Environment

Air Quality
5:06 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Tracking Air Quality in the Roaring Fork Valley

Morgan Hill gives an air monitoring lesson to environmental science students at RFHS
Credit Drew's News at Roaring Fork High School

The US Supreme Court is in the news for decisions on same sex marriage and voting rights... but the highest court in the land is also planning to look at air pollution. At issue is who's to blame when air quality monitors go way past the legal limit. The court announced Monday it will soon review a 2011 EPA rule... one designed to help protect communities downwind of power plants. Part of the problem is figuring out how to regulate air pollution that goes across state lines. Aspen Public Radio’s science reporter wondered how air quality is measured and tracked. From a field in Carbondale, here’s Ellis Robinson. 

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Environment
12:27 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Congresswoman DeGette Tries Again for Wilderness

Map of additional wilderness areas proposed by Congresswoman Diana DeGette.
Credit Congressional Office of Diana DeGette

Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette is again trying to expand wilderness in the state. The Democrat, whose district largely includes Denver, hopes to preserve more than thirty places around Colorado including land in Eagle County. DeGette announced her proposal legislation Monday, June 24th.  She has introduced similar versions for more than a decade.

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Wildlife
10:19 am
Fri June 21, 2013

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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Outdoor Sports
6:26 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

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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Wildfire
6:43 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

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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