Roger Adams

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1:10 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

The Frackers

Two rigs, the H&P 318 drilling rig with white derrick, and a yellow snubbing rig drilling out plugs from a recently fracked well. There are 22 wells planned for this pad.
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.

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Valley Roundup
3:27 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Valley Roundup - July 4th, 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.

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U.S. Intelligence
6:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Interview: Admiral Mike McConnell

Admiral Mike McConnell, retiring Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama. APR's Roger Adams (L)
Credit 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.

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Valley Roundup
3:27 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Valley Roundup - June 20th, 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.

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Theater Aspen
8:13 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Theater Apprentice

  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.

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