Roaring Fork School District

Allison Johnson

Science students from Basalt Middle School will once again square off with their peers from around the state. They’re heading for a statewide robotics championship this winter.  The team of seven students will compete in Denver in January, to test their skills in programming robots to pick things up and carry out a variety of other tasks.

Valley Roundup 11-6-15

Nov 6, 2015
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  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me are Madeleine Osberger, reporter for the Aspen Daily News, Aspen Times columnists Roger Marolt and Andy Stone, and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.


The votes are in and have been counted. The controversial Base 2 hotel proposal in downtown Aspen went down in flames. And that’s despite the developer throwing tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign.

Elise Thatcher

Voter turnout in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties ranged from 33% to 39%. That’s based on the number of people voting versus those who received a ballot.  In Eagle and Garfield, about 10,000 people voted in each county, and more than 5,000 turned out in Pitkin. Residents in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood voted to pay more in property taxes to support schools and a sizable fire district.


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A vote today will decide if the Roaring Fork School District can borrow $122 million. That funds would come from a property tax increase. 


The proposed bond on ballot issue RE-1 would pay for renovating Glenwood Springs Elementary and other schools, and pay for teacher affordable housing, among many other things.

Amy Spradlin dropped off her ballot this afternoon near Garfield County’s election headquarters in Glenwood Springs. She voted for the proposal.


Two days left in this fall's mail-in election

Nov 2, 2015

  As the deadline approaches in this fall’s all-mail-in election, county clerks are bracing themselves to get inundated with last-minute ballot drop offs.

Between 20 and 25 percent of registered voters in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties have turned in their ballots. Turnout is on par with 2013, which also was an off-year in terms of statewide elections.

  Eighth graders are deciding between different professions, as part of a new career mentoring program with Glenwood Springs Middle School and a Carbondale-based nonprofit. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher attended a career expo for the program and has this story.

Valley Roundup 10-30-15

Oct 30, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Times columnist Andy Stone, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun.


Residents in Battlement Mesa are putting up a fight against an oil and gas company wanting to drill near their homes.

graphic by Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

This year Garfield County benefited more than most from the school funding available through marijuana sales taxes collected throughout the state. 

Elise Thatcher

  A Basalt High School teacher is one of of the best in the state, and her main focus is working with students learning English as a second language. At a surprise assembly on Monday, Colorado Education Commissioner Elliott Asp spoke glowingly about Leticia “Ticia” Guzman Ingram.

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