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Aspen City Council is attempting to shut down further development in the downtown and commercial cores.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The Makerspace in Garfield Public Libraries’ Carbondale branch provides children use of iPads, laptops and a 3D printer.

  February was a rough month for tourism in the Aspen area. Little snow, high winds and an airport equipment problem made the Upper Valley less enticing and a lot harder to get to. But the real kicker was the long closure on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.

Lindsay Lofaro is the Assistant Director of the Buddy Program. She discusses the organization's various mentoring programs, including the popular Community Mentoring Program, where adults are paired with little buddies, and the newest program, LEAD, or Leadership through Exploration, Action, and Discovery. 

The public still has a chance to weigh in on the future of Pitkin County’s newest open space property. The final open house on the Lazy Glen property was held last week, but Lindsey Utter, senior environmental planner for the county, encourages people to give input online for the county’s newest acquisition of public land.

“If they like what they are seeing or want to see things managed differently in the future those are the things we need to hear about now,” said Utter.

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Pitkin County is learning from last year’s mistake and holding a hunting-permit lottery earlier this year. Five permits allowing Elk hunting in Sky Mountain Park will be issued through a drawing on March 18.

The permits, handed out by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, allow for the kill of one cow elk between Nov. 16 and 20.

This is the third year of the program, overseen in conjunction with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The goal is to dissuade herds from settling in any one location in the late fall season.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

  A troubled postal worker has been deported from the country. We have an update on a case that involved federal courts, immigration officials, firearms and a restraining order filed by a local woman.

“The Secret Chord” is the latest novel by Geraldine Brooks. Her husband Tony Horwitz joins her tomorrow night during Aspen Words’ Winter Words series. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio Arts reporter Patrick Fort about her experience as a journalist and novelist, and being one half of a writing couple.



Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

An expansion has been approved for St. Mary’s Church in Aspen, spurring debate about how new architecture blends in with historic buildings in town.


Elise Thatcher

A big snowstorm hit during the X Games this winter, making it hard to get around on the event’s biggest day. But as Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority still saw record ridership that weekend.

This week on Mountain Edition:

Winter is coming…… don’t let these spring days fool you.

The city of Aspen has a new community development director — a veteran city employee.

The launch of a cooking school and a weekend of cocktails are keeping residents on their culinary toes.

And big news, there is road work in Glenwood Springs.

PitCo resident wins CORA legal battle

Mar 10, 2016
Courtesy of Pitkin County


A Red Mountain resident now knows which one of her neighbors complained about an unapproved construction project at her property almost four years ago. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The identity of the so-called whistleblower and citizen complaint were made public Tuesday after the district court was ordered to release documents demanded by property owner Elesabeth Shook.

Matt Ferro

The Apres Ski Cocktail Classic just wrapped up its fourth year in Aspen this past weekend. The quick growth of this four-day festival has worked in union with Aspen’s booming mixology and bartending scene.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt Town Council members are paid less than people in similar positions with other towns in the Roaring Fork Valley. Council members are now looking at increasing their pay. The review comes with an April election on the horizon.

Cross Currents-

Mar 9, 2016

Cross Currents this week is with professor Jeremy Suri of the University of Texas, Austin. 

Local forecaster says winter weather will return

Mar 9, 2016
Carolyn Sackariason

Based on the warm temperatures in the past couple of weeks in the Roaring Fork Valley, excitement for spring is gaining momentum. But it looks as though Mother Nature has plenty of chill left in her this Super El Nino year. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason talked with aspenweather.net's Cory Gates about the winter weather that’s going to reappear soon.

Elise Thatcher

If you spend enough time in the Roaring Fork Valley, you’ll hear this sentence: the White River National Forest is the busiest, most visited National Forest in the country. But as the agency’s budget keeps dropping, officials say there will be significant changes down the road.

Roger Adams

City Manager Steve Barwick announced March 8, that former long-range planner Jessica Garrow is now leading the Community Development Department. 

January retail sales decline in Aspen

Mar 8, 2016
The city of Aspen

  January was a relatively slow month in downtown Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.


Retail sales were down 5 percent compared to the same month last year. Consumers spent just over $77 million in January in Aspen, according to the latest consumption report released by the city. Luxury goods saw the largest decline, at 39 percent behind last year. Clothing sales were down 12 percent.

Elise Thatcher

  Traffic will likely be affected dramatically today. Crews are working in Glenwood Canyon and taking down the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge.