Environment

Front Range Floods
5:11 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

State Climatologist: Heavy Rains Over Multiple Areas at Once is Rare

The rain storms that brought deadly flooding to the Front Range are not normal for this time of year. In mid-September, summer thunderstorms typically give way to clear skies.
Credit Flickr (Creative Commons)/Nurpu

In most years, summertime thunderstorms in Colorado give way to clear skies in mid-September. But, not this year. Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doesken says one of the unique parts of the torrential rains that flooded the Front Range last week is the pattern. Storms bringing heavy rain simultaneously over multiple places. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with him about the storms.

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Environment
9:59 am
Mon September 9, 2013

More Bumblebees Spotted on Front Range

A western bumblebee.
Credit Stephen Ausmus / US Department of Agriculture

Bees around the world have been having a rough time for several years. Populations are going down, even completely disappearing in some places. Researchers haven’t fully figured out what’s wrong; pesticides are among one of the possible culprits. 

Now some good news from the Front Range about what’s called the Western Bumblebee. More and more are showing up in a multi-year study near Boulder. CU Boulder Professor Carol Kearns says it’s easy to spot them, because they have, well, white “butts,” or part of their abdomen. Kearns talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher.

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Moose
10:09 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Moose Population Healthier Than Ever in Colorado

Colorado's moose population is growing faster than biologists expected. The first transplants of moose into Colorado were in the 1970's.
Credit Anda Rojs Smalls

Unlike other Western states, Colorado’s moose population is growing. It’s healthier than ever with an estimated 2300 moose across the state. While other states are grappling with why their herds are shrinking, Colorado is studying the population’s fast growth. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

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Oil & Gas
3:11 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

More "Gas" on the Fire

Filmmaker Josh Fox.
Credit GasLand II/HBO

Since our report on the documentary film "Gasland II" aired on Monday, August 12th, the story has generated online buzz.  We’ve received emails and tweets from people across the country as well as Facebook posts and online comments.

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Oil & Gas
3:09 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

"GasLand II," As Colorado Fracking Debate Intensifies

Josh Fox, in a promotional image for GasLand II.
Credit GasLand II/HBO

Residents and visitors of the Roaring Fork Valley have a chance to see the latest from controversial filmmaker Josh Fox. The man behind "GasLand," which galvanized and focused an anti-fracking movement and was nominated for an Oscar. Now, "GasLand II" is showing tonight in Aspen. 

“My name is Josh Fox. It’s been five years since the first proposal to drill thousands of gas wells came knocking at my door...”

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