Morgan T. Neely

Operations/Program Manager and Morning Host

Born in the mountains of western North Carolina, Morgan received his Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University before attending graduate school at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Morgan brings diverse experience in print and broadcast media to Aspen Public Radio, along with lengthy stints in the nonprofit world. With his academic background in human and cultural geography, Morgan's work as a freelance reporter for APR in 2015-2016 focused on environmental and recreational issues. 

Morgan moved to the Roaring Fork Valley -- sight unseen -- in May 2015, quickly becoming enamored with its clear streams, seemingly endless trails and daily views of the ever-looming Mt. Sopris. He is now a resident of Basalt.

Growing up near the cultural haven of Asheville, NC gave Morgan a deep appreciation for live music and robust public radio, and he trained and volunteered as a music host at his hometown WNCW-FM while still in high school. He's proud to now call home a place with much bigger mountains that also has rich traditions in music and community media. You may run into Morgan and his Cocker Spaniel, Podunk, on their morning walks around Aspen's West End, or trying to improve their time up Basalt's Arbaney Kittle trail on the weekend.

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Representatives from the Wilderness Workshop and Thompson Divide Coalition had harsh words Tuesday for a proposed oil and gas lease swap. Meanwhile, Pitkin County commissioners expressed frustration that their input wasn’t considered in the latest proposal. Morgan Neely has more.

County officials received praise from conservationists in yesterday’s session for their work on protecting the Thompson Divide. Those same activists directed criticism towards a bill coming from Congressman Scott Tipton’s office. It would allow drilling in Delta County instead of the Divide.

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Residents of Snowmass Village want more opportunities for recreation and town officials are listening. Morgan Neely has more about the town’s strategic plan for expanding its offerings.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Naturalist Nights speaker series is put on by the Wilderness Workshop and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. This year’s series started with controversy when presentations on wolves and mountain lions at the Third Street Center in Carbondale turned contentious.

Roaring Fork Transportation Agency

 The Lazy Glen subdivision could soon have access to the Rio Grande Trail via a bridge over the Roaring Fork River. Pitkin County acquired adjacent riverfront property last year and is now seeking comment on its management.

Bureau of Land Management

  Red Hill Special Recreation Management Area in Carbondale, known to locals as Mushroom Rock, is facing unexpected challenges due to vandalism and heavy use. Morgan Neely has more.

With more than 65,000 user days annually, Mushroom Rock is one of the most popular destinations for mountain biking, hiking and trail running in the Roaring Fork Valley.

“I love coming up here. It’s a beautiful environment, it’s extremely challenging as a mountain biker, it has great views, it smells like pinyon and juniper, and it’s a great escape from the city.”

  The Aspen Police Department may soon have a new home, one that’s designed for improved mental health among staff. Morgan Neely has the details.

In the basement of the Pitkin County courthouse, Aspen residents and town officials are mingling, enjoying refreshments and viewing schematics for APD’s proposed new building.

“I’m ecstatic about the plans. Hopefully we can keep refining them, developing them, making them more efficient, making them right for the community.”

 

Valley native Torin Yater-Wallace was included in the first wave of athlete invites to X Games Aspen 2016, to be held at Buttermilk Mountain from Jan. 28 through Jan. 31.

Yater-Wallace, who’s been skiing since he was a toddler, gained notoriety when he won a silver medal in the superpipe at his X Games debut in 2011 — when he was just 15 years old. He’s since won two gold medals at Winter X Games Europe, represented the United States in the Sochi Olympics and won multiple world cup events in the halfpipe.

  A local nonprofit will receive a more than $28,000 increase to its county funding in order to serve families in need in the Aspen area. Morgan Neely has the details.  

 

With seven area food pantries, LIFT-UP, based in Rifle, provides meals for thousands of valley residents every year. And now, with the help of Pitkin County’s Healthy Community Fund, Lift-up’s upgraded Aspen center will be able to provide more food, and a better variety of food, to families and individuals in need of temporary assistance.