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APR Local News
11:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Hydro Project in West-Central Colorado Will Provide Aspen with Power

The Ridgway dam will provide power to the City of Aspen's utility later this year. The project has been in the works for decades but will start providing power for the first time this year.
Credit www.usbr.gov

The City of Aspen is working toward powering its utility with 100-percent renewable energy. A good chunk of that energy will come from a new hydropower facility in Ridgway, Colorado. If all goes according to plan, the City will start getting power from the facility on February 20th. Aspen’s one of two entities purchasing power from the plant. Mike Berry is with the Tri-County Water Conservancy District, the organization running the plant. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

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Road to Sochi
6:54 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Road to Sochi: Durango's Lanny Barnes Grateful to Sister for Olympic Chance

Twin sisters Tracy and Lanny Barnes have been competing in biathlon together for years. In January, Tracy gave up her Olympic spot so Lanny could compete.
Credit Facebook/Twin Biathletes

On Friday, a Colorado biathlete will compete in her first Olympic event in Sochi and her bid for an Olympic medal is thanks to her twin sister. Durango’s Lanny Barnes initially didn’t make Team USA, her sister did. But, in January, Lanny’s sister decided to give up her Olympic spot so Lanny could compete. Since then, the sisters have received loads of press from around the world. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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APR Local News
12:35 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Golden-Based Energy Lab Working With Aspen on Renewables

The City of Aspen has asked NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) to come up with a list of ideas on how to reach a goal. The City wants its utility to run on 100% renewable energy by 2015.
Credit www.nrel.gov

The City of Aspen is working with an outside agency to come up solutions on how to meet their renewable energy goal. The City’s utility wants to be completely renewable by 2015. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the City is working with NREL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to come up with solutions. And, the controversial Castle Creek hydro plant is still in the cards.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Global Change Institute - Part 2

The Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) embraces The Aspen Idea, the Paepcke's vision of bringing the world's great thinkers in the arts and sciences to Aspen, a neutral location, where they can escape their daily routines while communing with nature. In this setting, new conversations and ideas emerge, providing important new tools for the advancement of science. 

John Katzenberger, co-founder and director of AGCI, explains why this idea works and how it is implemented in the workshops AGCI hosts throughout the year with the world's top scientists. James Arnott, AGCI Program Director, and Elise Osenga, Research Associate for AGCI, also contribute. 

To learn more about the Aspen Global Change Institute, visit their website

ATM Skimming
5:01 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Aspen Police Release Pics & Video of ATM Scammer

Image released by Aspen Police of alleged ATM Skimmer who's device was found on the machine at Wells Fargo bank in January 2014
Aspen Police Department

Aspen authorities are asking the public to look over a video...that may aid in a fraud case. On January 20th police discovered a “skimmer” on an ATM at the Wells Fargo Bank in Aspen. Thieves use such a device to read data strips on bank cards. A small camera was also attached to the ATM to record people punching in their ID numbers. That camera could lead authorities to a suspect.

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