Recently at Aspen Journalism, we brought you a story (“The outsized impact of REMP residences,” May 27) born of Data Editor Laurine Lassalle’s curiosity about what could be learned by examining permit data for homes subject to the city of Aspen and Pitkin County’s Renewable Energy Mitigation Program, or REMP. For more than two decades, […]
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Six Top of the Rockies awards and a new window into short-term rentals
Putting together our announcement post, linked below, was a great trip down memory lane, revisiting the stories and reflecting on all that went into each of them. See which of AJ’s stories from last year the judges from SPJ chapters in Chicago and Ohio chose as among the best journalism in a four-state region.
The Roundup | Crystal River protections, robust runoff forecasts and a drought task force
Water Desk Editor Heather Sackett has been on a roll lately, with her three most recent stories taking you to distinct corners of the beat. Sackett posted breaking news in recent weeks on basin-by-basin runoff forecasts, which are looking strong; a bill up for debate in the state legislature that would establish a task force […]
The Roundup | Is it a water, environment or social justice story?
Aspen Journalism’s work since our last edition of The Roundup highlights something I’ve been thinking about regarding our structure of providing coverage under a series of “desks,” or focus areas. Since AJ’s first story in spring of 2011, we’ve categorized our reporting using more than a dozen such desks. That list has included wealth and […]
The Roundup | Tracking the Curve will cease; reporting on SCP applications will not
Three years after the first COVID-19 case was reported in Colorado and Pitkin County, this week’s update of “Tracking the Curve” will be the last. Over the past few months, the data has become less reliable as people rely more on at-home testing, resulting in fewer cases and positive tests being reported to the state […]
The Roundup | Buydown assistance pilot program aims to shift housing paradigm
“Show what it’s like to have a home.” Vague as it might be, that was the direction photographer Daniel Bayer and I settled on before he made his way to Eagle to meet the Carlton family, to gather images for our story published this week by freelancer Andrew Travers, about the efforts of a new […]
The Roundup | Low-elevation snow and child care shortage stack up from Aspen to Parachute
Anyone who has dealt with childcare in the Aspen-to-Parachute region knows it’s a tough business. If you are lucky enough to find a spot for your little one, you probably had to sit on a waitlist for quite some time and the cost is right up there with a second mortgage. Providers face a constant […]
The Roundup | Farm operator, not just landowner, may apply for water conservation program
Water managers set criteria for conservation program participation Grand Valley Water Users propose payment for land, not water By Heather Sackett | February 22, 2023 The Grand Valley Water Users Association (GVWUA) is rejecting the concept of paying farmers based on an amount of unused water, even as the association’s board voted to participate in […]
The Roundup | How the sausage gets made with X Games attendance numbers
When Aspen Journalism got an invited to check out the operations center staffed by the Pitkin County incident management team assembled to help handle the public safety aspects of Winter X Games, we saw it as an opening for our data desk to mine the rich vein of metrics coming out of what has historically […]
The Roundup | Going to extremes to get the story
Our Water Desk broke news on two fronts. We also posted our write up from the Jan. 5 event we hosted with author Ted Conover,