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6:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Aspen Group Cheers Chilean Dam Decision

Kayakers paddle on the Baker River in central Patagonia. The Aspen non-profit Rios to Rivers fought to keep the river from being dammed.
Credit Weston Boyles/Rios to Rivers

This week the Chilean government canceled a controversial plan to build five hydroelectric dams on two of its southern rivers. It’s a victory for one Aspen non-profit that’s been fighting the $8 billion project for years. Aspen resident Weston Boyles started Rios to Rivers after floating the Baker and Pascua rivers in central Patagonia.

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APR Local News
4:32 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

GarCo May Pay For Some Grand Bridge Add-Ons

Aerial rendering of the replacement Grand Avenue Bridge planned for Glenwood Springs.
Credit Tsiouvaras Simmons Holderness

Paying for big construction projects gets really expensive really quickly. So the Colorado Department of Transportation often has a limited amount to spend on new roads or interchanges. But as planning for the new Grand Bridge in Glenwood Springs continues, lots of related improvements are creeping in, and CDOT can’t necessarily pay for all of them. Joe Elsen is the agency’s lead engineer on project. He recently spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher, and says Garfield County may have to pitch in.

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CrossCurrents
3:27 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

CrossCurrents - Huts for Vets & Aspen Fringe Festival

Huts for Vets presents "Make Sure it's Me", a play about veterans returning home after deployment, read by veterans from the Roaring Fork Valley. Guests are Paul Andersen, Dr. Jerry Alpern and Adam McCabe from Huts for Vets.

And David Ledingham, Donald Sage Mackay and Adrianna Thompson from the Aspen Fringe Festival on this year's lineup, including the Morales Dance Company, "Venus in Fur" and a play workshop on "The Last Outlaw" written by Mackay.

Performance Today
11:50 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Join us for a Special Event with Fred Child of Performance Today

Join Aspen Public Radio and Fred Child of Performance Today for conversation and live music on Friday July 11th from 5 to 7pm.

Get your tickets by clicking here!

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Aspen to Central America
9:27 am
Wed June 11, 2014

On the Road: Bay of Pigs

Credit Skippy Mesirow

Havana – Playa Largo

Birds chirp, wheels turn and the city comes to life. Gatito awakens and looks over her Havana Balcony at a black and white 1953 Chevrolet. It’s a beautiful sight, swollen haunches, chrome detailing, leather interior, circular indicators protruding from the trunk and hood, imposing and stately like a bulldog perched atop an island atoll protecting an English manor. She carries her bags down the stairs and jumps high as she can. Nope, smash, face to running board. Again, nope. She tries to shimmy up the tire but again she fails. Covered in dust and hot tire residue she begins to tear up, perhaps she will never reach Playa Largo in the Bay of Pigs. But then, just as despair sets in, a nice little Cuban dog, Charlie, one of hundreds of cute well-mannered pups on the island, walks up, barks spritely, picks her up and slings her into the car.

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