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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 a rotatimg member of the APR news team, 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.

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This week...We look at the adventurous life of a valley local who died in a bike accident over the weekend and examine ongoing calls for leadership change at the Aspen School District. Also, your blue books are here. What are voters weighing as they mark their ballots this fall?

This Week: For a mid-term, it’s shaping up to be quite a full election, and the Western Slope turns its eyes to the face-off for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district. One columnist reacts to the either/or choice presented to voters regarding a new development, and the Aspen Pitkin County Airport gets a big check.

This week: The City of Aspen will build new offices, it’s up to the public to decide where, a look into life in the valley for the many undocumented workers, and the allure of the solo hike, even though we all know it’s dangerous.  

On today’s show, revelations about the Aspen School District HR director call into question the school’s system for background checks, affordable housing could be coming to one of Aspen’s last undeveloped plots, and the valley will benefit from a statewide move to greener Energy.

  The Lake Christine Fire is still burning after flare shots from the Basalt Gun Range alregedly sparked the incident on July 3rd, no the community is discussing the future of that gun range?

This week: Years after marijuana is legalized in Colorado, it may soon be sold in Snowmass Village, residents react to the pot prospect and consider an additional tax on the drug.

  This week: The triple threat of fire, droughts flooding throughout the valley.

This week: live from the front lines of the Lake Christine Fire. Joining host Alycin Bektesh are Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon, David Krause editor of the Aspen Times, Craig Turpin, photojournalist with Aspen Daily News, and Aspen Public Radio’s Christin Kay.

This week: a special Aspen Ideas Festival episode. Host Alycin Bektesh is joined by Dan Porterfield, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, Gillian Tett, US managing editor of the Financial Times, and Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for the Washington Post and host of the "Cape Up" podcast.

  This week: some hellos and goodbyes to journalists in the Valley, two discussions about  owning permanent space in downtown Aspen, and using city dollars to do it, a ballot measure about elections is expected for the fall, and an audio trip through Interstate 70.

  This week, Pitkin County officials are in no rush to annex Basalt and El Jebel, Fire restrictions  are in effect throughout the valley, Pitkin County land managers are Using science to protect habitat, governments are putting money toward electric busses, the Aspen School Camp for the Deaf  is working to revitalize a community gathering, and, there just might be a way to get through the Food and Wine Classic calmly and peacefully.

  This week, there are moose on the loose in Snowmass Village. We check in with the locals that are making it work as entrepreneurs in Aspen. We hear some promising news after a dry year.

And we send you into the weekend with some big name events as well as off the beaten path valley fun.

  This week:  It’s all about housing…A Valley Round Up special in depth look into one of the valley’s most talked about issues. Joining host Alycin Bektesh are Bill Stirling, whose recent op ed in the Aspen Times and the Aspen Daily News addressed this issue head-on. Bill served four consecutive terms as mayor of Aspen from 1983 until 1991, as well as Curtis Wackerle, Editor of the Aspen Daily News.

This week, a judge in Glenwood Springs decided there’s enough evidence to try the couple accused of stealing more than $1 million from the ranch they managed for more than three decades. In Aspen, the interested parties seem to agree on where a new Lift 1 on Aspen Mountain should go and some of the arts events coming up this summer will focus on social issues, like the refugee crisis.

This week, voters approved a tax increase to help fund Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. The City of Aspen said it's close to reaching settlement agreements with some of the groups who oppose its work to retain rights to build reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks. And Basalt Town Council is anticipating the same housing issues that Aspen now dealing with.

Valley Roundup - May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018

This week on Valley Roundup, we get the good the bad and the ugly from the 2018 Colorado Legislative session, Snowmass Village may be coming around on legal marijuana, how will e bikes change our trials? And we appreciate Aspen for what it is, season in and season out, awesome or not.

Valley Roundup - April 26, 2018

Apr 26, 2018

This week on Valley Roundup, the debate between Eagle county and Pitkin county rages on, Red Mountain homeowners are proposing to donate open space, Aspen teacher will stay in class amid Denver protests, and we will continue to hear updates about the Castle Creek bridge saga.

This week on Valley Roundup, a prominent developer is getting out his wallet, Snowmass Village is moving forward with a new shopping center, where does co-housing fit in the affordable-housing discussion? And will a valley lawsuit create precedent in Colorado’s judicial system?

  This week on Valley Roundup: The ski season is coming to a soggy close, a curious case of illegal dumping in Basalt is no less a mystery even after an arrest, Aspen  prepares to have its own Grand Avenue Bridge on its hands, and it’s time for mid valley residents to cast their votes.

Radio LaTricolor, has been named station of the year by the Colorado Broadcasters Association, are Aspen officials skirting a public weigh-in on a new government building?, valley athletes continue to earn new neckware, and students say they do not want guns in their classrooms.

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