APR Local News

Energy Efficiency
9:55 am
Wed November 13, 2013

New "Green" Codes for Builders, Developers in Snowmass Village

Starting December 1st, builders in Snowmass Village will have to follow a new set of rules that aim to make commercial buildings more energy efficient.
Credit Creative Commons/Flickr/U.S. Army Environmental Command

New building codes meant to make commercial buildings in Snowmass Village greener, are set to take effect December 1st. The codes come after a report in 2009 showed the resort emitted six times more greenhouse gases than the national average. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Public Transportation
6:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Study: Roaring Fork Valley Bus Service Worth the Investment

An independent study shows RFTA is saving Roaring Fork Valley residents $50 million.
Credit Facebook/RFTA

Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley are saving millions of dollars thanks to the local bus system. That's the conclusion of an independent assessment. It says RFTA’s service reduces commute times, increases public safety and cuts down on the number of car miles traveled per year. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Road to Sochi
4:57 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Road to Sochi: Carbondale Freeskier Meg Olenick Follows in Family's Footsteps

Carbondale native Meg Olenick competes in Ski Slopestyle, a series of jumps and rails. The discipline will make its Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia.
Credit megolenick.com

Twenty-five year-old Meg Olenick  grew up skiing in Aspen, trailing her two older brothers. When they started doing tricks at the terrain park, Olenick followed suit. Soon, she was competing in slopestyle skiing around the world. The discipline is new to the Winter Olympics in 2014 and Olenick wants to be part of history in the making. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
11:28 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Mountain Valley Developmental Services, Part 2

Mountain Valley Developmental Services is a non-profit who provides services and support to over 450 individuals with developmental disabilities in Eagle, Lake, Garfield and Pitkin county. The most common issue Mountain Valley works with is children prone to developmental disabilities. Executive Director Bruce Christensen and Human Resources director Dana Peterson, discuss Mountain Valley's children and family programs.   

Environment
6:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Climate Change Measured on Open Spaces near Aspen

Scientists hike snowy trails to reach one of two soil moisture towers located on Pitkin County Open Space properties.
Marci Krivonen

In the future, the forests surrounding Aspen will look different. Already, mountain shrubs are replacing some Aspen stands and changing the complexion of the area.   This is likely due to due a warming climate.

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