The Dial

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This podcast brings you in-depth interviews about current Roaring Fork Valley issues with the reporters who know them best. Host Christin Kay sits down with members of the APR News team to provide context, discuss implications and go behind the scenes of the news stories you hear on the radio. Hear conversations that delve into what locals care about: politics, the environment, development, the arts and culture scene and more.

The City of Aspen has conditional water rights to build reservoirs on Maroon and Castle Creeks.  They have not budged on their position that keeping those rights is necessary, even in the face of intense criticism from environmental groups and concerned citizens. 

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was established in May.  A majority of states have said that they cannot or will not comply with the commission's request for voter data.  And now, a federal judge is reviewing whether the commission does enough to protect voter information.  

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has said that he would comply with the commission's request. So what implications does that have for local voters? 

Valley residents have a connection to the Colorado River.  But our up-close-and-personal view of the river is only part of really understanding it...and the demands that are placed on it.  

The Walton Family Foundation recently announced that it will invest 20 million dollars to protect the Colorado river. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy stepped into the studio to talk about the impact that the money might have, as well as some of the threats facing the Colorado.





Our phones and computers make our lives easier in a lot of ways...but we also pay a price.  Our personal data is big business for some companies. Is it possible to safeguard our privacy in this surveillance economy?  News Director Carolyn Sackariason shares what she heard from this year's Aspen Ideas Festival from the "Re-imagining the Internet" track.  

An intersection is a place where you have to consider a path that's different than the one you've been on.  You have to pay attention. So it's an appropriate name for one of the tracks at the Spotlight Health 2017 conference.  Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy talks to us about what she heard at the conference this year about the intersection between human health and planet earth.  

Ann Mullins and Ward Hauenstein fought their way through a crowded field to be elected to Aspen City Council. Mullins was elected in the first round of voting. Hauenstein was elected Tuesday night by a narrow margin of just 29 votes in the runoff election.

Christin and Alycin Bektesh sat down to talk about sthe mood on election night, big decisions facing the council and what the new dynamic might bring.


A slew of changes are coming to the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority, the first of which passed last week. APCHA raised the asset cap for applicants. Alycin Bektesh covers housing issues and tells us what's in the works. If you're looking at affordable housing in Aspen, you want to hear this one.

The Dial- May 24, 2017

May 25, 2017

  The numbers are in on how the Aspen/Snowmass resort did during the 2016-17 ski season. And it was a story of feast or famine. News Director Carolyn Sackariason covers the ski industry. She breaks down the winter occupancy rate for us and lets us know just how busy we can expect it to be this summer.



The Dial- May 19, 2017

May 22, 2017

If you’re a person suffering from a mental health crisis in Colorado, you could end up in jail, even if you aren’t charged with a crime. Governor John Hickenlooper recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed people on a mental health hold to stay in jail or in a hospital for a longer amount of time than is currently allowed.


Christin talks to reporter Wyatt Orme about how this veto highlights the lack of psychiatric care available in rural areas like the Roaring Fork Valley.




The Dial- May 17, 2017

May 18, 2017

Aspen Skiing Company is working on a new master plan that includes the best of both worlds- upgrading a much-discussed chairlift, while also honoring history by reopening a beloved on-mountain restaurant. Christin Kay talks with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy about how this plan could shape the mountain for the next two decades.  


The Dial- May 11, 2017

May 15, 2017

The Aspen City Council is looking seriously at changing the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, a move that could lead to voters deciding whether to increase taxes on tobacco sold in the city.  Christin discusses what this might mean for both Aspen's city budget and local businesses with reporter Alycin Bektesh.


The Dial- May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017

Even though the section of the Roaring Fork river that flows through Aspen is rushing as snow melts in the high mountains, state and local officials say that low flows are a problem here.  Christin and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy discuss what this means and some creative solutions that might help keep the river healthy. 

How are local environmentalists responding to new threats to the natural world?  Christin and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy discuss the Earthjustice event hosted by Wilderness Workshop.  

Christin and Wyatt Orme delve into the continuing saga of the Pan and Fork property in Basalt. 

Christin sits down in the studio with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy, environment reporter, to break down a controversial land exchange almost a decade in the making.  

Christin and Wyatt Orme, APR's reporter based in Carbondale, talk about the explosion in potential downvalley development. 

The Dial- March 30, 2017

Apr 27, 2017

Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy talks with Christin about how this season's unusual snowpack impacted avalanche conditions in the backcountry.