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Alycin Bektesh

Interim news director, 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.

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The Quality of Life Fund has just celebrated its 10th year. In that time, the local nonprofit  has doled out more than $1 million in grants for valley residents battling cancer.

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Beginning Aug. 7, travelers looking to fly between Denver and Aspen can use an app to book a seat on a chartered plane.

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At a presentation at Elk Camp Restaurant this week, Mike Kaplan, president and CEO of SkiCo, told the crowd he is relieved that the much-delayed Base Village development is now underway. Developers East West Partners are working to build a new plaza, a Limelight Hotel and commercial and residential properties by a Nov. 1, 2018 deadline.

City of Aspen

  On Thursday the Aspen City Council begins a two-day retreat to hammer out goals for the next two years. 

The Aspen Institute's Security Forum brought America’s biggest names in defense, counterterrorism and national security to Aspen.

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  The Aspen Pitkin Housing Authority board has approved changes to the income categories that qualify residents for subsidized housing. But the city and county elected leadership must approve the measures and well.

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The City of Aspen is coming up with solutions to support businesses affected by the upcoming Glenwood Springs Grand Avenue Bridge closure.

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The idea for Elevated Elixirs hit Hayden Dudley pretty pointedly.

Hats off to Froggy

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  The life of Scott Whitlock, known as “Froggy” to his friends, will be celebrated by the community this weekend.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has said he will comply with a request from the Trump administration to hand over all state voter data.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is working to reach immigrant populations targeted in extortion scams.

 Top websites and tech companies are standing together in a “Day of Action” to protect net neutrality laws, which the Federal Communications Commission plans to relax.

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan headlined the inaugural Sandra Day O’Connor Speaker Series at the Aspen Institute Monday.

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According to city tax collections, Aspen’s lodging industry took a hit this off season. May’s overall retail sales were down a modest 4% from 2016, but lodging tax collections were down 21%. City finance director Don Taylor wrote in the monthly report that the dip is due to fewer hotel guests as well as lower rates for the rooms that were occupied. Clothing sales also dropped 10% compared to the same time period last year.

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Plans for the Gorsuch Haus hotel were put on hold this spring when Aspen City Council voted to suspend its review of the project.

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Aspen’s pedestrian malls should stay how they are for the most part, according to recent outreach conducted by the Project for Public Spaces.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced last week that he will be turning over all public voting records to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

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The Aspen Ideas Festival swag bag has been designed by top names in fashion, Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren and Lauren Bush Lauren.

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Aspen Public Radio was proud to present our second annual Lawn Party on June 29. The event featured Joshua Johnson of 1A.

A big thanks to our sponsors for making this event a success. Sponsors included Alpine Bank, Red Brick Center for the Arts, King & Cook, which provided amazing barbecue, and Aspen Brewing Co., Suerte Tequia and Stripped Mixers, which provided libations.

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Alycin Bektesh and Joshua Johnson from 1A talk about his college years, the start of his show and free speech today.

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