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Jacobson turns himself in

Jul 10, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

A local elected official turned himself into authorities yesterday, answering to a felony charge related to an alleged outburst when he was arrested for driving drunk. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

  Snowmass Town Councilman Chris Jacobson appeared handcuffed in front of a judge Thursday. He was advised that he is charged with criminal mischief, a class 5 felony. His arrest warrant says he trashed the Pitkin County Jail on June 26, when he was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.

Elise Thatcher

Law enforcement and community members are putting together a memorial service for a parachute child who died on June 20th. Sarah Ogden was four weeks old when she was pronounced dead at the Grand River Hospital in Rifle.


Arrest warrant issued for town councilman

Jul 8, 2015
Pitkin County Jail


An arrest warrant has been issued for a Snowmass Town Councilman who allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage at the Pitkin County Jail. Aspen Public Radio's Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe Disalvo has asked Chris Jacobson to turn himself in on the felony charge of criminal mischief. He is expected to do that Thursday. Snowmass attorney Arnie Mordkin is representing Jacobson.


Recreation and oil and gas development in our region are impacted by a new plan released Wednesday (7/8/15) by the Bureau of Land Management. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The Resource Management Plan for the Colorado River Valley Field Office applies to BLM lands in six counties including Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin. It updates a 1984 plan and directs management for the next two decades.

At the Harvey/Meadows Gallery on Hopkins Avenue in Aspen, Sam Harvey answers the phone as he tends to his space. He runs the gallery with his business partner, Alleghany Meadows.  Sam is what you could call a needle in a haystack. He’s a black man who runs an art gallery in Aspen.


For Harvey, the main issue surrounding art and diversity is the ability for people to access art.

What do a Brazilian, a Fin, two Spaniards, a Frenchman and an Israeli-American have in common?


They are all choreographers who influenced the performances that will be seen on the Aspen stage this summer.

Jessica Moore, marketing manager of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet says that the choreographers are a very large part of bringing that global feel to the company.

“We are sort of encapsulating what’s happening in dance around the world right now in our season.”


Creative Commons/Flickr/Paul Downey

The Great Recession may be in the rearview mirror, but it left poverty in its wake. Pitkin County’s Health and Human Services Department reports more people living in poverty. Director of the Department Nan Sundeen says a quarter of residents earn slightly more than federal poverty wages. So, many single adults are making just $23,000 a year. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.

Nan Sundeen is director of Pitkin County Health and Human Services. Next week, we’ll examine access to health care for the poor.

Jury considers lawsuit against Skico in first day of trial

Jul 8, 2015

A trial involving a homeowner who is suing the Aspen Skiing Company got underway at the Pitkin County Courthouse Tuesday. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.


  Andrew and Maralee Safir filed suit against the Skico after a mudslide violently crashed through their Buttermilk home in May of 2011. They claim it did $2 million in damage and that Skico is liable because it cut a water diversion ditch near a ski access road above their house, causing the slope to fail.

Elise Thatcher

Public transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley could include light rail once again. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is reconsidering the service. RFTA is putting long term goals into something called an Integrated Transportation Plan.