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Local news from the Roaring Folk Valley

Ajax to open early

Nov 11, 2015
Courtesy of Aspen Skiing Co.

  Mother Nature has come through enough for Aspen Skiing Co. to start the season 12 days earlier than scheduled. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.



The look of the forests in the Roaring Fork Valley may be dramatically different in the future. High elevation forests could be replaced with lower growing species like aspens. A new website shows how forests in the American West will look different under climate change. The local nonprofit Aspen Center for Environmental Studies worked with scientists to develop the site.

Jamie Werner is Forest Program Director at ACES. Her laptop’s propped open and she’s clicking around the site, forestforecasts.org.

"So here we have Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands…”

City of Glenwood Springs

Of the many government websites in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Glenwood Springs portal has the most clunky in recent years. Like other entities trying to get on the cutting edge, namely the Town of Basalt and Pitkin County, Glenwood is putting in tens of thousands of dollars to catch up.

Hunt submits hotel plan for Crystal Palace building

Nov 10, 2015

    Downtown developer Mark Hunt has submitted redevelopment plans for the Crystal Palace building on Hyman Avenue. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

GrassRoots TV screenshot

GrassRoots TV is broadcasting twenty-four hours of veteran interviews to celebrate Veterans Day on Wednesday. The conversations have been recorded over the last several years as part of the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project, which started in 2007 and has included more than sixty veterans.


There are avalanches being reported in the high country already. On Saturday, a skier triggered a large slide on a mountain near Gothic. Forecasters from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center say the activity is due to new and wind-drifted snow gathering on old, weak layers from storms in October. Brian Lazar is with the Center.

Brian Lazar is the Deputy Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

PitCo to control odor monitoring at pot grow in Basalt

Nov 9, 2015
Marci Krivonen

  Pitkin County is now in charge of the smell test at a marijuana grow facility in Basalt. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.


The county’s environmental health department has assumed control of odor monitoring at High Valley Farms. The grow facility, which supplies product to the Silverpeak Apothecary in Aspen, will pay for a third party to monitor the operation.

Kate Lapides/Courtesy Photo

This fall, Glenwood Springs resident Kayce Anderson and members of her new nonprofit, For the Good Period, were in Kenya. The group filmed young girls talking about what they want to be when they grow up.

Walking around the gym doesn’t typically merit applause, but last week at the Aspen Club and Spa valley residents with cerebral palsy, amputated legs and severed spinal cords took their first steps in decades. Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh was present as the bionic technology was put to use and brings us this report.

Holly Gressett, the Associate Director and Programs Director at the Wyly Community Art Center, is a big advocate for art and encourages everyone to try a workshop at the Basalt-based arts center. Gressett discusses the adult, children's, and partner programs the Wyly offers. 

Learn more about workshops, classes, and programs at www.WylyArts.org