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.

Parking garage proposed under Base 2

Sep 21, 2015

  An underground parking garage is the latest iteration of an ever-changing lodge proposal on Main Street in Aspen.

Marci Krivonen

Elected leaders in Snowmass Village Monday (9/21) decided to put on hold a decision about whether to move forward a re-start of construction at the base of the ski resort. If a preliminary plan is approved, Base Village will move into its final design stage. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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.

First Draft - Jim Shepard

Sep 21, 2015

  Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, and four story collections, including most recently the forthcoming You Think That’s Bad.   His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize.  Project X won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association.  His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’sMcSweeney’sThe Paris

English in Action Executive Director Lara Beaulieu discusses the challenges facing the organization, as well as her goals for the future. English in Action has a waiting list with almost 100 individuals waiting for tutors - the organization will host a fall volunteer tutor drive in hopes of recruiting almost 80 new tutors.

Learn more about the fall recruitment HERE, and find out more information about English in Action at   

PitCo 911 dispatch and other departments on the move

Sep 21, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

Pitkin County officials are planning to move the 911 dispatch center out of town and near the airport. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Lease negotiations are underway between Pitkin County and the fire district to put the emergency communications center in the North 40 fire station. The move is necessitated by the construction of a new public safety facility that will begin in the spring. The center is currently housed in the county jail building.

Snowmass Town Council may vote Monday (9/21) on a resolution that would move forward the next phase of development at Base Village. The recession stopped construction at the base of the ski resort. With council approval, it could restart in the spring and include a new hotel, retail spaces, condos, affordable housing, a health clinic and a town-owned building. That building could become a museum to show off the town’s fossil find. Marci Krivonen spoke to Julie Ann Woods, Community Development Director for the town.

Elise Thatcher

There are several proposals for development in the mid Roaring Fork Valley, and a little known plan is a key factor as officials decide whether to approve them.

Soaring in the Snowmass Balloon Festival

Sep 21, 2015
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

The 40th edition of the Snowmass Balloon Festival wrapped up this past weekend. Balloonists from across the country come to the Roaring Fork Valley to float above the the peaks of the Rockies. The accompanying wine festival has allowed the weekend to become one of the most popular ones of the summer.