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Patrick Fort

  To put on every chef demonstration over the weekend, an army of cooks in the kitchen works tirelessly to measure, chop, grate, julienne, dice and peel ingredients for the top-tier chefs who come to the Roaring Fork Valley to showcase what they do best.

Watching the chef’s demonstrate their cooking prowess is a relaxing and hunger-inducing experience. It is like watching a cooking television show. And that is because you are part of the studio audience.

Mike Simmons, Chairman of the Aspen Science Center board, and Jackie Francis, Executive Director of the Aspen Science Center, share their vision for the future of the center. The organization hopes to build a science museum where visitors (both locals and tourists) can explore, interact, and discover. 

Learn more about the Aspen Science Center and their summer programs at www.AspenScienceCenter.org


A creative sentence for a fatal car accident is partially on hold. Aspen judge Erin Fernandez Ely had decided this spring to have Christine Tinner spend some of her community service doing something that would qualify restorative justice. There's a growing trend in Colorado to reintegrate perpetrators back into their communities and reduce the prison population. Ely decided Friday that Tinner should just volunteer at the Thrift Shop of Aspen for now, as the court and Pitkin County figure out how to define what Tinner should do to meet the restorative justice requirement.

Cornelia Carpenter

Bugs and wildlife are benefiting from higher-than-normal rivers in the Roaring Fork watershed. Heavy rain and snowmelt have boosted flows to flood stage in some areas. It’s positive for the river ecosystem.

River flows are above average on the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Crystal and Colorado rivers. It’s good news for water quality and wildlife habitat along the riverbanks. The flows knock away dirt buildup in the spaces between rocks on the riverbed. Rick Lafaro with the Roaring Fork Conservancy says that’s where bugs live.

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Rescuers were unsuccessful Sunday (6/21) in reviving a man who fell out of a kayak on the fast-flowing Fryingpan River. 

The man and a friend began floating the river at Seven Castles, about five miles from downtown Basalt. The friend called 911 around 3:30 in the afternoon after the two became separated. Officials with the Basalt Fire Department say witnesses at a riverside restaurant in Basalt saw the unoccupied boat and the man’s body. A group of bystanders downstream pulled him from the river and worked to resuscitate him. The efforts continued when emergency crews arrived, but the man was pronounced dead on-scene. An official with Basalt Fire says flows on the Fryingpan were extremely high. The man was from Grand Junction.

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

A news story about a missing Aspen native has created a  ruckus among longtime residents.

As summer sets in, so does the homeless population in Glenwood Springs, which is angst in the business community.

Meanwhile, a custody dispute involving a Snowmass Village father has garnered international attention.

When is a service dog a legitimate reason to take the pet into a restaurant or live in affordable housing?

Local chef brings flavor to Food and Wine Classic

Jun 19, 2015

 Chefs from around the world are in Aspen for this weekend’s Food and Wine Classic, but Susie Jimenez of Carbondale is bringing a bit of local flavor to the Sparklers and Spice event on Saturday. Arts and Culture reporter Patrick Fort spoke with Susie in the days before the event.

Highlights of their conversation


On being a local at the event...

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  A woman who caused a fatal accident on Highway 133 last summer is raising questions about her sentence. Christine Tinner must complete 360 hours of community service as part of her punishment for accidentally killing one person and injuring another in a car crash.

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Water releases from Ruedi Reservoir are increasing flood danger along the Frying Pan River into Basalt. Law enforcement is warning homeowners and anglers who fish the popular river. 

Areas of greatest concern in Basalt include homes along River Cove, Swinging Bridge Lane, River Oaks Lane, and in the Roaring Fork Mobile Home Park. Police are also concerned about the area near 7-Eleven and the Basalt Avenue pedestrian bridge that’s a popular play spot for kids.

'Food and Wine' publisher comes to Aspen

Jun 18, 2015

The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen comes to town this weekend and Aspen Public Radio’s arts and culture reporter Patrick Fort spoke to the publisher of Food and Wine Magazine, Christina Grdovic, in the days leading up to the event.

Highlights of their conversation

On the mission of the Food and Wine Classic…