Colorado is one of the only states in the country where it is illegal to collect the rain that falls on your roof.

Earlier this year, a bipartisan measure to allow rain barrels failed on the last day of the legislative session.

Jerry Sonnenberg (R – Sterling) opposed the bill, but now he’s proposing a new measure to allow rain barrels if providers make up for the water that would have gone into rivers and streams.

“My argument is that there is actually an impact,” says Sonnenberg. “ We have to recognize there is an impact. We have a prior appropriation system.”

Elise Thatcher

  State officials say a new “Bustang” bus connection to Denver is going well. The Colorado Department of Transportation, or CDOT, rolled out the uniquely named service in July, offering one round trip from Glenwood Springs to Denver each weekday. Tickets are $28 dollars one way.


There are a lot of film festivals that stuff their billing with outdoor-centric films. MountainFilm, and the ubiquitous Banff Mountain Film Festival come to mind.

But 5Point Film is trying to make a name for itself, nationally and locally. It goes on tour throughout the year to places like New York and Salt Lake City.


This weekend, organizers will be holding a special event for the hometown crowd.

Elise Thatcher

  Getting kids to play outside is a hot topic, and that also applies to youth living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Colorado’s wildlife agency is working to add archery to the list of options for kids and their P.E. teachers.

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The Rubey Park remodel project’s creeping Thanksgiving deadline is quickly approaching.

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The Aspen School District is holding a candidate forum Tuesday (9/15) to introduce the public to five people running for the school board. 

Two incumbents and three newcomers are vying for two open seats in the November election. The school board approves the district’s budget, helps establish an academic vision and aids in assessing student progress. 

Superintendent of Schools John Maloy says voters within school district boundaries can vote.

Julie Goldstein is the Board Chair of English in Action. She joined the organization in 2009 when she became a volunteer tutor. She shares her personal experiences in education and as a tutor, and examines the changing trends of immigrant communities in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Visit to learn more about how you can become a volunteer tutor. 

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Now that the leaves are changing, weather officials are releasing forecasts for the upcoming winter. The jury’s out on whether the strong El Nino pattern that’s expected will bring heavy snow or dry conditions. Marci Krivonen spoke with two forecasters about their predictions. First, Joel Gratz of Open Snow. It's a weather service for skiers and riders.

Courtesy of The Hollander Family

Gino Hollander passed away last weekend at the age of 91. Gino was a renowned painter who spent 20 years of his long life living in Aspen. His daughter, Siri, now runs a gallery of his work along with some of her own in Santa Fe. Siri's two brothers are photographers and her mother is a writer.


On being in an artistic family...

Elise Thatcher

  The Basalt Town Council has decided to support a fall funding measure by the Roaring Fork School District. Town Council members voted unanimously last week to endorse the $122 million bond question.


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.

Mountain Edition

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