9:00am

Mon April 14, 2014
Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Journalism, Part 3

When the Internet began its exponential growth from a seedling to a colossal network, the demand for daily, quick reads increased. Readers were consuming the amount of information coming over the Internet faster than journalists could write it. This resulted in the down-sizing of the industry, and some of the causalities were investigative journalists. That's where Aspen Journalism, a non -profit local news organization, comes in. A handful of locally acclaimed, freelance journalists cover key topics in the Roaring Fork Valley: Water, Land, Education, Economics and the Ski Industry. Founder and Director, Brent Gardner-Smith, and Advisory Board Member, Andy Stone, speak. 

Visit AspenJournalism.org to learn more about Aspen Journalism. 

8:13am

Mon April 14, 2014
APR Local News

Aspen Businesses Battle High Rent, Slow Off-Seasons To Operate Downtown

The corner of Galena Street and East Cooper Ave. in downtown Aspen is one of the hottest places for businesses to be.
Credit Marci Krivonen

All this week, we’re taking a look at the challenges of working and living in Aspen. To some it appears that Aspen is steadily pricing out middle class residents and would be future residents.  In our first report we go to the downtown core where businesses face rising rents and increasingly slow off-seasons.  To survive many retailers must cater almost exclusively to high-dollar customers. For some stores, the struggle is worth it. Others have all but given up. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has our story.

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6:00am

Mon April 14, 2014
APR Local News

CDOT, Firm Closer to Finalizing New Grand Ave Bridge Design

Proposed design for new Grand Avenue Bridge and pedestrian bridge.
Craig Gaskill/Tsiouvaras Simmons Holderness

Getting around Glenwood Springs can be tricky in places. The main bridge on Grand Avenue across town is narrow. And intersections getting on and off Interstate 70 can be confusing. Plus, the bridge isn't safe… that's according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, or CDOT. So a new bridge and interchange are in the works. 

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3:28pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Valley Roundup

Valley Roundup - April 11th, 2014

Good afternoon and 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 Andy Stone from the Aspen Times.

This week, the prosecution’s case against the accused in the Nancy Pfister murder moves closer to being unsealed.

Commercial Real Estate in downtown Aspen is moving and with it come the closure of the Ute City Restaurant and the sale of the building that’s home to the Aspen Daily News.

Also today keeping things behind closed doors…Aspen Valley Hospital calls off what some say was a stealth board of directors election

On the Download with Rob St. Mary malware and heartbleeds, from hospitals to Google searches it seems nothing is secure anymore.

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6:00am

Fri April 11, 2014
APR Local News

Report: Local Spruce Beetle Outbreak A "Significant Concern"

The impact of the spruce beetle is apparent in the Rio Grande National Forest. Since 2002, more than 380,000 acres of spruce-fir forests have been infested by spruce beetle and the beetles are continuing to spread.
Credit www.fs.usda.gov

Colorado’s Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic is subsiding but a new threat is on the rise. The Spruce beetle has killed large swaths of forests in Colorado’s southwest and a new report shows the Roaring Fork watershed is at risk. Drought and climate change are weakening trees, giving this native beetle a larger area to attack. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jamie Cundiff. She’s the Forest Programs Director for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

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3:33pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - April 10th, 2014

Computers at Valley View Hospital were hacked recently and patient information was compromised. Turns out, hacking at hospitals isn’t that uncommon.

Plentiful snowfall this ski season helped bring people to the slopes. Tourism officials say Aspen’s economy is improving.

An issue over the length of wingspans on regional jets is posing a problem at the Aspen airport.

And, mental health is discussed at a Downvalley forum. The problem of suicide has been top of mind this winter.

An Aspen rabbi earns accolades for his ability to inspire his congregation.

And…a Hopi Indian tribal member talks about how development has overtaken many ancestral lands, including in Aspen.

7:26am

Thu April 10, 2014
VVH Hacking Investigation

Malware Fallout

Valley View Hospital
Credit Garfield County

 It has been a month since Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs revealed it had been the target of hackers.  Data from some 54-hundred patient records were breached.  How the computer system came to be the target of hackers remains unclear.  

Hospital officials have said little beyond their prepared news releases.  The Department of Health and Human Services will not officially comment.  Current and former employees and contractors for the hospital have likewise told us little.   Still, from information that has been released, the breach at VVH appears to be much like one four years ago at the Health Sciences Center at the University of New Mexico.  APR's Roger Adams reports.

 

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Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.

6:29pm

Wed April 9, 2014
APR Local News

Local Rabbi Considered One of Country’s Most Inspirational

Rabbi David Segal and Cantor Rollin Simmons, of the Aspen Jewish Congregation, at the Aspen Chapel.
Credit Elise Thatcher

One of Aspen’s Jewish leaders was named recently as one of the country’s most inspiring rabbis. The Jewish Daily Forward listed David Segal in its annual list. Segal leads the Aspen Jewish Congregation, based at the Aspen Chapel. He received the accolade for holding services outside and increasing attendance. Segal says his wife, Cantor Rollin Simmons, also plays a role in what happens at the synagogue. APR’s Elise Thatcher spoke with them both… and she asked Segal what his reaction was when he heard news about his commendation.  

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