5:42pm

Tue October 1, 2013
APR Local News

Vehicle Access to Maroon Bells Closed due to Government Shutdown

The government shutdown prompted by lawmakers in Washington has limited access to the Maroon Bells. The peaks, outside of Aspen, can only be reached by bicycle and on foot.
Credit snowpeak/Flickr/Creative Commons

The government shutdown in Washington is limiting access to one Colorado’s most visited places: the Maroon Bells. The road outside of Aspen closed to traffic yesterday during prime leaf-peeping season. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The White River National Forest closed its facilities in the area Tuesday morning. Bathrooms are locked and campgrounds shuttered. The agency barricaded the popular parking areas just below the famed peaks. Pitkin County owns the two-lane road leading to the Bells. And, yesterday county commissioners were grappling with what to do.

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12:06pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Federal Shutdown

What Shutdown? WWII Vets Ignore Barricades To See Memorial

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 1:16 pm

A World War II veteran visits the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Tuesday.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Perhaps Congress can take a hint from these gentlemen:

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10:07am

Tue October 1, 2013
Federal Shutdown

The Panda Cam? That's Shut Down, Too

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:17 am

A self-portrait taken by the NASA exploration rover Curiosity in Gale crater on Mars.
NASA AP

By now, you've probably heard that the federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday after members of Congress were unable to reach a budget agreement in time to keep the government funded.

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9:53am

Tue October 1, 2013
Environment

Dust in Colorado Helps Solve European Glacier Mystery

Alps, summer 2012.
Peter Holy/University of Michigan

For several years, researcher Tom Painter has been examining what happens when dust gets on snow. At the same time, on a much larger scientific level, there research on European glaciers… and why they started melting in the mid 1800’s.

Tom Painter: “It’s funny on public television I heard somebody talking about the end of the little ice age in the Alps around 1850 and that’s when temperatures started going up. And I was yelling at the television ‘NO! That’s not when temperatures were going up!’ ”

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9:42am

Tue October 1, 2013
APR Local News

New Era of Retail Pot Nears For Some Parts of Colorado

Pot Leafs
Credit http://kotaku.com/5605942/gamer-with-stolen-credit-card-leads-cops-to-parents-pot

Today, Tuesday October 1st, marks one of the first deadlines for communities in how they choose to regulate retail marijuana. Colorado towns and counties are supposed to decide whether they’re going to allow the growing, buying and selling of recreational pot next year… And many communities around the state have decided to put their decision on hold.

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