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The day of the dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a Mexican tradition honoring loved ones who have passed. Traditionally, locals fill graveyards with candles and flowers for the event. Carbondale Arts is hosting its own Día de los Muertos event virtually as part of its monthly First Friday celebration on Nov. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. 

Updates: Local Races Have Mix Of Clear Winners, Contests Too Close To Call

Nov 4, 2020
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Updated at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5

State Sen. Bob Rankin has won his reelection bid after a close content between him and Democratic challenge Karl Hanlon. Hanlon called Rankin to concede Thursday morning. There were about 1,000 votes separating the two men, according to the latest, unofficial returns. 


View live results for Colorado's 2020 presidential, Senate and House races, as well as statewide ballot measures. Results will start coming in after polls close on Election Night, Nov. 3.

Results from Pitkin County are available here

Results from Garfield County are available here.

Week In The Arts: Nov. 2-11, 2020

Nov 2, 2020
Courtesy Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

This is Week In The Arts—a curated list of upcoming virtual events, exhibitions and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Pitkin County Limiting Informal Gatherings To Just 5

Oct 30, 2020
Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

The Pitkin County Board of Health has announced stricter limits for gatherings, compared to the statewide order Gov. Jared Polis put in place last week. Gatherings in the county can be no more than five people from two households.

Courtesy Glenwood Springs Historical Society

Do you believe in ghosts? That’s one question historians with the Glenwood Springs Historical Society say they hear a lot—especially around Halloween. The organization’s executive director Bill Kight says that’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.

“If it takes a ghost story to create an interest in history, then I’m all for it,” he said.

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In a normal year, a foot of snow in late October would mean the end of fire season. But with Western Colorado experiencing its driest summer on record, this year is anything but normal. As a result, the last remaining vestiges of the Grizzly Creek Fire are still smoldering.

English In Action's Immigrant Voices 2020

Oct 28, 2020
Klaus Kocher

English in Action hosted their annual Immigrant Voices event from the Third Street Center in Carbondale on Sunday, Oct. 25. With just family members in the audience, five different speakers shared their stories this year. Aspen Public Radio will broadcast the full event on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m, or you can listen to the individual stories right now using the links below.

Follow along as host Alya Howe introduces each speaker before they share their unique journey to the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Updates: Thousands Affected By Power Outage Following Snowfall

Oct 26, 2020
Downtown Basalt after the weekend snowfall
Kirsten Dobroth / Aspen Public Radio

Updated at 2:45 p.m. Power has been restored to the 21,000 Holy Cross Energy members. It took roughly three hours for everyone to get their service back. HCE spokeswoman Jenna Weatherred says the company's continuous loop system usually provides a failsafe. 

"We ran into trouble on that backup loop as well, so that kind of compounded the problem," she said.

Weatherred says early-season power outages are not unusual, when heavy, wet snow causes problems on above ground power lines.

Week In The Arts: Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2020

Oct 26, 2020
Courtesy Carbondale Arts

This is Week In The Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibitions and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Polis Limits Gatherings With New Order

Oct 23, 2020
Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Gov. Jared Polis announced new orders Friday afternoon limiting gatherings to 10 people from no more than two households in all counties at all three “Safer at Home” levels. The announcement comes after weeks of increased cases of COVID-19 across the state.

NPR Special Report: Voting In America

Oct 23, 2020

Early voting is now under way in many states -- amid an extraordinary election season coinciding with the global pandemic. We'll provide answers to your questions about mail-in and in-person voting, tell you how the process has changed this year, and help you learn how to avoid misinformation as the votes are counted. Join us for "Voting in America," a hour-long special report from NPR News, Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Aspen Public Radio.

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With election day less than two weeks away, many in Colorado are looking to a growing group of Latino voters who could be a big part of deciding the outcome. According to the Pew Research Center, Latino voters are the largest non-white voting demographic this year, making up 16% of Colorado voters in 2018. And yet, Latinos have been historically underrepresented in political office in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys.

Courtesy Aspen Art Museum

The Aspen Art Museum recently opened its newest exhibition—a multimedia collection by artist Barbara Kasten called “Scenarios.” Along with pieces that incorporate painting, sculpture and photography, the exhibition includes three of Kasten’s video installations, which is the most comprehensive collection of her non-photographic work in the United States. Although, Kasten says the new medium is all part of her progression as an artist.

“It’s really an extension of photography and an extension of the ideas that I’ve been working with all my life,” she said.

Courtesy Lindsay Jones

Before the pandemic, freelancers accounted for about a quarter of the workforce, and that number has only grown since COVID-19 hit. Millions more have joined the gig economy this year as employers have shed part and full-time positions—over a third of American workers now say they’re part of the gig economy. Some economists say that within 10 years, half the American workforce will be freelance workers.

