Mountain Edition - June 20th, 2013

Jun 20, 2013

The pipeline leak in Parachute several months ago has been repaired but the resulting spill is continuing to cause worries. On Sunday, levels of the chemical benzene went up. We ask officials why.

Our science reporter tells us about some heart irregularities that appear to be unique to high level snow skiers.

The Roaring Fork Valley has among the highest number of residents without health insurance in Colorado. As the rollout of Obamacare begins they may… or may not… get insured.

Some black bears seem to be choosing food from town again this year. We’ll talk with an expert about bear behavior and if coming to town is passed down to cubs.

All that and a conversation with painter Don Nice

Painting the Soul

Jun 20, 2013
Roger Adams

For the past few days an elderly man has been painting a series of small and large watercolors of the Roaring Fork River and scenes of the valley.  The paintings include a number that were first sketched in a small airplane as it circled around the Maroon Bells and above Independence Pass.  The painter is Don Nice and tomorrow in Basalt a showing of his work will go up in the Ann Korologos Gallery.  Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams spoke with Nice about his work and prepared this report.

Summer Words - Memories of the Motherland

Jun 19, 2013

Memories of the Motherland

History, memory, personal stories, family ties … Two authors of Chinese descent discuss how China informs their writing, their understanding of the past and their worldview as Asian Americans.

Panelists: Lisa See, Sandra Tsing Loh

Moderator: Amy Kwei

Summer Words - Following Your Obsession

Jun 19, 2013

Follow Your Obsession

"Write what you know” might be the most famous (and famously misunderstood) piece of writing advice, but Kafka had other ideas: “Don't bend; don't water it down . . . Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” Three writers weigh in on chasing their obsessions in their work.

Panelists: David Lipsky, Nino Ricci, Scott Lasser

Moderator: Barbara Dills

How to Build a Fire Adapted Community

Ron Biggers, Deputy Fire Marshall, Glenwood Springs Fire Department

Vince Urbina, Community Forester, CO State Forest Service

Sheryl Page, Fire Protection Service, USDA

Molly Mowery, National Fire Protection Association.

National Music Day

Tom McCloskey, Founder and President

Kate Wilkinson, Executive Director

Aspen Fringe Festival

David Ledingham, Artistic and Executive Director

What Physics Teaches Us About Cells

Jun 19, 2013
Jim Gipe / Pivot Media

Physics is often introduced to young minds by teaching them to calculate the trajectory of a baseball or the time it took the apple to drop from the tree and bonk Newton on the head. But maybe kids should learn how to calculate the speed at which nutrients zoom around our bodies, or the force of proteins building and tearing-down structures inside of cells. Now, the fundamental toolbelt of physics is being applied to better understand diseases like Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's, according to physicist Jennifer Ross.

Summer Words - The Great Firewall

Jun 19, 2013

The Great Firewall

Join us in a conversation that explores censorship in China: how censorship affects the literature produced there, authors in their work, and the types of stories we hear from abroad.

Panelists: James Fallows, Yiyun Li

Moderator: Melissa M. Long

Export Roaring Fork Valley

Jun 19, 2013
Creative Commons

Small businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley should consider exporting their goods and services as a way to expand their customer base.  That is the message of a workshop organized by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet later today in Glenwood Springs.  Bennett’s office is bringing federal and state export representatives to help local business owners in the process of selling overseas.  Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams has more.

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The scientific community agrees: exercise does a body good. When comparing a sedentary lifestyle spent on the couch versus being an active cross-country skier, the recommendation from doctors is a no brainer: Go grab those skis! Which is a lesson Aspenites have long taken to heart. But a recent study from Sweden complicates the simplistic “exercise is good” mantra that we are used to hearing.

That's the sound of 15-thousand cross country skiers simultaneously embarking on a grueling 90 km course. This is the Vasaloppet in Sweden.

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.