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Christin Kay

Programming and Content Producer

Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of stories, ideas and experiences in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio for her whole life. Born in Denver, she attended Kansas State University as an undergraduate and Regis University for her masters degree in Education, Learning and Teaching. She was in the classroom for 14 years as an English teacher, working to help her students explore deep connections to important ideas and to show them that their voices mattered. A teaching opportunity at Aspen High School brought her to the Roaring Fork Valley for the first time in 2011. It was love at first sight, and she’s still in a bit of awe that she can call this place home.  

 

Christin refuels by skiing, biking, hiking and just breathing in the mountains. Her newest adventure is becoming a mom in November of 2016. She lives in Carbondale with her husband Jeremy, her son Weston and her dog Yalla. She loves to talk books and podcasts, so if you have a recommendation for her, let her know!   

Interesting stories, and how they are crafted, are at the heart of what Christin loves about public radio. She believes that a well-told story can inspire, open and connect. She is honored to be a part of Aspen Public Radio and to have the opportunity to bring stories from the Roaring Fork Valley to life every day.

Ways to Connect

On this week's special Valley Roundup, Alycin Bektesh talks with Ken Rudin, host of NPR's Political Junkie, about the current political climate and what might be coming up in the 2018 elections. 

This week on Mountain Edition, Christin Kay and Alycin Bektesh bring you the biggest local news stories from the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Mysterious bottles are turning up along the Roaring Fork River, the City of Aspen says going au natural at the ARC pool is healthy and government officials say it’s time to re-think the management of affordable housing.

The Poets in Schools program from Aspen Words is in its fifth year of bringing spoken word artists to area schools.

These resident poets run writing workshops with students for two weeks. The program culminates in students performing their original work at the annual Youth Poetry Slam.

This week, host Alycin Bektesh is joined in the studio by Aspen Times reporter Rick Carroll and Aspen Public Radio’s Wyatt Orme. She also checks in with Aspen Daily News Columnist Mick Ireland.

This week on Mountain Edition, Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you all the news from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

More details were released about the permitting system for Conundrum Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs is looking to fill an open council seat, and it’s winter Bike to Work day tomorrow.  

Christina Baker Kline’s novel Orphan Train spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list.  

Christin Kay and Claire Woodcock bring you the biggest local news stories of the week.  

Carbondale approved a contract to acquire land at the base of a popular hiking area. We check in on what avalanche conditions are like in this low snow year with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

The Aspen Youth Center provides after-school and summer programs for area kids.  They offer indoor and outdoor play, structured and free time, and cooking and art classes...all for free.  

Christin Kay talked with Michaela Idhammer-Ketpura, executive director of the Aspen Youth Center, about the goals for children who attend, as well as the wide range of families that the Youth Center serves.   Clare Williams, a fifth-grader who attends the Aspen Youth Center, joined the conversation as well.       

Christin Kay and Wyatt Orme bring you the biggest local news stories of the week.

 

We talk about medical aid in dying in Colorado, which is now an option for valley residents. Also, two congressional Democrats want to see more wilderness along the Continental divide, and the outdoor industry will learn from tribal leaders in a meeting scheduled for this summer.  

The Aspen Hope Center offers support for Roaring Fork valley residents in a mental health crisis.  It also works with area schools on suicide prevention and education. 

This week, Christin Kay talked with Michelle Muething, executive director of the Aspen Hope Center.       

Christin Kay and Alycin Bektesh bring you the biggest stories from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

We have a little bit of an animal theme this week. The Canada lynx was removed from the federal Endangered Species list. And, it may sound like a terrible idea to have wolves in an airport, but don’t worry, it’s just a photo exhibit, and it's actually part of a campaign to familiarize Coloradans with wolves.  

Until recently, there was no place in the Roaring Fork Valley for an adult to get an examination after a sexual assault.  

Now, Mountain West SANE (Sexual Assualt Nurse Examiners) Alliance, which certifies nurses to perform those exams, has joined Riverbridge, a child advocacy center in Glenwood Springs, to provide this service.    

Photo by Alycin Bektesh

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the third grade classes from Aspen Country Day school read the historic “I Have A Dream" Speech and share their own dreams.

           

Bear Matthews is the co-founder and CEO of the Tardigrade Group, an incubator which provides support and guidance to startups.  

But Bear Matthews? He's seventeen years old.  And all the startups that the Tardigrade group has worked with are run by teenagers.   

I asked him how he’s challenging stereotypes about his generation.

      

Christin Kay and Claire Woodcock host the first Mountain Edition of 2018.  And there's already lots of news this year.  

Eagle County -- with the help of Colorado State University -- is changing the way it helps abused children. Also, we take a winter hike up Red Hill in Carbondale, where The Aspen Valley Land Trust is looking to improve safety for hikers and bikers.

 

On Cross Currents today is Dr. Eric Motley, an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute.

Before he joined the Aspen Institute, he worked in the U.S. State Department and was a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush.

But he has humble roots in a small Alabama town.

 

 

 

 

 

Christin Kay and Wyatt Orme bring you the biggest local news stories from the week.

On this week's Mountain Edition, Christin Kay and Alycin Bektesh bring you all the news from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

This week on Cross Currents, reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy interviews Bronze Star recipient Stacy Bare, who is also the Director of Sierra Club Outdoors and works with its military outdoors program. 

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