7:51am

Wed April 9, 2014
APR Local News

2013-2014 Ski Season Brings Plentiful Snow, A Boost In Business

Plentiful snowfall this winter season kept skiers and riders happy and helped boost business in Aspen.
Credit Jeremy Swanson

Business leaders say Aspen is bouncing back from the recession and spirits are high, partly because of a snowy winter.

"We have had an incredible winter season, which is wonderful because I’ve been up here presenting before when things haven’t been so great," says Debbie Braun.

She's the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) President and she spoke at a breakfast for business and government leaders Tuesday. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the resort’s total economic activity has almost reached pre-recession levels.

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6:00am

Wed April 9, 2014
APR Local News

Spring Avalanche Season Begins

Credit Photo by Dale Atkins/RECCO

This is the time of year when backcountry skiing CAN get less risky. After dire avalanche warnings throughout the winter season, spring turns are often safer. But that’s not always a guarantee.

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6:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
APR Local News

Hopi Tribal Member Wants To Inspire Youth With Music

On Saturday members of the Northern and Southern Ute tribes joined Hopi and Pueblo tribal members for a pow wow in downtown Aspen. It's held every year by the Aspen Ute Foundation.
Credit Aspen Ute Foundation

Ancestors of Aspen’s first inhabitants visited the area over the weekend. A Native American pow wow downtown Saturday included singing, drumming and dancing. Members of the Northern and Southern Ute tribes took part, as well as the Hopi and Pueblo tribes. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke to one of the participants. Moontee Sinquah is a Hopi tribal member from Arizona.

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3:28pm

Mon April 7, 2014
First Draft

First Draft - Russell Banks

Russell Banks
Credit Nancie Battaglia

Russell Banks is the author of more than a dozen works, which include poetry, short stories, novels and essays.  His novels Cloudsplitter and Continental Drift were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.  The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction were made into feature films.  His latest work is a short story collection called A Permanent Member of the Family.  Banks is the recipient of numerous literary awards, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He lives in Keene, New York and Miami, Florida.

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9:29am

Mon April 7, 2014
APR Local News

Valley Part of National Effort to Tackle Mental Health Services, Stigma

Credit Creating Community Solutions Colorado

 

 The Roaring Fork Valley is part of a national effort to tackle mental health problems. Locals met with state mental health leaders this weekend to talk about what the key issues are here. The goal is to help figure out the best way to solve them. 

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9:00am

Mon April 7, 2014
Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Journalism, Part 2

Aspen Journalism might be young, only into its 4th year, but the non-profit organization has already established itself in the valley's media family. What sets Aspen Journalism apart from the daily newspapers, news channels and public radio stations is the dedication of time and resources into the stories produced. Founder and Director, Brent Gardner-Smith explains why the organization puts such an emphasis on in-depth reporting and the key topics the organization focuses on. Board President, Tim McFlynn, also contributes. 

Visit the Aspen Journalism website to learn more:

www.AspenJournalism.org

6:00am

Mon April 7, 2014
State

State Legislature: Bill Would Make 10th Mountain Division License Plate Charitable

The 10th Mountain Division commemorative license plate could become a charity plate under a new law. It gets a vote in the Senate on Monday.
Credit State of Colorado/Department of Revenue

Lawmakers in Denver will vote on a bill Monday that would raise money for the 10th Mountain Division Foundation. The legislation would charge an extra fee for the 10th Mountain Division specialty license plate. After sailing through the House, the bill is getting a re-vote in the Senate. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Michelle Trudeau began her radio career in 1981, filing stories for NPR from Beijing and Shanghai, China, where she and her husband lived for two years. She began working as a science reporter and producer for NPR's Science Desk since 1982. Trudeau's news reports and feature stories, which cover the areas of human behavior, child development, the brain sciences, and mental health, air on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

3:28pm

Fri April 4, 2014
Valley Roundup

Valley Roundup - April 4th, 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 Michael Miracle of Aspen Sojourner magazine and Andy Stone from the Aspen Times.

This week, a discussion of wealth and the widening income gap in Aspen.  Some fear there will soon be no middle.

Young people in Aspen face a tough road to becoming old Aspenites.  A new survey shows housing, wages and business opportunities are barriers to Aspen’s Next Generation

Also Aspen begins talking about raising the city’s lodging tax.

On the Download with Rob St. Mary its spring and time to talk baseball, pot and poetry.

9:41pm

Thu April 3, 2014
APR Local News

Film Takes a Closer Look at 10th Mountain Division

Soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division.
Credit Climb to Glory

During World War II, one of this country’s secret weapons was a group of hardy outdoorsmen known as the 10th Mountain Division. Many of its veterans went on to pioneer the US ski industry as we know it. Now, there’s a film that takes a closer look at what the soldiers went through, and later accomplished. 

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