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Christin Kay

Arts and Culture Reporter

Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of arts, cultural experiences and stories in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio her whole life.

 

Born in Denver, she attended Kansas State University as an undergraduate and Regis University for her masters degree in Education, Learning and Teaching. She was in the classroom for 14 years as an English teacher, working to show students that their voices mattered. A teaching opportunity at Aspen High School brought her to the Roaring Fork Valley for the first time in 2011. It was love at first sight, and she’s still in a bit of awe that she can call this place home.  

 

She came to Aspen Public Radio as a programming and content producer, planning community dialogues and town halls, and hosting and/or producing local shows Cross Currents, Mountain Edition and Valley Roundup. 

 

Christin refuels by skiing, biking, hiking and just breathing in the mountains. Her newest adventure is becoming a mom. She lives in Carbondale with her husband Jeremy, her son Weston and her dog Yalla. She loves to talk books and podcasts, so if you have a recommendation for her, let her know!   

Interesting stories, and how they are crafted, are at the heart of what Christin loves about public radio. A well-told story can inspire, open and connect like nothing else. She is honored to be a part of Aspen Public Radio and to have the opportunity to bring stories from the Roaring Fork Valley to life every day.

Michael Bonds / Aspen Chapel Gallery

The annual Aspen Chapel Gallery show “Small Wonders” features works of art that are no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches. The show's inspiration was tied to Herbert Bayer, a Bauhaus artist who spent much of his career working in Aspen.

 

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

Aspen Custom Vans

A camper van can get you into the outdoors, but without the time spent packing a car and putting up a tent, or the sleepless nights that might come with a surprise rainstorm.  Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, some are turning toward custom built vans instead of traditional RVs, and "van life" has broad appeal.

Morning newscast for Friday, November 15, 2019. 


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An annual exhibit exploring the meaning of home with high school immigrants opens this weekend in Basalt. 

The 15 students are all recent immigrants from El Salvador. They’re in Basalt High School teacher Leticia Guzman-Ingram’s English as a Second Language class. She translates for one student, who explains in Spanish that this is his first time making art. 

Aspen Words

Aspen Words’ annual Literary Prize recognizes a work of fiction that tackles a contemporary social issue. The organization, along with NPR Books, has announced the titles in the running this year.  

The 16 books on the longlist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize look at everything from racial injustice, to family separation and immigration, to opioid addiction. 12 are novels, four are short story collections.  

 

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Basalt is getting closer to updating its master plan, a community vision that guides the town's leadership in making decisions about land use and development. Wednesday night, residents got to throw in their chips, literally, with some ideas gleaned from previous community outreach and stakeholder meetings.

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The Basalt Affordable Housing Committee wants to see a new regional housing coalition succeed. At a meeting with town council on Tuesday, it asked the town of Basalt for $10,000 to help establish the coalition. 

 

The idea of one committee that would tackle affordable housing up and down the Roaring Fork Valley came out a regional housing study released earlier this year. 

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Welcome to 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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Carbondale visual artist Wewer Keohane wants to help fund a project that uses creative expression to address mental health issues. 

 

Keohane credits art with saving her life. After a breast cancer diagnosis, she struggled with depression. Creating art helped fuel her will to live.  

 

Morning newscast for Friday, November 8, 2019. 


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Saturday in Carbondale, six locals take the stage to tell their stories of immigrating to the U.S. from Latin America, Europe and Africa.

Susana Salamun is one of the storytellers for "Immigrant Voices." She moved to the U.S. from Mexico when she was in her mid-twenties.

Garfield County Libraries

 

Garfield County’s libraries will soon stay open longer and have more materials, thanks to voters approving ballot issue 6A earlier this week, which raises revenue for the libraries through increased property taxes. 

6A will generate about 4 million dollars a year for Garfield County Libraries, which have had to cut services and hours in recent years in the face of a funding shortage.  

