APR Local News
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

ESPN: Fireworks, Alcohol Will Enhance X Games Experience

ESPN's Winter X Games kicks off at Buttermilk in January. In preparation, ESPN's asking Pitkin County to approve allowing fireworks and alcohol at music concerts.
Credit Marci Krivonen

ESPN is asking Pitkin County to consider allowing alcohol and fireworks at the upcoming X Games. An official from the network went before county commissioners on Tuesday with the requests. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

ESPN officials say they want to enhance the X Games experience at the base of Buttermilk. That’s the site where athletes test their skills on the superpipe and throw tricks on jumps and rails.

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APR Local News
7:02 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Colorado Mountain College: K-12, employer training new focus

Colorado Mountain College President Carrie Hauser.
Elise Thatcher

Colorado Mountain College is turning its focus to what kids are learning before they walk in the door. Right now more than half of incoming students are severely lacking in certain subjects, usually math and English. So now the community college… the largest such network in the state… is working on finding a way to improve what kids are learning in elementary, middle, and high school. It’s part of a larger effort to better serve mountain communities.

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Education
6:57 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Preschool Program Focuses On The Brain

Child therapist Kathy Hegberg developed the program "Focused Kids." It teaches young kids how their brain works and it's being used at low-income preschools in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Credit Kate Lapides

A growing education program in the Valley is teaching preschoolers how their brain works so they can focus on learning. The “Focused Kids” program is being taught to low income, mostly Latino kids, in a unique preschool. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, this new program is happening inside a school bus.

Inside El Busesito, a small group of students and teachers are playing games on the carpeted floor. It’s a comfortable space that doesn’t look at all like a bus. The seats have been removed to make way for books and toys.

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Grand Avenue Bridge
6:19 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

GarCo Approves First Big Local Check for New Bridge

Rendering of proposed Grand Avenue Bridge, connector with Interstate 70 and pedestrian bridge. Perspective taken from the northeast side of Glenwood Springs, near the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool & Spa.
CDOT

A new Grand Avenue Bridge is one step closer to becoming a reality. Garfield County Commissioners have voted to contribute three million dollars towards the project -- the first big check from a local government. The support is becoming essential for the project-- and Commissioners were quick to say the Upper Roaring Fork Valley should also pitch in. 

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First Draft
4:29 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

First Draft - Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including Einstein’s Dreams, which was an international best seller and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award.  He is also the author of two collections of essays and several books on science.  A theoretical physicist as well as a writer, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities.  He lives in the Boston area.

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