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 All Things Considered each week day.

Citizens working to block the development of new city offices in Aspen were handed a setback yesterday when their referendum petition was denied.

District Attorney Jeff Cheney is trying new tactics for recruiting and retaining top talent.

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Mountain Rescue Aspen received high marks in a recent assessment.

Kim Levin is the Pitkin County Medical officer. For years now, she’s been working to pull off something no one else in the state has done: Increasing the buying age for tobacco from 18 to 21.

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The overnight Ragnar running race begins Friday. The team relay event concludes on Saturday just as the Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival begins.  

Jordan Curet, Aspen Daily News

The three young men held at gunpoint on Independence Pass last summer are now seeking restitution for the harm they say the incident caused.

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After a months-long campaign in crowded field with two rounds of votes, Ann Mullins and Ward Hauenstein have been elected to Aspen City Council.

The final results were put up Tuesday evening

First-time candidate Ward Hauenstein has bested competitor Torre by 29 votes to become Aspen’s newest councilmember. Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh was on hand at the city clerk’s office last night as the results were announced and brings us this report.

Aspen City Council candidates Torre and Ward Hauenstein were in the hot seat during this week’s “squirm night” hosted by the local papers.

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The runoff election for the remaining open Aspen City Council seat concludes Tuesday.

New guidelines have been approved regarding asset caps for those applying for Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority residences.

Elise Thatcher

Last year, transportation officials from Aspen, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County commissioned a study on how best to improve traffic from Brush Creek to Aspen.

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Memorial Day services to honor local fallen service members will be held this Monday.

Veterans’ Park in Aspen is currently under construction so this year’s ceremony is in Connor Park, beginning at 11 a.m. The event includes a candle lighting, laying of a memorial wreath by Aspen Boy Scout Troop #201 and a roll call of Roaring Fork Valley men killed in action. The public is invited to stay for a community barbecue after the program, hosted by Aspen Elks Lodge #224.

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Each summer, world leaders and innovative thinkers gather in Aspen for the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Tuesday, the Aspen City Council will hear a summary of public feedback regarding an overhaul to the Hyman and Cooper Avenue walking malls.

Ballots are in the mail for the Aspen City Council run-off election between Torre and Ward Hauenstein.

This spring, Karen Koenemann was hired as Pitkin County’s first public health director.

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Citizens looking to block a new city building say they gained the support they needed for a referendum vote.

City of Aspen

 A petition is circulating for a referendum vote to stop the development of new city offices at Galena Plaza.

Elise Thatcher

  The Aspen Institute continues its Community Forum for Transportation and Mobility with two events in the coming weeks.

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