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 - November 14th, 2014

Nov 14, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week brought the first big snow in the valley just ahead of ski season and with the flakes also comes Free Parking in Aspen as the investigation into the parking scam continues.

In Glenwood Springs, the city and county are battling over a new facility to help get those packages there overnight.

Also, it’s health care season, the time when employers alert their staffs to new changes for the new year. But, is there something bigger that needs to change?

And an Aspen conference is looking at tourism and building a more dignified approach marijuana just as the nearby town of Paonia says "No" to recreational pot.

Joining us this week are Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, Editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Andy Stone, former editor of and now columnist for the Aspen Times.

Valley Roundup - November 7th, 2014

Nov 7, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week you went to the polls, we take a look at some of the key races – what they mean and what could be the path forward for development and the future of Snowmass’s Base Village.

In non-election news, the Aspen Airport has a new director and our panel will give him some advice.

Speaking of travel, this summer was the best for tourism in the history of the State of Colorado and this winter, into 2015, could top that. We’ll chat about the pluses and minuses of the busy seasons.

And on the Download, you’ve heard of tweeting and facebooking – we’ll introduce you to an Aspen bartender and entrepreneur who wants the term “soapboxing” to be just as ubiquitous.  

Valley Roundup - October 31st, 2014

Oct 31, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week - getting citizens behind urban planning.  In Basalt, angry pro-development residents hammer town council.

In Aspen, the city tries citizen surveys to move on a lodging incentive package.

There is a big drug bust mid-valley with more arrest to come.  And for the now legal drug, more marijuana grow operations approved in Missouri Heights.

Also this week Sam Wyly says he is bankrupt.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary, a look at online election information.

Valley Roundup - October 24th, 2014

Oct 24, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week - Development is booming up and down the valley. A new hot springs in Glenwood Springs, a new hotel in Basalt and a big new bus depot in Aspen are just some of the upcoming projects. 

There is a demonstrated need for more psychiatric care in the Valley.  Officials say too many drunks and people with mental health problems wind up in jail or the ER.

Also this week newspaper endorsements and their effect on voters.

And, remembering Willard Clapper.

Valley Roundup - October 3rd, 2014

Oct 3, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week  - Aspen’s parking debacle forces the department’s director out as internal emails on the scam are released.

The owners of an Aspen penthouse are back in court.  This time its about the building’s front door which they say is for their use only.

Also this week two hotels announce big redevelopment plans.

And, prosecuting the Aspen art museum climbers

Valley Roundup - September 26th, 2014

Sep 26, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week  - Vice President Joe Biden and his 44-car entourage storm in an out of Aspen.  Criticism rises in his wake.

The gig is up for the secret to free parking in Aspen.  It has been costing the city more than fifty thousand dollars a month.  The finger pointing has begun.

Also this week, we talk bears.

And, a Denver Business Journal health care reporter helps explain why insurance rates might actually be going down in the roaring Fork Valley.

Valley Roundup - September 19th, 2014

Sep 19, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week  - Aspen’s newest big real estate holder unveils a vision for the future in the downtown core.

The news Grand Avenue Bridge project is getting its funding lined up with contributions from local government up and down the valley.

Also this week, CMC says it can help high school students be better prepared for community college.

On the download, privacy on the new iPhone and the world now has more than a billion websites.

Valley Roundup - August 29th, 2014

Aug 29, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week  - Aspen City Council dumps its much despised lodging incentive ordinance that would allow giant hotels and cut affordable housing. 

Glenwood residents get ready to vent about the Grand Avenue Bridge

Also this week, the tortoises head for a warmer spot as the Aspen Art Museum gets worldwide publicity

And, on the download, computer devices edge out clothes as must haves for students this year.

Valley Roundup - August 22nd, 2014

Aug 22, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories this week in the valley.

The big bike race has come and gone.  This year is went through Basalt and Carbondale and aside from a traffic jam in aspen reviews have been positive.

The Grand Avenue bridge replacement project in Glenwood Springs continues to generate heat.  State officials essentially say take it or leave it.

Also, this week a petition in Aspen calls for a public vote on whether to allow, among other things four story buildings at the base of the mountain.

Joining us to discuss these issues are Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, a former Editor of and now columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex Editor of the Glenwood Post Independent. 

Valley Roundup - August 15th, 2014

Aug 15, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup a review of the top news stories in the valley.

This week - development plans up and down the valley.  The character of Aspen could be altered by a massive new ordinance passed by city council.  It will allow new and taller buildings

In Glenwood the future includes a big new bridge.

The bike race is back and so is the political junkie…at least on valley roundup.  Ken Rudin looks at the elections.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary – recording sound without a microphone.

Valley Roundup - July 25th, 2014

Jul 25, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup. 

On today’s show we discuss the week’s top news stories in the valley with Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Managing Editor Curtis Wackerle.

On this week’s show we discuss Aspen’s future as an international hub for skiing and mountaineering.

Also, some push back from developers over what’s next for the former Pan and Fork trailer park in Basalt and three men received fines this week for trying to illegally build a mountain bike trail.

This week, the Glenwood Post Independent ran a story in Spanish.  Its not the first time and today we talk with Editor Randy Essex about what a bilingual news service looks like.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary we consider "the selfie" - the most personal of art forms is not without its pitfalls.

Valley Roundup - July 18th, 2014

Jul 18, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup.  It’s a review of the top news stories of the week in Aspen and beyond.

Joining us today are Andy Stone, former editor of and now columnist for the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News.

