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Rematch: State House District 61

Oct 6, 2014
Denver University

In some ways the election in state house district 61 is a rematch.  The district includes Summit, Lake and Pitkin counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties. Democrat Millie Hamner won the district two years ago beating, among others, Debra Irvine.  Despite that loss, this year, Irvine, a Republican, is back to challenge Hamner.

Irvine – “Well, its not about me and if it was about me I probably wouldn’t because it is very difficult.  Its hard to put yourself out there.”

Especially hard she says when her campaign manager husband returns from the post office with negative mailers in support of the incumbent.  APR's Roger Adams talked with Irvine and Hamner and has this report.

Valley Roundup - September 26th, 2014

Sep 26, 2014

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

This week  - Vice President Joe Biden and his 44-car entourage storm in an out of Aspen.  Criticism rises in his wake.

The gig is up for the secret to free parking in Aspen.  It has been costing the city more than fifty thousand dollars a month.  The finger pointing has begun.

Also this week, we talk bears.

And, a Denver Business Journal health care reporter helps explain why insurance rates might actually be going down in the roaring Fork Valley.

Jim Elwood, outgoing Director of the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.
Aspen-Pitkin County Airport

Aspen Airport Director Jim Elwood has moved on to new horizons. After leading Pitkin County’s airport for more than a decade, he’s taken the helm at Jackson Hole Airport. Elwood led the Aspen air hub through many challenges, including resolving runway extension problems and helping draft the first master plan in two decades. The Aspen-Pitkin County the airport is now conducting a national search to find a new Director. Elwood talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams.

Valley Roundup - August 29th, 2014

Aug 29, 2014

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

This week  - Aspen City Council dumps its much despised lodging incentive ordinance that would allow giant hotels and cut affordable housing. 

Glenwood residents get ready to vent about the Grand Avenue Bridge

Also this week, the tortoises head for a warmer spot as the Aspen Art Museum gets worldwide publicity

And, on the download, computer devices edge out clothes as must haves for students this year.

Valley Roundup - August 22nd, 2014

Aug 22, 2014

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

The big bike race has come and gone.  This year is went through Basalt and Carbondale and aside from a traffic jam in aspen reviews have been positive.

The Grand Avenue bridge replacement project in Glenwood Springs continues to generate heat.  State officials essentially say take it or leave it.

Also, this week a petition in Aspen calls for a public vote on whether to allow, among other things four story buildings at the base of the mountain.

Joining us to discuss these issues are Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, a former Editor of and now columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex Editor of the Glenwood Post Independent. 

Valley Roundup - August 15th, 2014

Aug 15, 2014

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

This week - development plans up and down the valley.  The character of Aspen could be altered by a massive new ordinance passed by city council.  It will allow new and taller buildings

In Glenwood the future includes a big new bridge.

The bike race is back and so is the political junkie…at least on valley roundup.  Ken Rudin looks at the elections.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary – recording sound without a microphone.

Interview: Sen. Mark Udall

Jul 28, 2014
markudall.senate.gov

U.S. Senator for Colorado Mark Udall is locked in a fierce race to keep his seat this fall.  His major opponent is Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner.  Udall was in aspen over the weekend (7/25 - 7/27) meeting with voters and raising money for what has become a national contest.  It is one of seven Senate seats that could decide which party controls the chamber after election day; 11/4/14.  The Senator stopped at Aspen Public Radio's studios on Saturday (7/26) and spoke with APR's Roger Adams.   The radio edit and longer unedited interview are below.

Valley Roundup - July 25th, 2014

Jul 25, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup. 

On today’s show we discuss the week’s top news stories in the valley with Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Managing Editor Curtis Wackerle.

On this week’s show we discuss Aspen’s future as an international hub for skiing and mountaineering.

Also, some push back from developers over what’s next for the former Pan and Fork trailer park in Basalt and three men received fines this week for trying to illegally build a mountain bike trail.

This week, the Glenwood Post Independent ran a story in Spanish.  Its not the first time and today we talk with Editor Randy Essex about what a bilingual news service looks like.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary we consider "the selfie" - the most personal of art forms is not without its pitfalls.

Valley Roundup - July 18th, 2014

Jul 18, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup.  It’s a review of the top news stories of the week in Aspen and beyond.

Joining us today are Andy Stone, former editor of and now columnist for the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News.

This week there was a double-homicide in El Jebel.  The same week a pedestrian was hit and killed on highway 82, this comes on the heels of a high profile murder in Aspen and the death of a rafter.  Today we reflect on how big city this all sounds.

Also, are we loving the outdoors to death?  Judging for the Conundrum Hot Springs…maybe so.

Proposals are lining up for what to do with the old Aspen Art Museum, we look at the Lodging incentive program and the strange partnership of Lee Mulcahy and Maurice Emmer.

On the download with Rob St. Mary a how-to for safe sexting.  It’s all ahead on Valley Roundup.

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.

Valley Roundup - July 11th, 2014

Jul 11, 2014

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

This week - Fracking. 

Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Times toured a drilling and hydraulic fracturing rig in Parachute recently and this week our stories ran.  Joining us are Scott Condon reporter for the Aspen Times and our own Elise Thatcher.

On the November ballot this year voters will have a number of fracking issues to decide, among them whether local communities should have control over oil and gas exploration.

Our reporting looked at one fracking operation run by WPX Energy.  It is one of the big players in the industry.  We got an up close look at what is going on at drilling rig H & P 318.

