One of Randy’s editorials has gone viral-- at least locally. It has to do with the term “anchor babies.”

Launchpad opens "Crosscurrents" show

Oct 2, 2015

Carbondale’s Launchpad gallery will be opening its latest show tonight. “Crosscurrents” explores how daily parts of life, like water and the sky can help to interpret life in a greater sense.


The piece “Crossing Longitudes” is a visceral composition. A string of barbed wire makes a fence, with bronze tumbleweeds are stuck in the edges - stopped in their tracks. This installation by Meris Baretto is just one of the pieces being shown at the Launchpad.


Winners crowned in AspenFilmFest

Oct 1, 2015

The winners have been crowned for the 2015 AspenFilm Festival.


“Room” won the audience award for best feature film, while “Romeo is Bleeding” won the award for best documentary film.

“Room” stars Brie Larson and explores the bond between mother and daughter in a tale of captivity and one’s willingness to help children experience the world.


“Romeo is Bleeding” follows Donte Clark as he tries to combat gang violence with the poetry of William Shakespeare.

Grafton Smith/Grafton Smith Photography.

After the screening of Rolling Papers during the 2015 Aspen Film Fest, Aspen Film artistic director Maggie Mackay led a panel discussion with the film's director Mitch Dickman, The Cannabist’s Jake Brown, Aspen City Councilman Adam Frisch, and Kyle Vetter, manager of Native Roots Dispensary in Aspen.

Carbondale residents and officials are continuing to try to herd in the cats that are allegedly killing birds in the area. Mary Harris is worried that cats are killing enough birds in the Carbondale area to cause a real problem. “I field calls all the time with people saying that... they see their neighbor’s cat killing birds,” says Harris, who’s President of the Roaring Fork Audubon Society.

AspenFilm Festival a success in Thew’s first year

Sep 30, 2015

When John Thew took over as the executive director of AspenFilm last year, he still was waiting for full control as veterans George Eldred and Laura Thielen transitioned out and helped him through FilmFest.


Now, after putting the festival together himself for the first time, Thew says the opening night of the festival was a great experience for him.


“We thought maybe 50 people would show up for the reception because it was at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and we had over 200 people show up.”

Sheryl Barto

    Basalt is considering lowering affordable housing requirements for developers. Town officials have taken a step towards reducing the required number of affordable housing units in new developments. Right now the general rule is 35% of a project’s residential square footage has to be affordable housing. If approved, it would drop to 25%.


Colorado is well-known for its outdoor recreation, but Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to take it to the next level - by making it even easier for people to access open space and parks. In addition to a previously unveiled Colorado the Beautiful Initiative, the governor has also pledged $100 million to create and connect bike trails.

"The ultimate goal is connecting everyone from Denver to the foothills and mountains to the west," said Tom Hoby, Jefferson County's director of open space and parks.

Courtesy Photo/Allison Johnson / Basalt Middle School

Basalt Middle School won a Northrop Grumman Scholarship which will finance a trip for 50 students to visit the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs.

The Changing Brains, Changing Lives symposium will explore the neuroscience of the developing brain.


Base 2 Lodge Debate

APR presents a live panel discussion at The Belly Up in Aspen

Tuesday, October 13th. Doors open at 5pm, broadcast begins at 5:30pm. Moderated by news director Carolyn Sackariason.

CrossCurrents is Aspen Public Radio's locally-produced public/cultural affairs program.
Valley Roundup brings together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the news.

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Mountain Edition is Aspen Public Radio's weekly newsmagazine. The show focuses on news, analysis, and commentary about Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.