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Colorado River
10:18 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Colorado River Could Reconnect With Sea After Several Dry Years

A man paddling through garbage and froth near the end of the Colorado River close to Sonora, Arizona.
Credit Peter McBride

The Colorado River is expected to reconnect with the sea today, for the first time in several years. Two months ago, water officials sent water down the expansive delta to improve habitat. The last stretch of the river has been dry for decades thanks to overuse. It’s used to supply drinking water, irrigate farmlands and generate power. In 2011, photojournalist and Basalt resident Pete McBride documented the dry delta in his film Chasing Water.

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Aspen Homeless Shelter
3:58 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

A Safety Net

Dr. Vince Savage; Executive Director of the Aspen Homeless Shelter
Credit Roger Adams

 The Aspen Homeless Shelter sent out a fundraising email this week asking for donations to meet the shelter’s budget.  Last year 120 different people spent at least a few days at the shelter where they were able to take baths, wash their clothes and eat a meal.  This was all accomplished on a shoe string budget of less than $250,000.  

Until last November, the shelter was fuly funded by the Aspen Valley Foundation (formerly the Aspen Medical Foundation.)  Now on its own, the homeless shelter has had success so far in meeting its budget needs.  

Dr. Vince Savage is the shelter’s executive director.  He spoke with APR’s Roger Adams about the myths that surround homelessness.

The broadcast version of the interview is here:

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CrossCurrents
3:27 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

CrossCurrents - Spellbinders

Jackie Merrill and Catherine Johnson are from Spellbinders – a non-profit dedicated to restoring the art of oral storytelling to connect elders to youth, weaving together the wisdom of diverse cultures throughout time.

http://www.spellbinders.org/

Special Coverage
10:06 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Spotlight Health: Treating Addiction

Ben Cort handles Business Development for the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR), University of Colorado Hospital.
Credit CeDAR/University of Colorado Hospital

 Treating drug addictions can be gender specific, and that's part of the therapy at the Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. Ben Cort represents the Center, and sat down with APR’s Elise Thatcher. 

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Oil and Gas
7:16 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Pitkin County To BLM: Cancel Thompson Divide Leases

Pitkin County is sending a letter to the BLM urging the agency to cancel oil and gas leases that overlap the County and the Thompson Divide, southwest of Carbondale.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Pitkin County is reiterating its opposition to drilling in the Thompson Divide area through a letter to the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM is taking comments on its review of 65 oil and gas leases that stretch over the White River National Forest. Twenty-five of those leases are in the Thompson Divide, southwest of Carbondale.

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