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Christin Kay

Interim News Director/Editor

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.  

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To help stop the spread of coronavirus, the City of Aspen has closed the Red Brick Center for the Arts through the end of the March. 

Aspen Art Museum

The Aspen Art Museum has announced that Nicola Lees will take over as Nancy and Bob Magoon director.

Lees takes the place of Heidi Zuckerman, who served as director from 2005 until late last summer.


Centers for Disease Control

Public health officials say it's likely more cases of coronavirus will be identified across the state in the coming days.

In a briefing Monday, Pitkin County health officials stressed the importance of staying informed with reliable sources of information. More information on their website addresses frequently asked questions, gives advice on preparedness and offers guidelines to those in industries from health care to hospitality. 

Tammy Terwelp / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County public health officials said Monday that 13 visitors to Aspen are currently under self-isolation after coming into contact with a 21-year old Australian woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in her home country after visiting Aspen.

Those 13 people, all of Australian nationality, traveled to the area with the young woman who developed the new coronavirus. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, or CDPHE, said Sunday afternoon that a woman in her twenties who was visiting Aspen returned home to Australia earlier this week, where she tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual had contact with Aspen residents and visitors at social gatherings; some of the people who had contact with the woman have reported experiencing respiratory symptoms.

Rafael Soldi / Aspen Art Museum

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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Eagle County Public Health and Environment is reporting the first positive case of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in the county. 

The patient is a woman in her 50s visiting the area and likely exposed during international travel. The patient was not hospitalized and is recovering in isolation. The patient is working with public health officials in the ongoing investigation to identify people that may have had close exposure. The case is presumptive positive, which means test results haven’t yet been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


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Thursday afternoon, Aspen businessman Roger Moyer and former mayor Bill Stirling hand-delivered a letter to Aspen’s Chase Bank branch addressed to CEO Jamie Dimon. The letter outlined their concerns with climate change and urged Chase to remove fossil fuel companies from its investment portfolio.

Atlanta-based artist Lonnie Holley visits Aspen this weekend. The musician, filmmaker and sculptor is driven by what he calls “improvisational curiosity.” 

Holley’s work looks at race, struggle and spontaneity. His found-object sculptures have been displayed in museums across the U.S. 



Lisa Yuskavage first became known for her paintings of provocative female nudes. Her new show at the Aspen Art Museum, “Wilderness,” focuses on a more under-the-radar aspect of her work: landscapes.

The Collective

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

Community Office for Resource Efficiency

The Imagine Climate project from CORE, or the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, brings together art and science to inspire climate action. This year, the month-long event includes literature, too: ten books called "The Reading List for a Warming World" that look at different aspects of climate change, from rising oceans to disappearing species. 

The Arts Campus At Willits

The Arts Campus at Willits has partnered with the New York International Children’s Film Festival to bring audience favorite and award-winning short films to Basalt.

Courtesy Kate Howe

New billboards painted by local artists using ink made from carbon soot go up around the Roaring Fork Valley Tuesday. The four billboards are part of the Imagine Climate project which aims to bring together art and science to inspire climate action.

The Art Base

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

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Anderson Ranch Art Center’s Thinker Thursdays series continues Thursday evening. The event highlights different forms of creativity from community members. Last month’s inaugural event saw presenters discuss everything from photography to science to distance running.

Aspen Words

Four novels and one short story collection are on the shortlist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, the organization announced Wednesday. The award recognizes a work of fiction that highlights vital contemporary issues; the finalists address drug addiction, homophobia, immigration and income inequality. 

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Colorado consistently ranks in the top 10 states with the highest suicide rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the problem is particularly bad in the Roaring Fork Valley, say mental health providers. 

That’s why about 20 people gathered at the Glenwood Springs Library in January to learn how to help others who might be dealing with a panic attack or considering suicide.  


Aspen Words

Author Christopher McDougall’s best-seller “Born To Run” looked at what an obscure tribe of elite runners in Mexico could teach ultra-marathoners. He’s in town Tuesday to discuss what it's like to run with a donkey.

Wheeler Opera House

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

A new space at the Aspen Art Museum aims to help people of all ages learn about contemporary art.

Elizabeth Strunk is the school, youth and family programs manager at the Aspen Art Museum. She says the Learning Lab on the museum's main floor is designed to be welcoming and educational.


"What we want this space to be," she said, "is a place where everybody can gain the knowledge and learn about at least one exhibition in the museum."

Will Breman, a semi-finalist on NBC’s reality singing competition “The Voice,” visits Aspen Saturday to perform at the annual Ascendigo Blue Aspen, hosted by a local nonprofit that supports those with autism and their families.

He brings with him a message about reshaping expectations for those on the spectrum. 

Aspen Chapel Gallery

The Aspen Chapel Gallery is packed to the gills for the new exhibit “Passages,” which opens Wednesday.

Work from seventeen local artists is on display; the gallery normally only exhibits work from around ten.

Caito Foster Photography

Four professional poets hold writing workshops in area schools this week. The goal is to get students to see poetry -- and themselves -- in a new light. 

Colorado Mountain College

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

Carbondale Arts

A new study from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Census says that Colorado tops the nation when it comes to attending arts and culture events, like plays, concerts and art exhibits. 

The State‐Level Estimates of Arts Participation Patterns study, conducted once every five years, looks at how many adults participate in a wide variety of arts activities in each state.

Nancy Lovendahl

Nancy Lovendahl and Scott Keating have been partners in work and life for... well, even they can’t agree on how long. 

"Being two artists married for 45 years," said Keating, "and working together all that time—"


"Well, it’s more like thirty years," said Lovendahl.

Marble Historical Society

This weekend, visiting academics discuss how the geology of Marble and the Crystal River Valley shaped the area’s history at the Marble Museum Winter Open House. Five professors and authors will lead talks on everything from the Ute Indian and Redstone coal eras, to the geology of the West Elk Mountains. 

Aspen Historical Society

The Aspen Historical Society’s Time Travel Tuesdays series kicks off this week with a glimpse at historic photo collections.

The event, titled Aspen in Focus, takes a look at the work of photographers from the 1880s through today.