APR Local News

Collbran Mudslide
7:42 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Geologists: Soft Rock, Steep Slope Contributors In Collbran Mudslide

This map, put together by the USGS in 1982, shows which parts of the country are most prone to landslides. The areas shaded in red have the highest landslide incidence.
USGS

The area where the Collbran mudslide happened has seen similar slides in the past. Geologists say relatively weak rock and steep terrain create a recipe for such natural disasters. Still, Colorado in general is less vulnerable to slides than wetter areas, like the west coast. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

The Colorado Geological Survey began mapping landslides near Collbran in the 1980’s. They discovered the area where this debris flow happened was prone to slides.

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APR Local News
5:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Mudslide Search On Hold, Another Slide Possible

The slide is west of Carbondale and McClure Pass, and south of Rifle.
Credit John Wark

It’s been a difficult several days for the community of Collbran, west of Carbondale. The small town is near a massive mudslide that let loose over the Memorial Day weekend. Three men from the area are missing, and now search and rescue crews are on hold. 

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State Legislature
8:13 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Western Slope Lawmaker Carried Independence Pass Measure

State Rep. Millie Hamner stands above and to the right of Governor Hickenlooper during a bill signing. Hamner will discuss the measures she carried at the legislature during an event in Basalt Tuesday evening.
Credit Creative Commons/Flickr/Mike Johnston

State Representative Millie Hamner carried three times the number of bills this legislative session, than she did in the previous session. The democrat, who represents several Western Slope counties including Pitkin County, chairs the House education committee. She told Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen that she's most proud of two measures that bring hundreds of millions of dollars to Colorado schools.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Heavy Construction Begins for Highway 133 Project

Rendering of Highway 133 and roundabout at intersection with Main Street.
CDOT/DHM Design

Heavy duty construction begins on Highway 133 in Carbondale today, Tuesday May 29th. The plan is to widen the road in certain spots and put a roundabout in at the intersection with Main Street. Everything is supposed to wrap up before next year, and a Carbondale business group hopes it won’t spell trouble for local establishments.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Carbondale Clay Center, Part 4

The Carbondale Clay Center has been a central player in Carbondale's art community for 17 years. Still, like many non-profit organizations, there's a desire to expand, grow, and improve. Executive Director Jill Oberman, Ceramicist Alex Knipe, Founder Diane Keanie, and Board Advisor, Doug Casebeer, discuss the future of the clay center. 

To learn more about the Carbondale Clay Center, visit their website: www.carbondaleclay.org

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