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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

  This week, on Mountain Edition:

  • Aspen lost two hall-of-famers this week….

  • Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Director candidates give their stump speech...

  • Carbondale officials are gearing up for pot talk…

  • and, we celebrate independent bookstore day

Hosts are Alycin Bektesh and Patrick Fort

Lawmakers in both parties have unveiled a proposal to bring a presidential primary back to Colorado. It's estimated that conducting a primary will cost anywhere from $5 to $7 million. Despite the price tag, the heads of both the state Democratic and Republican parties and Gov. John Hickenlooper support it.

We asked two reporters working at the capitol on a daily basis what that means.

Carbondale is host to this year's Colorado Creative Industries Summit May 4-6. 

Courtesy of Aspen Hall of Fame

Maggie DeWolf, who was 87, passed away at Aspen Valley Hospital this past weekend. Tage Pedersen died on Tuesday in Ashland, Oregon. He was 90.

Courtesy of Aspen Hall of Fame

Two Aspen Hall of Famers known for their big hearts and how much they gave back to the community passed away this week. Maggie DeWolf, who was 87, passed away at Aspen Valley Hospital this past weekend. Tage Pedersen died on Tuesday in Ashland, Oregon. He was 90.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

Earlier this year, the group Aspen Meatless Mondays gathered in a private home for a screening of the documentary "Cowspiracy".

Courtesy of the Aspen Hall of Fame

Aspen Hall of Famer Tage Pedersen passed away Tuesday in Ashland, Oregon. He was best known for his dedicated work in fitness and rehabilitation with the U.S. Ski Team over four decades.

Elise Thatcher / Aspen Public Radio

Putting on a world-class event takes an enormous amount of work — a year out from hosting the FIS World Cup finals the Aspen Skiing Co. is preparing for events on and off the mountain.

Roughly 10 percent of the total ballots mailed to Pitkin County voters have been returned so far in this spring’s Aspen Valley Hospital board election. Aspen Public Radio News interviewed the doctors who are running for a board seat.



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Representatives from the Wilderness Workshop and Thompson Divide Coalition had harsh words Tuesday for a proposed oil and gas lease swap. Meanwhile, Pitkin County commissioners expressed frustration that their input wasn’t considered in the latest proposal. Morgan Neely has more.

County officials received praise from conservationists in yesterday’s session for their work on protecting the Thompson Divide. Those same activists directed criticism towards a bill coming from Congressman Scott Tipton’s office. It would allow drilling in Delta County instead of the Divide.

Peter Hershberger

Apr 26, 2016

Profession: Registered Nurse

Age: 47

Where do you live? Snowmass Village

How long have you lived in the valley? 15 years

In what capacity have you used AVH?  How would you rate your experience and why? I am a frequent consumer of healthcare because of my juvenile diabetes so I'm a patient as well as an employee. My patient visits at the hospital have always been tremendous. The staff are second to none. What we lack is a modern facility with privacy for patients and that is now being built.

Courtesy of Memphis Journal

Profession: Entrepreneur

Where do you live? Citizen of Aspen, Resident of Pitkin County

How long have you lived in the valley? Homeowner since 1999

In what capacity have you used AVH? How would you rate your experience and why?  For the past 17 years, my family’s experiences with the Aspen Valley Hospital have been exceptional.  My concern is for those whose experiences have not been as good as ours.

Three of the seven candidates running for two seats on the board of directors

Election results for the next Aspen Valley Hospital board of directors will be decided one week from today. With seven people vying for two open seats, their campaign issues surrounding the publicly-funded facility are many.


UPDATE: Joe Hannan, has informed the city that he has accepted a position elsewhere and is stepping out of the running for the Glenwood Springs city manager.

The remaining two candidates will be in Glenwood Springs on Thursday to meet with key city staff and participate in a meet and greet with the public.

Earlier: April 25, 2016

The Glenwood Springs City Council is inviting the public to weigh in on the remaining city manager candidates.

Aspen Power Plant

The Aspen City Council held a closed-door meeting Monday prior to its regularly scheduled meeting. Executive sessions are closed to the public and meant to allow council to discuss legal and personnel matters, as well as negotiate the sale or lease of property.

City attorney Jim True said the afternoon meeting was scheduled to discuss undisclosed property purchases, as well as lease negotiations regarding the city-owned powerhouse property, located off of Mill Street.

Andrew Vick is the President of the Board of Directors for the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership. He's proud of where the organization is going, but there are challenges. Vick shares his vision for the future of the organization, including the building of a physical space.

Learn more about Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership, and find the application for the class of 2017 at www.rfleadership.org.   


Carbondale officials have been grappling with a concentration of marijuana businesses just off Highway 133. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, Carbondale trustees will soon consider specific ways to beef up pot regulations.

The Upper Valley’s June schedule just got a little busier.  The American Renewable Energy Institute’s AREDAY Summit starts on June 19th. The event typically would start in August.


Now the event lines up closely along with the Food and Wine Classic, the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Aspen Ideas Festival, among others.


Madeleine Osberger/Aspen Daily News

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The man who pushed a local snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands in January is pleading not guilty to attempted first degree assault by reason of insanity. But he still needs to be examined by a psychiatrist.

 Aspen Highlands chairlift pusher enters insanity plea

Elise Thatcher


The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced Thursday that Basalt’s underpass will receive funding from the department’s Safe Routes to School Program. Only seven projects were approved for funding out of 21 communities who applied.

Basalt will receive $264,500, which will go towards the pedestrian underpass at the intersection of Highway 82 and Basalt Avenue. Leslie Feuerborn, who manages CDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program, said the goal is to get more kids to walk or bike to school.