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APR Local News
9:43 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Aspen's First Retail Marijuana Store Prepares to Open

Silverpeak Apothecary will be Aspen's first retail marijuana store when it opens later this month.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Aspen’s first retail marijuana shop plans to open this month. Silverpeak Apothecary has been working on getting approvals from the City and Pitkin County. The business currently operates as a medical marijuana dispensary but, it’s tripling in size to meet the needs of a budding industry. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Silverpeak employee Zoe Higgins chats with a curious caller behind the counter at Silverpeak Apothecary.

"Good morning, what can we do for you? No, we’re not recreational yet. We’re hoping for early to mid-March," she says to the caller.

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Valley Roundup
3:28 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Valley Roundup - February 28th, 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.

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APR Local News
7:34 am
Thu February 27, 2014

New Website Features Aspen's "Modern" Architecture

The Koch Seminar Building is one of the buildings featured on the City of Aspen's new website. It highlights more than 70 modern properties built after World War Two.
Credit www.aspenmod.com

The City of Aspen launched a new website this week highlighting “modern era” local architecture. The 73 properties featured on the site were built post World War Two, mainly between the 1940s and 1970s. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

The mid-20th century was when Aspen went from being a quiet mountain town to an internationally known resort and the changes are reflected in the area’s architecture. Amy Simon is the Historic Preservation Officer with the City of Aspen.  

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APR Local News
9:01 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

After Sochi, Skier's Racing Season Isn't Over

Cross country ski sprinter Simi Hamilton's season isn't over yet. The Aspen resident raced in Sochi and will continue competing on the World Cup circuit over the next few weeks.
Credit Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team

Even though the Olympics are over Aspen cross country skier Simi Hamilton is preparing for his next race. The U.S. Ski Team has about three more weeks of competitions. Many of them are World Cup races. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with Hamilton in Finland, where he was taking a break from training.

Hamilton's one of four athletes from Aspen who competed in Sochi. The 26 year old is planning to compete in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

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APR Local News
11:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Hydro Project in West-Central Colorado Will Provide Aspen with Power

The Ridgway dam will provide power to the City of Aspen's utility later this year. The project has been in the works for decades but will start providing power for the first time this year.
Credit www.usbr.gov

The City of Aspen is working toward powering its utility with 100-percent renewable energy. A good chunk of that energy will come from a new hydropower facility in Ridgway, Colorado. If all goes according to plan, the City will start getting power from the facility on February 20th. Aspen’s one of two entities purchasing power from the plant. Mike Berry is with the Tri-County Water Conservancy District, the organization running the plant. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

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