Aspen

Hopi Tribal Member Wants To Inspire Youth With Music

Apr 8, 2014
Aspen Ute Foundation

Ancestors of Aspen’s first inhabitants visited the area over the weekend. A Native American pow wow downtown Saturday included singing, drumming and dancing. Members of the Northern and Southern Ute tribes took part, as well as the Hopi and Pueblo tribes. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke to one of the participants. Moontee Sinquah is a Hopi tribal member from Arizona.

Marci Krivonen

Even though there’s still snow on the ground, local planning is already happening around wildfires. Prompted by large and destructive fires in recent years, the City of Aspen, Pitkin County and the local fire protection district are working together to make neighborhoods safer. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

It’s lightly snowing in a neighborhood east of Aspen as firefighter Parker Lathrop makes his way up a winding, paved road.

Mountain Edition - March 27th, 2014

Mar 27, 2014

A long-time local accused of murdering Aspen resident Nancy Pfister was in court on Wednesday. Kathy Carpenter is one of three arrested for the crime.

Voters in Basalt next week will elect three new Town Council members. We hear from business owners about what they want from the elected officials.

Across the nation the number of heroin and opiate overdoses is increasing...and, there’s an uptick in heroin use here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

We talk with two young men who have struggled with heroin addiction...they describe the pain of running out of the drug and the threat of overdose.

Elise Thatcher

One of Aspen’s longest running institutions is beginning a new era.The Aspen Community Church has shed its scaffolding and 2014 is its first year with a new roof and other structural improvements. Already, some say that’s had a real effect on what it’s like to spend time in the historic building. APR’s Elise Thatcher has more.

Marci Krivonen

At 52 years old, Chris Devlin-Young is one of the oldest alpine skiers competing in the Paralympics. A military plane crash years ago paralyzed the part-time Aspen resident from the knees down. Now, he competes in monoskiing and has four Paralympic medals to his name. This year, he’s hoping to add to that medal count. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Valley Roundup - March 7th, 2014

Mar 7, 2014

Joining us today are Carolyn Sackariason of the Aspen Daily News, Michael Miracle of Aspen Sojourner magazine and Andy Stone of the Aspen Times.

This week, the community processes the murder of a lifetime local.  Homicide is rare here and it is especially difficult when the victim is so well know.

Also this week, Aspen Valley Hospital parts ways with a longtime surgeon and signs up with a new surgical team.

And, a new Limelight in Snowmass is off the table…maybe.

One of NPR’s top international correspondents visited the valley this week.  Phillip Reeves gave audiences the backstory to Ukraine, Russia and Crimea.  Reeves sat down for interview with us and you’ll hear it just ahead on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Erik Leirfallom/U.S. Ski Team

Eight athletes who train in Aspen arrived in Sochi this week for the Paralympics. The Games’ opening ceremony kicks off Friday in Sochi and will be broadcast in Colorado on NBC Saturday morning. Carbondale resident Kevin Jardine coaches the Aspen athletes and works for the U.S. Olympic Committee. He told Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen being in Sochi is exciting.

BREAKING: Arrests Made in Nancy Pfister Homicide Case

Mar 3, 2014

The Pitkin County Sheriff's office arrested two people today in connection to the murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister. Pfister's body was discovered last week inside her West Buttermilk home. Authorities arrested William F. Styler III, 65 and Nancy Christine Styler, 62. Both are formerly from Castle Rock, Colorado. They moved to the Aspen area in the fall of 2013, where they rented out Ms. Pfister's home at 1833 West Buttermilk Road.

Aspen's First Retail Marijuana Store Prepares to Open

Mar 2, 2014
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.

Valley Roundup - February 28th, 2014

Feb 28, 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.

New Website Features Aspen's "Modern" Architecture

Feb 27, 2014
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.  

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

Feb 25, 2014
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.

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.

Aspen Police Release Pics & Video of ATM Scammer

Feb 7, 2014
Aspen Police Department

Aspen authorities are asking the public to look over a video...that may aid in a fraud case. On January 20th police discovered a “skimmer” on an ATM at the Wells Fargo Bank in Aspen. Thieves use such a device to read data strips on bank cards. A small camera was also attached to the ATM to record people punching in their ID numbers. That camera could lead authorities to a suspect.

Leary O'Gorman

Figure skater Jeremy Abbott, 28, began skating at the Aspen Ice Garden when he was two years old. Later, his family moved to Colorado Springs so he could train. This season is the four-time national champion’s last. In January, he set a record high score at the U.S. Championships in Boston. This will be Abbott’s second time at an Olympics. He told Aspen Public Radio in December that his broad range of abilities gives him an edge.

abcnews.go.com

The four Aspen-area athletes competing in the Winter Olympics arrive in Russia this week as the country prepares for opening ceremonies on Friday. Security in Sochi has been closely scrutinized after two suicide bombings killed 34 people in another Russian town in late December. And, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory last month for Americans traveling to the Games. Still, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee says security is being handled well by Russian authorities. For local athletes and family members traveling to Russia, safety is something they’re thinking about. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Valley Roundup - January 31st, 2014

Jan 31, 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 the Aspen Times’ Andy Stone and Aspen Daily News’ Curtis Wackerle. This  Week, Garfield County officials said they are asking the state not to impose new air pollution standards on oil and gas drilling rigs in the county.

Aspen’s most famous downtown, Ukrainian, penthouse-owners have been told the city will no longer jump every time they complain about noise from bars and restaurants.

Now that marijuana is legal, the conversation about pot has shifted.  One new topic is; how potheads should behave in public.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary – Big snow goes viral.  Also, break out the goldfish.  It might be Superbowl 48 in some quarters, to others its Weed Bowl 1.  Even Jello Biafra weighs in.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Woo and Hoo!

Jan 31, 2014
Roger Adams

Longtime locals are saying this is the most snow to fall from a single storm in decades.  It might not even be hyperbole to say it is shaping up to be an epic powder day.  All of this was predicted two weeks ago by meteorologist Cory Gates , owner of Aspenweather.net.  Gates focuses his forecasting skills on the hyper-local microclimates within the Roaring Fork Valley.  The really good news, says Gates, is that as February goes, so might go the rest of the winter; and February is looking good for snow.  He says we should all remember the number 140.  Gates spoke with APR's Roger Adams.

Aspen Sends Four Athletes To The Olympics in Sochi

Jan 29, 2014
Marci Krivonen

Aspen’s sending four athletes to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the community gathered Wednesday, to send them off. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was at the event at the Gondola Plaza. She filed this report.

"Welcome to our 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic send-off for our local Olympians!"

Chris Klug, a three-time Olympian, hosted the ceremony. A sizable crowd gathered under light snow while Klug introduced the four Olympic athletes.

"We extend sincere congratulations to Jeremy Abbott, Simi Hamilton, Noah Hoffman and Torin Yater-Wallace," he said.

Aspen Police Department

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating the possible theft of ATM user information from a bank in Aspen. On Monday, police discovered a “skimmer” on an ATM at Wells Fargo Bank. Thieves use the device to read data strips on bank cards. A small camera was also attached to the ATM to record when people punched in their ID numbers.

This kind of fraud has happened in Aspen before but this is the first time law enforcement was able to retrieve the skimmer before thieves removed it. Blair Weyer is a spokesperson for the Aspen Police Department.

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