3:28pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Valley Roundup

Valley Roundup - February 28th, 2014

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

We are joined today by Curtis Wackerle of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone from the Aspen Times.

We’ll discuss the US Labor Department’s probe of businesses in Aspen that have not properly paid overtime to their employees.  More than 40 businesses were snared by the investigation and most will be paying back wages.  The department is suing the owners of several restaurants.

The Labor Department is also suing the owner of a cleaning service in Basalt for withholding wages.

The Hotel Aspen continues to spar with Aspen City Council over expansion plans.  And, across town there is word that The Dancing Bear building could get finished.

Also today, some thoughts on old timers who say Aspen “ain’t what it used to be.”  Turns out one of San Francisco’s leading citizens, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, says the same thing about his city.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

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3:27pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - February 27th, 2014

For Aspen athletes who competed in the Winter Olympics, their season isn’t over yet. Cross country ski sprinter Simi Hamilton says he has several races left.

Weeds are growing more abundantly on the White River National Forest as the agency grapples with budget cuts and fewer staff.

A Colorado Forest Service report shows the state’s forests continue to be hammered by insects and disease, especially at high altitudes.

Most skiers probably don’t realize Aspen Mountain is full of holes...from a history of mining. We’ll take you on a wintry history tour.

Finally, a group of “legally blind” skiers takes to the slopes at Snowmass. For these teenagers, the activity is empowering.

Mark Jenkins reviews movies for NPR.org, as well as for reeldc.com, which covers the Washington, D.C., film scene with an emphasis on art, foreign and repertory cinema.

Jenkins spent most of his career in the industry once known as newspapers, working as an editor, writer, art director, graphic artist and circulation director, among other things, for various papers that are now dead or close to it.

He covers popular and semi-popular music for The Washington Post, Blurt, Time Out New York, and the newsmagazine show Metro Connection, which airs on member station WAMU-FM.

11:45am

Thu February 27, 2014
Environment

Insects Still Threaten Private, Public Forests in Roaring Fork Valley

Lodgepole pine trees.
Credit www.puma-net.org

 

     Insects and disease continue to assault forests across Colorado  The biggest growing threat is a beetle that's attacking high altitude trees. In the Roaring Fork Valley, the danger for private landowners comes from an insect that's been ravaging the state for much longer. It attacks lodgepole pines. That’s according to a new report by the Colorado Forest Service. To learn more, Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher spoke with Colorado Forest Service Ranger Kelly Rogers. 

 

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7:34am

Thu February 27, 2014
APR Local News

New Website Features Aspen's "Modern" Architecture

The Koch Seminar Building is one of the buildings featured on the City of Aspen's new website. It highlights more than 70 modern properties built after World War Two.
Credit www.aspenmod.com

The City of Aspen launched a new website this week highlighting “modern era” local architecture. The 73 properties featured on the site were built post World War Two, mainly between the 1940s and 1970s. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

The mid-20th century was when Aspen went from being a quiet mountain town to an internationally known resort and the changes are reflected in the area’s architecture. Amy Simon is the Historic Preservation Officer with the City of Aspen.  

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3:28pm

Wed February 26, 2014
CrossCurrents

CrossCurrents - Paula Broadwell & mothers2mothers

Paula Broadwell is an American writer, academic, and former military officer who is known for the extramarital affair ending the career of David Petraeus as the Director of the CIA .

She spoke at the Aspen Security Forum in the summer of 2012, before the scandal broke.

Dr. Mitchell Besser is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and founder of mothers2mothers, in which mothers living with HIV are employed to work in health centers, educating and supporting pregnant women and new mothers with HIV.

Since its inception in 2001, mothers2mothers has grown to provide services in seven countries in Africa, with nearly 3 million contacts with women each year.

11:39am

Wed February 26, 2014
APR Local News

Pitkin County Sees Spike in Medicaid Enrollees

During the last part of 2013 Pitkin County saw a jump in the number of people enrolling in Medicaid. They're also tracking how many people are purchasing insurance on the state exchange. They say many of those are likely low income.
Credit Creative Commons/Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller/U.S. Army

The Affordable Care Act is helping low income residents in the Roaring Fork Valley get health insurance. That’s according to officials who oversee programs for the poor. More people are signing up for Medicaid and others are purchasing insurance plans from the state exchange. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

In Pitkin County, the number of Medicaid patients jumped 20 percent since October. So, 90 more people are seeking care from doctors who will take them.

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9:01pm

Tue February 25, 2014
APR Local News

After Sochi, Skier's Racing Season Isn't Over

Cross country ski sprinter Simi Hamilton's season isn't over yet. The Aspen resident raced in Sochi and will continue competing on the World Cup circuit over the next few weeks.
Credit Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team

Even though the Olympics are over Aspen cross country skier Simi Hamilton is preparing for his next race. The U.S. Ski Team has about three more weeks of competitions. Many of them are World Cup races. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with Hamilton in Finland, where he was taking a break from training.

Hamilton's one of four athletes from Aspen who competed in Sochi. The 26 year old is planning to compete in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

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3:28pm

Tue February 25, 2014
Check 1, 2

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Ken Denson
Daniel Shaw

For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor.  Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz‘s band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers Slightly Stoopid.  Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.  Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.

In Winter 2014, Karl and his band are back on the road for a 20-date plus tour that hits both coasts, highlighted by a three-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl, the Jungle Jam festival in Costa Rica and a co-bill with moe. in York, PA. The run is in support of a brand latest studio album, New Ammo. A relentless 13-track collection, it’s Denson’s debut release on Slightly Stoopid’s record label, Stoopid Records. Alongside Denson originals like the title track and “Everybody Knows That,” which have become fan favorites from his live sets, KDTU offers up searing versions of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids and “Sure Shot” by The Beastie Boys. The first single “My Baby,” features Nicki Bluhm on vocals.

In Denson’s own words: “We’ve finally figured out how to capture in the studio what the Tiny Universe does live. We move around a lot musically, but this record reflects who we are as a band and where we’re headed with our music.”

For more about Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: http://karldenson.us/home/

For more about Belly Up Aspen: http://www.bellyupaspen.com/

9:19am

Tue February 25, 2014
2014 Winter Olympics from the Inside

Heading Home from Sochi

Credit Bart Garton

So we hopped the train to explore Khosta, a small town between Sochi and Adler.  Piece of cake way to travel, and it was almost empty.  We got there about dusk and watched as it got dark over the Black Sea.  Then we found this great little shack called the Beerline where they serve homemade brews and horrible looking dried fish, which only one of us was brave enough to try.

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