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Your Evening News - December 26th, 2014

Dec 26, 2014

Schwartz Takes a Bow as State Senator

State Senator Gail Schwartz is serving out her final days as a lawmaker. The former Snowmass Village resident is term-limited after eight years. Democrat Kerry Donovan of Vail will take Schwartz’s spot at the capitol when the legislature convenes on January 7th.

Your Morning News - December 26th, 2014

Dec 26, 2014

Heavy Traffic on I-70 Expected Today

For residents and visitors using Interstate 70 today, officials are asking travelers to prepare for even more traffic than usual. The Colorado Department of Transportation says the day after Christmas last year was especially busy, along with the Saturday after as well. Traffic counts in the Eisenhower tunnel between Glenwood Springs and Denver peaked at more than 26,000 vehicles heading westbound. The resort booking company Stay Aspen Snowmass says today begins the busiest stretch of the winter holiday in the Upper Valley.

Elise Thatcher

Kids often learn about snow when they're sledding, skiing, or doing other activities in a wintry environment. But the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies takes it a step further. ACES aims to help young people understand a winter landscape more deeply-- like what snow crystals look like up close, and why they change. APR's Elise Thatcher attended a snow science class and files this report.

Your Morning News - December 25th, 2014

Dec 25, 2014

Aspen Aims to Save Water

The City of Aspen is looking into how it can save water in the future. The Water Department this week released the latest draft of a water efficiency plan.

The plan is being updated as part of the City’s involvement in a Valley-wide collaboration with water providers in Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. The collaborative effort is called the Roaring Fork Watershed Regional Plan.

In the City’s individual plan it looks at future water demands for treated water, should the town’s population grow. It also examines the impact of climate change on water resources. The report suggests focusing on outdoor water efficiency in the future.

The City has been working to reduce the amount of treated water it uses through setting water efficiency goals. The latest plan builds on the work already done. The City is taking public comment on the draft plan until February 27th.

Your Evening News - December 24th, 2014

Dec 24, 2014

Crystal Palace Revue says “Farewell” Tomorrow

A decades old tradition in Aspen is coming to an end. Tomorrow will see the last performances of the Crystal Palace Revue. The vast majority of those performing worked at the Crystal Palace dinner theater in downtown Aspen from the 1960s through the late 2000s. After the iconic business sold, performances have continued during the holiday season. Nina Gabianelli oversees the Crystal Palace Players and explains busy schedules and other commitments make it time to move on.

“We don’t want to just slap something together, and have people not have a positive memory of the crystal palace. We want to make sure that what you remember is what we did best.”

Like in years past, tomorrow evening’s programs will feature satire including politics and the environment and will be held at the Wheeler Opera House.

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On Christmas Day aromas of cookies, turkey and other holiday foods will spill from kitchens up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. Baking and cooking in our region can be tricky because of its high elevation. Some food fanatics find it difficult to get their fare just right. Colorado State University’s extension office held a class in Basalt this month on how to prepare food in the high country. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was there and filed this report.

Your Morning News - December 24th, 2014

Dec 24, 2014

Smooth Travel in the Valley

Flights out of Aspen’s airport are going much more smoothly, according to the resort’s main booking company. Scores of flights were canceled Monday and Sunday, leaving many passengers stuck in Denver, Grand Junction, and elsewhere. Bill Tomcich is President of Stay Aspen Snowmass. He says many of those travelers are now in Aspen faster than they would have in recent years.

“What used to be a two or three day catch up to clear all of the standbys who were distressed because of their canceled flights, has now taken less than a day.”

That’s because airlines are fine tuning daily schedules much more precisely than before. Tomcich and others have fingers crossed for not too much snow on Friday and Saturday to allow for many more visitors to arrive.

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Aspen officials are considering two new affordable lodges in the main part of town. Chicago developer and transplant Mark Hunt is behind them. He gained attention earlier this year for purchasing multiple properties in Aspen, including the historic Crystal Palace.  Some locals have wondered aloud whether it’s a good idea to have one person buying so much property. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher files this story on whether it’s happened before-- and the mood now in Aspen about development.

Your Evening News - December 23rd, 2014

Dec 23, 2014

Bad Flu Hits the Valley

Health officials in the Roaring Fork Valley are warning people to be wary of the flu as a certain strain is being seen in the Valley and throughout the country. Also, flu season has arrived earlier and with a bigger punch than last year.

The strain of flu circulating is called “H3N2” and, for the most part, a flu shot doesn’t protect you from it. This year’s flu shot has defense against other strains. But, it is only slightly effective with H3N2.

Pitkin County Public Health Director Liz Stark says her office has seen a significant spike of cases in the last two weeks. But, so far, there have been no hospitalizations from flu.

“This particular strain of the flu is hitting the very young and the older population hardest this year. In other parts of the state and the country, the hospitalizations that have occurred, most of them are occurring in children less than six months of age or in people over age 65. So, at the first sign of those symptoms, it’s a good idea to go to your physician or health care clinic and get tested.”

She recommends washing hands vigilantly and staying home from work. Some anti-viral medicines like Tamiflu can minimize symptoms and decrease the duration of the flu.

Marci Krivonen

Jazz Aspen Snowmass celebrates twenty-five years in 2015 and this month, it kicked off its anniversary celebration. The non profit that started as a three-day festival has grown into a year-round operation, bringing jazz education to kids and big-name music acts to town. But, success hasn’t come without difficulty. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

A group of jazz musicians is busy setting up equipment, tuning instruments and practicing vocals before a performance.

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