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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.

Marci Krivonen

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

EPA Head: Climate Change An "Economic Issue" For Aspen

Jan 22, 2015
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.

Sculpting Snow In Downtown Aspen

Jan 12, 2015
Marci Krivonen

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.

Aspen Nordic Skier Recovering From Broken Fibula

Jan 2, 2015
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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.

Marci Krivonen

It’s one of the busiest times of the year in Aspen. Restaurants in the downtown core fill up early and stay busy until closing. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen visited the bustling kitchen at Cache Cache this week, where the staff was furiously chopping, sauteing and grilling food. Chris Lanter is the Executive Chef and co-owner of the restaurant that caters to all kinds, including celebrities.

Today on CrossCurrents, David Swersky and Jeff Edelson from Mountain Rescue-Aspen on the history of the organization and the new building opening this weekend.

About Mountain Rescue-Aspen:

Mountain Rescue-Aspen was incorporated in 1965 as a non-profit organization and is one of the oldest search and rescue teams in the state. We are accredited through the Rocky Mountain Region of the Mountain Rescue Association and work as a volunteer arm of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office; providing search and rescue services for Pitkin County and mutual aid for other counties in Colorado.

Our dedicated 50-member team annually donates thousands upon thousands of person-hours serving Pitkin County’s community and visitors. These hours represent time away from families to attend meetings and trainings; educate the public with our annual community avalanche seminar; teach children what to do if they are lost through the national “Hug-A-Tree” program, and of course, engage in search and rescue missions.

Unlike other emergency response agencies such as Police or Ambulance, or even Volunteer Fire, there is no tax base or public budget for Mountain Rescue. We are 100% unpaid volunteers who raise the funding we need each year through the solicitation of public donations and applications for local and state grants.

Your Evening News - December 24th, 2014

Dec 24, 2014

Crystal Palace Revue says “Farewell” Tomorrow

A decades old tradition in Aspen is coming to an end. Tomorrow will see the last performances of the Crystal Palace Revue. The vast majority of those performing worked at the Crystal Palace dinner theater in downtown Aspen from the 1960s through the late 2000s. After the iconic business sold, performances have continued during the holiday season. Nina Gabianelli oversees the Crystal Palace Players and explains busy schedules and other commitments make it time to move on.

“We don’t want to just slap something together, and have people not have a positive memory of the crystal palace. We want to make sure that what you remember is what we did best.”

Like in years past, tomorrow evening’s programs will feature satire including politics and the environment and will be held at the Wheeler Opera House.

Five Applicants Move Ahead In Old Power House Process

Nov 19, 2014
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Five applicants wanting to occupy space in the Old Power House building in Aspen will move onto the next round of review. Aspen City Council looked over recommendations Tuesday night from a committee charged with reviewing the proposals. The City-owned building used to house the Aspen Art Museum. 

The building’s attractive because of it’s location and potentially it’s price. The Aspen Art Museum paid $1 a year to occupy the space alongside the Roaring Fork River.

Photos: Veteran's Day In Aspen

Nov 12, 2014
Marci Krivonen

About 200 people recognized veterans on Tuesday during a ceremony near the courthouse in Aspen. A list of names of Aspen veterans who have died was read as part of the observance. 

The on-looking crowd stretched out from the Veteran’s Memorial Site to Main Street as friends and family members shared words about their vets. Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron said a debt is owed to those who protect our freedom.

Aspen Voters Talk About Their Top Issues

Nov 4, 2014
Elise Thatcher

Voters continued to stream into the Pitkin County Clerk’s Office in Aspen this afternoon. Filled-in ballots can be dropped off there and people can vote on-site until 7 o’clock tonight. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen caught up with some voters who talked about their top concerns.

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Friday was the deadline for businesses and non-profits to submit an application to operate in Aspen’s Old Power House. The building along the Roaring Fork River used to house the Aspen Art Museum.

Fifteen proposals were submitted to the City of Aspen ranging from a John Denver Museum and Cultural Center to a hostel. Other applications include a brewery, a homeless shelter and a science center.

Aspen Community Mourns Willard Clapper, Badge #64

Oct 17, 2014
Marci Krivonen

The Aspen community  is mourning the passing a long-time volunteer firefighter and former teacher. The Aspen Times reports Willard Clapper died at his home on Thursday after battling lymphoma. Clapper was raised in Aspen and, was well-known and well-loved by his community. On Friday his fellow firefighters held a remembrance.

New Snow Makes Avalanches In October Possible

Oct 1, 2014
CAIC

Wednesday’s big snowflakes were the first major sign of winter in Colorado’s high country and one organization is already warning powder hungry skiers to be wary of avalanches in the backcountry. 

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center put out a statement on Wednesday warning of avalanches in October. Avalanche Forecaster Scott Toepfer says it’s not uncommon to see slides this early in the season and usually skiers are unprepared.

How Colorado's High Country Became "Vacationland"

Sep 15, 2014
Marci Krivonen

As the entire Roaring Fork Valley takes a huge breath after a busy summer, we’re exploring why Colorado’s mountain resorts get so congested. It’s thanks in part, to an aggressive marketing effort that’s been growing since the 1940s. In his book “Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country,” University of Denver History Professor William Philpott says the effort to repackage Colorado as a tourist destination followed World War II. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with him.

Interview with Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty

Sep 13, 2014

Aspenbeat Radio: Interview with Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty Sep 13 2014

"It’s a celebration of making music, because music is more important than anything really, as far as we’re concerned."
--Jon Anderson, Sep 2014, Anderson Ponty Band

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The problem of domestic violence is being talked about nationally after footage of abuse by an NFL player went public earlier this week. And,  the National Domestic Violence Hotline reportedly has seen a spike in calls.

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You may have noticed traffic jams and crowded streets in Aspen this summer. These are all anecdotes indicating the resort experienced a busy summer. But, the data proves it too. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

You may have experienced headaches on your drive into Aspen this summer...as eastbound traffic piled up on Highway 82. Turns out, the number of cars heading in and out of town in June, July and August was up three-and-a-half percent over last year.

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