Environment

10:19am

Fri June 21, 2013
Wildlife

More Bears and People in Colorado mean More Problems

Aspen sits in prime black bear habitat and wildlife officials are giving tips on how people can avoid conflicts with bears.
Credit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Aspen sits smack dab in the middle of prime black bear habitat, and already this year several sightings and home break-in’s have been reported. The Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife takes those reports and deals with problem bears. Julie Mao is a Terrestrial Biologist for the agency. She told Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen as populations of bears and people grow in the state, more run-in’s with the bruins are expected.

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6:26pm

Tue June 18, 2013
Outdoor Sports

Fire Spares World-Class Climbing Area

Climber Dana Larkin on the route “Fossil Family,” Rifle Mountain Park.
Credit Courtesy: Rebecca Schild

A world-class climbing area near Rifle may reopen today. The Rifle Mountain Park has been closed for five days because of the nearby Ward Gulch fire. Now, the town’s Parks and Recreation Department says people may be able to return... but it all depends on the weather. 

Rifle Mountain Park has some of the best rock climbing in the country, and climbers from all over the world test their skills there. Everyone was evacuated last Friday, when the Ward Gulch fire got perilously close.  Tom Whitmore is Parks Director for the Town of Rifle.

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6:43pm

Mon June 17, 2013
Wildfire

Building a New Google Earth... for Firefighters

[Photo: Esther Godson]

For firefighters, each new blaze presents different challenges. Where to get water... the boundaries between private and public property.. access roads and other details can be crucial to getting control of a fire. To make that easier, the Forest Service and other agencies are building their own Google Earth program.

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2:07pm

Mon June 17, 2013
Ward Gulch Fire

Evacuees Allowed to Return to Homes in Ward Gulch Fire

The Ward Gulch Fire is burning north of Rifle. Evacuees were allowed to return to their homes Sunday.
Credit Colorado River Fire Rescue

Residents who were evacuated near Rifle for a wildfire, were allowed to return to their homes yesterday. The Ward Gulch Fire north of town has burned about 480 acres and forced the closure of the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery, which is managed by the state. The public is not allowed into Rifle Falls State Park. Helicopters have been dipping into the nearby Rifle Gap reservoir to fight the flames.

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9:23am

Fri June 14, 2013
Elk Creek Mine Methane Project

Coal Mines Provide Enticing Green Energy Source

New methane power generation facility at the Oxbow Mine at Elk Creek.
Credit Credit Kathy Browning - Flickr

One local company is already taking advantage of methane capture at coal mines. The Aspen Skiing Company last year, invested in a project that generates energy from methane at a mine near Paonia.  Their trailblazing will set the stage for other groups to try out similar projects. Aspen Public Radio’s Ellis Robinson reports.

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