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Alycin Bektesh

News Director

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 serve as News Director 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. In 2017 her work was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association under the category "best documentary or mini series."

Alycin reports on government affairs, local non profits, and community concerns for Aspen Public Radio.

This week on Valley Roundup, a prominent developer is getting out his wallet, Snowmass Village is moving forward with a new shopping center, where does co-housing fit in the affordable-housing discussion? And will a valley lawsuit create precedent in Colorado’s judicial system?

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Last-minute bookings saved what looked like a declining tourism economy in the valley this winter.

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  Each year, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association holds a community breakfast to look back at the winter season and forward to new business and tourism projects.

Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority

Prospective homeowners hoping to buy into the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority program will soon be required to take a homebuyer education course first.

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   Wednesday is the final “Aspen U” presentation from the Aspen Skiing Company this season.

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The Aspen Chamber Resort Association will likely be housed within the city-owned old Power Plant through at least 2022.

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Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan says she believes the controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica assisted her 2014 Republican rival.

  This week on Valley Roundup: The ski season is coming to a soggy close, a curious case of illegal dumping in Basalt is no less a mystery even after an arrest, Aspen  prepares to have its own Grand Avenue Bridge on its hands, and it’s time for mid valley residents to cast their votes.

Radio LaTricolor, has been named station of the year by the Colorado Broadcasters Association, are Aspen officials skirting a public weigh-in on a new government building?, valley athletes continue to earn new neckware, and students say they do not want guns in their classrooms.

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This week, Aspen Skiing Company hosted a public information session regarding the master development plan for Aspen Mountain.

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The Aspen Skiing Company will present its long-term plan for Aspen Mountain to the public Wednesday night.

  This week: a midvalley park needs more money, and wants property owners to supply it, Snowmass Village is prepping for summer, and Carbondale will announce new public art this month.

This week Aspen City Council member Adam Frisch expressed concern about oversight of the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA).

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  Aspen councilmember Adam Frisch expressed concern about the Aspen Pitkin Housing authority Monday night. He gained support from his fellow council members in suggesting a work session to address the way the authority is governed.

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Live from the Belly Up, moderator Alycin Bektesh leads a panel to discuss the question, “What Can Cities and Towns Do To Address The Affordable Housing Crisis?”

The panel features Aspen mayor Steve Skadron and assistant city manager Barry Crook, and Snowmass Village mayor Markey Butler and town manager Clint Kinney.

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Aspen Public Radio hosts the second in a series of Town Halls on housing in the valley Wednesday night.

 

Ahead of that, we’ve heard from valley residents about their own living experiences, concerns, and hopes for the future of affordable housing.

Reporter Alycin Bektesh speaks with host Elizabeth Stewart-Severy about the employee housing system in Snowmass Village.

Host Alycin Bektesh is joined by Christine Benedetti, editor of Aspen Magazine, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, and Auden Schendler, author of Getting Green Done. His article How to fix the mountain town housing crisis was recently published in Outside Magazine.

John Sarpa, developer of the W Hotel on Durant Ave, gives a preview of the building, which includes a rooftop public pool.Credit Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio NewsEdit | Remove

This week at the Aspen Business Luncheon, the development community got a summary of the highs and the lows of the 2017 real estate market.

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.

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