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11:53 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Senator Schwartz Talks Renewable Energy, Water and Hemp

Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village sponsored several bills this session, including a controversial one about renewable energy.
Credit gailschwartz.com

Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village is looking back on a productive legislative session about a month after it wrapped up. The democrat introduced 35 bills. Most were successful in a democratically-controlled Statehouse. Her bills ranged from water conservation to making hemp a viable commercial product. I sat down with her to discuss these efforts. We began with House Bill 252, one of the most hotly contested measures this session. The now-law requires 18 rural electric cooperatives from Montrose to Gunnison, increase the amount of renewable sources they use.

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Outdoor Adventures
10:49 am
Wed June 12, 2013

UpSkiing for More Turns

Steven Haines tries an Upski at Independence Pass in May 2013
Elise Thatcher

It’s summer in the Roaring Fork Valley – but there’s still enough snow for some skiing in the mountains. And one Carbondale resident is still getting after it…without lifts or traditional backcountry skiing equipment. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher recently spoke with Kevin Passmore, who makes something called an Upski.

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Arts
12:48 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Music Festival and School Down to the Wire

Workers completing construction and landscaping for the Edlis Neeson Rehearsal Hall, Aspen Music Festival and School.
Elise Thatcher

It’s coming down to the wire for the new Aspen Music Festival and School. Workers are cranking on finishing up construction and landscaping for the sixty-five million dollar project. It’s supposed to be mostly done by this Friday. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher toured the new digs last week has this report.

Alan Fletcher is President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He carefully tip-toes his way across fresh dirt, pipelines and around a pond...finally he stops and points toward three striking buildings that overlook the water.

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Festival Showcase
3:25 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Festival Showcase - June 11th, 2013

In anticipation of this season’s Aspen Music Festival and School, we’re running some of our “best of” interviews with festival artists and staff. On today’s archive program of “Festival Showcase,” hear pianist Joseph Kalichstein discuss teaching, the value of competitions and Aspen’s allure. Also, luthier Joan Balter recounts stories of teaching legend Dorothy DeLay and violinists Joshua Bell, Midori and Sarah Chang as child prodigies.

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Dust & Snowpack
10:07 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Digging for Dust Data

Credit 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.
 

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