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Maurice LaMee was always a theatre guy. Even from his childhood, he was able to express himself on stage better than he could as himself.

City of Aspen

The scope of a new city development, combined with a booming construction market, has raised the price of building new police headquarters and affordable housing in Aspen.

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

In its attempt to get more social media followers, the Aspen Police Department had a bit of fun with the resort’s reputation as a party town.

Small plastic bag found at grocery store checkout causes internet stir

And time will tell if two developers who want to build lodging at the base of Aspen Mountain can play well together.

Joel Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow of Urban Futures at Chapman University and Executive Director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism.

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The book, “Life’s Little Instruction Book”, is a strong point of motivation for Tony Lewis. It’s also a strong area of contention. Lewis found the book in his mother’s bathroom.

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This year’s festival starts on Aug. 24 at the Wheeler Opera House. The event features over 40 films including, “Almost Sunrise”, the story of two Iraq war veterans who walk across the United States.

 

“I think our lineup is as stellar as it has ever been,” said Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler.

The festival ends on Sunday, July 30, with the film “Million Dollar Duck”.

New wildfire prevention program for Eagle County homeowners

Jul 7, 2016
Courtesy, Eagle County

Eagle County is offering incentives to help homeowners protect their properties against wildfires.

Through the REALfire program, homeowners can meet with fire specialists to identify dangers, like stacked firewood and dry brush.

Eric Lovgren, Eagle County’s wildfire mitigation specialist, said government agencies are set up to prevent fires on public lands. Homeowners are responsible for their own land.

  On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Barbara Platts present a compilation of the week’s news.

Topics include:

  • The vice president of the united states visited aspen over the weekend

  • An elected official is giving away money

  • Northstar Nature Reserve may no longer be the party spot of past year.... .

  • A choreographer returns to Aspen

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Art non-profits up and down the valley are currently campaigning for votes from community members as they compete for a  $7,000 grant from First Western Trust.

  Last month the Aspen City Council abruptly squelched a year of negotiations regarding the future of the city-owned original Aspen powerhouse, and directed staff to instead examine the building for government office use. Mayor Steve Skadron suggested that temporarily moving some city departments to the public building would allow the city to put on hold plans for building a new civic plaza on Galena street, and instead focus the community development office’s rehaul of planning and zoning guidelines.

Crowds tamed at North Star Preserve

Jul 5, 2016
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

Increased enforcement at North Star Nature Preserve appeared to be working over the holiday weekend. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there to see how the crowds are managed.

More cars towed this Fourth of July

Jul 5, 2016
Courtesy of Aspen Chamber

The City of Aspen towed twice as many cars during this year's busy Fourth of July festivities compared to 2014.

 

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This year, we are celebrating the 4th of July by reading the Declaration of Independence. APR staff as well as community members have teamed up to bring you this special piece.


Aspen’s grand plan to open up more parking has gotten strong reactions. Aspen Public Radio checked in with workers and tourists to find out what their feedback is, now that the effort is more than a month old.

Forest Service building in Aspen open to public

Jul 5, 2016
Ryer Gardenswartz, Aspen Public Radio

  The Forest Service Visitor Information Center at the entrance to Aspen is back in business today.

An elected official in Pitkin County has given away the thousand bucks someone left at her house anonymously earlier this year. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Commissioner Patti Clapper came home to an envelope left on her front gate with 10 $100 bills. She turned it over to the police, where it was held in evidence for a couple of months.

She was waiting for gift giver, who wrote on the envelope “for past good deeds,” to come forward and confirm it wasn’t politically motivated. The donor never came forward so she gave it away.

This week on Audio Canvas we meet with Sue Hostetler, vice chair of the board at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and chair of the featured artists lecture series. Find out all that the ranch has to offer this summer. 

First Draft - Ethan Canin

Jul 4, 2016

Highly regarded as both a novelist and a short story writer, Ethan Canin has ranged in his career from the "breathtaking" short stories of Emperor of the Air to the "stunning" novellas of The Palace Thief, from the "wise and beautiful" short novel Carry Me Across the Water to the "epic" America America. His short stories, which have been the basis for four Hollywood movies, have appeared in a wide range of magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, and Granta, and have been selected for many prize anthologies.

Germaine Dietsch founded Spellbinders in Denver in the 1980's. She discusses the organization's history , her personal inspirations, and how the organization grew from an idea to 18 national and international chapters today.  

Learn more about Spellbinders and how you can get involved at www.spellbinders.org.   

Carolyne Heldman / Aspen Public Radio

  Morning Edition host Renee Montagne moderated several big picture discussions during last week’s ideas festival, and also stopped by Aspen Public Radio to meet listeners and speak about her career during our lawn party June 30th. She also touched on the polarized rhetoric throughout the presidential primaries - a continued result of years of diminished cultural dialog.  

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