Carolyn Sackariason

Former 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.

Elise Thatcher

This spring’s municipal election in Aspen could cost twice as much as previous ones. That’s in an effort to increase voter turnout. The majority of Aspen City Council earlier this year decided to hold an all mail-in ballot election. The theory is that more people will vote from the comfort of their homes, rather than going to a polling place.

The future owner of the space where Finbarr’s Irish Pub and Kitchen is located says he plans to keep it as a bar and restaurant. Karim Souki says he is looking for an operator to run a place where locals will come. When the establishment will open is unknown, but it could be months after Finbarr’s April 2nd closing. That’s partly because the adjacent “speakeasy” space needs to be remodeled and will be part of the new restaurant.

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

Business is booming this winter season. Occupancy is up in local hotels and so is the average room rate - surpassing $500 a night.

Carbondale saw its first murder in 12 years and the murderer confessed to killing his wife while being airlifted to a hospital in Grand Junction.

The Aspen community continues to debate constitutional rights and excessive force after a teenager was taken to the ground and arrested for suspected marijuana possession.

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Four charges were filed today against a 16-year-old Aspen high school student. The charges are Resisting Arrest, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Underage Possession of Marijuana and Underage Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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

Controversy continues to swirl around the forceful arrest of an Aspen High School teenager suspected of possessing pot.

Meanwhile, a Silt man's dreams of becoming a businessman selling marijuana edibles at a New Castle high school were stymied after one of his teenaged customers got sick.

In downtown Aspen, a few changes happened in the commercial real estate world. The Hotel Jerome made history when it sold for over $70 million.

And city council approved an affordable lodge on the other side of town.

How confused are tourists with the city of Aspen's parking rules?

Spring is around the corner and so will be the presence of bears. Should a spring bear hunt be brought back?

And local bus drivers are looking to unionize.

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, Editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Michael Miracle, the editor of Sojourner magazine and Andy Stone, former editor and columnist of the Aspen Times.

Elise Thatcher

A video of a student being arrested Friday has gone viral throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Police say the juvenile had marijuana, and resisted arrest.

A video captured by a nearby student went viral over the weekend. It shows two police officers and a citizen taking down the teenager who is screaming. Police stand by how the arrest was handled and want the community to know the use of force by the officer was appropriate. However, there’s growing criticism by members of the community on how Aspen Police handled the situation.

YouTube/Lauren Glendenning

Aspen Police say a routine patrol midday Friday escalated. An officer ended up calling for back-up and arrested a high school aged student. That was after the officer spotted the offender having pot in his possession. The student resisted arrest and a tussle ensued. A video captured by a nearby student went viral over the weekend. It shows two police officers and a citizen taking down the teenager who is screaming. Police stand by how the arrest was handled and want the community to know the use of force by the officer was appropriate.

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

An infamous celebrity athlete attempted in vain to keep his name out of national headlines. But an incident in an Aspen neighborhood prevented that from happening.

And, a third party has entered the fray of finding a new superintendent for the Roaring Fork School District.

Will voters in Aspen be asked to redirect a real estate transfer tax to fund health and human services?

The city sales tax report for 2014 is in. It appears the Aspen economy has more than rebounded. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

People in Aspen shopped more, drank more, ate more and consumed pot more in 2014 than the previous year.

That’s according a recently-released sales tax consumption report, which shows economic activity within the city of Aspen last year is up 10 percent over 2013. That amounts to nearly $624 million in commerce.

Pitkin County Library

Later this month the Pitkin County Library will begin its multi-million dollar expansion project. In order to save time and money, the plan is to move about one-third of the collection to the old Aspen Art Museum. Aspen Public Radio's Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Head librarian Kathy Chandler is hoping that a new tenant for the museum space will not be ready to move in by April. That’s when she wants to move library operations to the empty building on North Mill Street.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. A review of the week's news with local writers and editors.

It's the end of an era, Aspen lost an icon in Mary Eshbaugh Hayes.

A group of citizens is one step closer to stripping power from the Aspen City Council. Meanwhile, city council goes on the defense.

Does Aspen really need more affordable lodge rooms? How much is too much?

More development in the midvalley has attracted the attention of many.

The X Games are over... and so is the hangover.

And the Aspen Institute looks to clear up its conflicts.

By the look of things outside one might think it’s April. Above-average temperatures and a dearth of snowfall have made this January one for the record books. Aspen Weather.Net’s Cory Gates explains what’s happening and what the future forecast is showing. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason.

Mark Hunt's Proposal to the Aspen City Council

Downtown Aspen developer Mark Hunt will go before City Council tonight to take one of his affordable lodge proposals off the table for at least a month. Hunt will also ask for approval to build the other. Aspen Public Radio's Carolyn Sackariason has more.
 

Last week, Hunt held a question-and-answer session and was met with a fairly warm reception on his lodge plans. Tonight, it may be a bit cooler. Some council members are critical of the exceptions Hunt is asking for in order to build the lodge on Cooper Avenue. He is seeking relief from the city of Aspen’s land use code to take parking off site.

Valley Roundup - January 23rd, 2015

Jan 23, 2015

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

This week Aspen Public Radio News Director Carolyn Sackariason hosts the show.

There’s a dust up down valley between the bus service and local officials over the Rio Grande Trail.

An elementary school in Carbondale is looking for a new principal after she put in her resignation half-way through the year.

Should Aspen votes be asked to approve every piece of development in the city?

Meanwhile, Mark Hunt goes directly to Aspen citizens about his development plans.

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