The annual Ducky Derby sponsored by the Rotary Club of Aspen will be run a little differently this year, thanks to borrowed water and a computer algorithm.

The Lincoln Center

Creating a memory is more like writing a song than taking a photograph. The emotions and prior experiences that come into play when we form a memory, make things like eyewitness testimony pretty unreliable. Composer Bruce Adolphe and neuroscientist Assal Habibi were in Aspen last week as a part of a series called “The Science of Music."

GWS Fire Updates

Aug 8, 2018

A fire closed I-70 Wednesday afternoon near Glenwood Springs. The highway should be reopened in both directions around 5:30 p.m.

The lastest update from the Garfield County Sherriff's Office states that the efforts of the local firefighters have allowed reasonable control of the existing fire area and have stopped the previous spread. Operations will continue into the night to minimize the possibility of any flare-ups.

Pre-evacuation notices have been lifted for Amy's Acres and Mitchell Creek neighberhoods.

Every day in the summer, Aspen Public Radio offers two-minute previews of the day's concerts at the Aspen Music Festival. Here are the next five days.

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On Tuesday, the Pitkin County Commissioners met with the Aspen City Council to discuss their intergovernmental agreement, dictating  how the workforce housing program is run.

A meeting Wednesday in Silt will address suicide in Garfield County.


Gina McCarthy is the director of the Center For Climate, Heath and the Global Environment at Harvard. She was the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama.

Hurst Lecture Wraps Up Summer Series

Aug 7, 2018

The annual Hurst Lecture wraps up its summer series Wednesday night at Paepcke Auditorium. A panel will discuss how Americans can continue to recover from a decade of slow economic growth.

Roger Adams

On Tuesday, Aspen City Council and Pitkin County Commissioners met to discuss their respective roles in overseeing the workforce housing program.

An art show opening at the Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt on Wednesday re-examines women’s roles in the American West.

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) might ask voters for a property tax this fall. There’s a hearing on Thursday in Carbondale for the public to weigh in.

This week we talk with guitarist Sharon Isbin in anticipation of her concert August 9, and Tenor Ben Bliss (who sings Britten on August 10 and 13).


Roger Adams

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron sat on the panel “Change Impact and Action” last week at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. They discussed what the changing climate means for recreation, agriculture and local economies.

First Draft: Stephanie Feldman and Nathaniel Popkin

Aug 6, 2018

Stephanie Feldman and Nathaniel Popkin are co-editors of the anthology Who Will Speak for America?  In this lively collection, 40 novelists, essayists, poets, and artists confront the political division heightened by the Trump presidency and imagine a just future for the USA.

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The documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” screens Monday night at Paepcke Auditorium as part of the Aspen Institute Eisner/Laudner “New Views” film series. It focuses on the radical kindness of Fred Rogers, the unassuming star of the beloved television program, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Rogers and his cast of puppets spoke directly to young children about emotions, death, divorce and acceptance.


This week on Audio Canvas we chat with artist Catherine Opie. 

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It’s been a few weeks since the Lake Christine Fire tore along the hillsides above Basalt and El Jebel. The flames are gone, but the evidence of the fire is clear on the blackened landscape. It’s a haunting change from the usual green or gold slopes; newspaper columnists have called this a "hellscape."

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Artist David Kassen paints portraits of Holocaust survivors. On Tuesday at the Aspen Jewish Community Center, he’ll sketch Hanna Pankowsky. She fled the Nazi regime in Poland when she was 10. It’s part of an event that aims to remind the audience that the Holocaust is not ancient history.

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On Thursday, the Trump administration announced rollbacks to the Clean Car Standards, which set guidelines for vehicle emissions, but Colorado officials are preparing a workaround.