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Valley Roundup - March 6th, 2015

Mar 6, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

RFTA bus drivers voted to unionize this week. It looks like better wages are on the horizon.

What can be done, if anything, about the valley’s dwindling workforce, low wages and high cost of living?

Meanwhile, over-use of the national forest is once again at the forefront of conversation. Expect to see more rangers patroling the Hanging Lake trail in Glenwood Canyon.

President Obama has recommended that police officers around the country wear body cameras. Is that necessary here?

And elected officials on the lower end of the valley are wondering whether they should continue to protect the Rio Grande trail for a future rail line.

Joining this week are Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, Editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Brent Gardner-Smith, executive director of Aspen Journalism and Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

This Week’s Topics:

RFTA Drivers Vote to Unionize

http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/rfta-bus-drivers-say-yes-joining-union

Too Expensive to Live/Work in the Valley?

http://www.aspentimes.com/news/15182711-113/aspen-snowmass-village-post-offices-in-dire-need-of-workers

More Rangers to Patrol Hanging Lake Area

http://www.postindependent.com/news/15277354-113/more-rangers-to-patrol-popular-hanging-lake-area

Body Cameras for Cops?

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/obama-requests-263-million-police-body-cameras-training-n259161

Rio Grande Trail Rail Line?

http://www.postindependent.com/news/15307314-113/time-to-ditch-railbanking-for-rfta-corridor

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/165887