Your Morning News - February 16th, 2015

Feb 16, 2015

Teen in Court Tomorrow Following Aspen Arrest

An Aspen teenager will appear in court tomorrow to face four charges...including Obstructing a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Underage Possession of Marijuana and Underage Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Police say the boy resisted arrest after an officer allegedly saw him with marijuana at a bus stop near the school campus. He was taken down forcefully by two officers and a civilian. Videos taken by students at the scene show the altercation.

CO Sheriff’s Answer Federal Money Question

A statewide Sheriff's association says it wants to clarify details in a US Department of Justice review. The DOJ released an audit Friday showing a lack of accountability at sheriff’s offices around the state. The federal agency alleges about $700,000 in grant money was misspent on purchases including sweatshirts and taking spouses to dinner.

The grant money was meant for an automated service that tracks criminals in jail and alerts victims of any changes in an offender’s status. Pitkin County does use the service and is following up to see if it has been affected. The county provides its own notifications for victims.

Basalt Police Release Images Of Robbery Suspect

Jan 15, 2015
Basalt Police

Basalt Police continue to look for a suspect who robbed a liquor store with a knife Friday night. This week they released photographs. 

Just before 10 o’clock Friday night, a man robbed Jimbo’s Wine and Liquor downtown. Police report the man took out a knife and told a store employee to open the cash register. He got away with close to $1400.

On Monday the department released three images captured on a surveillance camera at Jimbo’s. Greg Knott is Chief of Police.

Later this month Basalt Town Council will consider “next steps” for downtown redevelopment. In 2014, a community-wide planning process began for 13 public and private acres. In the fall, a committee began culling the community’s ideas and eventually came up with recommendations on how they envision downtown. This year, the ideas may begin to take shape. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Mike Scanlon, Basalt’s Town Manager.

The Town is eyeing future redevelopment on the Pan and Fork, Lion’s Park and Clark’s Market properties.

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On Christmas Day aromas of cookies, turkey and other holiday foods will spill from kitchens up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. Baking and cooking in our region can be tricky because of its high elevation. Some food fanatics find it difficult to get their fare just right. Colorado State University’s extension office held a class in Basalt this month on how to prepare food in the high country. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was there and filed this report.

Marci Krivonen

A committee charged with brainstorming redevelopment ideas for downtown Basalt presented their findings on Thursday evening. The Downtown Area Advisory Committee met with Town Council, the Planning and Zoning committee and scores of interested citizens. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

The volunteer committee has been meeting regularly since October and pouring over ideas from the community and a map of downtown Basalt. Basalt is considering redeveloping several key parcels, including some riverfront acreage.

Marci Krivonen

The committee that’s reviewing ideas for downtown redevelopment in Basalt received a letter from local businesses last week. The business owners are concerned they’re not being included in the process.

The letter is signed by five property owners with land in the heart of downtown. The group charged with visioning redevelopment, the Downtown Area Advisory Committee, has included the private parcels in their consideration.

Marci Krivonen

A development group is now involved in the discussions around redeveloping downtown Basalt.

Lowe Enterprises has partnered with a landowner involved in the redevelopment process. Lowe built The Gant hotel in Aspen. They’re partnering with the Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation that owns 2.3 acres along Two Rivers Road, where a trailer park once stood. Town government owns adjacent land that sits in the floodplain and borders the Roaring Fork River.

Valley Roundup - October 31st, 2014

Oct 31, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week - getting citizens behind urban planning.  In Basalt, angry pro-development residents hammer town council.

In Aspen, the city tries citizen surveys to move on a lodging incentive package.

There is a big drug bust mid-valley with more arrest to come.  And for the now legal drug, more marijuana grow operations approved in Missouri Heights.

Also this week Sam Wyly says he is bankrupt.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary, a look at online election information.

