APR Local News

10:39am

Wed December 4, 2013
Basalt

As Basalt Trailers Empty, Residents' Opinions Vary on Relocation

Ralph Vasquez lives in the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park, where residents are being relocated to make way for a park. He's unhappy with the situation and wants to see change.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Some Basalt families are angry about being removed from their homes. The relocation is part of an effort to get residents out of a flood plain and restore the Roaring Fork River. Now, frustrated residents are meeting directly with town officials. The Town of Basalt is holding a meeting next week with a committee called Workers for Justice and Diversity in Basalt. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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10:28am

Wed December 4, 2013
Winter Weather

Weather Closures

Snow on Paper Boxes at the Castle Ridge Bus Stop in Aspen - December 4th, 2013
Credit Rob St. Mary

* Aspen and Roaring Fork Public Schools are closed.

* The Garfield RE-2 School District that covers Rifle, Silt and New Castle is closed.

* All Colorado Mountain College campuses from Rifle to Aspen are closed today. That includes CMC learning locations in Rifle, the Glenwood Center, Carbondale, Spring Valley and Aspen. For more information, please call your local campus. The college's Central Services administrative offices in downtown Glenwood Springs remain open.

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10:52pm

Mon December 2, 2013
Coal Energy

More Layoffs As Coal Mine All But Shuttered

Mike Ludlow, Executive Vice President of Oxbow’s mining operations, points to where managers hope to start coal mining at Elk Creek Mine with a new or rebuilt longwall miner. Those plans are on hold while Oxbow Mining tries to line up that equipment.
Credit Elise Thatcher

More coal miners in the North Fork Valley are being laid off. Oxbow Mining company… owned by part-time Aspen resident and billionaire Bill Koch… laid off more than a hundred employees yesterday at its Elk Creek mine. It makes for a tough start to the holiday season for Paonia and other neighboring communities. And it’s part of a powerful domino effect after fires at the mine early this year disrupted production.

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10:37am

Mon December 2, 2013
Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Wheeler Associates, Part 1

Whether you have lived in the Valley for months or years, chances are, you know the Wheeler Opera House. The iconic performance space opened in 1889. After surviving Aspen's quiet years, a damaging fire and several restorations, the stage of the opera house continues to serve up musical and theatrical performances. The opera house is now owned and operated by the City of Aspen, but members of the non-profit Wheeler Associates, work to keep the opera house a community resources. The associates bring a variety of entertainment at affordable prices to benefit the community. This week, board-member Josh Berhman discusses past and future productions and shows brought in by the Wheeler Associates.

12:07pm

Fri November 29, 2013
Holidays in the Valley

Get to Know Your Tree Salesman

Joey Sissom - Tree Salesman
Rob St. Mary

Based on historical evidence, evergreens livening up the Christmas celebrations date back to the 1400 or 1500s in Germany and Eastern Europe. Now, Joey Sissom hasn’t been selling Christmas trees in Aspen that long. But, he’s been doing it since 1978. While his tree lot has moved around a bit since he started 35 years ago, I caught him setting up in front of Clark’s Market in Aspen.

With over three-decades in the Christmas tree business, Sissom has a few things to share about what to consider if you are looking for the perfect "tannenbaum" for your celebrations.

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