Valley Roundup

Fridays at 3:30pm

In our survey of the week’s top stories, Valley Roundup brings together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the news. Valley Roundup goes beyond the headlines with reporters and editors discussing issues important to the Roaring Fork Valley.  These journalists are keeping an eye on local government, public utilities, the environment, the arts and much more.  On Valley Roundup each week, they’ll be in casual conversation about the stories they cover and why they matter to us.   

Valley Roundup is more than just a week-in-review – it’s your connection to your community and beyond.

Hosted by APR News Director Carolyn Sackariason, guests include editors and reporters from The Aspen Daily News, The Aspen Times, The Glenwood Springs Post
Independent, and others.  

Valley Roundup received a Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) Award of Excellence for Best Public Affairs Program in 2015. 

Support for Valley Roundup on Aspen Public Radio comes from Balcomb and Green, PC, a full-service law firm with offices in Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Basalt. Learn more at www.balcombgreen.com.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

It was a record holiday season for the resort in nearly every sector. And the average daily lodge room rate climbed to almost $800.

SkiCo head reports busiest holiday season everOccupancy, room rates upAspen room rate tops all other ski resorts for month of December

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A newspaper editor in Glenwood Springs is catching heat for cutting off vulgar comments on his Facebook’s community forum page. Those censored argue their right to freedom of speech is being violated.

Carolyn Sackariason

 Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Alycin Bektesh/Aspen Public Radio

It’s been a year full of news and local issues like transportation, development and politics dominated the headlines. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Curtis Wackerle and Madeleine Osberger, editors of the Aspen Daily News, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. on Aspen Public Radio news, or at aspenpublicradio dot org.

 

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

A group of locals, including two former mayors, are pushing elected leaders to ban chain stores in Aspen’s downtown core. They are afraid there won’t be anywhere to shop or eat for the average person. But there could be some serious unintended consequences for the commercial landscape and the local economy.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Crimes associated with methamphetamine are making headlines in newspapers up and down the valley. But whether that indicates an uptick in crime is unlikely.

 

 Garfield County sheriff’s deputies: Accused meth dealer shoots up woman’s car

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Welcome to a Valley Roundup.

 

The results are in from Tuesday’s election. We talk nationally, regionally and locally about how ballot issues and candidate races shook out.

Local 2016 election results are in 

So, what does a Donald Trump presidential win mean for the Roaring Fork Valley?

Impact of Trump’s election echoes around the valley

Local newspapers have made their endorsements on several ballot questions and candidates. Why should voters rely on journalists for guidance when making election decisions?

Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup to discuss that are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Lauren Glendenning, editor of the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

Elise Fitzsimmons/Aspen Public Radio

Most everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond should have received their ballots by now. The Aspen Public Radio news teams has answers about the logistics of voting in this mail-in election.

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Accusations of corruption in the Garfield County commissioner race surfaced this week, angering one of the candidates.

Garfield Commissioner Martin repaid $1,800 to county after auditDems to Martin: Quit or face indictment

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

  Welcome to Valley Roundup -  an analysis and commentary of the week’s news with writers and editors in the valley. Hosted this week by Alycin Bektesh, sitting in for Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Politics is heating up in Basalt and now that the town manager up and resigned, the government  and its elected leaders are facing heavy scrutiny.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

All of the tearing down of homes and buildings in Pitkin County means most of that debris is heading to the landfill, which has 15 years left of life on it. City of Aspen officials are considering making it mandatory to recycle that material.

Hard choices 
are forecast for construction waste diversion

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