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JAS sees steady attendance for June

Jun 29, 2015

Fans waited outside of the Benedict Music tent on Friday for an extra half an hour after production issues delayed the start of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience.



Jim Horowitz, founder of Jazz Aspen says the delays weren’t anything to worry about.

“Other than making some people stand outside a little bit longer waiting to get in than we intended, there was no damage done,” Horowitz said.


Painter and sculptor Spar Street will have his latest work, titled “The Heart of Peace”, on display at Gallery 1949 in Aspen. The former world-ranked skier’s work was chosen as the symbol of the International Heart of Peace Award given out by the World Peace One Foundation. Street spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort.

Marci Krivonen

Friday’s Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage a right in all 50 states, was cause for celebration in Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen caught up with revelers at a party at the base of Aspen Mountain.

The feeling at Ajax Tavern Friday was one of relief. Kevin McManamon of the non profit AspenOUT helped organize the party.

"This is very impromptu. We didn’t know if it was going to be a celebration or a wake, we weren’t sure, but we’re very pleased it’s a celebration," he says.

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork Valley broke records for visitors last summer. So far Aspen and Snowmass Village are on track to be even busier, and more expensive, this summer. Resort tracker DestiMetrics says overnight bookings across the West are up about 8.5% compared to last year. Aspen and Snowmass Village are seeing about the same numbers.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week. 

Aspen lost one of its first cultural architects when novelist Jim Salter died earlier this month. He moved here in the '60s when many other renowned artists were planting their roots.

Snowmass Base Village developers are slowly rolling out their grand plan. Decision makers held a joint meeting as planning began.

Sometimes, smaller theater companies have to deal with a lack of talent, or a lack of funding. And although Theater Aspen operates on a small stage, which hides in a tent, it manages to bring the bright lights and glamor of Broadway to town.



Mark Martino is the director of Theater Aspen’s production of Cabaret. It is his sixth time directing a show with the company and says there’s something special about the challenge of working in a place that doesn’t have traditional theater amenities.

Marci Krivonen

Health care, violence and the wage gap are a few topics to be tackled at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. The 10-day event started Thursday (6/25). 

It’s the Festival’s eleventh year and this year it looks different.

"We decided to freshen it up a little bit and change some things around, and we’re sitting in a new pavilion," she says.

Aspen Police Department

An Aspen man is being held without bond in the Grand Junction area. He faces charges after illegally having a gun at Aspen’s Post Office, where he was an employee. A Grand Junction magistrate denied fifty-six-year old Mauro Emilio Pennini bond on Thursday, saying he poses a danger to people in the Aspen area.

A family camping in Ruedi Reservoir had an early morning wakeup call from a bear, while camping at the Dearhamer Campground.

Garrison Keillor in his own words

Jun 25, 2015

  Here is the full interview between Aspen Public Radio News Director Carolyn Sackariason and Prairie Home Companion Garrison Keillor, who was in town on Wednesday.