Carolyn Sackariason

News Director

Born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Carolyn Sackariason started her journalism career in 1995 as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Fairmont, Minnesota. After a short nine months of covering that small-town farming community, she jumped at the chance to move to the Roaring Fork Valley and become a reporter at the Aspen Daily News.

She eventually was promoted to editor and remained at the helm until she was tapped to be the publisher of the Snowmass Sun in 1999. Sackariason was there until 2001 when another opportunity presented itself. The owner of the Daily News and its former general manager asked her to come to Santa Monica, Calif., and start a daily newspaper there. She remains co-owner of the paper, which is now in its 13th year. She moved back to the valley in 2006 and worked briefly at The Aspen Times as a reporter and business editor. But independent journalism called her back to the Daily News, where she went through her second stint as editor in 2010.

This is her first foray in radio and took the job of news director of Aspen Public Radio in January 2015.

When she is not toiling away in the studio and on the beat, Sackariason spends her time on the mountains, hiking and skiing, and rafting the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers in the summer, along with her daily morning golf rounds.

A judge moved today to have the court civilly commit an elderly man who killed a motorcyclist on Highway 82 last summer. Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely says it’s necessary for John Walls, who is 89 and lives in Carbondale.

Walls, appearing frail and using headphones to hear the proceedings in court today, had been charged with misdemeanor counts of careless driving causing death and reckless endangerment for the Aug. 23 accident just west of Basalt. He killed Patrick Dunn after his car hit the motorcycle head-on.

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The former owner of Krabloonik dog sledding kennel was sentenced today to 30 months of probation, with a condition that he cannot own a dog or have any interest in a business that has them.

The teenager whose arrest involved a controversial take down by police was sentenced today to a year of supervised probation.

The charges of underage possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, which the boy pleaded guilty to last month, will be dismissed if the Aspen High School junior stays clean and out of trouble for a year.

Several conditions were attached to the sentencing, including routine testing for alcohol and marijuana, writing a letter of apology to the police officer who arrested him, attending school and possibly counseling.

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Construction in and around Mill Street may have let up a bit but there is still plenty of work that will continue in the coming weeks. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason talked with Jack Wheeler, the city’s capital asset manager, and has the details.

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Ballots will be dropped in the mail today for the Aspen municipal election. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Around 6,100 ballots will be mailed to registered voters. City Clerk Linda Manning hopes to get back less than a third of those--about 2,500. If you haven’t received a ballot by Friday, contact her office in City Hall, or just come in person.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

Glenwood Springs has two new council members.

It looks like the Thompson Divide will be safe from oil and gas drilling. But, what about other areas and how do residents there feel about that sort of activity in their backyards?

There’s movement and millions of dollars in play in getting a base village built at the base of Snowmass ski area.

Meanwhile, a new executive director has been hired at the Wheeler Opera House.

And, an Aspen City Council candidate is being scrutinized for something he did 10 years ago.

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Jill Bethard, editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

The Aspen Police Department is experiencing a significant exodus of patrol officers this spring. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the story.

Doug Phelps is president of the board of directors for an organization that recently purchased Explore Booksellers. Public Interest Network saved the venerable bookstore from closing when it bought the Main Street property for $4.6 million. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

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Questions have been raised about the integrity of an Aspen City Council candidate. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the story.

An affidavit signed by Bert Myrin acknowledges he manipulated a message from a powerful local business group deliberately misrepresenting the organization’s position on a visitor’s center proposal in 2004.

The second in command in the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is taking a new job and leaving a big hole to fill. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

It looks like CDOT has set a date for the new bridge in Glenwood Springs.

Construction season has already begun in Aspen and it isn’t going to let up anytime soon.

And neither will the endless effort to preserve our water in the valley and around the state.

Meanwhile, property values are on the rise in the mid-valley.

What should be done about the marijuana odor emanating from a grow operation in the Holland Hills area?

An Aspen nightclub is the first of several local businesses to end its lawsuit against two firms that caused a 12-hour power outage last summer. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Aspen City Council is considering eliminating a longtime housing option for local workers. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

It’s called the “Accessory Dwelling Unit” program and it’s been around for decades. The idea was that wealthy homeowners would offset their development impacts by building a separate dwelling unit from the main house so a local worker could live there. But it’s a voluntary program and many of them remain empty. At Tuesday’s work session, City Councilman Adam Frisch told his colleagues that the program should be eliminated.

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The former owner of Krabloonik dog sledding kennel pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of animal cruelty. It was part of a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office.

Dan MacEachen was originally charged with eight counts of animal cruelty. The misdemeanor counts came in December of 2013, when the DA’s office seized eight dogs from the Snowmass Village operation that MacEachen owned for 40 years.

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At a recent debate, proponents and opponents of a ballot measure disagreed over how often Aspen City Council gives breaks to developers. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason looked into it and has this report.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

The Obama administration is requiring oil and gas companies to disclose what’s in their fracking fluid. How is that going to shake out in Garfield County?

Did a town hall meeting hosted by this station on the controversial and confusing charter amendment known as “Keep Aspen Aspen” shed light on the issue enough that voters are convinced one way or the other?

Meanwhile, down in Carbondale a woman who used to co-own a NBA basketball team is suing the IRS for $21 million.

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A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security confirmed special agents with the department were in the Mid-Valley this week. Federal vehicles were seen in the Willits and El Jebel areas. 

Town Hall Meeting on the “Keep Aspen Aspen” ballot referendum recorded on Wednesday March 25th, 2015 at the Belly Up Aspen.

The forum is moderated by Aspen Public Radio News Director Carolyn Sackariason and features supporters and opponents of the May 5th ballot measure that would force a public vote for development variances over a particular threshold.

The Aspen Police officer who came under fire last month for aggressively arresting a high school student on suspicion of marijuana possession is leaving the department. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

The Aspen City Council this week chose a brewery/business incubator/TV station to be the new tenant at the old art museum.

The long dormant Buffalo Valley property outside of Glenwood Springs looks like it will become an apartment complex.

A new aerial fire center is coming to the Rifle airport. And the citizens of that town may just get a dose of fluoride in their water.

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