Valley Roundup

Fridays at 3:30pm

In our survey of the week’s top stories, Valley Roundup brings together a panel of guest journalists who provide additional insights, analysis and context to the news. Valley Roundup goes beyond the headlines with reporters and editors discussing issues important to the Roaring Fork Valley.  These journalists are keeping an eye on local government, public utilities, the environment, the arts and much more.  On Valley Roundup each week, they’ll be in casual conversation about the stories they cover and why they matter to us.   

Valley Roundup is more than just a week-in-review – it’s your connection to your community and beyond.

Hosted by APR News Director Carolyn Sackariason, guests include editors and reporters from The Aspen Daily News, The Aspen Times, The Glenwood Springs Post
Independent, and others.  

Valley Roundup received a Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) Award of Excellence for Best Public Affairs Program in 2015. 

Support for Valley Roundup on Aspen Public Radio comes from Balcomb and Green, PC, a full-service law firm with offices in Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Basalt. Learn more at www.balcombgreen.com.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. A group of locals, including two former mayors, are pushing elected leaders to ban chain stores in Aspen’s downtown core. They are afraid there won’t be anywhere to shop or eat for the average person. But there could be some serious unintended consequences for the commercial landscape and the local economy. City council to consider limits on chain stores Council moving 
forward with chain store rules Mayor and councilman: Chain store...

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. Crimes associated with methamphetamine are making headlines in newspapers up and down the valley. But whether that indicates an uptick in crime is unlikely. Garfield County sheriff’s deputies: Accused meth dealer shoots up woman’s car Aspen cops nab alleged Louis Vuitton thief Sheriff: No illegal drugs found in Aspen hostage taker’s blood In Aspen, a man Time Magazine once called one of the top 10 imposters built a rogue shack on Shadow...

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Welcome to a Valley Roundup. The results are in from Tuesday’s election. We talk nationally, regionally and locally about how ballot issues and candidate races shook out. Local 2016 election results are in So, what does a Donald Trump presidential win mean for the Roaring Fork Valley? Impact of Trump’s election echoes around the valley A new district attorney has been elected for Rio Blanco, Garfield and Pitkin counties. He’s a republican. Jeff Cheney wins 9th District DA race Martin elected...

Local newspapers have made their endorsements on several ballot questions and candidates. Why should voters rely on journalists for guidance when making election decisions? Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup to discuss that are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Lauren Glendenning , editor of the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle , editor of the Aspen Daily News. http://www.postindependent. com/news/local/your-2016- election-guide/ http://www...

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Most everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond should have received their ballots by now. The Aspen Public Radio news teams has answers about the logistics of voting in this mail-in election.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. Accusations of corruption in the Garfield County commissioner race surfaced this week, angering one of the candidates. Garfield Commissioner Martin repaid $1,800 to county after audit Dems to Martin: Quit or face indictment And the race for District Attorney is heating up. Aspen Public Radio will host a live town hall debate with the three candidates on Monday, October 18th from 6 to p.m. Tune in on your radio dial, listen online or come in...

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup - an analysis and commentary of the week’s news with writers and editors in the valley. Hosted this week by Alycin Bektesh, sitting in for Carolyn Sackariason.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. Politics is heating up in Basalt and now that the town manager up and resigned, the government and its elected leaders are facing heavy scrutiny. Sentiment grows to bring back Basalt town manager Angry speakers wants Basalt Town Council to make peace with Scanlon Basaltines sad, angry over Town Manager Scanlon’s departure Scanlon submits termination and severance notice to Basalt Basalt council was upset that Scanlon loan repayment wasn’t...

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. All of the tearing down of homes and buildings in Pitkin County means most of that debris is heading to the landfill, which has 15 years left of life on it. City of Aspen officials are considering making it mandatory to recycle that material. Hard choices 
are forecast for construction waste diversion Waste diversion plan to tackle demolition debris PitCo 'Talking Trash' to extend landfill life In Basalt, politics are starting to get heated....

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. Vail Resorts bought Whistler this week for $1 billion. How that will affect attracting guests to Aspen/Snowmass is a question industry observers are asking. Mountain Collective ski pass adds Telluride, Revelstoke Aspen’s answer to Vail’s big acquisition — the Mountain Collective ski pass Vail Resorts to buy Whistler Blackcomb in $1 billion deal In Basalt, politics are in play with publicly-owned land, and at the council table. Basalt...

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. The news that the Bureau of Land Management plans to cancel 25 oil and gas leases on the Thompson Divide has all sides reacting. http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/172009 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/25-thompson-divide-leases-canceled http://www.postindependent.com/news/local/thompson-divide-leases-canceled/ And, the public relations effort is getting ramped up around a hotel development at the base of Aspen Mountain. http://www...

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge. Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request And it appears that law enforcement agencies in Garfield County could be more forthcoming with information, especially when it comes to public safety. Carbondale police investigating pair of sex assaults Meanwhile, a gunman took a hostage and had others at gunpoint up Lincoln...

Welcome to Valley Roundup during this summer’s pledge drive. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. Thank you for listening and your support. It’s listeners like you who we rely on to produce shows like Valley Roundup so please take a moment and make your financial contribution. No pledge is too small or large! We are here to take your donation. Please call 920-9000 or pledge right here online. And now, let’s get on with the show. Joining me during this special summer pledge drive edition is a combined 115...

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. The Aspen affordable housing program is in a mid-life crisis of sorts. How to manage nearly 3,000 subsidized units is weighing on public officials. Affordable housing series: How one developer is trying to keep up with Aspen’s demand Aspen retirees grateful housing policy lets them stay Affordable housing series: Retirement of Aspen’s aging work force will increase need for housing Affordable housing series: The program works, but it still...

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason. In its attempt to get more social media followers, the Aspen Police Department had a bit of fun with the resort’s reputation as a party town. Small plastic bag found at grocery store checkout causes internet stir And time will tell if two developers who want to build lodging at the base of Aspen Mountain can play well together. Opposition to Gorsuch Haus project emerges Public: Access is key in Gorsuch Haus plan Gorsuch Haus: Believe the...

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