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Courtesy of City of Aspen

  Black bears looking for food have caused restrictions at Independence Pass campgrounds, and the U.S. Forest Service has no timeline to reopen those sites to tents.

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

In its attempt to get more social media followers, the Aspen Police Department had a bit of fun with the resort’s reputation as a party town.

Small plastic bag found at grocery store checkout causes internet stir

And time will tell if two developers who want to build lodging at the base of Aspen Mountain can play well together.

Joel Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow of Urban Futures at Chapman University and Executive Director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism.

New wildfire prevention program for Eagle County homeowners

Jul 7, 2016
Courtesy, Eagle County

Eagle County is offering incentives to help homeowners protect their properties against wildfires.

Through the REALfire program, homeowners can meet with fire specialists to identify dangers, like stacked firewood and dry brush.

Eric Lovgren, Eagle County’s wildfire mitigation specialist, said government agencies are set up to prevent fires on public lands. Homeowners are responsible for their own land.

  On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Barbara Platts present a compilation of the week’s news.

Topics include:

  • The vice president of the united states visited aspen over the weekend

  • An elected official is giving away money

  • Northstar Nature Reserve may no longer be the party spot of past year.... .

  • A choreographer returns to Aspen

Post-fire weed pull in Hunter Creek on Saturday

Jul 6, 2016
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

Five local organizations are teaming up to organize a community weed pull this Saturday in the Hunter Creek Valley following a prescribed burn in the area in May.

Ruedi Reservoir has reached its capacity. That means more water will be flowing down the Frying Pan River. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

There are only about 500 acre feet left of storage space in the reservoir and it’s rising at 168 acre feet each day. For perspective, one acre foot could sustain a family of four for a year.

Peter Soeth is with the bureau of reclamation. He says starting today the flow from the dam will increase to 170 cfs. He said it’s important to take heed of the higher water.

  Last month the Aspen City Council abruptly squelched a year of negotiations regarding the future of the city-owned original Aspen powerhouse, and directed staff to instead examine the building for government office use. Mayor Steve Skadron suggested that temporarily moving some city departments to the public building would allow the city to put on hold plans for building a new civic plaza on Galena street, and instead focus the community development office’s rehaul of planning and zoning guidelines.

Crowds tamed at North Star Preserve

Jul 5, 2016
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

Increased enforcement at North Star Nature Preserve appeared to be working over the holiday weekend. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there to see how the crowds are managed.

More cars towed this Fourth of July

Jul 5, 2016
Courtesy of Aspen Chamber

The City of Aspen towed twice as many cars during this year's busy Fourth of July festivities compared to 2014.


Aspen’s grand plan to open up more parking has gotten strong reactions. Aspen Public Radio checked in with workers and tourists to find out what their feedback is, now that the effort is more than a month old.

Forest Service building in Aspen open to public

Jul 5, 2016
Ryer Gardenswartz, Aspen Public Radio

  The Forest Service Visitor Information Center at the entrance to Aspen is back in business today.

An elected official in Pitkin County has given away the thousand bucks someone left at her house anonymously earlier this year. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Commissioner Patti Clapper came home to an envelope left on her front gate with 10 $100 bills. She turned it over to the police, where it was held in evidence for a couple of months.

She was waiting for gift giver, who wrote on the envelope “for past good deeds,” to come forward and confirm it wasn’t politically motivated. The donor never came forward so she gave it away.

Germaine Dietsch founded Spellbinders in Denver in the 1980's. She discusses the organization's history , her personal inspirations, and how the organization grew from an idea to 18 national and international chapters today.  

Learn more about Spellbinders and how you can get involved at www.spellbinders.org.   

Carolyne Heldman / Aspen Public Radio

  Morning Edition host Renee Montagne moderated several big picture discussions during last week’s ideas festival, and also stopped by Aspen Public Radio to meet listeners and speak about her career during our lawn party June 30th. She also touched on the polarized rhetoric throughout the presidential primaries - a continued result of years of diminished cultural dialog.  

Photo by Matt Ferro

  Vice President Joe Biden closed out the 12th annual Aspen Ideas Festival Saturday.

A main theme that emerged over the past nine days at the Aspen Ideas Festival was the concern about an intense polarization in the United States. Biden had the final word on that point. He thinks that politics are particularly divided right now and he is concerned about this election.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The primary election results are in. Two valley natives will advance to the fall election for a Pitkin County commissioner seat. And in Garfield County, a candidate has been selected who will be serving his sixth term as a commissioner. In the Colorado congressional race for the third district, it’s going to get interesting between Democrat Gail Schwartz and Republican Scott Tipton.


  Election results came in this week from all over the state. Locally, primary races resulted in two candidates vying for one Pitkin County commissioner seat this fall, a longtime Garfield County incumbent winning by a landslide and what will be a heated contest for Colorado’s third congressional district. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, a columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

 The spread of free enterprise has created a more dynamic, efficient, and competitive global economy, while the marvels of American technology and innovation have ushered in an age of unprecedented possibility.


Aspen is no longer a one grocery store town. Clark’s Market opens its doors today after a 14-week remodel.