Valley Roundup

Fridays at 3:30pm and Sundays at 12:30pm

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.  

President Barack Obama made an announcement today about the battle in Congress.

One of the first deadlines for so called retail marijuana is fast approaching. By next Tuesday, October 1st, local communities are supposed to decide if they’re going to allow the pot to be grown, sold, and otherwise available in the community in the coming year.

“It’s pretty much going to be clustered in just a handful of areas. Denver and Boulder I think are the big cities, and then there’s mountain communities as well.”

John Ingold is a reporter for the Denver Post.  He’s keeping an eye on how the state is getting ready for retail marijuana and says even pot-friend places like Denver questions remain.

“There is concern about advertising, distances from schools, zoning, those kinds of things.”

Aspen Public Radio takes a look at a unique documentary showing at the Aspen Filmfest. It takes viewers inside one of the nation’s busiest emergency rooms where patients often wait hours for care.

And on the Download this week, we explore glitches with new iPhones, brainwashing kids to pay for movies & music and other unusual ventures in education.

Valley Roundup - September 20th, 2013

Sep 20, 2013

The flood waters are now moving east into Kansas and Nebraska. Better weather is allowing hard hit mountain communities like Boulder to dry out. This was a singular massive rain event. How it happened seems pretty clear. How and what it means long term, less so. Brent Gardner-Smith and Bob Ward of Aspen Journalism join us this week to talk about all the water, Colorado’s on going drought and climate change.

Also, this fall, voters will decide the fate of a new funding model for public schools – Mick Ireland shares his take.

And on The Download – how hackers might be able to steal your fingerprints.

Valley Roundup - September 13th, 2013

Sep 13, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup for September 13. 2013, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

The water keeps coming along the front range in what some are calling floods of biblical proportions.  Three are known dead and thousands are evacuated from Ft Collins to Colorado Springs.  We gather up the latest from the flood affected areas.

In the valley this week it was the bus system that led the news as the new rapid transit system is almost two weeks old.  There has been some grumbling.

Two Democratic state Senators were thrown out in recall elections this week.  It could spell trouble for the party in next year’s legislative races.

Wealth inequality is growing and Mick’s has a take   

And on the Download this week…the sounds of deep space

Valley Roundup - September 6th, 2013

Sep 6, 2013

The battle is joined as the owners of an Aspen condominium counter sue the city over their right to make all other tenants of the building use the back door.

The Yellow Brick School building in Aspen tightens up security as the city agrees to finger print scanners and other high tech measures.

We unveil a multimedia report on equine therapy for wounded soldiers called Horses for Heroes.

Mick Ireland in defense of spandex.

And, on The Download a service that will press your cremation ashes into vinyl records.  

That and more on Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - August 30th, 2013

Aug 30, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup for Friday 8-30-2013, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The Town of Basalt moved a step closer this week to relocating families living in a riverside trailer park.  The move is necessary because the area is a flood zone but the process has been anything but easy. 

What began as a complaint by a downtown Aspen resident about noise is quickly escalating into a city-wide debate over the future of Aspen’s core commercial district.  Today Aspen’s former mayor weighs in.

Also today marijuana grows up and becomes a respectable part of society alongside Johnny Walker, pinot noir and Bud Lite.  And speaking of impairment, the Download returns this week with a look at the dangers of texting and driving.

Valley Roundup 8-23-2013

Aug 23, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup for Friday 8-23-2013, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The big news story of this week came in on pedal power to the upper valley.  Year three of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge literally shut the place down on Monday afternoon.  By most accounts the race is a positive event…though it remains a tough sell for some.  We also discuss the big number of homes in Aspen that list their owners as corporations.  And, what would a review of the news be if we didn’t mention marijuana?  The retail sale of recreational marijuana is moving forward in fits and starts.

Also today one severe outlook on climate change sees an end to the global ski industry by century’s end.  We’ll talk with Porter Fox and editor at Powder magazine about his new book on climate change and the ski industry.

Valley Roundup - August 9th, 2013

Aug 9, 2013

Feuding  Foundations were in the news again this week as the Aspen Valley Hospital and its former fundraising arm trade shots.

The Town of Basalt is preparing to move all the residents out of a mobile home park on the river…what is unclear is where these residents will wind up.

A recent attention-grabbing headline warns of increased human violence as climate change warms the earth’s temperatures.  Our science reporter looked behind the headline and found something a little less scary.

Also NPR Middle East Correspondent Deborah Amos was in town this week for a couple events she sat down for an interview with our Elise Thatcher about gathering news in hotspots like Syria.

Finally on The Download, Rob St. Mary tells us about an online service that helps you request public information from the government.  It’s the FOIA machine and its just ahead on Valley Roundup.

Valley Roundup - July 19th, 2013

Jul 19, 2013

On the show this week Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone former Editor of, and now Columnist for, the Aspen Times join us to discuss the top news stories in the Valley.  

We talk with Associated Press Reporter Ivan Moreno about an audit of Colorado’s medical marijuana sector.

On the Download Aspen Public Radio’s Digital Content Manager Rob St. Mary tells us about sites that might allow people to limit the amount of digital information collected on them by the government.

Valley Roundup - July 12th, 2013

Jul 12, 2013

On the show this week Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Brent Gardner Smith, Editor and Investigative Reporter for Aspen Journalism join us to discuss the top news stories in the Valley.  

We talk with Aspen Public Radio Reporter Elise Thatcher about demonstrations planned for the weekend.  The rallies will focus on opposition to hydraulic fracturing – fracking – in Colorado.

Denver Post Staff Writer Bruce Finley talks with us about his report in the Post this week about air pollution in the nine counties around Denver.

On the Download Aspen Public Radio’s Digital Content Manager Rob St. Mary tells us about a website where visitors can find out what the government might know about your digital habits, security concerns about Android smartphones and a real world file sharing hide and seek campaign.

Valley Roundup - July 5th, 2013

Jul 5, 2013

On the show this week Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News ( joins us to discuss the top news stories in the Valley. 

We talk with Karl Isberg, Editor of the Pagosa Springs Sun ( about the huge West Fork Complex fire burning in southwest Colorado.

Reporter Greg Nickerson joins us from WyoFile ( to talk about the recent annual meeting of the Wyoming Mining Association.  It was described by one participant as “like a funeral.”

The Senior Editor of the National Review (,)  Ramesh Ponnuru was in town this week for Aspen Ideas and to talk with Pitkin County Republicans.  He speaks to us about rebuilding the GOP.

NPR has moved into its new building and already conservative critics are calling the studios extravagant and a waste of taxpayer money.  We ask NPR’s Marketing Director, Emma Carrasco, about the new digs.

On the Download Aspen Public Radio’s Digital Content Manager Rob St. Mary interviews Tony Fadell, designer of the iPod about his new creation; a smart (and good looking) thermostat.