Valley Roundup - June 14th, 2013

Jun 14, 2013

On the show this week Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Curtis Wackerle, Aspen Daily News Managing Editor, joins us to discuss the top news stories:

Forest Fires on the Front Range.

The Black Forest fire is now the most destructive in Colorado history.  At record time, more than 360 homes had been destroyed.



Roaring Fork Valley residents are warned not to become complacent about fire preparedness.




Aspen Valley Hospital

The Aspen Valley Hospital is in a dispute with its former fundraising arm, the Aspen Valley Foundation, over how much money it owes the hospital.


The Aspen Valley Hospital is also under scrutiny for its contract arrangement with surgeons.


Aspen Government

The official changing of the guard was made in Aspen this week with the swearing in of a new city council and new Mayor, Steve Skadron.  Skadron had two years remaining in his term as a city council member and the council must replace him.



Interview with Tim Rasmussen.

This week the Denver Post has featured stunning photographs of the forest fires burning along the Front Range.  Of particular note are the areal photos of the Black Forest fire and the destruction of homes in its path.  The Denver Post ran an equally compelling series of photos during last year’s Waldo Canyon fire.  We speak with Tim Rasmussen, the Post’s Assistant Managing Editor for Photography and Multimedia.

From the Denver Post – Black Forest Fire: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23451177/black-forest-fire-evacuation-zone-expands-winds-lightning

From the Denver Post – 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire:


Interview with freelance writer Tim Mutrie.

This week the Aspen Daily News ran a feature by Tim Mutrie on environmental review problems for oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide.  The piece is part of Mutrie’s Thompson Divide Reporting Project.  Mutrie is a freelance writer who work regularly appears in the New York Times.


Also by Tim Mutrie:



The Download with Rob St. Mary

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WILDFIRES IN THE NEWS: what you need to know… how to plan for them.




Data collection in the news: the NSA leak & “1984”.


Sales of George Orwell’s “1984” are up over 3,000% since the leak came to light:


The FOOD AND WINE CLASSIC is in town: wine and film.

Rob’s interview with Corey Beck – the Director of Winemaking at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery:


Also, a new “Silence of the Lambs” wine: