Carbondale

Grayson Schaffer

Glenwood Springs is a contender for being one of Outside magazine’s best towns. Such listings can be music to the ears of town promoters, but can also increase the demand for local resources, like housing. As Aspen Public Radio is reporting this month, the lack of rental housing in the Roaring Fork Valley is having a significant effect on locals. Jonah Ogles is Senior Editor with Outside Magazine, and talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher. He says Outside often gets criticism for listing communities as desirable.

Marci Krivonen

This month an art gallery in Aspen is filled with photos of mentors involved with the non profit Buddy Program. The “Men in Mentoring” installation is meant to get guys interested in becoming role models for a long wait-list of boys needing guidance. The need is particularly acute in the Mid-Valley. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

Ryan Larkin and his pal Jacob drill screws into the lemonade stand they’re making. The two are decades apart in age, but work together like old friends.

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

The smells of legalization permeate up and down the valley, and the odor of marijuana has some people plugging their noses and complaining to city officials.

An investigation is brewing around a nonprofit in Glenwood and whether funds were misappropriated.

Meanwhile, there’s more debate on oil and gas drilling in the valley.

Film on Carbondale's James Surls Opens ShortsFest

Apr 6, 2015

This year’s annual Aspen Film’s Shorts Fest features several documentaries on Colorado artists. One called “The Journey” follows sculptor James Surls. Austin Lottimer is co-director of the film. He spoke recently to Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary.

Band of Heathens

Apr 5, 2015

The Band of Heathens is an Austin, Texas ensemble that has built a fierce fan base due to musical and lyrical depth coupled with outstanding songcraft.

On this episode of "Check 1, 2", host Daniel Shaw catches up with Band of Heathens at the PAC3 in Carbondale. You’ll hear both live and studio tracks from the band’s latest outing, “Sunday Morning Record”, as well as covers from the group’s sound check.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation

A suspect arrested for first degree murder and domestic violence in an alleged homicide in Carbondale was taken to jail on Wednesday.

Arturo Navarrete-Portillo was released from a Grand Junction hospital and transported to the Garfield County Jail, where he’s being held without bond. The Carbondale man is charged in the death of his wife, Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya, who was found with knife wounds in an apartment on February 16th.

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On February 10th, law enforcement responded to a domestic violence call at a residence near Parachute. They discovered a woman whose face was bloodied from being struck repeatedly. Later, the suspect - her husband - was shot to death by authorities after a high speed chase on Interstate 70. The fatal incident was one of two in Garfield County in February, where domestic violence played a role. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the problem of domestic violence is growing in parts of our region.

Molly Dorais is the Director of Admissions at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. She discusses the school's unique curriculum and programs, and the types of students who attend CRMS. The school is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, so tuition goes directly into the school's programs, faculty, and facilities. While the price tag might shock prospective students and their families, Dorais discusses CRMS's generous financial aid program. 

To learn more about the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, visit www.crms.org

Your Evening News - February 5th, 2015

Feb 5, 2015

Carbondale Fire District Hires Former Board Member To Do Consulting

Carbondale’s Fire department is hiring three consultants to help the district get back on track. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is dealing with a rapidly dwindling budget. One of the consultants hired is a former fire board member who lost in the most recent board election.

Group For LGBTQ Teens Ramps Up In Roaring Fork Valley

Feb 3, 2015
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An Aspen charity focused on reducing the number of suicides in our region is expanding its reach. The Aspen Hope Center is holding a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning teenagers. According to its organizers, the group, called I am Me is the first of its kind in the Valley. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Hope Center Executive Director Michelle Muething realized LGBTQ teenagers needed support after several came to the organization for help.

The Colorado Rocky Mountain School's 60-year history is chock-full of interesting characters - people who believe work in the classroom should be coupled with physical work and outdoor education. The end result: a curious, knowledgeable, and well-rounded 18-year old. Mark Clark started his journey with CRMS in 1979. He is a CRMS faculty member and splits his time between Carbondale and Wyoming. 

Learn more about the Colorado Rocky Mountain School at www.crms.org.   

Your Evening News - January 26th, 2015

Jan 26, 2015

Sick Mountain Lion Put Down in Carbondale

The Carbondale Police Department says it put down a sick mountain lion this past weekend. The department says it received a call that the big cat was lying under the bridge on North Bridge Drive on Saturday afternoon. The Tom Cat was about a year or two old and could only move its head. After contacting the Division of Wildlife, the cat was put down. The mountain lion was not believed to be suffering from a communicable illness. It was mangy, malnourished and had sores over its body. The Carbondale Police say the cat could have been hit by car. The department reminds motorists that if they hit an animal in an accident, they should notify their local police.

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In the spring, Carbondale will welcome its first new hotel property in several years. The Marble Distilling Company plans to open a distillery and luxury hotel on Main Street. The owners think it will attract a new demographic and keep visitors in town longer. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

Connie Baker is Co-owner of Marble Distilling Company. She’s guiding me through the 7000 square foot building that’s still under construction.

Marci Krivonen

Artist James Surls’ sculpture “Sewing the Future” was installed in Carbondale Thursday. It took more than a hour to truck in different parts of the sculpture, stand them up and bolt them down in the middle of the Highway 133 roundabout. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

People began gathering around the roundabout early in the morning, when it was still chilly. Carbondale resident Noah Davis was bundled up and handing out doughnuts. He says he’s excited to see the sculpture go up.

Artist James Surls Discusses "Sewing The Future"

Nov 20, 2014
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On Thursday a 20 foot tall bronze and steel sculpture was installed in the middle of Carbondale’s new roundabout on Highway 133. The sculpture, called “Sewing the Future” was created by Carbondale resident and internationally recognized artist James Surls. I spoke with him about the sculpture earlier this week.

Marci Krivonen

In one of the only contested Garfield County races, two candidates with different viewpoints are running for county commissioner. Incumbent republican Tom Jankovsky is seeking a second four-year term. He’s being challenged by Michael Sullivan, a democrat, who says he’d represent a voice that’s going unheard. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

District One in Garfield County covers Carbondale and parts of Glenwood Springs. Candidate Michael Sullivan says he typifies the values and concerns in this area.

This week on CrossCurrents, Amy Kimberly, Executive Director of CCAH and Peter Gilbert, Executive Director of Dance Initiative on the new arts and rehearsal space in Carbondale, "The Launchpad", formerly the Gordon Cooper Library.

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Dance, Art Replace Books At Former Carbondale Library

Sep 30, 2014
Marci Krivonen

Next week a new creative space will open in an old library in Carbondale. Two non profits are retrofitting the former Gordon Cooper Library and renaming it The Launchpad. They say the center, which will offer art and dancing, adds something that’s missing in Carbondale’s rich arts scene. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Deborah Colley gingerly steps over construction materials at the old Gordon Cooper Library.

"Our offices will be over here on the closed-off, glassed-in north side of the building," she says.

This week, the 2014 National Sheepdog Finals will be held on the Strang Ranch above Carbondale. Bridget Strang is the event's host and talks about the history of the event, what to expect, and how you can attend. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Aspen Valley Land Trust. Martha Cochran is the Executive Director of the land trust and shares why this partnership was a natural fit.

Marci Krivonen

School started this week for K-through-twelve students across the Roaring Fork Valley. This school year, kids in the Roaring Fork School District will see subtle changes. The district operates schools from Glenwood Springs to Basalt, and it’s rolling out a “visioning process.” Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Superintendent Diana Sirko about what the process means for kids in the classroom.

Diana Sirko is Superintendent of Schools for the Roaring Fork School District. It operates twelve schools, serving 5800 students in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. 

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