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Valley Roundup 1-1-16

Jan 1, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

This week, we review the top news stories of 2015.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Snowmass Sun editor Jill Beathard, Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio news.


Elise Thatcher

  Carbondale’s planning commission will have a public hearing this month about whether to allow a new City Market is on Highway 133.

Fiorina visits Aspen

Dec 31, 2015
Carly for America

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina will be in Aspen for a few hours tomorrow to attend a private event and visit with Pitkin County Republicans.

  Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition. I’m Elise Thatcher.

A man from Carbondale has died while ice climbing.

During this holiday week, Aspen is bursting at the seams, and the airport is barely keeping up.

Tips in Aspen on New Year's Eve over the top

Dec 31, 2015

  It’s New Year’s Eve — the biggest night of the year for restaurant workers in Aspen, who anticipate some big tips coming from visiting high rollers. Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Aspen Public Radio went into the field and talked with bartenders and waiters about what their biggest tips have been. What we found was some extravagant gratuities have been doled out to hard-working servers over the years.

“This is our time to shine. It’s like the oscars. As far as tips wise, you’re looking to hook a big cat, a big fish,” says a local bartender.

Elise Thatcher

  Three adult males have been formally charged with robbing a Carbondale marijuana shop.  The men appeared in court Wednesday.

Ryan Jennings/Facebook


Thursday, December 31st 6:07 pm: Deceased climber identified as 42 year old Ryan Jennings of Carbondale.

Aspen 'busting at the seams'

Dec 29, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason


   Aspen and Snowmass Village are in the middle of the busiest week of the of the year. And as Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports, there is barely any room left around the resort.

Traffic jams, chairlift lines, planes stacked up on the runway and standing-room only in the airport, indicate the estimated 98 or 99 percent occupancy this week at hotels. This is what full feels like.

/winstonbinch.com / courtesy Winston Binch

   Advertising expert Winston Binch brings his industry skills to fight climate change.

Elise Thatcher

  Carbondale residents are meeting Wednesday about how to beef up homeless services. Real estate agent Lynn Kirchner is leading the effort.