Standing next to the ski gondola, McCarthy emphasized how action on climate change is critical to economies like Aspen’s.

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Gay Ski Week is well underway in Aspen. The annual event features skiing, parties, comedy and film but it’s not just about fun. There’s an underlying emphasis on advocating for LGBTQ causes.

The non-profit that runs Gay Ski Week, Aspen Out, raises money for groups like the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Robin Wood-Mason, Deputy Director of the Foundation and Kevin McManamon, President of Aspen Out.

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During this year’s Winterskol celebration in Aspen, two large snow sculptures towered above passersby on the Mill Street Mall. Artist Thomas Barlow created the works. The Basalt-based artist has created more than two dozen snow sculptures at festivals and events across the globe. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with him mid-sculpt on Friday afternoon.

Artist Thomas Barlow thoughtfully slices his chainsaw through a large block of snow. The snow sprays on Barlow’s black jacket and sunglasses.

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Aspen resident and cross-country skier Noah Hoffman says he plans to race in the world championships this year after suffering a broken fibula in November. The 25-year-old distance skier fell at a World Cup race in Finland and he’s been recovering ever since. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with him late last month.

Noah Hoffman of Aspen is the U.S. Ski Team’s top distance skier. The World Championships are in Sweden in late February.

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