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Digging for Dust Data

Jun 11, 2013
Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies

If you’ve ventured out on a hot day wearing dark clothing you know that within a short time you're soaked with sweat. Similarly, when a blanket of dust settles on snow, it acts the same way - the snow sweats or melts. The result is a rapid melting of snow.  Aspen Public Radio’s Science Reporter Ellis Robinson has more.
 

Study: The Western U.S. is Getting Dustier

Jun 10, 2013
National Snow and Ice Data Center

Living in the mountains, it’s easy to see changes in nature, especially in the snow. In recent years, dust from desert areas like Utah, has coated some of the area’s snowpack. Scientists in Boulder say the amount of dust being blown into Colorado and throughout the West, has increased over the last two decades. They measured calcium in rainfall to come up with their findings. Jason Neff is associate professor of geology at CU-Boulder and coauthor of the dust study. He told Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen the escalation of dust emissions is due to several factors.

Ye Rin Mok

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Her books include A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. She was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40. MacArthur Foundation named her a 2010 fellow. She is a contributing editor to the Brooklyn-based literary magazine, A Public Space.                  

The Roaring Fork Conservancy

More than 100 people jumped into rafts on Saturday for an annual float down the Roaring Fork River. Only, this float wasn’t just an excuse to cool off on a hot day. It was meant to be a learning experience or a classroom on water. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Alongside the river in Glenwood Springs, volunteers lug a big raft full of people to shore. They’re part of the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s 9th annual River Float. The non profit fills more than a dozen boats with participants and an ambassador who talks about the in’s and out’s of the river. 

Nancy Wilhelms is the new Executive Director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Summer is full of events for Anderson Ranch: 140 workshops, featured and visiting artist lectures, weekly art "auctionettes" and children's programs. Wilhelms shares how locals, visitors, artists and non-artists can experience Anderson Ranch this summer.
 

Valley Roundup - June 7th, 2013

Jun 7, 2013

On the show this week Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone, columnist for and former Editor of the Aspen Times, join us.



The top stories of this week:

Voters in Aspen, in a runoff election, chose current city council member Steve Skadron to become the next mayor.

Marci Krivonen

Bike-sharing programs may be starting in big urban areas like New York City and Chicago, but they’re also catching on in small towns. The first program in a rural community launched this week, right here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Organizers of Aspen’s We-Cycle program hope tourists and local residents alike, will choose two wheels instead of four to get around the small mountain community. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Mountain Edition - June 6th, 2013

Jun 6, 2013

Aspen has a new mayor-elect.  Steve Skadron will be sworn in next week.  His first order of business will be to replace himself on the city council.

After Skadron is sworn in, Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland becomes citizen Ireland after almost twenty years in public office.

Aspen’s bike sharing program is up and running.  Organizers hope it will become a model for other mountain towns.

A West Slope doctor is indicted on charges related to prescription drugs and money laundering, among other things. He could end up facing life in prison.

A documentary looking at a New Deal era program that moved people during the Great Depression to a new frontier for a better life will receive it’s Colorado premiere on Colorado Public Television on Saturday.

Marci Krivonen

How did you arrive in Aspen? Was it the skiing that brought you here, or perhaps the hiking or biking. Maybe a romance prompted the move. Whatever caused your journey, it comes with a story. Many of those stories are highlighted in a new exhibition that opened on June 4th. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

Journey Stories is a traveling exhibition that makes a stop in Aspen in June and July.

Tracking Wildfire Risk in Your Backyard

Jun 6, 2013

 Fire season has already started in Colorado with the so-called Blue Bell fire igniting near Denver this week. Closer to home, fire officials are holding meetings in local communities to get people prepared. In an effort to educate people statewide, Colorado State University has unveiled a new website that pinpoints fire risk throughout the state. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports the website allows the user to type in their address to see how susceptible their home is to wildfire. 

Mick's Exit Interview

Jun 6, 2013
Roger Adams

Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland becomes citizen Ireland on Monday.  After three terms as mayor and a member of the Pitkin County Commission before that, Ireland has spent the better part of two decades in public office.  He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams about the transition he is making.  Ireland says he is getting used to the idea.

The Forest Service isn’t hiring as many firefighters this year, compared to years past. That’s according to the agency’s top official. Tom Tidwell testified before Congress earlier this week. He said there will be five hundred fewer firefighters this year. That’s because of sequestration, or mandatory budget cuts. Bill Kight is with the White River National Forest. Aspen Public Radio asked whether those budget cuts will mean fewer firefighters for the Forest.

“Uh no, not really, we’re in good shape this year. We’re about the same number of folks we had last year.”

Two speakers from the upcoming Aspen Ideas Fest:

Heather Smith, President of "Rock the Vote"

Dr. Mitch Besser, Founder/Medical Director of "mothers2mothers"

Aspen Elects Steve Skadron as its New Mayor

Jun 4, 2013
Marci Krivonen

 After months of campaigning and build-up, the City of Aspen finally has a new mayor. The results of yesterday’s run-off election tipped in favor of current council member Steve Skadron. Skadron was one of two slow-growth candidates that advanced to the run-off after winning a municipal election in early May. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.  Current City Council member Steve Skadron received the news of his win in the room where he’s spent many long evenings: City Council chambers.

Farther down valley, the Basalt Police Department is still trying to reach someone who may have been one of the last people to see a man who died in Basalt last month. Daniel Perez Mejia was found in late May in a ditch near Big O Tires in Basalt. Police say Mejia got off a bus operated by the Roaring Fork Transit Authority late in the evening on Saturday, May 25th. There was another man who got off the bus at the same time.

Marci Krivonen

Water managers, users, and other decision makers from across Colorado are meeting today in Keystone. It’s part of ongoing efforts to make sure water’s being used in a smart way across the state. And now officials are starting to put together a statewide water plan, as ordered by Governor John Hickenlooper. John Stulp is the governor’s water advisor--and he’s overseeing Wednesday's meeting.

Steve Skadron Is Aspen's Next Mayor

Jun 4, 2013
Roger Adams

Steve Skadron has won Aspen's mayor's race.

As of tonight’s results, Skadron won 52% of the vote.

That’s compared to 47% for the other candidate, city councilman Torre.

There are several dozen outstanding ballots, but not enough to change the results in the coming days.

Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen will have a full report during tomorrow’s morning news.

That’s at 6, 7, 8, and 8:30am tomorrow morning.

You can also follow our coverage on Twitter and Facebook.

Festival Showcase - June 4th, 2013

Jun 4, 2013

In preparation for this season’s Aspen Music Festival and School, we’re running some of the “best of” interviews with festival artists.  On today’s archive program of “Festival Showcase,” listen to conductor/early music specialist Nicholas McGegan discuss Baroque interpretation and compare and contrast different recordings of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”  Also, the busy cello-piano duo of David Finckel and Wu Han talk about chamber music and plans for the future. 

Courtesy Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife

There are new restrictions for food and related items in all developed recreation sites on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. The Forest Service announced what it calls a food storage order yesterday. It requires that all food and refuse be kept in bear-resistant containers. Bill Kight is with the White River National Forest.

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