APR Local News

APR Local News
8:13 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Fourteen Firefighters Remembered In South Canyon Fire Ceremony

Fourteen firefighters were killed near Glenwood Springs in 1994 during the South Canyon Fire. A commemoration will be held on Sunday to remember them.
Credit southcanyonfire.com

Twenty years ago this month, a fast-moving wildland fire near Glenwood Springs killed 14 firefighters. On Sunday firefighters and family members will remember those who died in the South Canyon Fire during a special commemoration. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with David Boyd with the Bureau of Land Management. He’s helping organize the event.

The South Canyon Fire commemoration starts at 4:45pm at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs on Sunday (6/7). For more information, visit this website.

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Mountain Edition
3:40 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Mountain Edition - July 3rd, 2014

Sunday marks an anniversary of a local tragedy. A wildfire near Glenwood Springs 20 years ago, killed fourteen firefighters.

As the cycling world gears up from the Tour de France, the sport is still dusting itself off. We hear from Lance Armstrong who was found guilty of doping.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper was in Aspen this week, discussing two hot topics at the Aspen Ideas Festival - marijuana and fracking.

Another Ideas Fest speaker was Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform.

A natural history documentary screens on PBS next year and this one is unlike any other nature film. We’ll tell you why.

Finally, we’ll take you to Snowmass Village where a giant yoga festival gets underway today.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition.

APR Local News
7:20 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Yoga Gets The Spotlight In Snowmass During Wanderlust Festival

The Wanderlust Yoga Festival starts in Snowmass on Thursday. Resort officials say hotel bookings are double what they were this time last year in Snowmass because of the festival.
Credit Ali Kaukas/Wanderlust

Yogis from around the world will descend on Snowmass Thursday for a festival called Wanderlust. The six year old traveling event brings yoga, live music, lectures and food to the places it visits. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

The Wanderlust Festival started in Lake Tahoe in 2009. This year it’s traveling to seventeen locations including Snowmass, Australia, Chile and Brooklyn. Co-founder Jeff Krasno says the idea came after he and his business partner traveled to Costa Rica for a yoga retreat.

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Marijuana
7:39 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Governor: Successes And Failures With Retail Marijuana

Governor John Hickenlooper examined how the unfolding of retail marijuana in Colorado has gone so far, during a discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival Tuesday.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Governor John Hickenlooper says when it comes to legal marijuana, the future is still somewhat hazy in Colorado. Recreational pot became legal last year and retailers started selling it in January. Hickenlooper looked back yesterday on how the process has gone so far, in a talk at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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U.S. Intelligence
6:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Interview: Admiral Mike McConnell

Admiral Mike McConnell, retiring Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama. APR's Roger Adams (L)
Credit James Fischer - BAH

Admiral Mike McConnell retired yesterday.  McConnell was Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, the giant intelligence contractor for the U.S. Government.  Most people know it now as the company that employed Edward Snowden. 

In his long career Admiral McConnell also served as Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama.  He was director of the National Security Agency from 1992-1996.   McConnell was the top intelligence officer for General Colin Powell in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003.  It was Powell who told President Bush before the invasion that, “If you break it you own it.” In an interview, McConnell said that what is happening now in Iraq validates Powell’s prediction.  McConnell is in town for the Aspen Ideas Festival at the Aspen Institute.  He spoke with APR's Roger Adams.

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