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  Two thirds of Aspenites don’t take advantage of a fifty dollar refund available from the city.

Elise Thatcher

  The Valley Health Alliance is reviewing new information showing the top three medical problems workers are dealing with. A recent report looks at health fair data from workers with the City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Aspen Valley Hospital, and the Aspen School District.

Elise Thatcher

  Democrats have gained registered voters in the Roaring Fork Valley area over the last year.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

Artists for Peace and Justice was founded in 2009 by filmmaker Paul Haggis, and when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti in January  2010, the nonprofit turned its efforts to healthcare and education in the shattered Port au Prince.

  Hundreds of dollars have been raised to help homeless people in Carbondale. As of Monday evening, about five hundred dollars were on hand.

Elise Thatcher

Rocky Mountain Institute has opened the doors to its new offices in Basalt. And for the first time, the think tank is settling into its own brand new energy efficient building. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a tour and has this report.

City of Aspen

Of the 60 communities enrolled in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, Aspen is in third place. The two-year conservation competition looks at energy use in residential and government buildings.

The Red Brick Center for the Arts is home to nine non-profit organizations (including Aspen Public Radio), fine art and rehearsal studios, public conferences spaces, resident artist studios, and a gallery space. Board Member Emeritus, Bob Camp, explains the history of the organization and how it came to acquire the Red Brick building, which was previously occupied by the Aspen School District. 

To learn more about the history of the Red Brick Center for the Arts and their programs, visit www.AspenArt.org

SkiCo sticking with Audi; swapping out A7s and Q7s

Jan 4, 2016

  The Aspen Skiing Co. is sticking with its partner Audi even though some of the manufacturer’s cars are violating clean air standards.

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County is tightening its belt. With oil and gas revenues projected to drop significantly in 2017, the normally wealthy County is preparing for lean times.

  After years of preparation and hashing out the details, work is beginning on a new Grand Avenue Bridge. CDOT and contract workers will be focusing on the area underneath the bridge downtown, from 7th street.

Volunteers working OT to protect Red Hill recreation area

Jan 3, 2016
Bureau of Land Management

  Red Hill Special Recreation Management Area in Carbondale, known to locals as Mushroom Rock, is facing unexpected challenges due to vandalism and heavy use. Morgan Neely has more.

With more than 65,000 user days annually, Mushroom Rock is one of the most popular destinations for mountain biking, hiking and trail running in the Roaring Fork Valley.

“I love coming up here. It’s a beautiful environment, it’s extremely challenging as a mountain biker, it has great views, it smells like pinyon and juniper, and it’s a great escape from the city.”

Valley Roundup 1-1-16

Jan 1, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

This week, we review the top news stories of 2015.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Snowmass Sun editor Jill Beathard, Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio news.


Elise Thatcher

  Carbondale’s planning commission will have a public hearing this month about whether to allow a new City Market is on Highway 133.

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.