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From Nepal to Carbondale, director raises money and his spirit

Hamilton Pevec is the director of “Hanuman Airlines” and “Before the Last Drop”. He was a Carbondale resident until he moved to Nepal full-time a few years ago. Now, he’s back trying to raise money to help rebuild the country’s infrastructure after it was struck by an earthquake earlier this year. The struggle to help others as you change yourself can be a difficult road.
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First Draft - Jim Shepard

Sep 21, 2015

  Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, and four story collections, including most recently the forthcoming You Think That’s Bad.   His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize.  Project X won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association.  His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’sMcSweeney’sThe Paris

English in Action Executive Director Lara Beaulieu discusses the challenges facing the organization, as well as her goals for the future. English in Action has a waiting list with almost 100 individuals waiting for tutors - the organization will host a fall volunteer tutor drive in hopes of recruiting almost 80 new tutors.

Learn more about the fall recruitment HERE, and find out more information about English in Action at www.EnglishinAction.org.   

PitCo 911 dispatch and other departments on the move

Sep 21, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

Pitkin County officials are planning to move the 911 dispatch center out of town and near the airport. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Lease negotiations are underway between Pitkin County and the fire district to put the emergency communications center in the North 40 fire station. The move is necessitated by the construction of a new public safety facility that will begin in the spring. The center is currently housed in the county jail building.


Snowmass Town Council may vote Monday (9/21) on a resolution that would move forward the next phase of development at Base Village. The recession stopped construction at the base of the ski resort. With council approval, it could restart in the spring and include a new hotel, retail spaces, condos, affordable housing, a health clinic and a town-owned building. That building could become a museum to show off the town’s fossil find. Marci Krivonen spoke to Julie Ann Woods, Community Development Director for the town.

Elise Thatcher

There are several proposals for development in the mid Roaring Fork Valley, and a little known plan is a key factor as officials decide whether to approve them.

Soaring in the Snowmass Balloon Festival

Sep 21, 2015
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

The 40th edition of the Snowmass Balloon Festival wrapped up this past weekend. Balloonists from across the country come to the Roaring Fork Valley to float above the the peaks of the Rockies. The accompanying wine festival has allowed the weekend to become one of the most popular ones of the summer.

Elise Thatcher

Homelessness is a big topic in Glenwood Springs. This summer, the town’s Police Department and social service providers reported an uptick in transients spending the warmer months in Glenwood. Aspen Public Radio visited one spot where people can get a free hot meal.


Valley Roundup 9-18-15

Sep 18, 2015


  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun, Andy Stone, former editor and columnist for the Aspen Times, and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

Elected officials are considering giving themselves a 10 percent raise; they could go as high as 30 percent if they choose.

Facebook/Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails Department is planning to put up signs about moose on some of its properties after several reports of sightings. 

It’s the first time in recent memory moose have been spotted at places like the North Star Nature Preserve, along the Hunter Creek trail and near the Roaring Fork River in the midvalley.

Education materials on how to behave around moose are prolific in areas like the Maroon Bells. Now, Assistant Director of Pitkin County Open Space Gary Tennenbaum says his department will add them to their properties.

Imagine a city with hundreds of liquor stores but no bars to drink in. That's the situation for marijuana in Denver.

Pot is legal in Colorado, but the capital city has outlawed pot bars like those in Amsterdam, leaving the tourists who flock to Denver to get high with no legal place to do so. But the city is trying to find a solution.

On a recent Friday afternoon at LoDo Wellness Center, a recreational pot store downtown, budtender Delaney Mason is talking up a Parmesan-scented marijuana strain called Space Queen.


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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.

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.