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 Sackarison, 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.

Valley Roundup 2-12-16

Feb 12, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The federal government’s review of 65 oil and gas leases includes recommendations for the ones situated in the Thompson Divide.

http://www.postindependent.com/news/20584103-113/blm-aims-to-cancel-divide-leases-outright

 

Meanwhile, the effects of the Grand Avenue Bridge are starting to really become clear.

Valley Roundup 02-05-16

Feb 5, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

 

Two candidates who sit on opposite sides of development are running for the mayor’s seat in Basalt. Unlike previous elections in that town, candidates’ positions are clearly different.

Differences abound among Basalt mayoral candidates Whitsitt and Stevens

 

Valley Roundup 1-29-16

Jan 29, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week are Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

Municipal elections are a few months away in towns throughout the valley and along the I-70 corridor. New Castle is entering new territory with the possibility of multiple recalls.

Valley Roundup 1-22-16

Jan 22, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Law enforcement are investigating why a skier pushed a snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands.

Authorities have a lead in chair lift assault case

Police may have suspect in chairlift incident

After 30 years, McDonalds has closed its doors in Aspen.

Valley Roundup 1-8-16

Jan 8, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Traffic congestion is a problem near the El Jebel area and one developer thinks changing the timing of the signals will make a difference.

CDOT seeks ways to improve traffic flow in El Jebel-Basalt corridor

And how much can the communities in Garfield County rely on oil and gas business?  

Valley Roundup 1-1-16

Jan 1, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

This week, we review the top news stories of 2015.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Snowmass Sun editor Jill Beathard, Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

Valley Roundup is a production of Aspen Public Radio news.

 

Valley Roundup 12-25-15

Dec 25, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is offering $10,000 signing bonuses for new hires.

And a citizen-based planning commission in Eagle County is recommending denial of a residential project near El Jebel.  

But in Snowmass, a massive Base Village plan has been approved - after 16 years of back and forth.

There’s a new county manager in Garfield County.

Valley Roundup 12-18-15

Dec 18, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Water is a precious commodity. How much will Front Range and Western interests try to take from the Roaring Fork Valley?

‘Colorado’s Conceptual Framework’ included in water plan

Emails between elected officials in Glenwood Springs have shed light on the lead up to the city manager being forced out.

Valley Roundup 12-11-15

Dec 11, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Is it appropriate for the town of Basalt to give a developer public tax dollars to build out Willits Town Center? The development company claims it doesn’t have enough money to do it.

Valley Roundup 12-4-15

Dec 4, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

A local development group has unveiled its plans for the base of Aspen Mountain’s westside. Will it include a new chairlift that reaches town?

Gorsuch Haus hotel unveiling draws a packed house

Two key planners in the city of Aspen are leaving their jobs to start their own consulting business. The future of development policy will be shaped by their replacements.

Valley Roundup Nov. 27, 2015

Nov 27, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Homeowners in Battlement Mesa are stuck with oil and gas drilling in their backyards, and they say the potential for that activity was not disclosed to them when they bought their properties more than two decades ago.

Garfield County is buying the old Glenwood Springs Library to turn it into a senior citizen center, which is a needed service for the community.

Valley Roundup 11-20-15

Nov 20, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

The Bureau of Land Management is poised to cancel oil and gas leases in the coveted Thompson Divide, angering the industry and giving a sigh of relief to environmentalists.

 BLM proposes to cancel most Thompson Divide leases

 

Construction of the Grand Avenue Bridge is happening sooner than expected, with causeways being built over the river beginning in January.

Valley Roundup 11-13-15

Nov 13, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Snowmass Sun editor Jill Beathard, Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News.

The Aspen Skiing Co. is earning bragging rights of being one of the first ski resorts in the state to open early.

Ajax to open early

Valley Roundup 11-6-15

Nov 6, 2015
Alycin Becktesh/Aspen Public Radio News

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me are Madeleine Osberger, reporter for the Aspen Daily News, Aspen Times columnists Roger Marolt and Andy Stone, and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

 

The votes are in and have been counted. The controversial Base 2 hotel proposal in downtown Aspen went down in flames. And that’s despite the developer throwing tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign.

Valley Roundup 10-30-15

Oct 30, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Times columnist Andy Stone, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun.

 

Residents in Battlement Mesa are putting up a fight against an oil and gas company wanting to drill near their homes.

Valley Roundup - October 23rd, 2015

Oct 23, 2015

Guests this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Aspen Times columnists Roger Marolt and Andy Stone.

Valley Roundup - October 16, 2015

Oct 16, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun.

Strong feelings about immigration and the local Latino population continue to be vocalized on the opinion pages of the Glenwood Post Independent.

Valley Roundup 10-9-15

Oct 9, 2015
Marci Krivonen

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me for the first part of the show are Madeleine Osberger, reporter for the Aspen Daily News and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News. Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, will join the conversation later.

The Snowmass community is reeling from the surprise announcement that the developer of Base Village is walking away from the project and plans to sell its assets to a Vail-based company.

One of Randy’s editorials has gone viral-- at least locally. It has to do with the term “anchor babies.”

This week on Valley Roundup:

  • A marijuana grow facility in the Holland Hills neighborhood was granted permission to continue operating as long as it keeps the stink under control.

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