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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.

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to roll back net neutrality laws that prevent Internet providers from favoring certain websites over others.

The Aspen Skiing Company is the valley’s largest employer, and the local economy relies on people traveling to Aspen and Snowmass to ski. But, as of now, there is just a 10-inch base on Aspen Mountain, and two resorts aren't even open.

 

 

An annual community survey shows Aspenites are mainly satisfied with their quality of life.

  This week, National Monuments take a hit, a trail along the Crystal River becomes a dividing line, an effort continues to turn private land into a public amenity and how a federal tax overhaul would affect the valley

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Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron spent last week representing Aspen’s sustainability goals at two separate conferences, first in Chicago and then in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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The deadline to sign up for health insurance is looming. On Saturday, experts from Mountain Family Health Centers are setting up shop to help residents through the process.

The Pitkin County Board of Health got a primer on opioid use Tuesday. The nationwide health crisis has not left the valley untouched.

Carbondale lawyer Karl Hanlon is running for congress, challenging incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton.

  

In 1982, the City of Aspen and Pitkin County signed an agreement creating the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA). Now, in 2017, there are nearly 3,000 regulated units for sale and rent, and yet we are still in a housing crunch.

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 A memorial service has been set for valley native Collin Gibbard. He was born in Aspen, attended Basalt High School and studied at the University of Northern Colorado. He worked in the valley as a carpenter. This year he became the framing supervisor for Peak Interiors.

Aspen City Council is scheduled to discuss two new affordable housing developments Monday. Both require higher density zoning than their neighborhoods currently allow.

The Roaring Fork Swap is a Facebook group. It was created as a sort-of online garage sale for people in the valley.

It’s time for the public to narrow in on a preferred design for the Aspen Pedestrian Mall.

This week, the votes are in. The Aspen School District Board of Education gets a new member, tax questions supporting Colorado Mountain College and Garfield County historical societies are shot down by voters, but taxes on tobacco and pot to help fund public health initiatives pass.

This week, the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority submitted a budget seeking funding to update its entire information system.

On Wednesday, the Aspen School District moved up a notch in the Colorado Department of Education's rankings.

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An expanded version of the Aspen Brewing Company will re-open in what was formally Peach's Cafe. The new setup, tentatively being called Aspen Tap, will include food and cocktails, along with 15 beers on draft.

Elise Thatcher

Tuesday is Election Day. With no statewide measures, turnout is expected to be lower than the last few years.

Marci Krivonen

Wednesday is the first day to purchase individual health insurance plans through the federal marketplace. The 2018 Affordable Care Act plans are more scarce and less affordable.

Community development director Jessica Garrow said Monday is the initial step in what may be a long process to determine the best way to update the lift.

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