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.

 Greg Poschman, Scott Writer and Hawk Greenway are all longtime valley residents vying for the Pitkin County commissioner seat. Aspen Public Radio has profiled each candidate and asked them where they stand on some of the biggest issues facing the county. Here's what they said.

    

      

  In this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elise Thatcher present a compilation of the week’s news.

Our reporters were out in the field for one of the biggest foodie weekends of the summer. Find out where they were, what they were doing and who they met.   

Credit Elise Thatcher

A 58-year-old man died after a rafting accident in Aspen on Wednesday. The rafter died after falling from a raft into the Roaring Fork River.

The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen is three days away. Around town, businesses are preparing for one of the busiest weekends of the summer.

"The Fate of Our Public Lands,"  a live broadcast with editors of High Country News took place Friday, June 10, 2016. at 6:30 p.m.  It was a lively discussion about the Sagebrush Rebellion and what it means for the future of the West. Panelists included: Brian Calvert, Jonathan Thompson, Elizabeth Shogrun and Jodi Peterson – editors at High Country News. To hear the full discussion, click the play button below.

The city of Aspen hosted an ice cream social at Bugsy Barnard Park Wed., June 1, to get feedback from the public about the new configuration of Castle Creek Bridge.

In this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elise Thatcher present a compilation of the week’s news.

SEASON 2 | LAUNCH PARTY

 JUNE 16 | 1PM HOOCH | ASPEN 

BELOW MEAT AND CHEESE  

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC    

Celebrate the return of Invisibiliia with the first-of-its-kind National Listening Event! Bring a lunch from upstairs or a brown bag, grab a drink below and cozy up to hear Episode One of Invisibilila, Season 2 before the official drop June 17. On a single day – June 16, 2016 – member stations and listeners across the country will gather for fun, intimate Listening Parties. Join us! The bartender will be waiting.

  In this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elise Thatcher present a compilation of the week’s news.

Courtesy of CDOT

Independence Pass is scheduled to open at noon today.

 

Hanging Lake will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for trail maintenance.

Invisibilia

May 17, 2016

Tune in to Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie this Friday, now at a new time, 6 p.m., followed by Season 1 of Invisibilia at 7 p.m., leading up to the Season 2 premiere on June 17.

We’ll be starting the new schedule this Friday, May 20th with:

·         6:00 pm – The Political Junkie

·         7:00 pm – Invisibilia

·         8:00 pm – Radiolab

·         9:00 pm – Snap judgement

·         10:00 pm – The Will Kahn Show

 Whole Foods Market Roaring Fork is proud to support Aspen Public Radio through a Community Giving Day. Shop at Whole Foods Market Roaring Fork on Wednesday May 25. They  will donate five percent of that day’s sales to Aspen Public Radio!

Jamie Werner- Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

A historic prescribed burn in the Hunter Creek Valley was deemed successful this past weekend after several agencies coordinated under just the right conditions to ignite 900 acres — in order to rejuvenate forest health and minimize the risk of wildfire. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts has the story.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

The Hunter Creek prescribed burn is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday.

The permanent rockfall mitigation project in Glenwood Canyon will cause 30-minute delays for traffic in both directions May 10, 11 and 12, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

This project, which is classified as an emergency, comes after the February rock slide when the canyon was closed for several days. CDOT anticipates finishing the project by Sept. 1.

The popular trail that leads to Hanging Lake in the Glenwood Canyon will be closed one or two days in May, June and September while the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District does maintenance aimed at protecting habitats along the trail. The dates the trail will be closed are May 25-26, June 13-14 and Sept. 10.

 

Maintenance for the trail includes moving large rocks, painting bridges, removing graffiti, adding new rock steps and creating a barrier system for protecting habitats.

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