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Dr. Temple Grandin is an expert on animal behavior and also an advocate for those with autism. She’s this year’s keynote speaker at Garfield County’s Ag Expo.

Christin Kay and Claire Woodcock bring you the biggest local news stories of the week.  

Carbondale approved a contract to acquire land at the base of a popular hiking area. We check in on what avalanche conditions are like in this low snow year with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Valley View Hospital

Hospitals are scientific places. Doctors order tests, do exams and use machines. At Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, however, there’s a team of chaplains also ready, at a moment’s notice, to tend to any patient’s spiritual needs.

Eagle County

The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission (RFVRPC) is examining how land-use decisions are made in the mid-valley. The public is encouraged to weigh in at their meeting on Thursday.

Prominent Aspenite Carl Bergman passed away over the weekend. He was 85 years old. He and his wife Katie bought Matthews Drug on the corner of Monarch and Main Street in 1965 and renamed it Carl’s Pharmacy. The drugstore remains an Aspen icon, along with the Bergmans’ second operation, the Miners Building. Both business have remained locally-serving through the years, providing affordable household goods, cosmetics, and craft supplies. Carl was a history buff, serving as president of the Aspen Historical Society.


Aspen's snowpack is about two thirds of average, and while skiers everywhere are hoping for more snow, those headed into the backcountry rely on the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) for data about avalanche conditions.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Six local skiers from three disciplines will represent the United States at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. Freeskiers Alex Ferreira and Torin Yater-Wallace will compete in half-pipe; Wiley Maple and Alice McKinnis have qualified as alpine racers; and Simi Hamilton and Noah Hoffman will race in cross country events.

City of Aspen

Mayor Steve Skadron and the city’s climate action department launched the Compact of Colorado Communities last May. They are now partnering with the governor’s office to host a symposium on climate preparedness and clean energy. Governor John Hickenlooper has since recognized it as the leading network of local governments working on climate.

Garfield County Assessor

Garfield County will see $7 million more in property taxes this year compared to last, the bulk of which is for a hospital.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The Town of Carbondale approved a contract last week to acquire land at the base of Red Hill from the Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT). AVLT purchased the property in January and has been raising money to build new trails and improve safety. The idea is to move the trailhead closer to the parking area.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

The group Battlement Concerned Citizens is opposing a proposal for a new well pad and wastewater injection well in their community. Colorado regulations require that oil and gas development is a minimum of 500 feet away from homes and buildings. This proposal has wells within 500 feet of several homes. Ursa Resources has asked the state for a variance.

The Aspen Youth Center provides after-school and summer programs for area kids.  They offer indoor and outdoor play, structured and free time, and cooking and art classes...all for free.  

Christin Kay talked with Michaela Idhammer-Ketpura, executive director of the Aspen Youth Center, about the goals for children who attend, as well as the wide range of families that the Youth Center serves.   Clare Williams, a fifth-grader who attends the Aspen Youth Center, joined the conversation as well.       

This week on Valley Roundup, we discuss the political tug-of-war over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and touch base with local recipients of the program, otherwise known as DREAMers. Also, Aspen Valley Hospital is giving their terminally ill patients the option to end their own lives by opting in to a state law, passed last year. And, the X Games kicked off Thursday, as two local skiers had podium finishes in the superpipe.

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  This weekend the Town of Snowmass Village is presenting a draft of its Comprehensive Plan. The draft is now open for community review.


This week, Aspen City Council gave the go-ahead on two private leases on public land at Cozy Point Ranch. Aspen T.R.E.E., a local agriculture and education operation, will lease 14 acres, and Cozy Point equestrian facility will continue to operate on 27 acres. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy breaks down the details with Wyatt Orme.


This week, Gov. Hickenlooper released his plan to encourage more Coloradans to drive electric.


Christin Kay and Wyatt Orme bring you the biggest local news stories of the week.


We talk about medical aid in dying in Colorado, which is now an option for valley residents. Also, two congressional Democrats want to see more wilderness along the Continental divide, and the outdoor industry will learn from tribal leaders in a meeting scheduled for this summer.  

Colorado senator Michael Bennet and representative Jared Polis introduced a bill yesterday that would designate new wilderness in the White River National Forest.



The 2018 Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show, a major convention for the outdoor industry, kicks off today in Denver. When the snow melts, the industry will gather again in Colorado, this time, with tribal leaders.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Aspen Valley Hospital has officially opted in to Proposition 106 - the End of Life Options Act. Reporter Alycin Bektesh attended a talk this week about the process for patients who are seeking medical aid in dying.