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.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The Aspen Skiing Co. shook up the industry this week with its announcement that it was buying two resort companies — Intrawest and Mammoth.

SkiCo and KSL to acquire Mammoth Resorts

SkiCo: Intrawest purchase does little to Aspen Snowmass operations

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Residents in Glenwood Springs have elected a new city council. And with the new majority, expect changes afoot, especially as the issues on both ends of the valley become more connected.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Aspen is in full swing with the World Cup finals hosting the best skiers in the world for five days. And there’s been some fast skiing, which means some gnarly crashes, too.

And it’s obvious that these athletes who are flying down the mountain at 80 miles per hour aren’t in it for the money. They do it because they love it.

80 years of ski racing history in 60 minutes

Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio

 Welcome to Valley Roundup.

 

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, who spoke via Skype, and in the studio, Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times and Barbara Platts, digital content manager at Aspen Public Radio.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

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The Aspen community lost a veteran newspaper columnist this week. Su Lum embodied watchdog journalism and never held back. Her co-workers and loyal readers remember her as a no-nonsense Aspen icon.

Longtime Aspen Times columnist Su Lum, known for acerbic wit, dies at age 80

  Joining guest host Alycin Bektesh this week are  Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Elizabeth Milias who runs The Red Ant, and Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

Within the last week, local “thought leaders” came together to ponder the future of commercial regulations in Aspen, and the Aspen City Council passed four ordinances they hope will redefine the resort mountain town.

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

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.

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