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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) brings performing arts to the mid-valley. Their current venue on Market Street is aptly named "The Temporary." On Tuesday, Basalt’s Planning and Zoning Commission will visit the site of their permanent location.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: YouthEntity, Week 1

Jun 4, 2018

YouthEntity seeks to engage and empower youth to discover their potential by providing real-world experiences that prepare them for future successes. The main goal of YouthEntity is to make the Western Slope of Colorado the most financially literate region in the country. Kirsten Petre McDaniel describes their programs offered to elementary and middle school students in the Roaring Fork Valley.  

Primary Ballots Mail Monday

Jun 4, 2018
Aspen Public Radio

Ballots for the June 26 primary election are in the mail today. Coloradans will choose candidates in key open races including governor, attorney general and State Treasurer.


courtesy of www.tipton.house.gov

Rep. Scott Tipton will be in Grand Junction on Friday, along with Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah. The two are attending a hearing for the House Natural Resources Committee, examining natural gas and oil shale opporunties in Western Colorado.

Occupancy in Aspen and Snowmass is up

May 31, 2018
Stay Aspen Snowmass

Occupancy numbers in Aspen and Snowmass were near record highs this winter, despite a disappointing snow season.

This week, hosts Zoe Rom and Wyatt Orme bring you the week’s news from the Roaring Fork Valley.

1A vote delayed

May 31, 2018
Aspen Journalism

  City officials say there will not be a public vote regarding the location of Aspen Mountains’ Lift 1A this fall.

Colorado River District

The Colorado River District holds an event in Carbondale Thursday to unite scientists and stakeholders in discussing pressing issues facing local water users.

Colorado Mountain College

Last week, Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill into law, allowing places like Colorado Mountain College (CMC) to sell or lease their property to pay for things like new buildings, or student housing.

Wilderness Workshop

 A local conservation organization wants to be sure that everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley has a voice in public lands issues. Wilderness Workshop has announced a new outreach program called “Defiende Nuestra Tierra,” which translates to Defend Our Land. It’s goal is to mobilize the Latino community around public lands advocacy. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with Alicia  Zeringue, community organizer for Wilderness Workshop.

The kickoff party for Defiende Nuestra Tierra is this Saturday from one to three at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs.

  This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER)

The upcoming election for the Holy Cross Energy board of directors has two contested seats.  

Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill last week in Glenwood Springs, creating paid teaching fellowships in rural schools that most need teachers.

Aspen Historical Society

  The Aspen Historical Society (AHS) has received statewide and local awards for renovations to its Archive Building.

  This week:  It’s all about housing…A Valley Round Up special in depth look into one of the valley’s most talked about issues. Joining host Alycin Bektesh are Bill Stirling, whose recent op ed in the Aspen Times and the Aspen Daily News addressed this issue head-on. Bill served four consecutive terms as mayor of Aspen from 1983 until 1991, as well as Curtis Wackerle, Editor of the Aspen Daily News.

Phil Nyland / White River National Forest

Dr. George Beck is a professor of Weed Science at Colorado State University. At a public event Wednesday, he’ll discuss how to manage invasive weeds.

Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

The City of Aspen has agreed to move water rights for storage out of Castle and Maroon Creeks.


This week, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Christin Kay bring you the week’s news from the Roaring Fork Valley.


Roger Adams

If an oil and gas company pays too much in tax, it can get a refund, called an “abatement.” Garfield County might see one or two of these each year, and it’s the libraries, hospitals and school districts, among others, who refund the money.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

After nine deaths in the Elk Mountain backcountry last summer, Mountain Rescue Aspen wanted change. The organization has teamed up with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office and the U.S. Forest Service on a new campaign aimed at helping prepare people for backcountry adventures.