Cornelia Carpenter

Administrative & Development Assistant

Cornelia was raised in Aspen and is happy to be home after attending the University of Denver, where she earned Bachelor degrees in both Geography and Studio Art. Since graduation, she has illustrated several children’s books and maps, and continues to draw and paint in her favorite medium, watercolor. Cornelia was a Development intern at The Aspen Institute in the summer of 2011 and returned to assist with major events at the Institute in the summer of 2012. During the winter season, she can be found cross-country skiing and working in her studio.

Aspen Public Radio has been an integral part of Cornelia’s life – from waking up to Morning Edition and local news in the valley to cooking dinner while tuned into Fresh Air. She enjoys listening to Car Talk, Science Friday, Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me, and too many others to count. Cornelia’s other interests include traveling, hiking, exploring the Wild West, and hanging out with exotic animals. Some of her memorable animal interactions include kissing a giraffe, holding a flying fox bat, and getting stung by a stingray.

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This week, the 2014 National Sheepdog Finals will be held on the Strang Ranch above Carbondale. Bridget Strang is the event's host and talks about the history of the event, what to expect, and how you can attend. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Aspen Valley Land Trust. Martha Cochran is the Executive Director of the land trust and shares why this partnership was a natural fit.

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Through partnerships between landowners and Aspen Valley Land Trust, almost 40,000 acres of land have been conserved. Martha Cochran, Executive Director of Aspen Valley Land Trust, and Chuck Vidal, former board member and former Executive Director of the land trust, discuss the history of the organization and the need for land conservation in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys.

It's been a busy summer at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms discusses the summer's line up of  lectures series, symposiums, workshops, and what happens when things settle down at the Ranch.

The Thrift Shop of Aspen is celebrating their 65th birthday with a party. The shop is looking back and celebrating 65 years of action. Ellen Walbert a long-time volunteer, shares about the birthday party festivities. The Thrift Shop of Aspen is where locals and visitors have found reasonably priced goods, even a cookbook with local recipes. Patti Stranahan is the former President of the Thrift Shop of Aspen and discusses the cookbook. The Thrift Shop of Aspen is looking back and celebrating 65 years of action, while also looking to the future. Lynda McCarthy is the Treasurer of the Thrift Shop of Aspen and shares about the future of the non-profit organization. September's celebration isn't just for the physical goods that have made The Thrift Shop of Aspen what it is, but it is also for the volunteers who have dedicated countless hours and hard work. Diane Wallace, co-President of the Thrift Shop of Aspen explains what makes their volunteers special.