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Christin Kay

Arts and Culture Reporter

Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of arts, cultural experiences and stories in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio 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 show students 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.  

 

She came to Aspen Public Radio as a programming and content producer, planning community dialogues and town halls, and hosting and/or producing local shows Cross Currents, Mountain Edition and Valley Roundup. 

 

Christin refuels by skiing, biking, hiking and just breathing in the mountains. Her newest adventure is becoming a mom. 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. A well-told story can inspire, open and connect like nothing else. 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

Courtesy of Town of Carbondale

On Wednesday, the Carbondale Public Arts Commission will discuss the finalists for the annual “Art Around Town” public art exhibition.

 

Renee Ramge

There are 100 hopefuls for 50 remaining booths at Carbondale’s Mountain Fair this year.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

A staging of "Julius Caesar" Tuesday evening will be followed by a discussion with students about school violence.  

This week, Alycin Bektesh is joined by Curtis Wackerle, editor for the Aspen Daily News, Jason Auslander, reporter with the Aspen Times, and Samuel Bernal, of Radio LaTricolor.    

Metzly Esparza / Aspen Art Museum

On Sunday, the Aspen Art Museum will host an afternoon of activities entirely in Spanish. 

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

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron meets with our neighbors to the north about climate action, and we’ll hear an update on Sandra Lopez, the woman currently in sanctuary in Carbondale.

Emmy-award winning journalists and New York Times best-selling authors John Donvan and Caren Zucker wrote In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, which is now being developed into a documentary.  Donvan and Zucker speak to building community for those with autism.

 

This week, host Alycin Bektesh is joined by Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor for the Aspen Daily News, David Krauss, editor of the Aspen Times, and Cindy Hirschfeld, editor-in-chief of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

Christin Kay and Wyatt Orme bring you all the news from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

We have stories about the federal decision to delist the Canada lynx, a training from Indivisible Roaring Fork meant to help people bridge the partisan divide and the recommendation from the Pitkin County commissioners for what should move into Justice Snow’s space.

David Anderson is the director of the Colorado Natural History Program, which gathers data on Colorado's habitat that is used for conservation efforts and land management. 

David is in town for Naturalist Nights.  He'll speak at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale on February 21 and at ACES in Aspen on February 22.  

Ahead of those events, he talked to Christin Kay about the importance of protecting rare species. 

 

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.  

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