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.

US Forest Service

A small wildland fire is burning about 10 miles south of Rifle.

The Middle Mamm Creek Fire is smoldering on 1/10 of an acre. It was started by natural causes and is not threatening property. Firefighters will keep watch on the fire and use it to reduce dry brush, and improve forest health and wildlife habitat.


Jill Scher

At Carbondale’s August First Friday celebration, people can learn to fold origami cranes, which will become part of a new installation that commemorates lives lost in the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. 

Artist Jill Scher says she’s already folded more than 500 cranes for the installation, which will be hung in Carbondale’s Third Street Center.  She wants 1,000 cranes total.



The real-life inspiration for characters in the films “The Sandlot” and “Radio Flyer” comes to Aspen this week to discuss his new memoir. 


Scott Evans really did jump over a fence to rescue a baseball from a huge dog, like Mike in “The Sandlot.”  And, like Bobby in “Radio Flyer,” he survived an abusive childhood.


Featuring Janet Yellen, distinguished fellow at Brookings Institution and former chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and Kevin Warsh, distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, in conversation with Neil Irwin, senior economics correspondent for The New York Times.

Wiki Images

Wednesday, retailers and the public are invited to learn more about a proposed tobacco tax in Pitkin County. 


Pitkin County health officials are drafting language for a 2019 ballot question that would raise taxes on tobacco. Cigarettes would be taxed at $3.20 a pack, and all other tobacco products would see a 40% tax. 


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

The Basalt Public Arts Commission, or BPAC, has awarded its first two grants in a new program that doles out money to support public art.

The Arts Campus At Willits, or TACAW, is one of the first beneficiaries of BPAC’s new grant program.  The arts organization requested $15,000 for a new event in October called Pumpkin Jazz, which will bring jazz musicians to perform in various places around Basalt.  


Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Margaret Wilson Reckling moved to a ranch in Woody Creek in 2012. In her late fifties, she taught herself how to irrigate, cut hay and raise cattle, with the help of family and friends.  Struck by the beauty around her, she also learned photography. Her new book, “Woody Creek: Views From A Homestead,” weaves together her pictures and the history of the area.  

Carbondale Arts

Carbondale’s 48th Mountain Fair starts Friday.  The festival, which includes art vendors and live music, also aims to emphasize diversity and inclusion.  


Mountain Fair’s theme this year is “Rainbow Connection.”  Nonprofit Carbondale Arts organizes the three-day festival, and partnered with three LGBTQ advocacy groups: AspenOUT, Gay For Good and One Colorado. 


Featuring David Brooks, executive director of Weave: The Social Fabric Project at The Aspen Institute, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, and author of The Second Mountain in conversation with Dan Porterfield, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute.

Featuring Alice Waters, executive chef, founder and owner of Chez Panisse in conversation with Corby Kummer, executive director of the Food & Society Program at The Aspen Institute and editor in chief of IDEAS: The Magazine of the Aspen Institute. 

Red Brick Center For The Arts

Three local artists come together for a mixed media show opening tonight at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. “Odyssey Collective” celebrates artistic collaboration.  

John Cohorst, Chris Erickson and Andrew Roberts-Gray have worked in close proximity at SAW Studios in Carbondale for the last few years. They’ve shared ideas about art and techniques as well as science fiction and film. 



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

Marci Krivonen

We-Cycle’s bike share system is already in Aspen and Basalt.  Now, it wants to expand to Carbondale. At a work session last week, the town took a step toward making that happen.  


Carbondale granted We-Cycle’s request to include a $30,000 placeholder in their 2020 draft budget.  We-Cycle asked for the placeholder to help it raise the rest of the money needed to place its bikes throughout the town. 


Eleanor Bennett

Walk in the Catto Center at Toklat in the Castle Creek valley near Aspen, and you’ll see colorful weavings lining every wall and stacked in tall piles in every corner.  Artist-in-residence Elena Gonzales Ruiz has been bringing her traditional textiles from Mexico to Toklat for the past thirty years. 

Craig Kopp will join Aspen Public Radio next month to serve as managing editor. Kopp is an award-winning media professional with 45 years of experience in radio, television and print.



He comes to the Roaring Fork Valley from Tampa, FL., where he served as general manager at community radio station WMNF. Kopp also taught podcasting at the University of South Florida’s Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications.


Aspen Art Museum

This year, the Roaring Fork Valley celebrates the one-hundredth anniversary of the Bauhaus design school.  Wednesday, locals have the chance to hear from the architect of a new museum in Weimar, Germany, where the Bauhaus was born. 


The Bauhaus Museum Weimar is a minimalist concrete structure that embodies the Bauhaus principles of simple, functional design.  


The Arts Campus At Willits

Basalt has approved almost a million dollars to go toward construction of The Contemporary, a new performing arts venue in Willits. 

The money comes from a real-estate transfer tax on sales in Willits. Last week, council freed up those funds for The Arts Campus at Willits, or TACAW, to use in building the new venue. 


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

Monday is the deadline for seniors and disabled veterans in Colorado to apply for a property tax exemption.

Fifty percent of the first $200,000 of a home’s value is exempt from property tax for anyone over the age of 65 in Colorado, as long as they’ve lived in the home for at least ten years.