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5:39 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

"What does the fox hear? Noise impacts and the importance of natural silence."

A fox hunting mice under the snow requires complete silence to listen for its prey. Wintertime noise from snowmobiles to jet engines overhead can make the difference between survival and an empty stomach.

A key rationale for conservation is protecting wildlife from the impacts of people. Some of those impacts are obvious, like cutting down trees or building a parking lot over a wetland. Some though are harder to understand or see, literally. A recent study from Boise State University caught my attention. In it researchers created a phantom ‘road’ along a mountainside in Idaho by attaching speakers to trees and playing the sounds of a hi-way into an otherwise pristine forest. 

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Road to Sochi
5:21 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Road to Sochi: Aspen's Olympic History Stretches Back Decades

The 1959 U.S. Ski Team includes athletes with Aspen connections. Chuck Ferries and Max Marolt are two of them.
Aspen Historical Society/Tony Gauba collection

Over the last several weeks, we’ve heard from nearly a dozen athletes working toward competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics. That’s a big number and it isn’t uncommon. For decades, Aspen’s been either a hometown or training grounds for Olympic athletes. Since the 1930s, nearly thirty athletes with ties to Aspen have competed in the Olympic Games. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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First Draft
3:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

First Draft - Alice McDermott

Credit Jamie and Andrew Shoenberger

Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels including National Book Award Winner Charming Billy and three Pulitzer Prize finalists: After This, That Night and At Weddings and Wakes. She is Johns Hopkins University's Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities. She has a BA from SUNY Oswego and an MA from University of New Hampshire. Her new novel is Someone.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight
10:54 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Wheeler Associates, Part 2

Bob Murray, a founding member of the Wheeler Associates, discusses the history of the non-profit and the early projects the Associates worked on with the Wheeler Opera House. On December 21, 2013, the historic Wheeler Opera House will re-open after undergoing renovations to the balcony and an upgraded digital film projector. Murray shares his memories of the opening night in 1984 after a similar type of renovation to the opera house. 

Visit the Wheeler Associates website to learn more. 

Thompson Divide
10:31 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Pitkin County Commissioners Urge Tipton to Support Thompson Divide Bill

Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colorado) represents Colorado's third congressional district, which includes the Roaring Fork Valley. Elected leaders in Pitkin County are hopeful he'll support a federal legislative effort to protect the Thompson Divide.
Credit tipton.house.gov

In a meeting with Pitkin County Commissioners last week, U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton said he doesn’t support legislation to protect the Thompson Divide from oil and gas drilling. Instead, Tipton wants negotiations between conservationists and energy companies to continue. For years, the sides have been working on an alternate plan to protect the area. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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