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  Candidates vying for chief law enforcement official for the Ninth Judicial District squared off last night during a live debate hosted by Aspen Public Radio. Incumbent Sherry Caloia, and challengers Chip McCrory and Jeff Cheney, took on the topics of plea bargains, law enforcement, domestic violence, and the role of political parties in the DA’s office.

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Aspen Public Radio news director Carolyn Sackariason moderated a live debate from the Dunaway Community Room in the Pitkin County Library.

To watch the debate via GrassRoots TV, click here.

The three candidates running for the District Attorney’s seat, serving Rio Blanco, Garfield and Pitkin counties, are incumbent Sherry Caloia, and challengers Chip McCrory and Jeff Cheney.

Aspen TREE Founder and Co-Director Eden Vardy discusses Aspen TREE's signature event, the Farm to Table Community Meal, a free meal served the week of Thanksgiving and made entirely from local ingredients.

Board members Michael Miracle and Jeff Davlyn discuss the importance of Aspen TREE in the community and their role in educating the Valley about local and sustainable food. 

Learn more about Aspen TREE and their events at www.aspen-tree.org

Garfield County Commissioners will discuss a permit for a natural gas pipeline today.


Eagle County Sherriff Department

Oct. 17, 2016, 6 p.m.


The fire burning near the Reudi Reservoir is now 40 percent contained.


Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Accusations of corruption in the Garfield County commissioner race surfaced this week, angering one of the candidates.

Garfield Commissioner Martin repaid $1,800 to county after auditDems to Martin: Quit or face indictment

As election day draws near, valley residents are hearing a lot from candidates running for local offices, as well as reading commentary on the opinion pages of the local newspapers.

The cost of childcare in Pitkin County matches that of a mortgage. For families that can’t dole out the funds, there is government assistance available.

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Amendment 70: minimum wage increase.  A “yes” vote will raise the minimum wage in Colorado, a “no” vote keeps the status quo.


Barbara Platts

 The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be paving near the roundabout at the entrance to Aspen tomorrow morning, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. until noon.


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The “Living Lab” project that widened Castle Creek bridge for pedestrians and cyclists is being removed today and tomorrow.

A local nonprofit that’s been providing care and education to abandoned, orphaned and disabled children in Haiti for more than two decades is mobilizing in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Robin Hamill, president of Haiti Children, spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

Courtesy of Garfield County Sheriff's Office

  The Garfield County Coroner’s Office today identified the young woman who was murdered Friday evening.


Co-Directors River Morgan and Eden Vardy share Aspen TREE's formal and informal programs, which range from Earth Keepers summer day-camp to self-guided tours of the FarmPark, located at Cozy Point Ranch outside of Aspen. Board Vice President Michael Miracle also contributes.

Courtesy of Garfield County Sheriff's Office

A Glenwood Springs man was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of killing a young woman.

Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, 27, was arrested on Saturday morning in Grand Junction by a SWAT team. He is accused of killing an unidentified 24-year-old woman the night before at the Pinon Pines apartments in Glenwood.

Police are calling the shooting “an extreme case of domestic violence.”

Olivo-Tellez was wanted on a previous Domestic Violence warrant. He has been charged with first degree murder following last night’s incident.

The Aspen Skiing Company hopes to inform voters as part of its ongoing educational series.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

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A Basalt town council member violated open meeting law after she emailed her colleagues asking them to vote a particular way on a resolution coming before them. For commentary on this issue, John Colson, a reporter for the Sopris Sun, Curtis Wackerle, editor at the Aspen Daily News, and Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times join Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m.


  The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) is seeking public input about its online presence.