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3:28pm

Fri February 14, 2014
Valley Roundup

Valley Roundup - February 14th, 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.

We’ll discuss Garfield County’s intention to sue the State of Colorado over the high cost of health care premiums in mountain communities.  If the county were to win the effects could be felt up and down the valley.

Also this week the Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled against a developer who challenged Aspen’s affordable housing program requirements.

Retail marijuana will soon be for sale in Aspen.  To assure a smooth rollout in the community, local officials have created the Valley Marijuana Council.

This week a top executive of Colorado’s health care exchange was put on leave after she was indicted for fraud and embezzlement in Montana.We’ll talk with Clair Johnson, the Billings Gazette reporter who broke the story of the indictments.

And, on the download with Rob St. Mary – What to do about reporting Olympics results from Sochi, Russia.  Does social media require spoiler alerts?

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

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9:03am

Fri February 14, 2014
2014 Winter Olympics from the Inside

Security and the Olympic Village

The Colorado flag, given to Noah and Sim by Senator Schwartz made me teary when I walked into the cross country boys unit and it was hanging proudly in the main space.
Ruthie Brown

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are very excited to share the travels of Simi Hamilton’s family to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing dispatches from Ruthie Brown and family as they give you a first-hand, “behind-the-scenes” look at the Olympics.

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8:51am

Fri February 14, 2014
APR Local News

Suicides Prompt Meeting On Better Prevention

Michelle Muething, left, listens to participants at a meeting on how to improve suicide prevent.
Elise Thatcher

A string of suicides  has sparked a community meeting on the subject. After three deaths in period of ten days, the Aspen Hope Center held a gathering yesterday on how to better tackle the troubling problem. Counselors, law enforcement, residents, and others met in Basalt.  

 

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3:29pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - February 13th, 2014

A new report says there isn’t enough natural gas in the Thompson Divide to make it worth drilling. But the industry argues there aren’t enough facts to say if the leases would be a bust…

A new marijuana task force is meeting for the first time today. The goal is to monitor the effects of recreational pot on the Roaring Fork Valley.

The City of Aspen’s utility wants to run on 100-percent renewable energy and its enlisted the help of a government laboratory to help them get there. Aspen will inch closer to its renewable goal when it starts taking power from a new hydro plant in Ridgway later this month.

Local teenagers are getting a lesson on slam poetry. Two performance artists are visiting schools this week, teaching kids how to write and deliver “spoken word” poetry.

Finally, a Durango biathlete is competing in Sochi tomorrow. Her story is a unique one - she owes her Olympic bid to her twin sister.

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8:28am

Thu February 13, 2014
APR Local News

Coalition, Industry Clash Over Thompson Divide Report

Credit Thompson Divide Coalition

 

There isn’t enough natural gas in the Thompson Divide to make it worth drilling… that’s the conclusion of a report by consultants hired by the Thompson Divide Coalition. The Carbondale group has been trying to buy oil and gas leases from drilling companies. An industry group, however, says there aren’t enough facts to say if Thompson leases would be a bust, and it accuses the Coalition of being disingenuous about its intentions. 

 

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6:23pm

Wed February 12, 2014
2014 Winter Olympics from the Inside

Of Cruise Ships & Stray Dogs in Sochi

Credit Ruthie Brown

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are very excited to share the travels of Simi Hamilton’s family to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing dispatches from Ruthie Brown and family as they give you a first-hand, “behind-the-scenes” look at the Olympics.

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5:43pm

Wed February 12, 2014
2014 Winter Olympics from the Inside

"The Russian Smile", Security Pains & More from Sochi

Credit Bart Garton

2/12 - Alrighty.  Sorry for the hiatus.  Been busy working hard at day, and celebrating jobs well done at night.  
 
We’re about half way through, and still on Slopestyle.  I’m really looking forward to Ski/Snowboard Cross as that will change things up quite a bit.  And it’s a really exciting sport.  Don’t know my position yet, but I’ll keep you posted.  

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