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To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Hunter S. Thompson’s historic race to become sheriff of Pitkin County, the new documentary, “Freak Power: the Ballot or the Bomb,” debuts on Friday, Oct. 23. While the film chronicles the gonzo journalist’s 1970 campaign in Aspen, parts of it feel eerily similar to today.

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All three counties in the Roaring Fork Valley are under Stage 1 fire restrictions, which meant a prohibition on fireworks over Fourth of July weekend. Sheriff’s offices in Pitkin and Eagle Counties said they responded to a handful of reports involving fireworks, but they were all minor incidents and didn’t result in any citations.

Pitkin County Bans Fireworks For Summer

May 8, 2019
Aspen Chamber

A state law passed this spring allows counties to outlaw firework; Pitkin County Sheriff Joe Di Salvo wants to do just that.

At a county commissioners meeting, Di Salvo made the case to ban fireworks from May 31 to July 5.

Tyler Hamm Dies In Snowmass Terrain Park Accident

Feb 11, 2019
Aspen Skiing Company

Tyler Hamm, 20, died Sunday while snowboarding in the Snowmass Makaha Terrain Park. Hamm lived in Snowmass Village and worked for the Aspen Skiing Company at the Lynn Britt Cabin, an on-mountain restaurant near where the accident occured.

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After nine deaths in the Elk Mountain backcountry last summer, Mountain Rescue Aspen wanted change. The organization has teamed up with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office and the U.S. Forest Service on a new campaign aimed at helping prepare people for backcountry adventures.

Vice President Mike Pence will spend the week in Aspen

Dec 26, 2017
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Local law enforcement officials have confirmed Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen are visiting Aspen this week.

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It’s been a particularly challenging summer season for Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA), with eight deaths in the Elk Mountain Range, including five on Capitol Peak.

 

Curated: Sept. 25, 2017

Sep 25, 2017

This week on Curated, we take a tour of Owl Farm, longtime home of the late gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson, in Woody Creek, Colorado. His widow Anita Thompson shares her plans to turn his home into a museum, and his friends recall the time he ran for Pitkin County Sheriff in 1970. 

Community mourns deaths of local climbers

Aug 22, 2017
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Two bodies were recovered from the north face of Capitol Peak Tuesday. The climbers were young locals.

Search to continue for missing climber

Jul 18, 2017

Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers will resume their search for a climber who went missing last September.

Backcountry rescue crews prepare for busy season

Jul 13, 2017

It’s summer, which means that visitors and locals alike are flowing into the backcountry.  This also means that Mountain Rescue Aspen is getting busier, and they’ve made some high profile rescues recently. News Director Carolyn Sackariason sat down with Jeff Edelson, president of the nonprofit, to discuss safety precautions that can be taken before heading into the backcountry.

Pitkin County Sheriff, Joe DiSalvo, was recently contacted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. He learned the county is on a list with five others in Colorado who allegedly are going to lose federal funding.

Valley Roundup, Feb. 24, 2017

Feb 24, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A manhunt for two fugitives who are accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint in Carbondale ended peacefully with their arrests this week. But the nearly two-day search had many valley residents on edge.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle and Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon. I speak with them first about the manhunt in Basalt.

The two men who are suspected of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint last week in Carbondale have safely been taken into custody.

Valley Roundup, Feb. 3, 2017

Feb 3, 2017

Welcome to a Valley Roundup.

The Aspen community lost a veteran newspaper columnist this week. Su Lum embodied watchdog journalism and never held back. Her co-workers and loyal readers remember her as a no-nonsense Aspen icon.

Longtime Aspen Times columnist Su Lum, known for acerbic wit, dies at age 80

Aspen police chief hiring a 'human services officer'

Dec 15, 2016

As Aspen police officers increasingly respond to calls related to drugs and alcohol, homelessness and other mental health related issues, a new kind of policing has emerged. Elected officials recently signed off on a one hundred thousand dollar experiment to see if dedicating one highly trained officer helps in the field. Carolyn Sackariason spoke with Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor about the new — and unprecedented — position he’s creating.  

Valley Roundup for Oct. 7, 2016

Oct 7, 2016
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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Crews suspend search for missing climber

Sep 29, 2016
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Authorities have suspended their search for climber David Cook after five days of ground and air searches in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area.

McClure Pass investigation closed

Sep 6, 2016
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The investigation into the death of 49-year-old Longmont resident Matthew Barz, who was found Monday on McClure Pass, has shown that he died of trauma from an accidental fall.

  The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is resurrecting a program for sexual assault victims in the valley. The SANE program, which stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, has been dormant for four years. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with District Attorney Sherry Caloia about the effort.

Valley Roundup for July 29, 2016

Jul 29, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge.

Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request

Phone scam hits the Roaring Fork Valley

Apr 11, 2016
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A man is calling Roaring Fork Valley residents, claiming to be a Pitkin County Sheriff  and then asking for money.

Valley Roundup 3-25-16

Mar 25, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Airport will see increased law enforcement presence

Mar 23, 2016

The presence of law enforcement will be constant at the Aspen Pitkin County Airport for the near future. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Just like many places around the country, security is being beefed up at Sardy Field in response to Monday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo says he was asked by John Kinney, the airport’s director, to provide a deputy on site. The sheriff says an armed officer will be at the airport from the time it opens to the time it closes — for at least the next few days.

Snowmobilers rescued near Goodwin-Greene Hut

Feb 10, 2016
Mountain Rescue Aspen

  Three snowmobilers survived a night in the White River National Forest by building a snow cave.

X crowds keep law enforcement on watch

Feb 1, 2016
Carolyn Sackariason

With over 100,000 people attending this past weekend’s Winter X Games, law enforcement questioned hundreds of people related to everything from intoxication to marijuana possession. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Valley Roundup 1-22-16

Jan 22, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Law enforcement are investigating why a skier pushed a snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands.

Authorities have a lead in chair lift assault case

Police may have suspect in chairlift incident

After 30 years, McDonalds has closed its doors in Aspen.

Authorities have a lead in chair lift assault case

Jan 19, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

  Seth Beckton’s trip up the Loge Peak chairlift this week has now gone viral. News outlets nationwide are reporting on the incident, in which the stranger next to him threw him to the ground below.

UPDATED: Redstone ice climber identified

Dec 30, 2015
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Thursday, December 31st 6:07 pm: Deceased climber identified as 42 year old Ryan Jennings of Carbondale.

Speeding fines double on Highway 82

Nov 16, 2015

  Local law enforcement agencies and CDOT have joined together in an attempt to reduce the number of wildlife collisions on Highway 82. Reporter Elise Thatcher has more.

Drivers who speed at night between mile markers 31 and 38 will now be fined double the normal amount. Wildlife officials want travelers to have more reaction time. The higher fines apply between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.

 

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