One Fatality In Ashcroft Avalanche

An avalanche in the Castle Creek Valley killed a skier Monday. The man was staying at the Markley Hut up the Express Creek drainage with family and friends, according the the Pitkin County Sheriff's office. He and another skier were touring Green Mountain Monday morning when the avalanche occurred. An initial report from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center recorded the slide breaking two feet deep, 400 feet wide, and running 200 vertical feet. The buried skier was dug out by his skiing...

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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.

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The 2019 Western Slope Human Trafficking Summit takes place Friday in Rifle. City Prosecutor Angela Roff and the Rifle Police Department are hosting the event.


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Wintersculpt is underway on the Aspen pedestrian mall. It’s a Winterskol tradition, where teams carve a snow sculpture in 48 hours. Competitors use spades, shovels and chainsaws. Getting the snow ready for carving takes different equipment: Dump trucks, front loaders and a lot of elbow grease from the city’s Parks and Rec department.  


When it comes to the health of our watershed, it turns out not all snow is created equal. Snow is pretty simple: It’s made of air and water.  Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of what’s known as “Colorado Champagne Powder,” which is great for skiing.

The Art Base

A new photography exhibit at the Art Base invites visitors to create the final masterpiece.

  This week, it’s in the people’s hands now - a new Lift One measure is on the ballot, and we now have two top executive positions open in Aspen government, what will this mean for the next mayor? And Aspen’s election season is underway.

On Monday morning, snow fell on an already wet Highway 82, making the roadway slick. There were several accidents, which made for a long and dangerous commute for those heading up-valley.

Air Time - Jan. 9th 2019

Jan 10, 2019

  This week, a human rights lawyer fighting sex trafficking in Colorado, Nobel Laureate Arthur Ashkin explains his prize-winning invention, and an extended look at SkiCo’s sustainability report.

This week, hosts Zoë Rom and Christin Kay bring you the week's news from the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Aspen Skiing Company released its annual sustainability report last week, and the format was different than past years. Zoë Rom spoke with Auden Schendler, the Senior Vice President of Sustainability, about the tradeoffs SkiCo makes when it’s reporting on, and mitigating, its role in climate change.



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Juliet Lapidos is the author of the novel Talent and a senior editor at The Atlantic.

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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.

"The Quiet Force" is a film about the Latino workforce in American ski towns. It’s screening at the 5Point film festival at the Wheeler Opera House this weekend. The subject of undocumented workers is particularly timely in the face of the partial government shutdown over funding for a border wall.  

State News

Gov. Jared Polis wants to leverage Colorado's stronger than expected revenue projections to pay for full-day kindergarten next school year.

He's asking lawmakers to approve $227 million in the budget for the kindergarten classes.

Polis says the spending will allow 30,000 families to stop paying tuition.

More Americans are being impacted by what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. This week, the already stressful world of air travel is feeling the pinch as Transportation Security Administration workers call in sick.

But for now, things are still operating smoothly at Denver International Airport.

DIA spokeswoman Emily Williams said the average wait time at security checkpoints averaged about 10 minutes on Sunday.

Sen. Chris Holbert is adapting to life in Colorado's legislative minority.

"We will have our say but not our way," he said in a speech on Jan. 4, the opening day of the session. "We have the voice, but not the votes."

So how does a lawmaker without the votes approach his job? Here are three takeaways from KUNC's interview with the Republican minority leader the day before the session gaveled in.

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