Morning newscast for Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Update: 10:49 a.m.: I-70 eastbound is now open at mile marker 116. Westbound remains closed for what CDOT is calling a "major" rock slide in Glenwood Canyon. 


Pot will be for sale in Snowmass Village before next ski season, according to Mayor Markey Butler.

She and the other members of Town Council will finalize the details Tuesday night.

They could approve up to three licenses for retail marijuana within town limits. But, regulations make that unlikely.


Elise Thatcher

Nearly every year since 2010, Basalt’s town council raised the property tax rate without voter approval. This is, potentially, a violation of Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).


Some residents aren’t happy about it, and a Denver think tank is in town Tuesday to answer their questions.

First Draft: Joanne Ramos

May 20, 2019

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she became a staff writer at The Economist.  The Farm is her first book.

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Morning newscast for Monday, May 20, 2019.

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

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Carving out time for creative writing can be tough. Sharing it with others can be downright terrifying. A group in Glenwood Springs wants to be a safe place for any writer.

“Your Story, Your Life” includes everyone from retirees reflecting on their lives to people who’ve left the office for a few hours. They all come for the sense of community, no matter who they are and where they are on their writing journey.

Morning newscast for Friday, May 17, 2019.

Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority

Two years ago, communities from Aspen to Glenwood Springs and Parachute to Eagle funded a regional housing study.


It was completed earlier this spring and argues that regional problems require regional solutions.

It’s illegal to toss anything with a plug in the trash. Electronics like computers, printers and TVs can contain heavy metals that can’t go to a regular landfill.


On Saturday, Aspen is collecting e-waste for safe disposal.

David Dowling / Joy of Motion

A choreographer and dance professor at CU Boulder visits Carbondale this weekend. Helanius J. Wilkins’ work challenges stereotypes of black men, portraying them as vulnerable, creative and complex.

He says it’s not enough for dance just to be movement for movement’s sake.

Episode Five - Aging

May 16, 2019

Today, we look inside your body and get familiar with your immune system’s constant vigilance against infection and disease. We also look at your body over time; what happens as you age?  Is there a way to stay young? And why do we value that so much?

We turn to the research and insights of the speakers of the Aspen Ideas Health conference for the answers. Aspen Ideas Health runs from June 20  - June 23, and is produced by the Aspen Institute.

President Trump is unveiling an immigration plan that would vastly change who's allowed into the United States. The administration's proposal focuses on reducing family-based immigration to the U.S. in favor of employment skill-based immigration. Watch his remarks from the White House Rose Garden live at 12:30 PM MT.

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Episode Four - Diversity and Inclusion

May 16, 2019

Today, we look at diversity and inclusion as it pertains to healthcare, and the emerging practice of patient-centered care. How can we even the playing field between doctor and patient? How do we give patients access to their own information and create a health arena that is going to understand and respect who they are and what their background is?

We turn to the research and insights of the speakers of the Aspen Ideas Health conference for the answers. Aspen Ideas Health runs from June 20  - June 23, and is produced by the Aspen Institute.

Morning newscast for Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Pitkin County

Trails at Sky Mountain Park and Glassier Open Space re-open today.

The areas have been closed since December to protect wildlife.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife approved the openings earlier this week.

Mark Duff

Mark Duff is a retired Basalt High School science teacher, who's now a published author.

His first novel, "This Ruler," is set in a fictional high school where standardized testing has run amok.  

Morning newscast for Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Democratic house representatives Julie McCluskey and Dylan Roberts and Republican Perry Will emphasized how cooperation between the parties led to a productive session.

They told an audience of nearly 25 at the Basalt Library last night that of the 400 bills passed, nearly all had bipartisan support.