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Zoë Rom

Morning Host/Producer

Zoë Rom is a southern story-teller turned mountain-dweller, who has traded in her home in the Ozark mountains for cooler climes and higher climbs in the Rockies.  While studying literature at the University of Arkansas, Zoë worked as an intern for KUAF in Fayetteville, where she developed a food and agriculture podcast. An avid backpacker, Zoë spent her summers as a backpacking guide in northern New Mexico's Sangre de Christos, where she fell in love with mountains.  Her love of audio and all things alpine brought her west to Boulder, Colorado where she earned a Masters in Environmental Journalism from the University of Colorado. She loves reporting on stories that blend science and the environment with people-focused narratives. She has covered alpaca racing in Colorado, Arctic ice exploration in Norway and sled dog racing in Alaska. Her work has appeared in Outside, REI Co-op Journal, Backpacker, Trail Runner, Rock & Ice and Threshold.  When she's not reporting, Zoë spends every moment she can outside. She's an avid trail-runner, rock climber, mountain biker and stargazer. Now that she lives in Aspen, she'll have to be a skier, too. 

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Morning newscast for Friday, July 26, 2019.

Morning newscast for Thursday, July 25, 2019.


The Roaring Fork Valley Complete Count Committee meets for the first time Wednesday at the Carbondale Library. 

The group’s goal is to reach hard-to-count populations for the 2020 Census, like the elderly, non-English speakers, seasonal workers and rural residents.

City of Aspen

At a meeting Monday, Aspen's city council could approve a contract to update the bus stop at the corner of Garmisch and Main Street, one of the city's busiest. 

 

Elise Thatcher

 

Aspen City Council and Pitkin County appointed three citizens to the reorganized board of Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority or APCHA. All three have already served on APCHA’s board. 

Carson Schmitz, John Ward and Rick Head were picked from 32 applicants. David Laughren, who is not currently a board member, will be the alternate. 

 

Morning newscast for Monday, July 15, 2019.

Sunlight Ski Resort

Skiers at Sunlight Ski Resort in Glenwood Springs will see some new terrain next year, with more to come. 

The resort plans to add one hundred acres and a new lift by 2021, with work starting this summer. 

 Morning newscast for Thursday, July 11, 2019.


Mind Springs Health

Roaring Fork residents experiencing a mental health crisis will now call a state hotline, Colorado Crisis Services, instead of a local one. 

Last month, Colorado discontinued a contract with Mind Springs Health for their crisis hotline.

  Morning newscast for Wednesday, July 10, 2019.


Morning newscast for Tuesday, July 9, 2019.


Courtesy Aspen Skiing Company

Tuesday, Basalt Town Council decides if Aspen Skiing Company can build affordable housing in Willits. 

Last month, council advanced the plan with a four-two vote.  If the measure passes Tuesday evening, SkiCo will build 43 units of employee housing.

Morning newscast for Monday, July 8, 2019.


Pitkin County Open Space & Trails

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is looking for input on how to make the Rio Grande Trail more user-friendly. The goal is to get more users on the trail by adding things like bathrooms and bike racks at strategic locations. 

The county wants to add and improve “nodes,” or trailside pull-outs, for resting between Aspen and Emma.

ACRA

Even without fire restrictions in place, many towns in the Roaring Fork Valley are celebrating Independence Day with firework alternatives.

After several years of drought, city and county officials have decided fireworks aren’t worth the risk, and even though it’s been a wet winter, towns are reluctant to count on weather while planning celebrations. 

Courtesy of Stay Aspen Snowmass

Snowmass Village has released a community survey that allows anyone who lives, works or visits the town to give feedback and steer budgeting for future projects. 

Residents can give input on topics like town services, housing and quality of life.

Morning newscast for Wednesday, July 3, 2019.


Mike McMillan / Lake Christine Fire PIO

Basalt is hosting a community picnic to thank emergency responders one year after the Lake Christine Fire started. 

Janice Duroux is vice president of the Basalt Regional Heritage Society, which is hosting the potluck. 

Morning newscast for Tuesday, July 2, 2019.


Morning newscast for Monday, July 1, 2019.


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