Aspen

Marci Krivonen

As Colorado ushers in legalized retail marijuana, law enforcement is preparing for how to handle it. On January 1st, adults 21 and older will be able to purchase recreational pot at shops around the state. The first retail enterprise won't open in Aspen until later this winter. Still, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office is preparing. Sheriff Joe Disalvo says he wants recreational weed to "succeed safely" in the resort town. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. I’m Elise Thatcher.

Carolyn Sackariason and Andy Stone join us this week.

Basalt officials change course when it comes to helping residents kicked of a trailer park. It’s the latest in a years long saga to move residents out of a flood plain… and build more lucrative development.

“If there’s a piece of land that they could build on, why didn't they have that conversation several months ago?”

The local bus authority says they’re not going to put in seat belts to certain buses… several people were ejected during a bus crash this fall… but it’s really expensive putting belts in existing buses.

“The feds shouldn’t wait until 2016 for every bus to have seat belts. Just make it mandatory January 1st, and then every bus agency in the country has to figure it out.”

Also this week, Aspen announced what the city calls big cuts in green house gasses… and law enforcement plans to crack down on idling cars…

Later this hour we’ll talk with a reporter covering a wrongful death lawsuit in Vail… that’s after a teenager died in an in-bounds avalanche…

“I cannot imagine the pain and the heartache of sending a child skiing in the morning and getting that phone call from the authorities in the afternoon.”

And on the Download this week, our digital guru talks with perhaps the most dedicated public radio listener ever.

Stars on Aspen Ice with the Revolution Skating Club, featuring Olympian and Aspenite Jeremy Abbott, along with Peggy Behr of the Revolution Skating Club.

Tickets and more information: click here.

Rob St. Mary

The City of Aspen started the Canary Initiative in 2005 with an eye to trimming the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020. The city announced Wednesday it met the goal seven-years early.

“Well, we found out this year, to our great celebration, was that we actually achieved our goal this year. So, the City of Aspen reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 30.7%.  So, that’s a huge accomplishment.”

Aspen Historical Society/Tony Gauba collection

Over the last several weeks, we’ve heard from nearly a dozen athletes working toward competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics. That’s a big number and it isn’t uncommon. For decades, Aspen’s been either a hometown or training grounds for Olympic athletes. Since the 1930s, nearly thirty athletes with ties to Aspen have competed in the Olympic Games. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Yield to the Horse

Dec 4, 2013
Roger Adams

As the number of public trails in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley grows, one group of users wants to make sure their voice is heard. Pitkin County is in the process of connecting more trails...and equestrians want to make sure they have access. Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams reports.

“Its important that we all share the trails and work together.  We’re so lucky that Pitkin County is going to be involved in enhancing these trails.

Aspen Mentorship and Networking Program with Skippy Mesirow, Kimbo Brown-Scirato and Mike Jahn.

Also Kent Reed and Tom Egan on this Sunday's Holiday Stories at the Aspen Community Church produced by the Hudson Reed Ensemble.

Weather Closures

Dec 4, 2013
Rob St. Mary

* Aspen and Roaring Fork Public Schools are closed.

* The Garfield RE-2 School District that covers Rifle, Silt and New Castle is closed.

* All Colorado Mountain College campuses from Rifle to Aspen are closed today. That includes CMC learning locations in Rifle, the Glenwood Center, Carbondale, Spring Valley and Aspen. For more information, please call your local campus. The college's Central Services administrative offices in downtown Glenwood Springs remain open.

Get to Know Your Tree Salesman

Nov 29, 2013
Rob St. Mary

Based on historical evidence, evergreens livening up the Christmas celebrations date back to the 1400 or 1500s in Germany and Eastern Europe. Now, Joey Sissom hasn’t been selling Christmas trees in Aspen that long. But, he’s been doing it since 1978. While his tree lot has moved around a bit since he started 35 years ago, I caught him setting up in front of Clark’s Market in Aspen.

With over three-decades in the Christmas tree business, Sissom has a few things to share about what to consider if you are looking for the perfect "tannenbaum" for your celebrations.

"Free Dinner" Helps Fund the Buddy Program

Nov 28, 2013
Rob St. Mary

For well over 20 years, a staple of Aspen's Main Street opens the doors for a "free lunch" for a good cause every Thanksgiving afternoon.

From 11:30am-4pm today, the Hickory House offered an array of traditional favorites - turkey, roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, slaw and bread along with a drink and a pumpkin pie, of course, for the low, low price of "free". But, donations - suggested at $5 a plate - would go to help the Buddy Program

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