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Pitkin County's stay at home order has been extended through May 8. Visitors and residents must continue to follow the guidance outline in the last amended Pitkin County Public Health Order.  Public Health Officials say it will allow the community to develop strategies and guidelines for preventing a surge of COVID-19 cases when it moves to the "safer-at-home" phase.

Amanda J. Duryee

Small businesses in Aspen can now apply for rent relief of up to $14,000. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Aspen Sojourner magazine editor in chief Cindy Hirschfeld joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss the challenges of distributing a high quality magazine during a public health crisis, as well as recent stories on Haunted Aspen and where to find delivery, takeout, and curbside pickup in the Midvalley. 

 


  Aspen City Council Thursday, upon first reading, approved earmarking 6 million dollars for an emergency relief and economic stimulus package to benefit residents, workers and businesses from Aspen to Parachute.

Pitkin County’s March 23rd public health order bans short-term lodging. The Aspen Daily News reports that the county Incident Management Team is cracking down after finding out that people recently booked vacation rentals in the area and then sought medical treatment for COVID-19-like symptoms.

CDC

UPDATED MARCH 14 - 1pm MST:

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has advised the Pitkin County Public Health Department that one test for COVID-19 is presumptively positive for the virus. Pitkin County now has 11 presumptive positive cases with results from 23 tests still pending. Officials say a contact tracing investigation is underway to determine whether community transmission is taking place in Pitkin County.

 

Lucas Turner

This membership drive, KDNK wants to hear from you! Please consider joining us at one of many outreach events throughout the Roaring Fork Valley this month. We will be renewing and adding members with all of the newest schwag, including t-shirts with News Director Lucas Turner's featured logo design.

Aspen Fire Department

Fire officials in Aspen believe an explosion and subsequent fire Sunday morning was caused by a natural gas meter damaged by falling ice and snow. KDNK's Lucas Turner has more.

Aspen Daily News reporter Alycin Bektesh joins Booked to talk about the locally-owned paper's new podcast, The Upload. In the first two months, the weekly half hour podcast has featured ten staffers from the paper as well as special guests like Aspen Ski Co CEO Mike Kaplan. The Upload offers an informative glimpse behind the headlines.

Shifting Gears

Local Tyler Lindsay returns to talk about his pursuit of flow and relationship with source water on Shifting Gears. Click here for part one.

Aspen Historical Society, Shaw Collection

Writer, freelance journalist, and historian Tim Cooney's latest piece for the history desk at Aspen Journalism is called Deep Sea Divers Dewater Flooded Smuggler Mine. It ran on the cover of the Aspen Sunday News last month. On Booked, he speaks with KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl about the incredible story deep inside the flooded Smuggler Mountain mine.  

Aspen Art Museum

As the Aspen Art Museum celebrates 40 years, we speak with Aspen Times arts editor Andrew Travers about his new book-length essay, "Directly Ahead: The Aspen Art Museum, 1979-2019" part of a new book commemorating the first four decades of the museum called Something Greater. Travers had full access to the museum's archives, and talks about its international reputation and how it's changed over the years. 

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Laura Supalla Gilchrist

Electric school buses could become a reality in Colorado thanks to new funding sources, but local school districts say they need more information before moving forward. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Shifting Gears

Tyler Lindsay talks about his pursuit of flow and relationship with source water. Click here for part two.

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Colorado wildlife officials say the bear attacked a woman on the Hunter Creek Trail near Lone Pine Road Monday morning and was still at large. 

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Here's the latest election results as of 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 2:

Aspen Thrift Shop

Ellen Walbert and Diane Wallace, co-presidents of the Aspen Thrift Store, stopped by Express Yourself to share of this Roaring Fork Valley treasure's enduring legacy. The store is located at 422 East Hopkins Avenue, supports local nonprofits with grants and is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

In the first-ever March general election, Aspen voters decided the mixed-use project known as Lift One was worthy of approval. But it was a squeaker, passing by just 26 votes. In other races, Rachel Richards and Skippy Mesirow are headed to the Aspen City Council. Torre and Ann Mullins will face off in a runoff election for mayor.

Aspen voters go to the polls Tuesday in the first March general election in town history. They'll decide on a new mayor and two council members. Also on the ballot is a question about whether to approve a major redevelopment plan at the base of the west side of Aspen Mountain. The Lift One project, as it's known, has been the subject of some passionate argument on either side. KDNK presents a point/counterpoint on the proposal. Allyn Harvey, who is a paid member of the Yes on Lift One campaign, speaks in favor. Steve Skinner, who is not a resident of Aspen, speaks in opposition.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

When natural food sources fail to feed black bears, they often find new sources of food among humans. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports on how Coloradans are responding to an increase in incidents.

AREDay

Here’s your community calendar for Monday, June 18th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale. For a list of todays events like AREDay at the Viceroy in Snowmass Village follow the headline...

Doug Tucker

Senator Michael Bennet hosted a Town Hall in Aspen last Friday August 12. KDNK News Director Raleigh Burleigh has highlights from that meeting. The full hour of questions and Bennet's answers, involving topics such as immigration, opioid addiction, and North Korea, is available here.

Senator Michael Bennet hosted a town hall in Aspen on August 11. For over an hour he answered questions asked by the audience. He spoke to immigration, health care, corruption, bipartisan cooperation, North Korea, and more. KDNK had a man on the scene to record the dialogue for listeners. 

Photo by Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism


In late July, the Aspen City Council announced that it is eyeing water storage sites in Woody Creek instead of dams and reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks. But, Aspen Journalism’s Brent Gardner-Smith writes  (Aspen City Council Wades into Water Shortage Scenarios) that the city may not need water storage if it cuts back on watering the golf course and other irrigated areas. For this week’s News Brief, he spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh.

Aspen Recreation Center

The City of Aspen is going forward with a study to determine if they can store water under the golf course, based on conditional water rights that are being challenged by opposition. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Brent Gardner-Smith, editor for Aspen Journalism to learn more. To hear the full interview, click here.

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The City of Aspen is going forward with a study to determine if they can store water under the golf course, based on conditional water rights that are being challenged by opposition. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Brent Gardner-Smith, editor for Aspen Journalism to learn more.