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The situation is dismal in Colorado for mentally ill people who need to be hospitalized. As reported this week, a new analysis from the Colorado Department of Human Services shows the state has a significant shortage of hospital beds for this group. In Aspen, some end up in the jail and are taken to the nearest hospital - in Grand Junction - when a bed opens. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

Pedestrians flee as cars collide on Aspen's Main Street

Aug 24, 2015
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Police say a car accident that happened at one of Aspen’s busiest intersections could have been much worse. 

Just before noon Monday a four-door Audi sedan collided with a full-size pickup truck at the corner of Mill and Main Streets downtown. The truck was attempting to turn left onto Mill when the Audi ran a red light, smashed into the truck and sent it spinning upright. The impact sent the Audi up the curb. It stopped just shy of the entrance to ANB Bank.

Grant Henley was across the street when the crash happened.

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The hazy conditions in the upper Roaring Fork Valley Wednesday (8/19) were from wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest.

All day Wednesday, Aspen Environmental Health Specialist Jannette Whitcomb was checking the air quality in town. Two monitors track ozone and particulate matter. Despite the smog, the monitors recorded “good” air quality.

"The levels have gone up higher than normal because of the fires, but they’ve haven’t gotten into unhealthy ranges," she says.

Volunteers essential to USA Pro Challenge in Aspen

Aug 19, 2015
Marci Krivonen

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge brings to Aspen not just professional cyclists, but visitors, vendors and infrastructure. To put on the event that spans two days, the City of Aspen relies heavily on volunteers. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Volunteers trickle into headquarters in downtown Aspen early Wednesday. At the registration table, they grab lanyards and get directions.

"It’s slow and steady right now, but everyone’s excited and it’s good," says Beth Hansen.

Theatre Aspen attendance on the rise

Aug 6, 2015

Theatre Aspen sold ten thousand tickets to their shows last year. With a little less than a month to go in their summer season, they’ve already sold eleven thousand.

 

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A renowned climate scientist spoke in Aspen Tuesday about connecting the global challenge of climate change to local response. Katharine Hayhoe spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen about how climate change impacts Aspen and, the controversial White House plan announced Monday to cut carbon emissions.

An exploration of the Valley's deep film history

Jul 28, 2015

Colorado has a rich film history. From Woody Allen’s Sleeper to Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, The Hateful Eight, directors have been coming to the Centennial State for over a century to film westerns, ski films and action movies alike. And the Roaring Fork Valley has a deep and storied history of its own.

Concerns about how Aspen is developing prompted a city councilman Monday to ask for an analysis of development projects already approved. 

Aspen resident Ward Hauenstein told council Monday he’s worried.

"City government has had the vision and courage to limit growth. I fear that our representatives have lost that vision and courage."

Mountain Fair set to open 44th annual event

Jul 24, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Kimberly, the executive director of the Carbondale Council for the Arts and Humanities says that she expects somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people to attend Mountain fair. The festival features artists, music, food and poetry.

Artists bringing local flair to events this weekend

Jul 24, 2015

Two festivals this weekend attract proprietors from all over the country, but two valley residents are bringing their local style to the scene.

Sale marks new chapter at history-rich Smuggler Mine

Jul 22, 2015
Marci Krivonen

The $7.5 million dollar sale of Aspen’s Smuggler Mine Friday marks another chapter for a piece of land rich with history. The limited liability company Aspen Green Mountain purchased the 29-acre parcel from a group of friends whose connection with Smuggler includes heartache and hard work. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Dana Knight loads a trailer on a cloudy, rainy day. The now former owner of the Smuggler Mine property ran an auto repair shop on it for years, not far from the mine’s entrance.

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A new study in Aspen and Snowmass Village will attempt to quantify just how large the “vacation rental by owner” sector is. 

More visitors to Aspen and Snowmass are using websites like Airbnb and VRBO to book overnight stays. It’s unknown, though, how big this sector is compared to traditional hotels and lodges. The tourism agencies Stay Aspen Snowmass and Destimetrics are trying to find out. Bill Tomcich is with Stay Aspen Snowmass.

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To replace the aging Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs, the Colorado Department of Transportation needs more money. On Thursday (7/16) CDOT will request funding from the Elected Officials Transportation Committee. 

For decades the Aspen Valley Land Trust has kept open spaces in the Roaring Fork Valley from being developed. Now, the organization’s director is preparing to step down. Martha Cochran sat down with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen. She says the work AVLT has done to permanently preserve land is not just critical for views and historic land uses, like ranching, it’s important for wildlife.

Martha Cochran is executive director of Aspen Valley Land Trust. She’s stepping down at the end of the year, but intends to stay in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Aspen homes largest emitters in greenhouse gas report

Jul 7, 2015
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The City of Aspen will target homes and neighborhoods in a push to reduce its carbon footprint. The latest inventory of pollutants shows Aspen is falling behind in meeting goals to reduce emissions. 

Since 2004, greenhouse gas emissions in Aspen have dropped by 7.4 percent. Ashley Perl is with the City’s Canary Initiative that tracks this data.

"That’s no small task for our town because we’ve been growing a lot and our economy has grown as well, and we’ve enjoyed a great quality of life while continuing to reduce emissions.”

A tour through High Valley Farms marijuana greenhouse

Jul 6, 2015
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The marijuana industry in Colorado got some attention at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week. Festival participants toured a grow operation near Basalt and heard from experts about the somewhat bumpy rollout of recreational pot. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

There’s a few rules before you take a tour of High Valley Farms near Basalt.

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An effort to make Aspen a “City of Wellbeing” is underway. The initiative is in its beginning stages, but would connect community agencies, organizations and businesses to fill gaps in mental and physical health in the valley. Local resident Gina Murdock is spearheading the idea.

"We have a lot of healthy, fit people. But on the other side, we have one of the highest suicide rates in our county, per capita. So, for me, that’s a red flag. It’s one of the reasons I’m leading this."

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A Florida development company wants to build a new Four Seasons Hotel near Aspen’s “S” curves, but there’s a major hurdle first. Miami-based Cisneros Real Estate wants to annex nearly seven acres of County land at the base of Shadow Mountain in a residential neighborhood.

Aspen Ideas touches on violence, health care, religion

Jun 26, 2015
Marci Krivonen

Health care, violence and the wage gap are a few topics to be tackled at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. The 10-day event started Thursday (6/25). 

It’s the Festival’s eleventh year and this year it looks different.

"We decided to freshen it up a little bit and change some things around, and we’re sitting in a new pavilion," she says.

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