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Other Plans
Every 3rd Wednesday at 4:30 pm

Host Abby Gierke interviews locals about what they do for work and how it affects their lives. This show airs on the third Wednesday of every month.

Latest Episodes
  • On this episode of Other Plans, host Abigail Gierke speaks with Raleigh Burleigh.
  • This month on Other Plans, host Abigail Gierke speaks with Kathy Chandler, who retired in February after 44 years as Library Director for Pitkin County Library.
  • Host Abby Gierke interviews Octavio Maese on this month's edition of Other Plans. Octavio Maese is the Director of Nutrition Services for the Roaring Fork School District. Maese enjoys interacting with kids, their curiosity toward food, and the challenge of planning menus that balance those quirky and often inconsistent preferences with federal regulations in the lunch line. His love and appreciation for food started at a young age with help from his grandmother who taught him how to embrace flavors and taste over recipes. Maese also shares a few nutritional tips and favorite snacks to bring on your next adventure outside.
  • Hailey Swirbul is one of the most well-known athletes to come out of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC) in the Roaring Fork Valley. Swirbul, a Basalt High School graduate, rose through the ranks in the nordic skiing world to become the most decorated junior national team member and represented the United States in the 2022 Beijing winter Olympics. We talk about how she got started, the highs and lows of being a professional athlete, the importance of coaches, and much more.
  • Mike Kaplan is the CEO of Aspen Skiing Company. Other Plans host, Abby Gierke, talks to Mike about where he got his start, his love of skiing, the state of the ski bum in Aspen, the environment, and much more. This season will mark Kaplan's 30th year with the company, and he has held the title of CEO since 2006. Earlier this year, Kaplan announced his plans to retire at the end of the upcoming season.
  • Bryan was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and after graduating from Aspen High School, attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania as a first-generation college student. In a short time since graduating Bryan has made significant contributions to improve the lives of underrepresented and underinvested communities in our valley and the state of Colorado. We talk about a new venture as the director and founder of the Roaring Divas, the importance of identity, family, working toward a more equitable valley for all at the MANAUS organization, and evolving as a person. Bryan also sits on the boards of Alpine Legal Services and La Cocina.
  • Other Plans host Abby Gierke talks with conservation legend Connie Harvey. Connie was one of the founders of the Wilderness Workshop, created in 1967. Along with her two friends, Dottie Fox and Joy Caudill, the three "Maroon Belles" were successful in protecting more than 400,000 acres of wilderness land in the Roaring Fork Valley, including doubling the size of the Maroon Bells Wilderness area, protecting the Hunter-Fryingpan, Collegiate Peaks, Raggeds and West Elk wilderness areas. Connie was inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame in 2006. At 91-years old, Connie has that same spunk and determination that helped her survive the Andrea Doria Shipwreck, pen a column for the Aspen Daily News, protect wild lands, and of course, run a working cattle ranch that is still in operation today.
  • This month on Other Plans, Sandy DeCrow, Glenwood Springs Middle School Assistant Principal, reflects on her 31-year career in the Roaring Fork School District. Host Abby Gierke and Sandy talk about her childhood on the Nieslanik Ranch, what she loves about middle school students, coaching multiple sports teams in the district, the first day of the school year, and much more. Sandy plans to retire at the end of this school year.
  • This month on Other Plans, host Abby Gierke talks to Andy Nettell, owner of Back of Beyond Books in Moab, Utah. They talk about his time as a park ranger in both Arches and Canyonlands Nationals Parks, Edward Abbey, the future of the parks, his bookstore and much more!
  • This week on Other Plans, host Abby Gierke talks with Redstone local, Mary Harlan. Mary currently works for Cripple Creek Backcountry. They talk about Mary's early career in ballet, where she got her love for the outdoors, being a mom, and climbing as the common thread through it all.