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ASPEN ” The spokeswomen for the town of Snowmass Village and city of Aspen have both quit, leaving the municipalities without a person on the front line of communications.

The city’s director of community relations for the last two years, Mitzi Rapkin, has been hired by Aspen Public Radio (KAJX), where she previously worked as a reporter.

Kathleen Wanatowicz, the communications head for the town of Snowmass Village, has resigned, and a search is on for a replacement, she said.



Both are leaving on good terms with their employers, though Wanatowicz said she is tired from building a position that didn’t exist before she was hired two years ago.

“I’m going to travel a little bit and take the rest of the year off,” she said. “I just want to water flowers. I’m exhausted.”




Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland praised Rapkin’s service and said her replacement would have big shoes to fill. Rapkin, originally from Rochester, N.Y., has a degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She worked in radio, newspapers, TV, documentary film and at media outlets in Crested Butte before coming to Aspen.

“Mitzi already has plans on ways to add more community voices to the airwaves, which we welcome,” said Meredith Carroll, KAJX station manager. “She also wants to bring back weekly public- and cultural-affairs shows, which we think will greatly enhance and broaden our coverage of the entire valley.”


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