Chances are, you've never heard of Public Counsel of the Rockies...until now. This little organization is based out of the Benedict Building in Aspen, and has no staff, but is a heavy hitter when it comes to making big changes on issues of public interest. Tim McFlynn is the founder and board chair of Public Counsel. He shares the organization's history and his inspiration for creating it. Chelsea Brundige is a trustee on the board of Public Counsel, and runs the Counsel's Smart Water Program. She also joins the conversation. 

Group wants to convert City Hall to community center

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  As Aspen City Council considers building a new civic center to house government offices, a group has come forward with a plan to bring the existing City Hall back to its roots as a community center. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with Ashley Feddersen and Jeanette Darnauer, who are representatives for Bruce Etkin, the man with the plan.

 

Attorney: Video of Jacobson is a public record

4 hours ago
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  A prominent Colorado First Amendment attorney says it was legal to release a controversial video of a Snowmass official. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

 

A First Amendment attorney says the release of a video that shows town councilman Chris Jacobson destroying items in the Pitkin County Jail after his drunk driving arrest is legal, and the public has a right to see it.

Inside Marc Bennett's new show, opening Tuesday

4 hours ago

Marc is a New Yorker. Cut from the streets of Brooklyn eight years ago, he came to Aspen to pursue his art career.

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  The Town of Basalt has hired a financial firm to find out how much money a developer could make near downtown. The proposed redevelopment is controversial, and officials have been hashing out what would be a good fit.  Basalt is now working with a Minnesota firm on reviewing four different redevelopment options.

Aspen Public Radio is offering a  broadcast of the McCloskey Speaker Series' " A Conversation with Democratic Governors: Leading from the State Level"

Valley Roundup 7-13-15

Jul 31, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Andy Stone, columnist and former editor of the Aspen Times and Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

Aspen residents continue to take their town back by slowing growth and development in their own grassroots way. It’s anyone’s guess how elected officials will respond.

  A longer version of Chris Mohr's July 2015 interview with pianist Joyce Yang!

The Aurelius Quartet plays together at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. They also play at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

 

They are currently working on a piece composed by one of the composition students at the school. Mary Grace Johnson, Alex Krew, Daniel Moore and Nathan Lowry pluck and bow their violins, violas and cellos.

Thompson Divide Coalition

The Thompson Divide Coalition hopes a successful negotiation with an energy company in Gunnison will set a precedent closer to home. 

The Coalition is working to keep natural gas drilling out of the Divide, southwest of Carbondale. Three companies have undeveloped leases. The second largest, Gunnison Energy, this week agreed to protect the land surface in the Divide through methods like directional drilling. Zane Kessler is with the Coalition.

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