Save Wagner Park

Nov 6, 2013
Aspen Spin

FULL DISCLAIMER:   I live near Wagner Park in the center of Aspen.  I love Wagner Park.  My dog and I have played ball in Wagner Park almost every day for 11 years.  I believe that open spaces should be cherished and protected.   I want to save Wagner Park.

I have lost complete confidence in our elected officials and the City of Aspen to make well informed and reasonable decisions, especially concerning Wagner Park. They always seem to sell out to the highest bidder.  My Mom & Dad taught me to stick-up for myself, but warned me not to be a complainer.  Every once in a while those two traits come to loggerheads.   I don't want to sound like a complainer....but here's my take.

Valley Roundup - November 1st, 2013

Nov 1, 2013

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

Carolyn Sackariason and Andy Stone join us to discuss the election next Tuesday. Its an off year with ballots full of tax increase proposals.

Displaced residents from a Basalt trailer park show up en masse to a meeting with town officials. The mood was one of anger.

The dog operation called Krabloonik stumbles again as the general manager quits and Little Annie's reopens.

On the Download, the Ski Butlers go mobile and more scary ways to improve your brain functions.

Its all head on today’s Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - October 11th, 2013

Oct 11, 2013

This week on the show we discuss the top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley with Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone, former Editor and now a columnist for the Aspen Times. 

The government shutdown trudges on but Pitkin County is working to alleviate the pain by increasing access to a local attraction on federal land.

A proposal for funding public education has been called historic by Colorado’s governor. But, the ballot measure could stretch wallets.

The Aspen Skiing Company hopes to catch the eye of up and coming skiers from certain Asian countries.

And, changes may be in store if the USA Pro Challenge bike race returns to the upper Roaring Fork Valley next year. We talk with an economist who says big sporting events may not mean more money for the towns hosting them.

Finally, we get an update on local athletes training for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

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The Aspen Skiing Company is boosting its efforts this year to reach international visitors. The Company is working to attract skiers from new markets like Japan and China. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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As the Winter Olympics inch closer, we’re continuing to highlight the Aspen-area athletes who are training for the Games. Ski racer and Aspen native Wiley Maple is a speed demon. Last year, he was clocked going 95 miles per hour down a snowy course. But, Maple is more than just a skier, he loves art. During slow times at competitions, you can find him sketching to pass the time. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Heavy flooding on the Front Range has resulted in a mess. Oil and animal excrement from feedlots have spilled into or near rivers. The flooding put dams on the Front Range to the test as walls of water rushed down canyons and into towns. We’ll talk to the chief of dam safety for the state. The Roaring Fork Valley deals with suicide often more than other Colorado communities. One local non profit is trying to change that. Federal health care reform kicks into high gear next week when people can shop online for insurance. But, even with insurance, some patients struggle to get care. And, every month a Ute Indian spiritual leader leads a sweat in a cavern in Glenwood Springs. We’ll take you to the healing ceremony. And finally, we’ll introduce you to a local winter Olympic hopeful who learned to ride horses before she got on skis.

Mountain Edition - June 20th, 2013

Jun 20, 2013

The pipeline leak in Parachute several months ago has been repaired but the resulting spill is continuing to cause worries. On Sunday, levels of the chemical benzene went up. We ask officials why.

Our science reporter tells us about some heart irregularities that appear to be unique to high level snow skiers.

The Roaring Fork Valley has among the highest number of residents without health insurance in Colorado. As the rollout of Obamacare begins they may… or may not… get insured.

Some black bears seem to be choosing food from town again this year. We’ll talk with an expert about bear behavior and if coming to town is passed down to cubs.

All that and a conversation with painter Don Nice

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The scientific community agrees: exercise does a body good. When comparing a sedentary lifestyle spent on the couch versus being an active cross-country skier, the recommendation from doctors is a no brainer: Go grab those skis! Which is a lesson Aspenites have long taken to heart. But a recent study from Sweden complicates the simplistic “exercise is good” mantra that we are used to hearing.

That's the sound of 15-thousand cross country skiers simultaneously embarking on a grueling 90 km course. This is the Vasaloppet in Sweden.

UpSkiing for More Turns

Jun 12, 2013
Elise Thatcher

It’s summer in the Roaring Fork Valley – but there’s still enough snow for some skiing in the mountains. And one Carbondale resident is still getting after it…without lifts or traditional backcountry skiing equipment. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher recently spoke with Kevin Passmore, who makes something called an Upski.