Elise Thatcher

The USA Pro Challenge will return to the area this August, only this time it’ll cover more ground in the Roaring Fork Valley. The race will spend the first day in Aspen and Snowmass Village. The second day, riders head down valley through Basalt and Carbondale, then cycle over an unpaved pass to Crested Butte. Like in previous years, the route has prompted debate among local officials about which roads are best. So far at least one official is in favor of the proposed itinerary. 

Marci Krivonen

Another craft brewery is joining a healthy contingent of taprooms across the Roaring Fork Valley. The Roaring Fork Beer Company will open its doors this weekend in Carbondale. The husband-wife team behind the new business hopes to set it apart by keeping it local. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Flickr/Russell Sellers

An effort is underway to expand services for local veterans and better tackle problems like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and brain injuries. It’s estimated more than 14,000 veterans live in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys and, a center is opening up before summer to help deliver services to them. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Marci Krivonen

In Aspen this week, well-known brands like Helly Hansen and Columbia are being featured on the runway during Aspen International Fashion Week. Farther Downvalley, a different kind of fashion show is about to get underway. The so-called Green is the New Black show highlights recycled and sustainable clothing. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

Join NPR's Philip Reeves in Conversation

Mar 5, 2014

Moscow… Ukraine…Crimea…Gaza…The West Bank…Chechnya…Iraq…Afghanistan…India: Philip Reeves has covered them all for NPR and he’s coming to the Roaring Fork Valley! Philip Reeves and Loren Jenkins will dissect the complicated, messy, noisy and violent hot spots of our planet.  

"Doctor’s Garden" Sprouts Retail Pot in Carbondale

Jan 15, 2014
Rob St. Mary

Some people waited over two hours before the Doctor’s Garden opened in Carbondale, Wednesday, to make the first purchases of legal retail marijuana in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary was there.

Doctor's Garden facebook page

The first retail marijuana shop is expected to open in the Roaring Fork Valley this week. Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary has more. 

Carbondale Company Protests Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

Dec 20, 2013
Board By Design

As winter sports athletes prepare for the Olympics in Sochi, attention is being focused on Russia’s new anti-gay laws, enacted earlier this year.  While some activists are calling for a boycott of Sochi, others hope to draw attention to the discriminatory law.  A small furniture design company in Carbondale has come up with a creative way to get its point across. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Retail Marijuana: Pricey Pot in Carbondale

Nov 18, 2013
Marci Krivonen

When recreational marijuana goes on sale for adults age 21 and older next year, the most expensive buds in the Roaring Fork Valley will likely be in Carbondale. Voters there passed a 5 percent tax on both retail and wholesale pot this month. And, new statewide taxes will increase the price even more. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, some Carbondale marijuana businesses are preparing for higher-priced pot.

Crystal Theatre says "Good Bye" to Film Tonight

Sep 17, 2013
Rob St. Mary

Tonight is the end of an era at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. The theater will go digital before the end of the month. But, before it does owners Bob and Kathy Ezra have one last show planned – a highlight reel of previews for films shown at the cinema. They spoke to Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary.

Red Canyon Wildfire Sparks South of Glenwood Springs

Aug 16, 2013
Marci Krivonen

UDATE: August 16th, 2013 - 9:00pm

The fire is 100% contained and management of the blaze will be returned to local agencies early tomorrow morning. The evacuation order for residents who live on the backside of Lookout Mountain, has been lifted. Over the weekend, crews will continue to monitor for hot spots and rehab fire lines. Red Canyon Road (County Road 115) remains closed to traffic. Two minor injuries were reported on the fire today. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and another individual received stitches on a cut. The cost of fighting the fire is over $1 million.

Helicopters a Big Help in Red Canyon Fire Attack

Aug 15, 2013
Facebook/Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District

The Red Canyon Fire burning southeast of Glenwood Springs didn’t see any growth yesterday. Favorable weather and more resources allowed firefighters to get a handle on the blaze. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

So far, about 390 acres have burned in the rugged area, three miles outside of Glenwood Springs. As of yesterday evening, nearly 30 percent of the fire had been contained.

UpSkiing for More Turns

Jun 12, 2013
Elise Thatcher

It’s summer in the Roaring Fork Valley – but there’s still enough snow for some skiing in the mountains. And one Carbondale resident is still getting after it…without lifts or traditional backcountry skiing equipment. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher recently spoke with Kevin Passmore, who makes something called an Upski.

Farther down valley, the Basalt Police Department is still trying to reach someone who may have been one of the last people to see a man who died in Basalt last month. Daniel Perez Mejia was found in late May in a ditch near Big O Tires in Basalt. Police say Mejia got off a bus operated by the Roaring Fork Transit Authority late in the evening on Saturday, May 25th. There was another man who got off the bus at the same time.

Surls Museum It Is

May 29, 2013

A museum for the sculpture of artist James Surls has been approved for Carbondale’s old library building.  Last night the Carbondale Town Council voted to convert the Gordon Cooper Library building into a museum and gallery.  Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams reports.

Carbondale Theatre Goes Digital With Community Help

May 23, 2013
Rob St. Mary

The movie going experience has been changing over the past several years as the 100 plus year old technology of film is being replaced with ones and zeroes. Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary looks at how a Carbondale theater is answering the digital call.

Roaring Fork Studio Tour is May 18th with a Gala that night to benefit arts programs at the Carbondale Community School. Chair person of the event Laurel Holstein Tesoro and artists Diane Kenney and Summers Moore are the guests.


The Aspen Skiing Company has given a combined fifty thousand dollars to organizations working to prevent oil and gas drilling in the Thompson Divide. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has more.

Carbondale Library Considers Its Options

May 1, 2013
Roger S. Adams

The Town of Carbondale is facing a pleasant dilemma.  Later this year the town’s library will move to a new building and must now decide what happens to the current library.  The dilemma for Town Council is deciding among three good proposals for what to do with the Gordon Cooper building on 4th street. 

Among the ideas is an academy for the performing arts; dance, music and theater. Peter Gilbert, founder of Carbondale’s Dance Initiative is behind the plan.

Adventure Film Fest Promises to Take Viewers on a Ride

May 1, 2013
Logo from 5 Point Film website

Carbondale’s Five Point Film Festival kicks off Thursday. The adventure film event is in its sixth year, but Executive Director Sarah Wood says their mission remains the same.

"We’re continuing to grow, but we’re really centered around our five guiding principles and that’s what five-point stands for, and those are balance, commitment, purpose, humility and respect."