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To better cover operating costs, Carbondale raised utility rates on July 1.

Walter Isaacson is fascinated by innovators — the kinds of geniuses whose ideas have transformed industry, science, and society. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin each grabbed his attention in ways that allow us, as readers, to discover the depth and breadth of their brilliant thinking and creative sensibilities.

It’s been over a month since the Aspen area has seen significant rainfall, and the smaller grasses and brush present fire danger. Aspen Fire Marshall Parker Lathrop said that’s why there will be no fireworks over Aspen Mountain to celebrate Independence Day this year.

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Latino evangelicals — a fast-growing population that is nearing 20 percent of American Latinos, and rising — exemplify the difficult positions many Christians find themselves in today, where social conservatism and deep Christian faith run headlong into hard questions about immigrants, refugees, the poor, and moral leadership. 


The annual Aspen Institute Ideas Festival made local and national headlines all week, and there's plenty going on in the communities of Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this week are Carla Jean Whitley, an editor for the Glenwood Post Independent via Skype, and Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle and Aspen Times Managing Editor Rick Carroll in the studio.




“When they go low, we go high,” Michelle Obama famously said during the epically nasty 2016 presidential campaign. But that strategy didn’t win Democrats the White House or Congress. What are the issues that Democrats must capitalize on to win back needed ground in the midterms?

Ross Kribbs

Aspen Public Radio was proud to present our second annual Lawn Party on June 29. The event featured Joshua Johnson of 1A.

A big thanks to our sponsors for making this event a success. Sponsors included Alpine Bank, Red Brick Center for the Arts, King & Cook, which provided amazing barbecue, and Aspen Brewing Co., Suerte Tequia and Stripped Mixers, which provided libations.

  The Aspen Ideas Festival's signature event hosts an audience of 2,000 in the Benedict Music Tent. Big thinkers and doers will engage serious ideas about their work, our world, and the future.

Our phones and computers make our lives easier in a lot of ways...but we also pay a price.  Our personal data is big business for some companies. Is it possible to safeguard our privacy in this surveillance economy?  News Director Carolyn Sackariason shares what she heard from this year's Aspen Ideas Festival from the "Re-imagining the Internet" track.  

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Work, play, privacy, communication, finance, war, and dating: algorithms and the machines that run them have upended them all. Will artificial intelligence become as ubiquitous as electricity? Is there any industry AI won't touch?

Hate groups and hate-fueled incidents are spiking in America. The Southern Poverty Law Center, through aggregating media reports and gathered submissions from its website, recently catalogued 1051 acts of intimidation and hate in the first month after Trump won the presidency. What is the evidence of this rising tide, and what does it look like in our communities? What groups are most frequently targeted today? What theories might explain this rise, and what can Americans who value tolerance do to fight back?

Matt Ferro

The kind of work we do — and the way we do it — has changed a lot over the past 50 years. The modern-day employee is fast, flexible, and mobile. More and more, companies are finding they must enhance their physical environment in order to create the kind of cultural environment that attracts next-generation talent and gives them a competitive edge. 

 The annual Aspen Institute Ideas Festival is in its ninth day and has been making local and national headlines all week. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle and Aspen Times managing editor Rick Carroll.





A man attempting to hike the Maroon Bells Grand Couloir died of hypothermia according to a coroner's report.

This past Monday, Eagle County Commissioners voted two to one to approve the Tree Farm project. This ends a long, drawn-out and, frankly, bitter process for the 43-acre development across Highway 82 from Whole Foods.

As the United States leaves the Paris Agreement, how will the leadership vacuum be filled? Will China continue to surge ahead, tackling air pollution and investing in renewable energy? Will India soon abandon its commitments, favoring coal development over clean air? If choices that individual countries make in regard to their energy mix have planet-wide consequences, does abandoning Paris signal the end of the US-led international order? What role does vulnerability reduction play in the new landscape of global climate solutions and policy?

Journalists Charles Sykes, Melissa Block, James Fallows and Joshua Johnson have made careers out of asking questions and listening to American voices. Especially over the past year, when we’ve so often been described as deeply and hopelessly divided, what have these keen observers gleaned from thousands of conversations and interactions with individuals around the country? Do they agree with this assessment? What do they find are the best ways to uncover authentic thoughts and feelings beneath oceans of superficial labels and assumptions?

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Forest Service released a draft decision yesterday on its plan to combat overuse in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The first step is to address the Conundrum valley.

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Conundrum Hot Springs has been targeted as a “hot spot” by the outdoor ethics organization Leave No Trace.

Carolyn Sackariason / Aspen Public Radio news


One of the tracks at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival is “Reimagining the Internet”. News Director Carolyn Sackariason attended two sessions this week that were focused on living in a surveillance economy, and how to protect our personal information.