This week there was a double-homicide in El Jebel.  The same week a pedestrian was hit and killed on highway 82, this comes on the heels of a high profile murder in Aspen and the death of a rafter.  Today we reflect on how big city this all sounds.

Also, are we loving the outdoors to death?  Judging for the Conundrum Hot Springs…maybe so.

Proposals are lining up for what to do with the old Aspen Art Museum, we look at the Lodging incentive program and the strange partnership of Lee Mulcahy and Maurice Emmer.

On the download with Rob St. Mary a how-to for safe sexting.  It’s all ahead on Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - July 11th, 2014

Jul 11, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories of the week in the Roaring Fork Valley.

This week - Fracking. 

Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Times toured a drilling and hydraulic fracturing rig in Parachute recently and this week our stories ran.  Joining us are Scott Condon reporter for the Aspen Times and our own Elise Thatcher.

On the November ballot this year voters will have a number of fracking issues to decide, among them whether local communities should have control over oil and gas exploration.

Our reporting looked at one fracking operation run by WPX Energy.  It is one of the big players in the industry.  We got an up close look at what is going on at drilling rig H & P 318.

Valley Roundup - July 4th, 2014

Jul 4, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup for Friday July 4, 2014. 

This week we feature a single interview on the show.  Admiral Mike McConnell retired this week from his post as Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton the giant intelligence contractor for the U.S. Government.  Most people know it as the company that employed Edward Snowden. 

In his long career Admiral McConnell also served as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the 1990’s.  He was Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama and was the top intelligence officer for General Colin Powell in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003. 

It was Powell who told President Bush before the invasion that, “If you break it you own it.” In an interview, McConnell told us that what is happening now in Iraq validates Powell’s prediction. 

McConnell was in town for the Aspen Ideas Festival and we spoke in his room at the Aspen Meadows.  Note: an edited version of this interview aired earlier in the week.

Valley Roundup - June 13th, 2014

Jun 13, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.  

Joining us today are Curtis Wackerle from the Aspen Daily News, Michael Miracle from Aspen Sojourner magazine and fresh off several weeks of vacation, Andy Stone from the Aspen Times.

A massive wedding planned for tomorrow in Little Annie Basin is drawing fire around town for being too big, too intrusive and too insensitive to neighbors

Colorado County Sheriffs are in town this week for a conference.  Most don’t share Pitkin County Sheriff Jo DiSalvo’s views on guns or marijuana.

Also this week, more thoughts about Aspen’s new lodging incentives.

And a lively discussion about school shootings and gun rights.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - June 6th, 2014

Jun 6, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.  

Joining us today are Carolyn Sackariason from the Aspen Daily News and Michael Miracle from Aspen Sojourner magazine.

The judge in the Nancy Pfister murder case this week rescheduled a preliminary hearing for later in the month.  She also denied a motion to allow separate trials for the accused.

The building housing Aspen’s Explore Booksellers is on the market.  It unclear what that means for the bookstore

Also this week, a plan to open a small business incubator in Aspen.

And activist and artist Lee Mulcahy loses an appeal of his ban from Aspen Institute property.  He is also still banned from Skico properties and the Aspen Art Museum.

On the Download with Rob St. Mary we look at how best to increase and distribute broadband access in the mountains.

It’s all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - May 30th, 2014

May 30, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.  

Joining us today are Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Michael Miracle Editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine

As has rolled out a broad-based incentive plan designed to get lodges to upgrade, to create more actual hotel rooms and to make more of them more affordable.

The affordable housing program in Aspen and Pitkin County turns forty this year.  Aspen Sojourner has examined what was and what is yet to be.

Also, this week a nifty way to get an apartment and keep your dog.; with a doctor’s prescription Trixie becomes Trixie the Therapy Dog. 

And, on the Download with Rob St. Mary; new penalties for revenge porn and how you can get Google to forget you.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup Special - Mental Health

May 23, 2014

Among medical and mental health care providers patients who repeatedly experience crisis episodes are often called "frequent flyers". 

Many of these people have untreated mental health disorders and they seek help in emergency rooms or are locked up in jails.  This untreated mental health problem costs $1,000 a year for every resident of Colorado

Health officials say it is difficult or impossible to treat these expensive frequent flyers without addressing their mental health.  Much of the problem is due to lack of resources

This month Rocky Mountain PBS’s I-News team focused on untreated mental health in Colorado.  Aspen Public Radio, in conjunction with station KUNC and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News takes a look at all of these issues.  The special is hosted by APR’s Roger Adams.

Valley Roundup - May 16th, 2014

May 16, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.  

Joining us today is Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News.

There was a big turnout this week for a board meeting at Aspen Valley hospital.  Many in attendance are still angry about the change in surgeons at AVH.

The Aspen Homeless Shelter is fundraising to keep its doors open the rest of the year.  Until last year the shelter was funding through the Aspen valley Foundation. 

Also, this week more evidence that the real estate market in the upper valley is hot. 

And, on the Download with Rob St. Mary.  Net neutrality, cat videos and the Internet of Things.

Its all just ahead on Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - April 24th, 2014

Apr 25, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.  

Joining us today are Curtis Wackerle from the Aspen Daily News and Michael Miracle from Aspen Sojourner magazine..

This week, Aspen City Council gave the cold shoulder to the much debated hydro-electric power plant proposal.  The city will instead pursue other renewable sources of power.

Council also agreed in principle this week that Aspen’s core should be allowed to get louder at night than current noise rules allow.

Also today some case files in the Nancy Pfister murder are opened but they reveal little.  And more construction and an upgraded credit rating provide more evidence that Aspen has emerged from the great recession.

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