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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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For those struggling with grief or mental health issues like depression, the holiday season can be particularly difficult. Jill Davis is a peer specialist with Mind Springs Health, which offers counseling services on the Western Slope.  

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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 Center for Environmental Studies

A non-releasable golden eagle from Frisco Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Del Norte, Colorado, has taken up residence at its new home at Hallam Lake. The eagle was found with a broken wing approximately 30 miles from Great Sand Dunes National Park in November 2018. 

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Local band Let Them Roar performs two special winter solstice shows Friday and Saturday at Steve's Guitars in Carbondale.

They’ll play what they’re calling “a continuous soundscape,” immersed in complete darkness.

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Julia Hedman teaches skiing by day and designs jewelry by night.  Her work gets its debut at Aspen’s Harvey Preston Gallery on Wednesday.  

In her line “Julia Marie,” Hedman focuses on shapes and materials inspired by nature. She says she wants her work to stand in contrast to mass-produced items. 

 

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One-third of Colorado teens report using tobacco, one of the highest rates in the nation, and more Western Slope youth are vaping than in many other parts of the state.

 

Now, Eagle County is joining a federal lawsuit against JUUL Labs and other electronic-cigarette makers that argues that manufacturers developed products specifically targeting children. 

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Nearly 40 million people depend on the Colorado River for their water supply. Last week, a group of stakeholders gathered in Las Vegas for the Colorado River Water Users Association conference to discuss major issues when it comes to sharing and regulating usage.

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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 Historical Society

Magician Doc Eason started performing for audiences in Aspen and Snowmass in the 1970s. Monday night, he'll discusses the intersection between his career and the area’s history.

Eason performed for 27 years in the tower on the Snowmass mall, a renowned magic bar at that time.

 

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Straight Line Studio, a new gallery that aims to highlight local artists, opens Friday in Snowmass Base Village.

Visual artist Kelly Peters owns the new studio. She says she sees a need for an experimental space in the upvalley area that hosts community events and workshops while featuring emerging artists.

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The Basalt Public Arts Commission has handed out grants to fund two new projects in 2020.

The commission granted $15,000 to the Art Base for a new event called "Art in the Park."

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A group that works to make childcare more affordable and accessible in the mid-valley is asking the town of Basalt to fund a study of the town’s childcare needs.

The Basalt Early Childhood Coalition is asking for $10,000 for that study.  The last needs assessment for the area was completed by Kids First, which coordinates childcare in Aspen, along with the City of Aspen, ten years ago.

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. 

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mix6 made its debut in the new Collective building in Snowmass Base Village on Saturday. At the new restaurant, Aspen chef Martin Oswald gives diners the power to assemble their own dish.

Symphony in the Valley

Storm troopers meet sugar plum fairies this weekend for Symphony in the Valley’s concert “The Nutcracker Strikes Back.” The orchestra is made up of volunteer local musicians from Aspen to New Castle.

Aspen Words

One night, when Aspen Words executive director Adrienne Brodeur was 14, her mother snuck into her bedroom and told her that she was having an affair, and she needed her daughter to serve as a co-conspirator. For years, Brodeur kept her mother’s secret, but it took its toll. 

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Country music gets satirized in the musical “The Doyle and Debbie Show,” opening Friday at Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company.

The production mimics duets seen on old programs like “The Porter Wagner Show,” where Dolly Parton got her start.

 

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The four finalists for Glenwood Springs' chief of police include one who oversaw the aftermath of a deadly shooting earlier this year and another who was recently placed on paid leave.

 

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The City of Glenwood Springs is working on improvements to the Three Mile Creek confluence area. The public can give feedback at an open house on Monday.  

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.

Scot Gerdes

A defrocked priest, a haunted house, a séance and a girl forced into marriage to save her mother’s estate -- these are all part of Sopris Theatre Company’s new production “The Veil.”

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A new Carbondale chocolate company makes an appearance at a pop-up Wednesday. Local Mark Burrows started Pollinator Chocolate just six months ago. 

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An organization in Carbondale helps people who are homeless shower at the local recreation center.  Now, Carbondale Homeless Assistance could receive financial support from the town to help fund the program. 

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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.

Theatre Aspen

Theatre Aspen will host a special holiday cabaret series in December.

 

The cabaret company includes Nikki Boxer, an Aspen native most recently seen in Theatre Aspen’s “Cabaret” and “Les Misérables;” Jonathan Gomolka, direct from his appearance in this summer’s production of “Guys & Dolls”; Sheryl McCallum, a Denver native making her Theatre Aspen debut; and Sally Swallow, a new full-time Aspen resident.

 

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In the center of the Aspen Art Museum gallery that houses Oscar Murillo's “Social Altitude,” giant black canvases are strewn around the floor. It's a work called “The Institute of Reconciliation” that Murillo says takes its cue from human migration. 

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The Winterstoke Film Festival brings the winning ski films from a contest for local amateur filmmakers to Carbondale this weekend for an annual winter kickoff.

Garfield County Libraries

Thursday, the Carbondale library celebrates area writers with its second annual Local Lit Fest

 

Eight authors will be at the library to chat about and sign copies of their books, which include fiction, local history and children’s literature.  

 

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Data on transportation in Garfield County that's a part of an update to the 2030 comprehensive plan gives Carbondale the dubious honor of hosting both the worst bottleneck and the intersection that's the site of the most accidents in the county. 

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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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