APR Local News

APR Local News
6:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Black Bears Make Their Way Back Into Aspen

Two bears are spotted along the Hyman Avenue Mall in Aspen in 2007. This year the bear activity is picking up because berries aren't yet ripe in the high country.
Credit aspenpitkin.com

Bears are increasingly being drawn into Aspen this summer as their natural foods up high are late to bloom. Early Sunday a black bear swiped at a woman in a downtown alley. And, the number of bear-related calls to police have spiked in July. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

So far in 2014, the Aspen Police Department has handled 150 calls, from bears digging through garbage to questions about local trash laws. Five callers reported bears breaking into homes. Police Department spokesperson Blair Weyer says so far it’s a moderate year for bear activity.

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Audio Canvas
4:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Audio Canvas: Anne Pasternak

This summer,  the Anderson Ranch Arts Center is hosting a symposium series - new to the Ranch. Making The Change They Want To See is a symposium taking place August 13th and 14th. Curated by Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time in New York City, the symposium is bringing in nine artists who work to combat social injustice. The artists will share how they have used art as a platform for creating change.

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Midterm Elections
10:46 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Interview: Sen. Mark Udall

U.S. Senator for Colorado, Mark Udall
Credit markudall.senate.gov

U.S. Senator for Colorado Mark Udall is locked in a fierce race to keep his seat this fall.  His major opponent is Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner.  Udall was in aspen over the weekend (7/25 - 7/27) meeting with voters and raising money for what has become a national contest.  It is one of seven Senate seats that could decide which party controls the chamber after election day; 11/4/14.  The Senator stopped at Aspen Public Radio's studios on Saturday (7/26) and spoke with APR's Roger Adams.   The radio edit and longer unedited interview are below.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Huts for Vets, Part 4

Paul Anderson, Adam McCabe, Dr. Jerry Alpern, and Janice Nark are all involved with the non-profit Huts for Vets. We discuss the two new programs Huts for Vets is taking on. The first is a partnership with Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado, which aims to help veterans enter college life by building relationships with other enrolled veterans. The second program is a women's hut trip, where the focus will be on issues women face overseas and when they come home.

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Valley Roundup
3:27 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Valley Roundup - July 25th, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup. 

On today’s show we discuss the week’s top news stories in the valley with Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Managing Editor Curtis Wackerle.

On this week’s show we discuss Aspen’s future as an international hub for skiing and mountaineering.

Also, some push back from developers over what’s next for the former Pan and Fork trailer park in Basalt and three men received fines this week for trying to illegally build a mountain bike trail.

This week, the Glenwood Post Independent ran a story in Spanish.  Its not the first time and today we talk with Editor Randy Essex about what a bilingual news service looks like.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary we consider "the selfie" - the most personal of art forms is not without its pitfalls.

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