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Aspen's Real Estate Economy

Aug 11, 2014
Courtesy BJ Adams & Co

Six years ago, when the Great Recession began spreading toward the Roaring Fork Valley, the Aspen real estate firm BJ Adams and company organized a symposium to strategize ways the community could brace for the downturn.  On Thursday (8/14/2014), the company will host the sixth annual state of the real estate economy gathering at the Aspen Meadows.  Company president Michael Adams and long-time Aspen property appraiser Randy Gold spoke about the local economy with APR's Roger Adams.  

Listen to the radio interview here:


Rob St. Mary

On Saturday, August 9th, Ken Rudin aka "The Political Junkie" shared his insights on the upcoming elections, how Colorado plays into the equation, and his love of political buttons.

Rudin was interviewed by former NPR editor, and current Aspen Public Radio board member, Loren Jenkins. "The Political Junkie" also took questions from the audience at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale.

Ken Rudin is one of America’s foremost experts in politics and campaign history. He focuses on all aspects of politics, from presidential elections—with the primaries, national conventions, debates and general election—to the races for the House, Senate and state governors. He has analyzed every congressional race in the nation since 1984.

Ken began his NPR career in 1991. He has worked with correspondents and reporters both at the network and member-station level. From 2006-2013, Ken was regularly heard on of the Nation in the weekly, and very popular, Political Junkie segment. He also helped create It’s All Politics the podcast, which ran for seven years. In his Political Junkie weekly column— which first appeared on The Washington  Post website before coming to NPR—Ken previewed the politics of the week and explored campaign history, strategy, trivia and lore, along with his well-known ScuttleButton contest.

For most of the past 20 years, Ken was the eyes and ears of NPR’s political coverage in his position as NPR political editor and resident “Political Junkie.” As a political junkie for many decades, Ken has one of the most extensive collections of campaign buttons in the country, a collection that now surpasses 70,000 items.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: The Thrift Shop of Aspen, Part 2

Aug 11, 2014

The Thrift Shop of Aspen takes in countless items - clothing, outdoor gear, accessories and all manner of chachkies. The shop staff are the self-proclaimed "original recyclers" - taking used items and giving them value and reselling them. All the money raised in the shop is poured back into the Roaring Fork Valley in the form of grants and scholarships. Ellen Walbert a board member and volunteer shares about volunteering, and finding obscure items. Diane Wallace is the co-President and long-time volunteer, and shares about being the "original recyclers".

Today is Monday, August 11th.

Today at 10:15am is your last chance this season to take a free guided tour of the Bucksbaum Campus. Meet at the Administration Building.

The summer’s last free guided backstage tour of Benedict Music Tent and Harris Concert Hall takes place today at noon. Meet on Tent Plaza in front of the Tent.

At 6pm today, an illustrious lineup of Aspen Music School faculty members team up for the rarely heard Quintet in D major for Clarinet, Horn, Violin Cello and Piano by Vaughan Williams, the Bloch First Piano Quintet, and a chamber music work by a student in the composition program.

Elise Thatcher

Pitkin County Republicans gathered at the Hotel Jerome on Saturday to rally around a long list of local, state and national candidates running for election this fall. There was a strong turnout... especially for a county better known for its left leaning constituents. The main event was Congressman Cory Gardner, who’s taking on Democratic incumbent Mark Udall.

Today is Friday, August 8th.

A noon Spotlight Recital takes place at the Aspen Community Church featuring some of this summer’s most talented students. Admission is free.

At 2pm today in the Aspen Chapel, top piano students offer a free recital.

The Aspen Chamber Symphony gives a concert at 6pm today, with Jane Glover (GLUV-er) conducting. Alisa Weilerstein will play Haydn’s D major Cello Concerto and soprano Susanna Phillips will sing selections from Richard Strauss’s Brentano Lieder. Beethoven’s buoyant 8th Symphony concludes the program.

Tomorrow at 10am, the Aspen Opera Theater Center will perform staged opera scenes as part of a master class in the Wheeler Opera House.

At 8pm tomorrow, conductor Harry Bicket will be joined by star soloists for a Baroque Evening featuring works by Rameau and JS Bach.

Sunday morning at 9pm in Harris Concert Hall, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra will perform works by composition students which will then be discussed by a distinguished panel. The event is free.

James Feddeck conducts the Aspen Festival Orchestra on Sunday at 4pm in the Benedict Music Tent in Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto with Nikolai Lugansky, Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and Scriabin’s sensuous Poem of  Ecstasy.

Bizet’s opera Carmen will be performed Sunday at 7pm at the Wheeler Opera House with additional performances on August 12th, 14th and 16th.

Marci Krivonen

A new survey from the Colorado Department of Public Health shows fewer high school students think using marijuana is risky. The data reflects perceptions before recreational pot sales started at stores around the state in January. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey shows the percentage of students who thought using marijuana was moderately or very dangerous declined from 58 percent in 2011 to 54 percent last year.

Today is Thursday, August 7th.

Pianist Inon Barnatan gives a master class this morning at 10am in Harris Concert Hall and then returns there this evening at 8:30pm for the Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in d minor, BWV 903, Schubert’s G major sonata, D. 894, Franck’s prelude, choral and fugue, the US premiere of Pintscher’s whirling tissue of light, and the Barber sonata.

At 10:30am this morning at the Pitkin County Library, it’s Tunes and Tales, a free program for ages 4-9 with an adult. Listen to enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by AMFS students.

Lots of other free events today: at noon, it’s a Spotlight Recital at the Aspen Community Church, with a diverse program featuring top student talent. At 2pm in Harris Concert Hall, two ensembles from the Advanced Quartet program, the Ariadne and Zora String Quartets, give a recital in Harris Concert Hall. Chapel Chamber Music takes place at 4:15pm in the Aspen Chapel, and at 5:15pm the Basalt Regional Library is the site of a recital. A String Showcase at 8:30pm tonight will be offered in Edlis Neeson Hall on the Bucksbaum Campus.

nwcoloradohunting.com

Colorado’s mule deer population has been shrinking for years and wildlife officials are trying to bring it back up. In 2006, the population numbered 600,000. That dropped by almost half last year. Hunters say they notice the shortage, specifically in northwest Colorado. On Saturday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will present ideas on how to increase the population at a special summit in Glenwood Springs. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jody Kennedy of Parks and Wildlife.

Aspen Art Museum

Aug 6, 2014
Roger Adams

Seven years since its conception, the new Aspen Art Museum opens this weekend with a 24 hour non-stop gala celebration.  Designed by internationally famous architect Shigeru Ban, the latticed surrounded cube cost 45 million dollar to build.  And, while the museum’s director and patrons are elated at how the building looks, the reaction in town has ranged from ridicule to open hostility

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