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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Near the end of the winter season this year, we hired our first-ever full time producer Christin Kay.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The City of Aspen is coming up with solutions to support businesses affected by the upcoming Glenwood Springs Grand Avenue Bridge closure.

A group of mothers, childcare providers, and representatives from local nonprofits met with Carbondale’s Board of Trustees Tuesday night. The group wants the town to make it easier to create daycare facilities.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

July in Aspen is peak tourist season. As part of a monthly series on Roaring Fork wildlife, Elizabeth Stewart-Severy checked in on some visitors from the south who are in the middle of some critical work this summer. It’s time for migratory birds to stretch their wings.

Grant Faulkner speaks as part of Aspen Words

Jul 18, 2017
Courtesy of Grant Faulkner

Aspen Words Writer in Residence Grant Faulkner is giving a talk Tuesday evening about everything from short stories to the process of writing full length novels.

Leading up to the Aspen Institute’s Spotlight Health conference at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Public Radio created and produced a show every Tuesday in order to give our listeners unparalleled access to important information on the cutting edge of health and healthcare in the world.

Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers will resume their search for a climber who went missing last September.

  

This week, we talk with the publishers of Aspen’s two newspapers about the future of news and local journalism. They share their views on a discussion held earlier this week at the Aspen Institute featuring David Leonhardt from the New York Times. He says journalism may be in its golden age right now but there are challenges facing local organizations.

Aspen Public Radio

 When Ace Lane bought the 200-acre property in 1990, his friends scratched their heads. It was a beat-up cattle ranch and, back then, was considered to be far from Aspen.

This spring, before the Aspen City Council election, Aspen Public Radio hosted a series of Candidate Chats. Reporter Alycin Bektesh interviewed all five candidates running for City Council and two candidates running for mayor. 

Habitat for Humanity employees understand and see the hardships of living in the valley when it comes to affordable housing. They encourage the community to do more than simply "talk" about the problem. 

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This is the first year counties in Colorado can collect sales tax on recreational marijuana.

Dominic Smith / courtesy photo

The idea for Elevated Elixirs hit Hayden Dudley pretty pointedly.

Courtesy of Conservation Colorado

Colorado’s rivers received their first-ever report cards from an environmental organization last week, and it’s a mixed bag.

 

Editor's note: This story was created last summer by APR intern Ryer Gardenswartz. Scott Whitlock has since passed away. 

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was established in May.  A majority of states have said that they cannot or will not comply with the commission's request for voter data.  And now, a federal judge is reviewing whether the commission does enough to protect voter information.  

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has said that he would comply with the commission's request. So what implications does that have for local voters? 

 The future of news has some bright spots and some dark valleys, according to media observers. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Aspen Times publisher Samantha Johnston and Dave Danforth, owner and co-founder of the Aspen Daily News.

To hear more about the media landscape, which includes Aspen Daily News contributing editor Madeleine Osberger, tune in today at 3:30 p.m.

 

Hats off to Froggy

Jul 13, 2017
Courtesy Photo/Keith Bulicz

  The life of Scott Whitlock, known as “Froggy” to his friends, will be celebrated by the community this weekend.

Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER)

The local renewable energy nonprofits CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region), CORE (Community Office for Resource Efficiency), and Garfield Clean Energy are bringing energy companies and local governments together at a gathering on Friday at the Rifle Library, which, as it happens, is powered by solar arrays.

Mount Sopris Historical Society

On Tuesday, the Garfield County Commissioners approved a question to go on the November 2017 ballot. If it passes, it will raise property taxes to create a “Museum and Historic Preservation Fund.”

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