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The number of ethnic minorities involved in environmental organizations across the country is dismally low and it’s the same in the Roaring Fork Valley. Some statewide groups have noticed the problem and are creating programs for the Latino community. They say reaching this population is an important step toward reducing carbon emissions. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Dulce Saenz immigrated with her family to Colorado from Mexico when she was a toddler. She says she heard the term “carbon footprint” for the first time last year.

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In Aspen’s busy summer season, about 1500 vehicles move through downtown intersections each day. To make streets safer, city council made it a priority, creating the “Rethink the Streets” program. It includes a temporary project at the corner of Galena and Hopkins. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen met City Engineer Trish Aragon there. Here's their interview:

Trish Aragon is City Engineer in Aspen. The city is holding an ice cream chat to take feedback on the downtown street project Wednesday afternoon, starting at 4 pm outside of city hall.

For 25th Anniversary, JAS Founder Reflects

Jun 23, 2015

This weekend is the 25th year of Jazz Aspen Snowmass. In addition to a June lineup that includes Chicago, the Count Basey Orchestra, Maceo Parker and Rodrigo y Gabriella, Labor Day brings in acts like No Doubt. Jim Horowitz, the founder of the event sat down with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort to talk about the festival and the challenges it faces today.

On how the festival scene has changed... 

Aspen Public Radio’s full coverage of of former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, as the kick off to this season’s McCloskey Speaker series.

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  Health insurance rates for the Roaring Fork Valley area will increase again next year. But for most companies, monthly fees are not going up by as much as they have in the past. That’s according to the Denver nonprofit, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

Snowmass government wants to hear how its doing

Jun 23, 2015

  Town of Snowmass Village officials want to know how it’s doing, so they are asking residents for their opinions. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Earlier this year, the Town Council made improving communication with the community one of its top priorities. Yesterday, the town sent out a survey for residents, guests and business owners. Questions range from satisfaction with Town services to preferences for slowing down traffic.

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The man who died after he fell out of his kayak on the Fryingpan River, was a part-time ski instructor for the Aspen Skiing Company. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, Jerry Young was 63 years old.

It’s unclear where Young fell from his blue inflatable kayak but, he and a friend began their float at Seven Castles, just outside of downtown Basalt. Britt Queer and his girlfriend were on a restaurant patio along the Fryingpan when they saw the empty kayak and Young’s body.

Elizabeth Ferrill is the new artistic director of painting, drawing, and printmaking at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. She discusses her goals in her new position, as well as her personal work and inspiration. Ferrill recently did a study of fences along the U.S. / Mexico border. 

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  To put on every chef demonstration over the weekend, an army of cooks in the kitchen works tirelessly to measure, chop, grate, julienne, dice and peel ingredients for the top-tier chefs who come to the Roaring Fork Valley to showcase what they do best.

Watching the chef’s demonstrate their cooking prowess is a relaxing and hunger-inducing experience. It is like watching a cooking television show. And that is because you are part of the studio audience.

Mike Simmons, Chairman of the Aspen Science Center board, and Jackie Francis, Executive Director of the Aspen Science Center, share their vision for the future of the center. The organization hopes to build a science museum where visitors (both locals and tourists) can explore, interact, and discover. 

Learn more about the Aspen Science Center and their summer programs at www.AspenScienceCenter.org

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