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Craig Kopp

Managing Editor

News veteran Craig Kopp leads the Aspen Public Radio news team. He brings experience from two public stations in Florida, WUSF and WMNF, as well as WNKU in Ohio. Craig also has a strong interest in podcasts and connecting locally.

“There’s something special about the Roaring Fork Valley. I felt it the first time I visited. My wife, Rhonda, felt it, too, when I brought her out for a visit. And, it’s not just the natural grandeur, it’s the people. Wherever we went it felt like we were already living there."

"I feel privileged to bring my radio experience to Aspen Public Radio,” he said. 

Pitkin County

Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails Board has a plan for Penny Hot Springs north of Redstone. It’s the first plan ever for the popular spot in the Crystal River Valley. The plan was discussed for the first time at a meeting Thursday.

Aspen Journalism Environment Editor Elizabeth Stewart-Severy says the Penny Hot Springs has quite a storied past.

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Voters throughout the Roaring Fork Valley overwhelmingly approved cigarette and tobacco taxes Tuesday.

Pitkin County and Eagle County approved an eventual 4 dollars-a-pack tax on cigarettes and a 40% tax increase on tobacco products. The city of Glenwood Springs voted to do the same thing. Pitkin County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Poschman said he was surprised that all the tobacco taxes in the area passed by such wide margins. 

Colorado Department of Transporation

The West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway Steering Committee takes care of signs explaining the sights along a 205 mile stretch of road from Carbondale to Redstone, past the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to the meadows of Crested Butte.


Committee chairman John Hoffmann says they are now asking all the counties, towns, tourism boards and chambers of commerce along the loop to pay a membership fee of $500 a year for counties, $150 a year for everybody else.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy

This Fall, The Aspen Skiing Company's (Skico) proposal to expand skiing into the Pandora area of Aspen Mountain was halted when county commissioners said no to a zoning change for the project. But Aspen Journalism’s Environmental Editor Elizabeth Stewart-Severy says Skico is asking to go back to the planning commission stage to try and keep the project alive.

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More than 4 million people in 163 countries participated in youth-led climate strikes in September. Now what? That’s the question being asked at “Beyond the Strike”, a climate forum being held Wednesday night in Carbondale.

Marching in the streets certainly calls attention to the threat of climate change. Up next, taking action to address the causes of climate change. 

Lee Bycell

Author Lee Bycel says the human stories from refugees themselves is being missed in today’s coverage of immigration. The humanitarian activist, Rabbi and teacher has written a book highlighting those stories. He’ll be talking about “Refugees in America: Stories of Courage, Resilience and Hope In Their Own Words" Monday evening at the Aspen Institute.

Chip Griffith/Courtesy Photo

Firefighters working the Middle Mamm fire south of Rifle were dangerously interrupted Tuesday. A drone was spotted flying overhead. 

“Someone with a drone flew into the temporary flight restriction and the air space over the Middle Mamm Fire,” said Public Information Officer Lynn Lockwood.  “This is dangerous for our pilots and it means they have to shut down operations so it’s a big problem for us.”

City of Aspen

A forecast of winter weather is changing the work schedule on the Castle Creek bridge in Aspen. 

Work that was to be finished Friday will now be delayed until next week. 


Tuesday crews finished up putting new asphalt across the bridge. But instead of continuing with concrete and bridge joint repair Wednesday and Thursday, that work will now be delayed until Monday Oct. 14 and Tuesday Oct 15. 

Granite Lake Fire Grows

Sep 30, 2019
U.S. Forest Service - White River National Forest

Gusty winds and warm temperatures have increased the size of the Granite Lake Fire in a remote area of the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness. The Upper Colorado River Fire and Aviation Managment unit says the fire now covers 695 acres. 

Because of increased fire activity, the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District has issued an emergency area closure for public safety of National Forest System Road 504 into the South Fork of the Fryingpan and the South Fork Pass Trail 1940 beginning Monday.

Roaring Fork Schools / Facebook

Three open seats on the Roaring Fork School Board will be contested in November, But, some candidates won’t have their names on the ballot.


After a five-month search, Sara Ott was named the new city manager. 

Ott was the top choice out of a field of 64 candidates. 

US Ski and Snowboard

Some of the best ski racers in the world will visit Aspen in March when Aspen Snowmass hosts the 2020 U.S. Alpine Tech Championships. 

Plague Fears Cancel Camping At Denver Phish Show

Aug 22, 2019

Thousands of people who planned to camp during three days of Phish concerts at a stadium outside Denver will no longer be able to because of concerns that fleas in and around nearby prairie dog burrows could spread the plague.

Colorado Court Rules On Electoral College Votes

Aug 22, 2019


A U.S. appeals court in Denver says Electoral College members can vote for the presidential candidate of their choice and are not bound by the popular vote in their states.