Valley Roundup - January 24th, 2014

Jan 24, 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 Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, a columnist fro and former editor of the Aspen Times and Michael Miracle, Editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

The X Games are upon us and the word is that ESPN will continue them in Aspen for another five years.  The games bring a younger crowd to town.  Today we consider what Aspen looks like to a 20-something visitor.

Basalt is organizing a crowd-sourcing urban planning process.  The town wants residents to look ahead and imagine a future town.

Aspen will soon have an empty art museum to repurpose and the ideas for the space are rolling in.  The city wants a public service that will engage the community.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary - Netflix could be ready to press subscribers into the battle over net neutrality.

Mountain Edition - January 23rd, 2014

Jan 23, 2014

The X Games are in full swing, with eye popping jumps and bright lights. And, it’ll be on the calendar for five more years, thanks to a new agreement.

Hometown favorite Gretchen Bleiler is competing in this week’s event-- her last X Games before she retires.

Aspen Police say a so-called skimming device was discovered at a local ATM. We’ll find out what that means for locals.

Cell service can be a real pain in Snowmass Village. But improving coverage can be tricky.

We’ll hear how a state senator hopes to expand broadband internet in the Valley….

Whether there’s more snow coming any time soon…

And the long view from a decorated athlete... about his experience at the Olympics.

The 411 on the X Games

Jan 22, 2014
Roger Adams

For the 13th year Aspen hosts the X Games starting Thursday at the Buttermilk ski area. But, beyond the competitions on the hill, downtown Aspen will see concerts and events sharing in the spirit of the games. While it will be fun, it could lead to some traffic, parking and other issues for folks trying to get around town.

So, Aspen Public Radio has created a simple guide for the big questions you might have about the X Games, how to get there, where to park, tickets, breaking news and more.

Elise Thatcher

It’s been called a Swiss cheese mountain—that’s Aspen Mountain, and it’s filled with holes from a history of mining. Some caverns are ten stories high. Telling stories about them--and other tales of years gone by-- is all in a day’s work for History Coach Mike Monroney. He hosts ski tours for the Aspen Historical Society. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher clicked into her skis and joined the Aspen Mountain tour last week.

Below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher’s story.

This month’s Winter X Games will mean more road closures in Aspen than in previous years.  That's because the city wants to make way for music concerts downtown, in Wagner Park. Aspen is taking pains to make sure businesses and residents know what to expect…including a recent meeting at City Hall. 


Below is a transcript of Reporter Elise Thatcher's story:

Axwell: “Center of the Universe”

Aspen Skiing Company

The last ten days of the year is the busiest part of the ski season in Aspen. And smack in the middle of it, the Aspen Skiing Company was forced to close the fastest way to the top of Aspen Mountain. The Silver Queen Gondola was out of commission for three days, thanks to a broken bearing. Skiers had to take several lifts to the top, creating a kind of “Aspen unplugged” experience. That is, until the Ski Co had a private jet deliver the replacement part.  

Below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher's story:

Mountain Edition - December 12th, 2013

Dec 12, 2013

Seatbelts could have prevented some major injuries in a bus rollover that happened in October. That’s when A RFTA bus crashed near Carbondale.

The Pitkin County Jail is working on a set of policies for sexual assault. It’ll serve as a model for rural jails across Colorado.

Turns out, the higher you go in elevation...the bigger your brain gets. This brain swelling may be keeping high school athletes safer.

One of the largest citizen science efforts in the world kicks off on Sunday. The annual Christmas bird count includes volunteers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

And, Aspen’s Olympic history stretches way back. It begins when the first ski runs were being cut on Aspen the 1930’s. We’ll have more in the Road to Sochi.

Facebook/Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow

A Brooklyn-based author is exploring the effects of climate change on ski resorts from Europe to Montana and Colorado. Porter Fox wrote Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow. In it, Porter explores the lengthy history of skiing and talks to skiers and scientists around the world. He finds what he calls a “shocking truth,” that climate change could wipe out skiing over the next 75 years. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Porter.

Federal agents on the Front Range today are raiding medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations with the help of local authorities. We’ll have the latest.

A new method for handling criminals is ramping up in Pitkin County. Instead of incarceration, a new wellness program is being tried for people who fit the bill.

As the Greater Sage Grouse’s habitat disappears across the West, federal officials are deciding how strongly to protect some of its Colorado habitat. Local stakeholders are watching closely.

College students around the country are getting an inside glimpse into the social workings of the Roaring Fork Valley...through a book called “The Slums of Aspen.”

A Wall Street Journal reporter explores the early movers and shakers in developing fracking - one of them is a former Aspen resident.

Finally, the fastest distance Nordic skier in the U-S grew up in Aspen. We profile Noah Hoffman in the Road to Sochi series.

Valley Roundup - November 15th, 2013

Nov 15, 2013

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

Andy Stone and Curtis Wackerle join us to discuss the decades in the making decision on what to build at the foot of Aspen Mountain on the lift 1A site.

We talk today with Denver Post reporter Kurtis Lee about the controversy over new ads aimed at getting young people to sign up for health insurance.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary - cyber war steps ahead on conventional terrorism on the government’s threat list.

Its all head on today’s Valley Roundup.