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APR Local News
9:38 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Garfield County Grapples with High Teen Birth Rate

Isis Torres gave birth to her son Javier when she was in high school. Now she's working with other teen moms in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Credit www.garfieldcountyprep.org

Ten percent of all pregnancies in Garfield County are to teenage mothers. That’s high compared to the national average. One non profit is working in schools to help bring down the teen pregnancy rate. They’re counting on a combination of education, access to contraception and community involvement. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Mountain Edition
3:28 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Mountain Edition - December 26th, 2013

Today we hear from Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron about his vision for the resort town in the coming year. Then we dig through the Aspen Public Radio archives and listen to some of this year’s most interesting and thought-provoking local stories. One Glenwood Springs woman was caught in a dangerous financial trap. And, her problem is somewhat common in Colorado’s immigrant community. As habitat for the Greater Sage Grouse disappears across the West, federal officials are deciding how strong protections should be on some Colorado land. Local stakeholders are watching closely. And a snowboarding veteran is battling a major injury with the Olympic Games a little more than a month away.

Arts/Culture
10:27 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Lift Tickets Feature Art From the Streets of Los Angeles

Los Angeles artisit Mark Bradford designed this season's Aspen Skiing Company lift tickets. The Skiing Company partners with the Aspen Art Museum every year to design the ticket.
Credit Aspen Art Museum

If you’re heading up to ski at one of the Aspen Skiing Company mountains, take a look at your lift ticket. It was designed by a Los Angeles artist who transforms materials found in the street into paintings and collages. For the lift ticket designs, artist Mark Bradford used “merchant posters.” They’re bright and include messages like Rich BoySober Living and Artist of the Year. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Heidi Zuckerman-Jacobson. She’s the director of the Aspen Art Museum, which partnered with the Ski Company on the project.

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Road to Sochi
8:31 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Road to Sochi: Pro Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler Back on Snow After Serious Injury

Aspen resident and pro snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler is recovering from a serious eye injury. She's back on her snowboard and training for the Winter Olympics.
Credit www.xgames.espn.go.com

As the Olympic Games inch closer, athletes are competing in qualifying events around the world. Professional snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler has her sights set on Sochi. This would be the last Olympic Games for the 32-year-old Aspen resident who’s already competed in two. This season, she’s coming back from a serious injury. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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First Draft
3:28 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

First Draft - Rick Bass

Rick Bass

Rick Bass was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1958. His father was a geologist who passed on his passion to his son. Bass received a B.S. in petroleum geology at Utah State University in 1979, and then worked as a gas and oil geologist in Jackson, Mississippi. He started writing short stories during his lunch breaks.

He is the author of over twenty books. His first short story collection, The Watch, set in Texas, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, and his 2002 collection, The Hermit’s Story, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Bass’s stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been collected in The Best American Short Stories. His newest novel is called All The Land To Hold Us.

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