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.

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.

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 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.

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

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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.

Colorado Department of Transportation

The I-70 Glenwood Canyon will be open today due to early completion of rock fall mitigation work.

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Glenwood Canyon will be closed again this Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., forcing many motorists to seek alternate routes.

Hal Williams

Shahbaz Taseer, a businessman and the son of the former Governor of Punjab, Pakistan, was kidnapped by the Taliban and spent nearly five years in captivity.

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A new website aimed at celebrating Colorado-based companies and inspiring others to start businesses in the state, launched Monday.

Press release from Colorado Department of Transportation-Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon will OPEN for Thursday, July 28th. Helicopter operations for rockfall mitigation were canceled due to challenging down drafts.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has scheduled full closures Wednesday and Thursday in Glenwood Canyon.

 

The 4th annual Aspen Brain Lab is Saturday. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts spoke with president and founder Glenda Greenwald, as well as a researcher who will be speaking at the event.

 

 

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 Local tavern owner and Pitkin County republican Anna Zane is a delegate’s guest at the Republican National Convention this week. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts about her experience so far.

 

Aspen Pitkin County Jail held an open house yesterday to showcase the facility’s latest renovations. Signs were hung around the jail for visitors to help give them an idea of what each room was. There was the nurse’s office, inmate’s cells, day rooms, gym and even a pat search area in the entry garage.

 

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A huge environmental issue in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond is colony collapse disorder, in which beehives are being lost every year. Environment America is working to spread awareness of this issue through its No Bees, No Food campaign.

Joel Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow of Urban Futures at Chapman University and Executive Director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism.

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