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Courtesy of www.defense.gov

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly spoke about the future of his department at a gathering of the nation’s top security experts in Aspen on Wednesday.

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Wyatt Orme and Claire Woodcock bring you a compilation of the week's news. 

Ever since 9/11, homeland security and counterterrorism professionals have been kept up at night by knowing that the odds against us are overwhelming. They have to "get it right" day in and day out; terrorists need to succeed only once and the consequences of even one strike can be devastating. Thomas Bossert, new Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser, talks with David Sanger from the New York Times, about how he wrestles with this elemental struggle.

We bring you numerous special broadcasts such as more than 23 hours of Ideas Festival lectures and discussion, the McCloskey Speaker Series, which started last week and continues all summer, the Security Forum this week and classical music concerts and opera all summer long.

In collaboration with the Aspen Security Forum, the McCloskey Speaker Series features John F. Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security and a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general. Sec. Kelly served as Senior Military Assistant to two Secretaries of State, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, from March 2011 to October 2012 before taking over command of the United States Southern Command, a position he held until January 2016.

Courtesy of City of Aspen

As it faces opposition to its water rights to build dams on Castle and Maroon creeks, the City of Aspen is now is under contract to buy land as an alternative site for a reservoir.

Gen. Keith Alexander is a retired United States Army four-star general, in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. Gen. Alexander served as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service from 2005-2014.

Featuring Gen. Keith Alexander, a retired United States Army four-star general, in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. Gen. Alexander served as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service from 2005-2014. During his time as the NSA Director, he was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to be the first commander of United States Cyber Command, a position he held from 2010-2014. 

Near the end of the winter season this year, we hired our first-ever full time producer Christin Kay.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The City of Aspen is coming up with solutions to support businesses affected by the upcoming Glenwood Springs Grand Avenue Bridge closure.

A group of mothers, childcare providers, and representatives from local nonprofits met with Carbondale’s Board of Trustees Tuesday night. The group wants the town to make it easier to create daycare facilities.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

July in Aspen is peak tourist season. As part of a monthly series on Roaring Fork wildlife, Elizabeth Stewart-Severy checked in on some visitors from the south who are in the middle of some critical work this summer. It’s time for migratory birds to stretch their wings.

Grant Faulkner speaks as part of Aspen Words

Jul 18, 2017
Courtesy of Grant Faulkner

Aspen Words Writer in Residence Grant Faulkner is giving a talk Tuesday evening about everything from short stories to the process of writing full length novels.

Leading up to the Aspen Institute’s Spotlight Health conference at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Public Radio created and produced a show every Tuesday in order to give our listeners unparalleled access to important information on the cutting edge of health and healthcare in the world.

Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers will resume their search for a climber who went missing last September.

  

This week, we talk with the publishers of Aspen’s two newspapers about the future of news and local journalism. They share their views on a discussion held earlier this week at the Aspen Institute featuring David Leonhardt from the New York Times. He says journalism may be in its golden age right now but there are challenges facing local organizations.

Aspen Public Radio

 When Ace Lane bought the 200-acre property in 1990, his friends scratched their heads. It was a beat-up cattle ranch and, back then, was considered to be far from Aspen.

This spring, before the Aspen City Council election, Aspen Public Radio hosted a series of Candidate Chats. Reporter Alycin Bektesh interviewed all five candidates running for City Council and two candidates running for mayor. 

Habitat for Humanity employees understand and see the hardships of living in the valley when it comes to affordable housing. They encourage the community to do more than simply "talk" about the problem. 

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This is the first year counties in Colorado can collect sales tax on recreational marijuana.

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