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.

Joseph Nedlin

Apr 25, 2016

Profession: Retired

Age: 74

Where do you live? Aspen

How long have you lived in the valley? Since 1980

In what capacity have you used AVH? How would you rate your experience and why? I have used AVH in a number of different ways and have had only good experiences. I believe that the staff is professional and the facility is first rate.

To read the full list of questions and answers, click here.

Greg Balko

Apr 25, 2016

Profession: Emergency Medicine Physician

Age: 47

Where do you live? Snowmass Village

How long have you lived in the valley? 17 years

In what capacity have you used AVH? How would you rate your experience and why? I have been a practicing physician at AVH for the last 17 years.  I have even been a patient in the emergency department a few times. It is interesting how being on the other side of the curtain brings insight to how the hospital can improve care. I must say, it has been a wonderful experience and privilege to work with such incredible people at the hospital.

To read the full list of questions and answers, and hear the audio portion, click here.

Mike Lyons

Apr 25, 2016

 Profession: Firefighter, Paramedic, Photographer, Property Manager

Age: 44

Where do you live? Aspen, at the Twin Ridge Townhouses, which are across the street from AVH

How long have you lived in the valley? I was born and raised here in Aspen, so more than 40 years.

In what capacity have you used AVH? How would you rate your experience and why? I have been a patient. My patient care was outstanding, but the post-hospital experience was miserable at best.

To read the full list of questions and answers, and hear the audio portion, click here.

Eric Willsky, MD

Apr 25, 2016

Profession: Physician/Anesthesiologist

Age: 64

Where do you live? Aspen

How long have you lived in the valley?  27 years, since 1989

In what capacity have you used AVH? How would you rate your experience and why? I am a physician there, both my children were born at AVH, our family has used the facility extensively for tests, surgery, etc. After 27 years I clearly have developed a close bond with the hospital and staff.

To read the full list of questions and answers, and hear the audio portion, click here.

Elise Thatcher


The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced Thursday that Basalt’s underpass will receive funding from the department’s Safe Routes to School Program. Only seven projects were approved for funding out of 21 communities who applied.

Basalt will receive $264,500, which will go towards the pedestrian underpass at the intersection of Highway 82 and Basalt Avenue. Leslie Feuerborn, who manages CDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program, said the goal is to get more kids to walk or bike to school.  

  Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Colorado Mountain College is holding off on a plan to raise prices for ESL and GED classes.

It’s an especially tough time of year for homeless folks in the upper valley.

Five Point is back in Carbondale this weekend, with a lot more films by women.

Barbara Platts

 Little Annie’s closed its doors for the final time Sunday, much to the dismay of locals and visitors alike.

Aspen Skiing Company/Dan Bayer


Skiers and snowboarders said goodbye to Aspen Mountain yesterday for the 2015/2016 season.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

The 500-acre prescribed burn that took place earlier this month on the slopes above Avalanche Creek Campground and Filoha Meadows was a success, according to Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and the U.S. Forest Service. However, the fire may not be out just yet.

This past weekend, Buttermilk served as the site of an annual post-season tradition: the K-9 Uphill. It’s an uphill race for dogs and their owners. But this year, there was a new addition. The dog sledding operation Krabloonik took over the race that benefits Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter.

Coming up on Cross Currents, part two of Dr. Nader Hashemi of the University of Denver's Joseph Korbel School of Middle Eastern Studies on the Isis Crisis: How the World Should Respond.


GARFIELD COUNTY —Just a few days shy of two months after the initial rockfall incident that closed Glenwood Canyon, the project team has completed the necessary repairs to get I-70 open to four lanes of travel. Repairs to the Glenwood Canyon bike path have also been completed although the path is still closed from Shoshone to Hanging Lake rest area until later this week.


The emergency project was completed 23-days ahead of the original schedule.


Courtesy of Colorado Judicial Branch

 Three judges from the Colorado Court of Appeals visit Glenwood Springs High School this morning as part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Courts in the Community, an outreach program established 30 years ago.

Courtesy photo

A man is calling Roaring Fork Valley residents, claiming to be a Pitkin County Sheriff  and then asking for money.

About 200 people gathered in Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain Friday to celebrate Aspen skiing legend Stein Eriksen, who passed away in December.  Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts has more.

On Monday the Senate Judiciary committee will consider a bill that would put stricter regulations on emotional support animals that are not actually classified as service dog animals.  


Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Spring elections bring fresh faces to the Basalt Town Council and Carbondale Board of Trustees, but voters shot down two new tax proposals in Carbondale.

Aspen is mourning the passing of Hansi Brenninger.

Congressman Scott Tipton holds a listening session today in the upper valley.

Barbara Platts


Closing days for the four mountains began yesterday at Buttermilk, where skiers and snowboarders came out for Bacon Appreciation Day.

Rain barrel legislation cleared the state Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee with the help of two Republicans joining Democrats to vote for it. If law passes, it could affect gardening practices on a local level.


Heavy Spring Snowfall, Deepest Base Depths of the Season and Winter-Like Conditions Allow Aspen Highlands to Open for the Weekends of April 23-24 and April 30-May 1