Eric Lovgren / Eagle County Wildfire Mitigation

new report on last year’s Lake Christine fire found that, while firefighters saved homes in the El Jebel mobile home park and Missouri Heights areas, mitigation played a significant role as well; however, making properties more resistant to wildfire requires investments from local communities and homeowners.

 

 

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New Zealand native Susan Te Kahurangi King is the selected artist for Aspen Snowmass' 2019-20 winter season lift tickets.

 

King’s bold, colorful contemporary works, created with felt tip markers, have been exhibited in major art fairs, galleries and museums. 

 

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Basalt voters have approved a measure that sets the town's property tax rate at its current 5.9 percent.

Town manager Ryan Mahoney says says he’s ready to look forward to the future after Tuesday's election. 

"The most exciting part for all of us staff and council is that we can keep our service level where it is now. I think that’s what feels the best," he said.

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Welcome to 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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Colorado state senator Kerry Donovan and representatives Julie McCluskie and Dylan Roberts held a town hall in Basalt on Saturday. The three Democrats, who represent the Roaring Fork Valley, started the meeting by discussing health care.

Maria de la Torre

The Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is November 2. It honors loved ones who have died; family members build altars to those who have passed, and tradition holds that the deceased can cross back into our world and join their living relatives that night. 

Carbondale hosts its own celebration Friday. For two sisters, Maria and Imelda de la Torre, building an altar has taken on special significance this year.

Eric Lovgren, Eagle County Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator

A new study on the Lake Christine fire finds that wildfire mitigation, like using flame-resistant construction materials and clearing vegetation around homes, played a significant role in saving property. 

 

The study, by the Community Wildfire Planning Center, was presented to the Eagle County board of commissioners by wildfire mitigation coordinator Eric Lovgren on Tuesday.

 


"In the beginning, there was M. As her eldest grandson, I had the good fortune of meeting M, as all the grandchildren call Mary, on my first day of life. She’s been teaching me the finer points ever since."

 

"M" is longtime Aspen resident Mary Dominick-Coomer. Her grandson Christopher wrote that in the foreword to her new memoir, "Eighty Years of Life, Resilience and Love." 

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A new exhibit at Carbondale’s R2 Gallery looks at how the digital age is shaping humans.  “Alarming: Human Identity in the Digital Age” creates a world that imitates the one found online.  

Denver-based visual artist K. Vuletich and sound designer Sarah Espinoza collaborated to create an environment that Espinoza says mimics social media.  

Morning newscast for October 28, 2019. 

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

Roaring Fork Transportation Authority

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, or RFTA, says it’s unlikely that local commuters would see the same cuts in service that have been proposed to Front Range public transportation. 

RFTA communications manager Jamie Tatsuno says while the organization does face driver shortages, they manage to find enough, even during peak ridership in the summer and winter. 

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Garfield County is looking to diversify its economy so it’s not as dependent on oil and gas. The discussion comes as the county updates its comprehensive plan, which guides development through 2030. 

Basalt Public Arts Commission


The Basalt committee that oversees the town’s public art wants more funding next year for a program that encourages local artists and organizations to create art and events for the community.

 

The Basalt Public Arts Commission, or BPAC, met with town council earlier this week to discuss its preliminary 2020 budget, which includes anywhere from $55,000 to $75,000 to fund the grant program.  In 2019, the new program had $40,000 to allocate for projects.

Karston Moser / City of Glenwood Springs

The city of Glenwood Springs is auctioning off a herd of buffalo...sculptures, that is.

Glenwood Springs artists Krzysztof and Noemi Kosmowski made the nine pieces from recycled wooden pallets. The buffalos’ original home was in the 6th street roundabout, but that was never meant to be permanent. 

 

 

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Earlier this year, Basalt discovered that it might have violated Colorado law by raising its property tax rate. It refunded money to property owners. Now, it’s asking voters to approve ballot issue 3A, which would allow the town to keep its current tax rate. If 3A fails, the town faces a budget shortfall of about $700,000 and says it would have to make significant cuts to public services.

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