Barbara Platts

Digital Content Manager

Barbara moved to Aspen more than three years ago after graduating from Emerson College in Boston with a journalism degree. She grew up in Boulder, making frequent trips with her family to Aspen, no matter the season. Her time on the east coast was gratifying, but despite her attempts to ignore it, the mountains were calling her and she had to go back.

Since moving to this mountain haven, Barbara has worked with Ecoe Marketing and O Communications, which taught her a great deal about public relations, branding and advertising. In 2014, she took a job as the associate editor and marketing coordinator for Aspen Magazine, where she helped manage editorial content as well as sales materials, advertorials and events.

For the past two years, Barbara has branded herself as an expert on millennial living in Aspen, producing a weekly column called Aspen Untucked for the Aspen Times Weekly. Last year, the Colorado Press Association acknowledged her beat with six awards in the Colorado Press Better Newspaper Contest.

In her spare time, Barbara enjoys getting out on the mountain, be it on skis or in hiking boots. She’s always ready to say yes to any adventure in the outdoors and can typically be found cross country skiing on the golf course with her adorable one year old puppy, Cassius.

Aspen has felt like home to Barbara since she first learned how to ski on the slopes of Buttermilk at age four. She cares about the community very much and is a board member at the Aspen Historical Society, Marshall Direct Fund and Action for Afghan Women, all nonprofit organizations based in Aspen. She’s thrilled to start working with Aspen Public Radio, a nonprofit that provides such an invaluable service to our community.

 

Check the facts from the third and final presidential debate right here.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Matt Ferro

The younger generation is making strides to grow the local food movement in the valley while also getting involved on a national level to support farmers’ rights. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts visited several area farms, and gives us this report.

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Watching the first presidential debate tonight? Follow along with NPR as they fact check the comments and claims that are made. Starting at 9PM EST, a live transcript will appear in this article.

 On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy present a compilation of the week’s news.

Sustainable Settings

Sustainable Settings, a nonprofit organization that runs a ranch, has its annual Harvest Festival tomorrow night.

 It’s been nearly three years since Pitkin County implemented the 9-1-1 text messaging system. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts visited the county’s dispatch center to learn more about this emergency communication option.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy present a compilation of the week’s news.

 

   

Colorado Department of Transportation

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced yesterday that the four month rockfall mitigation project in Glenwood Canyon is officially complete.

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The investigation into the death of 49-year-old Longmont resident Matthew Barz, who was found Monday on McClure Pass, has shown that he died of trauma from an accidental fall.

Dave Camara | Colorado Ski Country

Registration for the Colorado Ski Country USA’s 2016/2017 fifth and sixth Grade Passport Programs opened last week.

Today marks the start of the fall schedule for the Roaring Fork Valley Transportation Authority. This means that local valley bus services will reduce in frequency and will not run as late at night and on weekends.

Carolyn Sackariason|Aspen Public Radio

 The Downtowner, the electric shuttle that offers rides in Aspen, has carried more than 11,635 passengers in more than 4,996 rides. There are a total of five vehicles. The first season was so successful that the City of Aspen is extending the service for another year, meaning it will go until Sept. 15, 2017.

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More than 70 Park City business people, government officials and nonprofit leaders are planning a visit to Aspen next month as part of their annual pilgrimage to other ski resort towns.

Barbara Platts | Aspen Public Radio

 Veteran political journalist Ken Rudin moderated a discussion last night with Colorado’s Democratic and Republican party leaders.

Courtesy of Aspen Strong Foundation

The third annual Hike to Heal up Smuggler Mountain takes place Saturday morning.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Barbara Platts present a compilation of the week’s news.

PRESS RELEASE-

ASPEN SNOWMASS, Colo.—Aug. 18, 2016 – For over a decade, The Meeting has marked the approaching winter season for snow sports enthusiasts, filmmakers, athletes, industry insiders, media and fans.

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A 29-year-old man identified as Ryan Becvarik was found in an irrigation ditch near Sopris Park in Carbondale Sunday night, according to Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire.

 

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 The McCloskey Speaker Series on Aug. 12 was titled Democratic Governors Panel: Leading from the State Level. Democratic governors discussed how to lead a nation by facing the challenges of energy, education and citizens’ rights among other priorities at the state level. It featured Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut,  in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington were unable to make it at the last minute.

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