Nas, deadmau5 headline X Games music performances

Oct 8, 2015
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When he was only 20 years old, Nas put out what is arguably one of the greatest rap albums of all time. “Illmatic”.

Now he will be coming to perform at the X Games in January at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. deadmau5 and KYGO join the lineup, as well as Run The Jewels, Twenty One Pilots and DJ Snake.

The musicians will also play smaller shows at the Belly Up.


This year’s lineup continues on the rap and electronic track. Last year, rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa made appearances alongside Skrillex and Chromeo.

Mountain Edition - October 8th, 2015

Oct 8, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

A developer in Snowmass Village is stepping away from Base Village and selling its assets.

Both sides of a heated election campaign in Aspen are focusing on parking.

Glenwood Springs leaders and businesses mull over how to address homelessness.

The life of a long-time Aspen local and former ski shop owner is remembered.

And, we talk budget with a state legislator who represents communities in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company released its winter schedule yesterday. A third consecutive record-breaking fundraising event won’t change the way the company operates artistically.

The “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser in July was the most profitable fundraiser that the group has had yet. That is the third year in a row that it has broken its own record, but the group does not release the numbers publicly.

Public documents show that the organization raised $700,000 through fundraising in 2013.


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Jill Sheeley is a children’s author and has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for many years. She is the author of the series, “Adventures of Fraser the Yellow Dog”. Now, one of her books has found itself on the best-seller list at Explore Booksellers in Aspen. More than a decade after its release.


Lisa Max Zimet and Kim Nuzzo are the co-founders of the Aspen Poets' Society. Celebrating its 9th year anniversary this month, the organization was formed after Zimet, who was doing marketing for the former Zele Cafe in Aspen, had the idea of bringing live poetry readings to the cafe after a series of successful evening events with music. 

Zimet and Nuzzo share the history of the organization and the power of poetry. The Aspen Poets' Society hosts live poetry readings every month at Victoria's Cafe in Aspen. To learn more about the organization and their events, visit or (970) 379-2136. 

Winners crowned in AspenFilmFest

Oct 1, 2015

The winners have been crowned for the 2015 AspenFilm Festival.


“Room” won the audience award for best feature film, while “Romeo is Bleeding” won the award for best documentary film.

“Room” stars Brie Larson and explores the bond between mother and daughter in a tale of captivity and one’s willingness to help children experience the world.


“Romeo is Bleeding” follows Donte Clark as he tries to combat gang violence with the poetry of William Shakespeare.

AspenFilm Festival a success in Thew’s first year

Sep 30, 2015

When John Thew took over as the executive director of AspenFilm last year, he still was waiting for full control as veterans George Eldred and Laura Thielen transitioned out and helped him through FilmFest.


Now, after putting the festival together himself for the first time, Thew says the opening night of the festival was a great experience for him.


“We thought maybe 50 people would show up for the reception because it was at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and we had over 200 people show up.”

In order to improve forest health and habitat for wildlife, a coalition of outdoor organizations is planning a prescribed fire in Hunter Creek. It's a popular recreation area near Aspen. 

Barring bad weather and safety concerns, the burn will be done in spring of 2016. It’ll happen on Forest Service land on north side of the Hunter Creek Valley, near the “lower plunge trail” and “hummingbird traverse.” The historic buildings on the valley floor won’t be in the burn area.

A group that advocates for young people wants to create a mentorship program they say would grow Aspen’s economy.

Tactics to safeguard mountain resort communities against wildfire are improving but educating residents is still a hurdle. Wildfire officials gathered in Snowmass Village Friday (9/25) to go over new approaches to keeping high country homes from burning down. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Mountain communities like Snowmass Village have unique problems when it comes to wildfire — many homes are smack-dab in the middle of high risk fire zones. Even though a big fire hasn’t burned here for nearly a decade, Snowmass Fire Marshall John Mele says fire is probable.

Marci Krivonen

Inmates from the Rifle Correctional Center helped with final steps of a mine reclamation project near Aspen on Tuesday.

Five Pitkin County groups receive CCI art grants

Sep 22, 2015
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Colorado Creative Industries announced the recipients of its 2015-2016 grants. Six organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley were part of this years awards.

Enrollment up at Colorado Mountain College

Sep 21, 2015
Colorado Mountain College

The number of students taking courses at Colorado Mountain College is up. The biggest jump in enrollment is in Rifle.

The Rifle campus saw double-digit growth compared to last year’s enrollment. Campus officials point to more courses, a new downtown location and an increased number of high school students taking courses.

Campus-wide, enrollment grew by 3.4 percent. In the Roaring Fork Valley, campuses in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs also saw growth. Lin Stickler oversees enrollment for CMC.

Kickin’ it in Aspen for Ruggerfest 2015

Sep 17, 2015
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The 48th edition of Ruggerfest kicked off yesterday. The tournament brings in teams from all over the country to participate in one of amateur rugby’s premiere events.

Teams play at Wagner Park and Rio Grande Park in Aspen leading up to the championships on Sunday. Winners are crowned in multiple age groups, including for players in their 60s.

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While the Aspen Food and Wine Classic might be the biggest food event of the summer, local chef Susie Jimenez is trying to create a smaller event designed to bring the community together.

Mine clean-up nearly complete at Hope Mine near Aspen

Sep 15, 2015

For years the Forest Service has been working to keep mine tailings from an abandoned silver mine from getting into Castle Creek. The long-defunct Hope Mine is tucked between the creek and Castle Creek Road. Work to return the area back to its natural state is now nearly complete. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Now that the leaves are changing, weather officials are releasing forecasts for the upcoming winter. The jury’s out on whether the strong El Nino pattern that’s expected will bring heavy snow or dry conditions. Marci Krivonen spoke with two forecasters about their predictions. First, Joel Gratz of Open Snow. It's a weather service for skiers and riders.

Courtesy of The Hollander Family

Gino Hollander passed away last weekend at the age of 91. Gino was a renowned painter who spent 20 years of his long life living in Aspen. His daughter, Siri, now runs a gallery of his work along with some of her own in Santa Fe. Siri's two brothers are photographers and her mother is a writer.


On being in an artistic family...

Patrick Fort

An Aspen man has decided to change his plea regarding federal weapons charges. Mauro Emilio Pennini had pleaded not guilty to two charges, after getting caught with a loaded gun, ammunition and several knives in his locker at Aspen's post office. Now his Grand Junction attorney has alerted the court that Pennini would like to plea differently.

Cache Cache crowned the top mac and cheese in town

Sep 13, 2015
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Cache Cache Restaurant, walked away from the festival with victories in all four food categories, including the people’s and chef’s choice awards.