The Frackers

Jul 8, 2014
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.

Valley Roundup - July 4th, 2014

Jul 4, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup for Friday July 4, 2014. 

This week we feature a single interview on the show.  Admiral Mike McConnell retired this week from his post as Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton the giant intelligence contractor for the U.S. Government.  Most people know it as the company that employed Edward Snowden. 

In his long career Admiral McConnell also served as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the 1990’s.  He was Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama and was the top intelligence officer for General Colin Powell in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003. 

It was Powell who told President Bush before the invasion that, “If you break it you own it.” In an interview, McConnell told us that what is happening now in Iraq validates Powell’s prediction. 

McConnell was in town for the Aspen Ideas Festival and we spoke in his room at the Aspen Meadows.  Note: an edited version of this interview aired earlier in the week.

Interview: Admiral Mike McConnell

Jul 1, 2014
James Fischer - BAH

Admiral Mike McConnell retired yesterday.  McConnell was Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, the giant intelligence contractor for the U.S. Government.  Most people know it now as the company that employed Edward Snowden. 

In his long career Admiral McConnell also served as Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama.  He was director of the National Security Agency from 1992-1996.   McConnell was the top intelligence officer for General Colin Powell in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003.  It was Powell who told President Bush before the invasion that, “If you break it you own it.” In an interview, McConnell said that what is happening now in Iraq validates Powell’s prediction.  McConnell is in town for the Aspen Ideas Festival at the Aspen Institute.  He spoke with APR's Roger Adams.

Valley Roundup - June 20th, 2014

Jun 20, 2014

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

There is a guilty plea today from William Styler in the murder of Aspen local Nancy Pfister.  He will be sentenced to 20 years.  Also all charges were dropped against Kathy Carpenter. We’ll hear the details from our Elise Thatcher.

Also joining us today are Carolyn Sackariason from the Aspen Daily News, Michael Miracle from Aspen Sojourner magazine and  Andy Stone from the Aspen Times. 

We’ll talk about the new real estate magnate in Aspen.  His name is Mark Hunt and he gave an exclusive interview to the Aspen Daily News this week.  Carolyn tells us about it.

Also the Pitkin County Commission responds to the big wedding and

On the Download we learn why Facebook has lost the hip.  Teens are exiting in large numbers.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Theater Apprentice

Jun 16, 2014

  When Theater Aspen’s season kicks off next week (6-24-2014) the company will have ten apprentices working in all aspects of the productions.  This is the second year of the Theater Aspen Apprentice Program.  It is a chance for young actors as well as lighting, sound and costume designers who are just getting started to work in a professional setting.   David Gram is associate artistic director and coordinator of the apprentice program at Theater Aspen, actor Allie Walsh was one of ten apprentices last year in the inaugural program.  She has returned this summer to work with the company.  They spoke with APR’s Roger Adams.

La Nueva Mix in Aspen?

Jun 10, 2014
Roger Adams

About a third of the people living in the Roaring Fork Valley are Latino and in the Hispanic community many people use Spanish in their daily lives.  This is also true for how the community consumes media.  And yet the majority of media in the valley is in English, especially in the upper valley.  On Wednesday (6-11-2014) Glenwood Springs' KQSE 94.5 FM will petition the Pitkin County Translator Advisor Board to bring its signal to the upper valley.  The board oversees the selection of radio stations whose signals are retransmitted using a system of radio translators.

Valley Roundup - June 6th, 2014

Jun 6, 2014

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

Joining us today are Carolyn Sackariason from the Aspen Daily News and Michael Miracle from Aspen Sojourner magazine.

The judge in the Nancy Pfister murder case this week rescheduled a preliminary hearing for later in the month.  She also denied a motion to allow separate trials for the accused.

The building housing Aspen’s Explore Booksellers is on the market.  It unclear what that means for the bookstore

Also this week, a plan to open a small business incubator in Aspen.

And activist and artist Lee Mulcahy loses an appeal of his ban from Aspen Institute property.  He is also still banned from Skico properties and the Aspen Art Museum.

On the Download with Rob St. Mary we look at how best to increase and distribute broadband access in the mountains.

It’s all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Mountain Edition - June 5th, 2014

Jun 5, 2014

High water on the Crystal River has forced the Gunnison County Sheriff’s office to call off a search for a missing kayaker.

Rivers in the Valley are dangerously high. One stretch of the Colorado River is too full to float, so a commercial rafting company changed its route.

A local photographer is back from the Colorado River Delta, where he witnessed the Colorado River reconnect to the sea.

Jimmy Carter and Amory Lovins are a few guests set to speak at this summer’s American Renewable Energy Day in Aspen - we’ll have a preview.

And, more than a dozen new art sculptures were installed on Carbondale’s busy streets this week.

Finally, we’ll take you to Hunter S. Thompson’s old homestead for a cookout hosted by a marijuana advocacy group.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.

Valley Roundup - May 30th, 2014

May 30, 2014

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

Joining us today are Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Michael Miracle Editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine

As has rolled out a broad-based incentive plan designed to get lodges to upgrade, to create more actual hotel rooms and to make more of them more affordable.

The affordable housing program in Aspen and Pitkin County turns forty this year.  Aspen Sojourner has examined what was and what is yet to be.

Also, this week a nifty way to get an apartment and keep your dog.; with a doctor’s prescription Trixie becomes Trixie the Therapy Dog. 

And, on the Download with Rob St. Mary; new penalties for revenge porn and how you can get Google to forget you.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

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