Alycin Bektesh

Reporter, Host

Alycin Bektesh is an award-winning multimedia journalist recognized for her public affairs reporting and newsroom leadership. She is a Colorado native, growing up in Boulder and Fort Collins before heading to Vermont where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Photography and Playwriting in 2006.

She then spent three years in New York City running the studios at PhotoManhattan photography school and working as a photographer and columnist for Brooklyn culture magazine Pomp & Circumstance.

In 2010 Alycin obtained her Masters Degree from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism, and went on to lead the newsroom of WFHB Bloomington Community Radio for the next five years.

In her time as a journalist, Alycin has won numerous awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, including being recognized for producing 2014’s Best Newscast and Best Election Day Coverage in the state of Indiana. Alycin has also been recognized by the Association of Women in Communications and was named the 2015 Emerging Leader by the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women for her work in mentoring young female journalists and covering issues of social justice and inequality.

Alycin reports on government affairs, local non profits, and community concerns for Aspen Public Radio, and can be heard hosting Morning Edition each week day.

It’s a two-man race for Mayor of Aspen this spring. Incumbent Steve Skadron is hoping for one more term. Challenging him for the seat is Lee Mulcahy.

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  Alicia Thompson, Jeff Glasser and Wade Spann share their stories of service and sacrifice with reporter Alycin Bektesh.

Photo Illustration/Alycin Bektesh

Candidate expense reports were due this Tuesday for Aspen’s spring municipal election. City council candidate Ward Hauenstein has raised the most money, around $8,000. First time candidate Sue Tatem bottoms out the list with $186 in donations.

Torre and Skippy Mesirow are also top earners. The three candidates have spent much of their earnings on campaign flyers, yard signs and food at rallies. Mesirow also paid for professional video work for an online commercial.

Mammoth Resorts

The Aspen Skiing Co. has been on a spending spree this week, scooping up more than a dozen destination resorts . The investment is well over $2 billion dollars. Yesterday, SkiCo announced it is buying California-based Mammoth Resorts on Monday, it was Intrawest Resort Holdings.

  A traffic reconfiguration in El Jebel two years in the making begins Wednesday. Johnson Construction, Inc. will be building a roundabout on El Jebel Road, just south of Highway 82, where the driveway to Wendy’s tends to block traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Running for: Mayor

Candidate Statement: Dear Citizens, I'm known for being a straight shooter and the voice of the common man. The bigger the government, the less the liberty — in the spirit of liberty of Hunter S. Thompson; Let's keep Aspen funky.

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Running for: Mayor

Candidate Statement: Skadron has yet to answer our questionnaire.

Running for: City Council

Candidate Statement: Daily has yet to answer our questionnaire.

Running For: City Council 

Candidate Statement: I am running for City Council because I love Aspen. I met my wife of 36 years in the Bell Mountain lift line. We have two children that were born here, went to school here and both learned to ski at age 3. We, along with a couple of friends, started the Aspen Gymnastics program. We have dedicated our lives and time to raising our girls in this community, endless white knuckle drives to the front range for hockey, gymnastics and soccer included. I have more time now.

Running for: City Council

Candidate Statement: Dear Aspenites,

Over the past several years I have had the privilege to serve our community as a founder and two-term Chair of the Aspen Next Generation Advisory commission, current Chair of the Aspen Planning & Zoning commission, and helped launch critical community non-profits like the Aspen Mentorship Program, Aspen City of Wellbeing, and Aspen Entrepreneurs. These relevant experiences have shown me what is possible and motivated me to seek the opportunity to serve our community as your Council member.

Running for: City Council 

Candidate Statement:  These questions are over simplistic and too black & white. Each issue mentioned has an impact on another so ranking is difficult and potentially not meaningful. I support protecting our valleys, our rivers & steams, and our people, and I will do everything I can at the council table to accomplish that goal.

Running for: City Council

Candidate Statement: I am running for office to reconnect our community to the policy making of the Council and represent the voice of the people. Please cast one of your votes for Torre for Council.

Running for: City Council

Candidate Statement: My skills come mainly from my years as a university biology professor ... grant writing and federal grant reviewing, writing, research. I have lived in Aspen for 20 years.

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 Pitkin County officials are leading a two-day charge this week to address mental health services throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

The Aspen City Council discussed building three new affordable apartment complexes during their work session this week. The conversation lasted three hours and touched on the differing interests involved.

Dr. Carrie Hauser, President of Colorado Mountain College and Margaret Clement, Assistant Dean of instruction based on the Aspen campus, speaking about the 50th anniversary celebration planned for the Aspen Campus April 7.

 

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Next week, key players providing public health in the valley are convening to address funding for mental health services.

Kerry Donovan Campaign

   Kerry Donovan D-5 represents a portion of the Western Slope, including Aspen and Basalt in the Colorado Statehouse.

Guests Marisa Mullins, and Allison Daily join Alycin Bektesh to speak about Lile’s Angel Fund, named after Mullins’ son who died in 2012. Daily is the executive director and grief counselor at Pathfinders in Aspen, and helped Mullins through her suffering after Lile’s death.

Aspen City Council voted to table the application for the proposed Gorsuch Haus at the bottom of Lift 1A on Monday night. Though the applicants, led by Aspenite Jeff Gorsuch, presented a reconfigured proposal to address past community concerns, city staff suggests the council and the applicants would benefit from more time to work on the project.

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