Tensions were high at a packed Town Council meeting in Basalt Tuesday night, where the discussion was about downtown redevelopment. A group of people criticized council and the mayor, accusing them of hijacking the months-long community process of deciding what belongs on key parcels.  Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Mountain Edition - October 16th, 2014

Oct 16, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Hospitals in the Roaring Fork Valley are keeping an eye on how they should be prepared for Ebola cases.

New construction gears up in Basalt on two different projects.

There’s one contested Pitkin County Commissioners’ race this election. We hear from both candidates.

A poll of Latino voters shows this group is leaning toward Democratic candidates… but a large chunk believe that party may be taking them for granted.

Highly Efficient "Innovation Center" Breaks Ground

Oct 15, 2014
Marci Krivonen

A second groundbreaking in Basalt this week marked the start of construction on Rocky Mountain Institute’s “Innovation Center.” The non profit is building a $15 million highly energy efficient building near the Roaring Fork River in Old Town. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Marci Krivonen

Construction has started on a new 112-bed hotel in Willits that’s scheduled to open next year. At a groundbreaking event on Tuesday, developers said the hotel is another indicator of a turnaround at Willits, where work stalled during the recession. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Workers in fluorescent yellow vests dig dirt at a construction site alongside Highway 82. This is the latest sign of development and recovery at Willits.

Mountain Edition - September 25th, 2014

Sep 25, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

The Roaring Fork Valley is awash with fall colors this week.

Basalt puts together a commission to decide on a way to revitalize old town.

Health insurance rates are going down next year for some residents in the Glenwood Springs area. And that’s partly because some doctors and hospitals have agreed to get paid less.

U.S. Senate candidates in Colorado battle it out for the women’s vote in the November election.

And we look at the 35th annual Aspen Film Fest, opening this weekend.

Tonight (Tues 9/23) the Basalt Town Council will decide whether to approve members of a special board that will help make decisions on downtown development. The committee would, according to the Town Manager, “put more meat” on redevelopment ideas. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

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.

Marci Krivonen

School started this week for K-through-twelve students across the Roaring Fork Valley. This school year, kids in the Roaring Fork School District will see subtle changes. The district operates schools from Glenwood Springs to Basalt, and it’s rolling out a “visioning process.” Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Superintendent Diana Sirko about what the process means for kids in the classroom.

Diana Sirko is Superintendent of Schools for the Roaring Fork School District. It operates twelve schools, serving 5800 students in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. 

Head-On Vehicle Crashes Claim Two Lives

Aug 24, 2014
Marci Krivonen

Colorado State Patrol responded to two fatal accidents in our region Saturday. The first happened near Emma, on Highway 82. A 53-year-old Aspen man was killed just before 5pm in the westbound lanes. His name has not yet been released.

Marci Krivonen

Aspen and Snowmass Village have played host before to the USA Pro Challenge but, for the first time this year, the race will travel through Basalt and Carbondale. Cyclists begin “stage two” of the race in Aspen just after 10 o’clock Tuesday morning. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, Downvalley communities are rolling out the red carpet.

The "Bud Is Back" For Basalt Tea Company

Aug 12, 2014
Marci Krivonen

The Bud is back. Basalt’s successful international tea company is once again called Two Leaves and a Bud. A couple years ago the company shortened its name to Two Leaves Tea Company.  They heard from many customers about that and, last month the bud returned. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

Tea company founder Richard Rosenfeld takes the blame for shortening the company’s name. He thought the original name - Two Leaves and a Bud - was too long. It didn’t take long for customers to respond.

Women Target for Hunting & Fishing Skills

Jul 17, 2014
Lynn Waldorf

The number of women who are hunting and fishing is growing and in some years is outpacing the number of men who receive hunting licenses.  This trend hasn’t been missed by Colorado’s Division of Parks and Wildlife which relies heavily on license sales to fund its management of wild lands.  Earlier this week, Parks and Wildlife hosted a free hunting and fishing clinic for women in Basalt.  Dorothy Atkins went along and filed this report.