So, what do freelancers in the Roaring Fork Valley think about this year’s election?

David Hiser

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Hunter S. Thompson’s historic race to become sheriff of Pitkin County, the new documentary, “Freak Power: the Ballot or the Bomb,” debuts on Friday, Oct. 23. While the film chronicles the gonzo journalist’s 1970 campaign in Aspen, parts of it feel eerily similar to today.

Week In The Arts: Oct. 19-25, 2020

Oct 19, 2020
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This is Week In The Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibitions and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

"American Money" by 401(K) 2013 / Licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0.

Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush outraised her Republican rival for the 3rd Congressional race, new finance reports show, another sign Democrats are looking for an upset.


Mitsch Bush, a former state lawmaker, raised $2.6 million from July 1 through the end of September, according to figures filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Republican Lauren Boebert raised $1.9 million, her campaign said.

Photo courtesy of Curtis Chong

County and state public health agencies in Colorado have posted coronavirus data, public health orders and testing locations on their websites. But many of those documents, forms and graphics are inaccessible for people with vision impairments.

America Amplified: Election 2020 On Aspen Public Radio

Oct 15, 2020


Aspen Public Radio is proud to present a special series, America Amplified: Election 2020. This program dives into the challenges facing Americans as they head to the ballot box this November.

Hosted by award-winning WABE journalist Rose Scott, with co-hosts from stations across the country, the series explores local community perspectives, with a mission to foster dialogue, not debate; share experiences; and elevate diverse community perspectives.

Courtesy 5Point Film

Carbondale’s 5Point Adventure Film Festival was one of the first events to feel the effects of the pandemic last spring. The annual festival runs each April, but new social-distancing protocols left organizers with few options aside from postponing the full mountain film showcase altogether.

Since then, 5Point’s reimagined its annual festival into a fully virtual event running each night from Wednesday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 18. Audiences can livestream a curated selection of short adventure films each night, which are followed by Q and A sessions with the filmmakers. 

Courtesy of Lorena

COVID-19 has reached into Hispanic communities in every corner of Colorado, afflicting some at rates more than double their share of the population, a new analysis by the Colorado News Collaborative found.

Courtesy Aspen Film

When Aspen Film kicks off its 41st annual FilmFest on Thursday, Oct. 15 , it might be nostalgic for local filmgoers; the festival is hosting its opening and closing night screenings in-person at Aspen’s Isis Theatre.

Week In The Arts: Oct. 12-18, 2020

Oct 12, 2020
Courtesy Thunder River Theatre Company

This is Week In The Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibitions and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Polis Extends Statewide Mask Mandate Another 30 Days

Oct 10, 2020
Courtesy Office of Gov. Jared Polis

Concerned by a recent spike in coronavirus cases, Governor Jared Polis says he will extend the statewide mask mandate for a third time. That means residents will be required to wear face coverings in public at least through mid-November.

Polis says the rise in cases and hospitalizations is the most concerning uptick he has seen since early July. He's also spending an additional $15 million of federal money to help the overall state’s economic recovery. The money will spent on small business loans and food and housing assistance.

Eleanor Bennett / Aspen Public Radio

As temperatures rise and wildfires continue to burn across the West, many in Colorado are turning their attention to fire prevention. There's a woman who comes to the Roaring Fork Valley every year known as the "goat gypsy." Lani Malmberg and her herd of 1,200 Spanish cashmere goats help with fire mitigation, land restoration and weed control on private and public lands across all 13 Western states. 

Week In The Arts: Oct. 5-11, 2020

Oct 5, 2020
Courtesy Red Brick Center for the Arts

This is Week In The Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibits and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Voces Unidas de las Montañas

Pueden encontrar la versión en español aqui


All registered voters in Colorado will receive an official “blue book” in the mail. The bipartisan guide is used to help voters decipher complex and sometimes confusing ballot issues. But if your first language is Spanish, you may be out of luck. 

Courtesy of Roger Campos

This winter in Aspen will look a lot less international. Every year, more than 800 seasonal workers come to the Roaring Fork Valley as part of the J-1 visa program. After the Trump administration put a hold on the cultural exchange program in June, local businesses are scrambling to hire enough people for peak season, and hopeful workers are left stuck abroad.

Courtesy Jackson Emmer/Revival Photographic

Things are a little different since the last time Carbondale-based singer and songwriter Jackson Emmer released an album. That was in 2018, when his sophomore album “Jukebox” received national attention, and live concerts were part of his touring schedule. His newest album, “Alpine Coda,” comes out Friday, Oct. 2, and he’ll be hitting the virtual road to promote it.