APR Local News

APR Local News
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Glenwood Conference: Fire Officials Look At "True Costs" Of Wildfire

The West Fork Fire Complex burned over 100,000 acres near Creede, Colorado last summer. The wildfire didn't burn homes but drove away tourism business.
Credit KSUT.org

The story of wildfire in the west is increasingly bleak. Fires are bigger, the wildfire season’s longer, and homes are increasingly built on lands at risk to fire. That’s the situation surrounding a wildfire conference in Glenwood Springs this week. Firefighters, elected officials and government workers met to try and find solutions. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, one idea is to expand biomass production.

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Mountain Edition
3:29 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Mountain Edition - April 17th, 2014

This week there are a few more clues, and lots of money, in the Nancy Pfister case.

Verizon customers saw a huge glitch in service this week.

It can be tough to run a retail business in Aspen, so we’ll find out what it takes.

We’ll also go to a busy clinic where busy doctors are serving a growing number of medicaid patients after the Obamacare deadline.

Glenwood Springs inches closer to getting a new bridge in downtown.

And locals are weighing in on how the state tackles water needs.

APR Local News
8:10 am
Thu April 17, 2014

BLM Seeks Comments From Public On 65 Oil, Gas Leases

The contested Thompson Divide area near Carbondale is part of a swath of the White River National Forest that's up for review. The BLM is seeking public comment on how to manage existing oil and gas leases in these places.
Credit savethethompsondivide.org

The public is getting a chance this week to comment on what happens to existing oil and gas leases in Garfield, Pitkin and Mesa Counties. Sixty-five leases within the White River National Forest are up for review. Just eight of them hold active infrastructure, like gas wells. The Bureau of Land Management handles the leases and is soliciting feedback on what do with them.

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APR Local News
10:54 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Money To Determine How Many Changes At Pitkin County Library

Pitkin County Library

The Pitkin County Library is a little cramped-- and it would make a big difference if certain sections of books were moved to different parts of the building. Library leaders have been planning a change for several years now, and the goal is to start construction in September. Now, they’ve filed the latest iteration in what changes could look like... and there’s still a few question marks. 

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APR Local News
10:37 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Snowmass Resident Aims to Help Veterans With Wheelchair Treads

A wheel chair using Freedom Trax.
Credit Larry Spatz

A part time Snowmass Village resident is working to revolutionize wheelchairs for veterans. The idea is to make it easier for vets to get around places that don’t have smooth pavement, to improve quality of life and expand their access to the outdoors. 

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