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ASD works toward smarter buildings

Administrators at Aspen schools recently finished a thorough round of testing, but these tests are not for students. They are designed to see if the district’s buildings are performing as efficiently as they should be, and there is some real work to do to get smarter.

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Aspen Film’s Academy Screenings are in their 25th year. The series was originally a way for local members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to experience nominated films on the big screen before casting their vote.

Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Wolf Project

Montana State Sen. Mike Phillips has been a part of efforts across the country to restore populations of wolves. He was recently involved in their reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park, and is now launching the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, with a goal of bringing the apex predators back to Colorado. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with Phillips earlier this month to discuss what wolf recovery in this state could look like.

A famed holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life was originally released in 1946. Produced and directed by Frank Capra, it’s based on the short story The Greateset Gift

American Rivers

The City of Aspen has filed to keep conditional water rights on Castle and Maroon creeks because, council members say, the town may one day need water storage. The national advocacy group American Rivers plans to be one of several organizations that will oppose the city in water court.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the busiest of the year at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. And, due to weather, it’s also one of the most dangerous.

Courtesy of RFTA

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) has six new buses running on natural gas, and local commuters could continue to see more environmentally-friendly options on the roads.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

  Aspen High School’s Circle of Friends service club pairs students with senior citizens. There’s an annual bingo game, knitting circles and monthly technology sessions.

 

Although Carbondale Arts has been around since 1974, they're not slowing down. The organization is developing some exciting projects. Executive Director Amy Kimberly and Board Chair Pam Rosenthal discuss the organization's upcoming plans.  

It is no accident that Chanukah and Christmas, both festivals of light, fall in the darkest season of the year. In the spirit of both holidays, Rabbi David Segal of the Aspen Jewish Congregation explores what it means to be a source of light in dark moments.

Carolyn Sackariason

Lifting a moratorium on development in downtown Aspen and dealing with the decades-old problem of bottleneck traffic coming into town are on the top of the to-do list for mayor Steve Skadron. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason caught up with him in the Silver Queen gondola to talk about what 2017 looks like for him and his constituents.

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State News

Hundreds of people filled the state capitol Wednesday for opening day ceremonies as lawmakers return to work. 

Gov. John Hickenlooper is set to deliver his second-to-last State of the State address at 11 a.m. on Jan. 12. His prepared remarks touch on many issues, including economic development, health care and marijuana. 

Improving roads, easing traffic congestion and making broadband available to all parts of Colorado are some of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s top priorities for the upcoming legislative session that begins Wednesday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper is entering his second to last legislative session as governor. He said he’s very aware of his time in office being limited, and that colored his discussion on his goals for the upcoming legislative session.