Walking around the gym doesn’t typically merit applause, but last week at the Aspen Club and Spa valley residents with cerebral palsy, amputated legs and severed spinal cords took their first steps in decades. Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh was present as the bionic technology was put to use and brings us this report.

Holly Gressett, the Associate Director and Programs Director at the Wyly Community Art Center, is a big advocate for art and encourages everyone to try a workshop at the Basalt-based arts center. Gressett discusses the adult, children's, and partner programs the Wyly offers. 

Learn more about workshops, classes, and programs at

The swearing in of Seldin

Nov 9, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

A new judge was sworn in on Monday, Nov. 9 on the Pitkin County Courthouse steps.


While Chris Seldin will officially become a judge in the 9th Judicial District Court today, the passing of the torch from his predecessor began more than a week ago. The 44-year-old former Pitkin County Assistant Attorney has been absorbing as much as he can from Gail Nichols.

She retired last month after seven years on the bench, overseeing criminal and civil matters.

Positive returns early for "Beauty and the Beast"

Nov 8, 2015
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

People flocked to the Aspen District Theatre this weekend to see the opening performances of Aspen Community Theater’s rendition of Beauty and the Beast.

Basalt Chamber of Commerce

There will be two large events in Basalt and El Jebel this week aimed at tackling big questions about health insurance. Basalt resident Robin Waters originally had hoped to arrange one event. She’s received so many questions and support, she and a variety of officials are now coordinating a forum and what she’s calling an enrollment fair.


Elise Thatcher

  Planned Parenthood in Glenwood Springs says it will be able to offer more doctor’s appointments because of spontaneous fundraising in the Roaring Fork Valley. As of Sunday night, close to $18,000 had been raised.

Blue Horizon - Nov. 7, 2015

Nov 7, 2015

With Veterans Day coming up next week, Blue Horizon will be featuring artists who are or were also veterans.

Featured artists include:  Big Bill Broonzy, Hosea Leavy, Junior Wells, Jay McShann, Magic Sam and more.   Here is a video of Vietnam veteran Watermelon Slim: 

Creative Commons/Flickr/Parker Knight

About one in ten kids in Pitkin County are living in poverty. That’s according to a statewide study discussed in Aspen last week. Officials with the Colorado Children’s Campaign visited with parents, elected leaders and child care workers about their latest findings. Shirley Ritter is a child advocate who runs Kids First — an Aspen center subsidized by taxpayers. She spoke with Marci Krivonen.

Shirley Ritter directs Kids First for the city of Aspen. 

Valley Roundup 11-6-15

Nov 6, 2015
Alycin Becktesh/Aspen Public Radio News

  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.

Marci Krivonen

With the legislative session about two months away, State Senator Kerry Donovan is preparing her legislative agenda. She represents Pitkin, Eagle and other Western Slope counties. This session, she says finding ways to provide internet in rural areas will be a top priority. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.