Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Cathy Ritter was appointed as the Director of the Colorado Tourism Office in December and has since been traveling the state on a listening tour. Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh caught Ritter when she was in Aspen to find out what the new leadership means for the Roaring Fork Valley.

A space for kids to learn science and explore

Feb 15, 2016

Arts are now making an appearance in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as “STEM” fields. STEAM adds an “a” for arts.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

A new cannabis product available in Aspen is reflective of the exponential growth of the edible marijuana industry.

Gilbert Gottfried speaks on his expanding interests

Feb 15, 2016
Courtesy, Gilbert Gottfried

You might recognize Gilbert Gottfried as the former voice of the Aflac duck and Iago, the loud-mouth bird in Aladdin. He has been out of the spotlight in recent years after a series of controversial remarks over September 11, and the tsunami in Japan. He is performing on Friday as part of the Laff Festival at the Wheeler Opera House.

 Ascendigo Executive Director, Hugh Zuker, discusses the organization's programs and the importance of the organization's work in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Ascendigo is best known for its summer camp.  Through individualized instruction, participants do a host of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, water skiing, and rock climbing. Ascendigo also offers an adult enrichment program and a winter sports program.

First Draft - Sarah Gerard

Feb 15, 2016

  Sarah Gerard is the author of the novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio), the forthcoming essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial), and two chapbooks, most recently BFF (Guillotine). Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesNew York Magazine‘s “The Cut”, The Paris Review DailyThe Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, JoylandViceBOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies for Joyland and The Saturday Evening Post.

World Cup-themed art on display at the airport.

Feb 15, 2016

Right when you step off the tarmac at Aspen Airport, and into the terminal. You’ll see a few things including ads and TSA warnings. But recently, art has been added to the walls.

Courtesty Aspen Homeless Shelter

When Michael Engfors, a homeless man in Aspen, won five hundred thousand dollars on a scratch off ticket last fall his newfound fortune made national headlines. Months later, the longtime local is still utilizing the services of the Aspen Homeless shelter. Its services go beyond a warm place to sleep at night, as shelter director Vince Savage explains.

Valley Roundup 2-12-16

Feb 12, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The federal government’s review of 65 oil and gas leases includes recommendations for the ones situated in the Thompson Divide.



Meanwhile, the effects of the Grand Avenue Bridge are starting to really become clear.

On Thursday, February 4th, 2016, Aspen Public Radio presented a public event and discussion on ISIS and the future of the Middle East, featuring Dr. Nader Hashemi, professor and director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. The event was attended by students of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn.

Alycin Bektesh

  There will be no USA Pro Challenge this year. In a statement released today, event CEO director Shawn Hunter said there isn’t enough time in 2016 to shift to new ownership and have the event.

Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes

Thursday’s announcement about the discovery of gravitational waves is getting getting extra special attention in Aspen, where scientists are gathered at the Aspen Physics Center for an astrophysics conference.

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation is raising concerns about Basalt’s latest plan to handle the Pan and Fork parcel.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

And I’m Alycin Bektesh. Basalt voters could see the Pan and Fork parcel on the fall ballot.

More than two hundred workers in Parachute have an uncertain future.

Celebrating 20 years of ASFB

Feb 10, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is kicking off its 20th season this weekend. For the group’s founders it has been a wild ride. Through it all, they are still handling details you wouldn’t expect someone with “director” in their title to do.

Elise Thatcher

There have been positive and skeptical reactions to Basalt’s decision Tuesday night to pursue putting a Pan and Fork parcel question on the fall ballot.

Roger Adams

  More than two hundred workers in the area are going through interviews, to find out if they can keep their jobs. That’s after Oklahoma-based WPX Energy decided to sell to a new Texas company.

Mountain Rescue Aspen

  Three snowmobilers survived a night in the White River National Forest by building a snow cave.

  A survey of Colorado Ski resorts released this week ranks Aspen Snowmass in top place for wireless internet availability.


Elise Thatcher

Basalt may ask voters to pay for a Pan and Fork park this fall. Town Council decided Tuesday night to start nailing down how much the land is worth and other preparations.