Aspen Cost of Living
6:07 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

What Can Government Do?

Michael Kinsley: Pitkin County Commissioner 1975-85
Credit Roger Adams

  This month we have been looking at the issue of working and living in Aspen.  Is it, as some believe, so expensive here that the next generation of Aspenites will be forced down valley by high rents, low wages and difficult housing?  The income gap is significant in Aspen and so are prices.  The question we ask today is what if anything can government do about it. We spoke with past and present elected officials.  APR's Roger Adams reports.

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Locals Write
4:08 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

A Democracy of Poets

Credit Roger Adams

Welcome to a special program for National Poetry Month.  

There are a lot of poets in the Roaring Fork Valley.  They are writing and performing their poetry regularly with help from the Aspen Poet’s Society, which holds monthly live poetry readings. 

Now the society has published its first book; an anthology of poems by locals and poets who have visited and read their work here.  The book is – A Democracy of Poets: Poems of the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond

Joining us is Kim Nuzzo one of the editors and also a co-founder of the Aspen Poet’s Society.   APR’s Roger Adams and Nuzzo discuss the work of ten poets whose work is in the book.  

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Aspen to Central America
9:42 am
Tue April 29, 2014

On the Road: The American Experience

The bike and the West
Credit Skippy Mesirow

Aspen, CO. – Douglas, AZ.

Not all those who wander are lost. The script words on my friend’s ribcage immerge from the water. The clank of plastic glasses and the laugh of friends fill the air – the last hot tub of the season in Aspen, the embodiment of joy. Amazing friends, a breathtaking environment, an active lifestyle, great conversations, strong embraces. It’s what we all cherish and why we all call Aspen home. Yet for all its opportunity, all its character, and all its glory, to truly expand ones horizons, to expand ones understanding, empathy, and context for the world, one must venture out.

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APR Local News
7:33 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Improved Oil,Gas Technology May Be Improving Air Quality In Garfield County

Air quality in Garfield County is improving, according to the County's latest ambient air quality data.

Garfield County recently released a report showing air pollution is on a decreasing trend. County officials attribute the decline in part, to improvements in how oil and gas companies operate in the region. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, some county residents don’t think the numbers tell the whole story.

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First Draft
3:26 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

First Draft - Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley writes novels, non-fiction and essays. Her novel A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.   In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006.  Her most recent novel for adults is Private Life and her most recent young adult fiction is a series called The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch.  She lives in Northern California.