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Aspen Times adds smart devices to news delivery options

Samantha Johnston and David Krause
The Aspen Times

You can now get the news from The Aspen Times on smart devices such as the Amazon Echo.

When Davis Hanson Waite started the Aspen Weekly Times 137 years ago to deliver the news of the town, the streets filled with carriers yelling the day's top headlines. This week, we are putting a 21st-century spin on that approach.

For those of you who want quick headlines and news in the spoken word, we introduce The Aspen Times daily audio news, i.e. a voice-command edition.

Our top news, entertainment and sports stories and the weather of the day in three minutes or less will be available starting at 5 a.m. each weekday via your smart device of preference: Amazon Alexa, Google Home and other avenues.

"Hey, what's the latest from The Aspen Times?"

From the newsstand then the internet, this is another step in the way we deliver the news to those who want to know what's going on in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.

For our area's second-home owners and part-time residents, it is a quick way to check in on the important stories of the day. Yearly visitors can find out before or follow up after their vacation to the valley.

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The Aspen Times has been bringing our readers important stories since 1881, and although our historic building remains on Main Street we continue to add high-tech ways to bring you the day's news from our office in the historic Motherlode Building.

We hope that Bil Dunaway would appreciate this next step of sharing the news. His vision when he bought The Aspen Times in 1956 started with the paper and went on to expand Aspen's first radio station and then into the valley's cable provider.

His media strategy stretched down the valley to reach the consumers of news.

It doesn't matter where you are in the state, country or world, a simple ask and you can get the top stories of the day about the place we love.

For those of you who aren't into that next wave of technology, we will continue to bring you the top stories, features and photos through our print and online products. And our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social accounts remain great ways to get The Aspen Times delivered to you.

If you need a little help setting up your device, we've got that covered. Go to aspentimes.com/smart-device for complete instructions and a quick video. The daily news updates also are available on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Google Play.

Oh, and Waite, he went on to become Colorado's eighth governor and played a large role in supporting miners and railroad workers and brought women's suffrage to Colorado. He died at his Aspen home in 1901. Perhaps we could donate a voice device to the historic Davis Waite House.

We hope you will find this new avenue of delivering the news helpful and informative, and we look forward to continuing our roll of bringing you the best of community journalism.

Samantha Johnston is the publisher of The Aspen Times and can be reached at sjohnston@aspentimes.com; David Krause is the editor and can be reached at dkrause@aspentimes.com.

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