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Alycin Bektesh

News Director

Alycin Bektesh is an award-winning multimedia journalist recognized for her public affairs reporting and newsroom leadership. She is a Colorado native, growing up in Boulder and Fort Collins before heading to Vermont where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Photography and Playwriting in 2006.

She then spent three years in New York City running the studios at PhotoManhattan photography school and working as a photographer and columnist for Brooklyn culture magazine Pomp & Circumstance.

In 2010 Alycin obtained her Masters Degree from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism, and went on to serve as News Director of WFHB Bloomington Community Radio for the next five years.

In her time as a journalist, Alycin has won numerous awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, including being recognized for producing 2014’s Best Newscast and Best Election Day Coverage in the state of Indiana. Alycin has also been recognized by the Association of Women in Communications and was named the 2015 Emerging Leader by the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women for her work in mentoring young female journalists and covering issues of social justice and inequality. In 2017 her work was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association under the category "best documentary or mini series."

Alycin reports on government affairs, local non profits, and community concerns for Aspen Public Radio.

Brian Scott PIO/Cache Creek Fire

 A fire broke out eight miles south of Rifle over the weekend. The Cache Creek fire is burning on steep terrain in the White River National Forest. A federal “Type 2” Team will take command of the incident this week. The fire is primarily burning heavy, dead fuels and spreading to the east.

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

Lake Christine Fire Updates

Jul 27, 2018

Update: July 29, 10:22 a.m.: All pre-evacuation notices have been lifted, due to an increase in containment--now at 72%--along with Saturday's rain. Residents are encouraged to register with both Eagle and Pitkin Counties' emergency alerts for flash-flood warnings.   

  The McCloskey Speaker Series: The Future of Conservatism and the Republican Party in the Age of Trump

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  The Roaring Fork Valley’s top athlete, fitness buffs, and weekend warriors are wired up in all sorts of ways.

 The Aspen Public Radio news team is collecting the stories of those whose lives changed due to the fire- how they helped, what they lost, what they gained and what they learned. Listen to those stories here.

You can still share your story with us in many ways.

The following neighborhoods are on Pre-Evacuation Notice: Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles, and Taylor Creek - issued by the Eagle County Sheriff’s office

  The City of Aspen has been asked to give $5 million toward the purchase of a building in downtown that would serve as the headquarters of the non-profit Jazz Aspen Snowmass. The public can give feedback on the plan in an online survey and in person at the Wheeler Opera House.  

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Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt speaks with Alycin Bektesh about the response from the community since the Lake Christine Fire began on Tuesday, July 3.

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.

  Katie Couric recounts the 2016 Presidential Election with Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.

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.

 Luckily for us, a truly sustainable world already exists.

  Water is perhaps the world’s most precious and health-sustaining resource, and surely one most at risk.

  Opioids have attracted much of the public attention given to drug abuse in recent years, but they are far from the only pharmaceuticals that can be abused.

The United States is not a particularly happy country, according to the World Happiness Report.

  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.

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  The City of Aspen will be buying real estate downtown as a permanent solution to their ongoing need for office space.

  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 is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

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