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The Final Dish on Takah Sushi

Apr 30, 2015
Rob St. Mary

In 1981 sushi wasn’t the popular cuisine it would become. But, that was the year Aspen’s first such restaurant – Takah Sushi – opened. Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary has more on the long-time establishment that closed earlier this spring.

The City of Aspen’s local licensing authority will consider its first change of ownership application for a marijuana shop next month. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

A Denver man has applied to the city clerk’s office to potentially buy the Green Dragon on the Hyman Avenue Mall. The application says the buyer, Ryan Milligan, plans to invest $7.2 million dollars in the deal. It would be financed by a loan from Andrew Levine, also of Denver.

Doug Phelps is president of the board of directors for an organization that recently purchased Explore Booksellers. Public Interest Network saved the venerable bookstore from closing when it bought the Main Street property for $4.6 million. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

More about Explore Booksellers: http://www.explorebooksellers.com/

The city sales tax report for 2014 is in. It appears the Aspen economy has more than rebounded. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

People in Aspen shopped more, drank more, ate more and consumed pot more in 2014 than the previous year.

That’s according a recently-released sales tax consumption report, which shows economic activity within the city of Aspen last year is up 10 percent over 2013. That amounts to nearly $624 million in commerce.

Crested Butte Officials: Don't Visit This Weekend!

Sep 2, 2014
http://www.downtowncrestedbutte.com/

Most resort towns around these parts want you to visit this time of year, except for Crested Butte this weekend. That’s because the town of 1,500 will more than double in population as celebrities, major music acts and free beer will be on tap. It’s all part of an event for a Bud Light ad campaign. Chad Reich is program director at KBUT. He spoke to Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary about how his station, along with local police, are urging people who don’t live in Gunnison County, and who are not invited to the party, to stay home.

Ben Knight

  Film has played a major role in the fracking debate in Colorado and around the country. Tonight, there’s a new fracking movie showing at the Wheeler Opera House. “Dear Governor Hickenlooper” is a collection of short films about oil and gas drilling. Most are critical of the industry. Stash Wislocki is the Director of Dear Governor Hickenlooper film. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher.

Bringing CitiBank to Justice

Jul 16, 2014
DOJ

Reaction continues to come in to Monday’s massive 7 billion dollar settlement between Citigroup and the US Justice Department over misconduct that contributed to the great recession of 2008. Citigroup will pay four billion dollars in fines plus 2.5 billion for what’s called consumer relief.  

The US Attorney for the District of Colorado, John Walsh played a major role in the sleuthing of Citi’s wrongdoing.  He spoke from his office in Denver with APR’s Roger Adams.

Shemin Ge

Drilling for oil and gas brings up a lot of water. If operators don’t reuse it for something else, they often pump it back down into the ground. The water goes down in what are called  injection wells-- and new research shows they can definitely cause earthquakes, at least in Oklahoma. Geology Professor Shemin Ge is with the University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked on the study, and spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher. Ge says it took different kinds of scientists working together to figure out what’s going on.

Roger Adams

The word “fracking” has come to mean drilling in general for oil and gas-- and a major concern for communities and environmentalists in Colorado and elsewhere.In reality the process of hydraulic fracturing is a specialized procedure used to create cracks in shale deposits thousands of feet underground which in turn releases trapped natural gas.  There are hundreds of fracked wells in Garfield County. Often you can see them from the highway.  Recently Aspen Public Radio got a tour of a fracking operation run by WPX Energy near Parachute.  Hear the story by APR's Elise Thatcher below.  See a slideshow of photographs of the rig by APR's Roger Adams HERE.

Money Savvy Women

Feb 19, 2014
Wealth By Design

Women control just over one half of all wealth in the United States. By the end of this decade it projected women will control two thirds of this country’s wealth.  This shift will likely reshape the financial industry as women increasingly seek financial advisors who understand their attitudes toward money.  Men and women see money differently. Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams explains.

“Men will be more about making a rate of return; women are more on the relationship side.”

Danielle Howard has spent 21 years in the financial industry and now owns Wealth By Design, a small financial firm in Basalt.  She is one of a growing number of money advisors who are focusing on women clients and recognizing how women approach the subjects of investment, income and financial security.


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Big tech news came yesterday with word of Google paying $3.2 Billion in cash to purchase Nest Labs. Nest creates "smart thermostats" developed by original iPod designer and company CEO Tony Fadell.

Courtesy Telluride Watch Newspapers

The recent mining accident near Ouray was one of the worst in recent Colorado history. Two miners died and nearly two dozen were injured at the Revenue-Virginius mine, of Star Mine Operations.  More details about what happened are starting to come out. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with reporter Samantha Wright, who’s covering the accident for the Telluride Watch newspapers.

Elise Thatcher

There’s a wine shortage… and it could get worse. So predicts a recent report by banking giant Morgan Stanley. The report blames bad weather and other factors for a looming shortage of fine wines. What is not clear is if the forecast is right. At least one financial writer calls the report a ploy to boost certain investments. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Aspen sommelier Tim Baldwin, Assistant Food and Beverage Director at The Little Nell in Aspen. First, she asked him what his take is on the wine shortage.

Recreational marijuana shops won’t open their doors in Colorado until January and already several pot tourism companies are making plans to cash in on the new businesses.

Gordon Bronson and Michael Edinger, founders of Hub Aspen, a business incubator space they are hoping to launch in downtown Aspen.

www.hubaspen.com

Economic Boost from Bike Race? Probably not.

Oct 9, 2013
Roger Adams

Planning for next year’s USA Pro Challenge bike race in Aspen is already underway.   Despite some complaints this year because of road closures it appears the bike race has the support of local government officials and will become a yearly event.  This despite a lack of evidence showing any economic gains for the upper valley.   Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams explains:

Steve Skadron is Aspen’s Mayor .  This week Aspen Public Radio asked him what the was the economic boost from hosting the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race.

Rebecca Kruth

A recent report shows Aspen’s real estate market isn’t recovering as quickly as expected. The Estin Report shows things have improved some, but the market is nowhere near where it once was. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth spoke with the report’s author Tim Estin and filed this report.

For people tracking the nation’s climbing housing prices, Tim Estin’s findings in the high-priced Aspen market may come as a surprise.

Search for Next "Startup Idol" at Brainstorm TECH

Jul 24, 2013
Ellis Robinson / Aspen Public Radio

Entrepreneurs often have an easier time innovating than getting financial backing for their ideas.   At the Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen this week, five startup companies got a shot at selling their innovations to tech execs and big investors.  Think American Idol... startup style. For grand ideas that might have taken years to develop, they were given ... five minutes to convince the panel.

From the iPod to the AC - Tony Fadell of Nest Labs

Jul 8, 2013
File Photo

In 2001, Tony Fadell’s design for Apple revolutionized the music player and eventually the cellphone. Today, he’s the CEO and chief designer at Nest Labs - a company aiming to making your thermostat more beautiful, intuitive and energy efficient. Fadell was in town this week to present at the Aspen Ideas Festival and he spoke to Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary.

For more about Nest Labs: nest.com/

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