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Fiorina visits Aspen

Dec 31, 2015
Carly for America

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina will be in Aspen for a few hours tomorrow to attend a private event and visit with Pitkin County Republicans.

  Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition. I’m Elise Thatcher.

A man from Carbondale has died while ice climbing.

During this holiday week, Aspen is bursting at the seams, and the airport is barely keeping up.

Tips in Aspen on New Year's Eve over the top

Dec 31, 2015

  It’s New Year’s Eve — the biggest night of the year for restaurant workers in Aspen, who anticipate some big tips coming from visiting high rollers. Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Aspen Public Radio went into the field and talked with bartenders and waiters about what their biggest tips have been. What we found was some extravagant gratuities have been doled out to hard-working servers over the years.

“This is our time to shine. It’s like the oscars. As far as tips wise, you’re looking to hook a big cat, a big fish,” says a local bartender.

Elise Thatcher

  Three adult males have been formally charged with robbing a Carbondale marijuana shop.  The men appeared in court Wednesday.

Ryan Jennings/Facebook


Thursday, December 31st 6:07 pm: Deceased climber identified as 42 year old Ryan Jennings of Carbondale.

Aspen 'busting at the seams'

Dec 29, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason


   Aspen and Snowmass Village are in the middle of the busiest week of the of the year. And as Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports, there is barely any room left around the resort.

Traffic jams, chairlift lines, planes stacked up on the runway and standing-room only in the airport, indicate the estimated 98 or 99 percent occupancy this week at hotels. This is what full feels like.

/winstonbinch.com / courtesy Winston Binch

   Advertising expert Winston Binch brings his industry skills to fight climate change.

Elise Thatcher

  Carbondale residents are meeting Wednesday about how to beef up homeless services. Real estate agent Lynn Kirchner is leading the effort.

Skiing icon, Stein Eriksen, passes away at 88

Dec 28, 2015
Courtesy, Aspen Historical Society

Stein Eriksen was an icon in the Aspen skiing community. He was an Olympic and world champion. He was the first male ski racer from outside of the Alps to win an Olympic gold medal. He also started some of the first skiing schools here.  Eriksen passed away this weekend at the age of 88.

Six new RFTA buses will comply with federal safety standards that could have helped passengers in a Highway 82 rollover crash.