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APR Local News
7:33 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Improved Oil,Gas Technology May Be Improving Air Quality In Garfield County

Air quality in Garfield County is improving, according to the County's latest ambient air quality data.
Credit www.garfield-county.com

Garfield County recently released a report showing air pollution is on a decreasing trend. County officials attribute the decline in part, to improvements in how oil and gas companies operate in the region. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, some county residents don’t think the numbers tell the whole story.

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First Draft
3:26 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

First Draft - Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley writes novels, non-fiction and essays. Her novel A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.   In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006.  Her most recent novel for adults is Private Life and her most recent young adult fiction is a series called The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch.  She lives in Northern California.

Anti-Drilling Community
3:04 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Activists v Activists

Credit Amazon.com

Among people opposed to oil and gas drilling it is a given that the Thompson Divide area should be off limits.  Still, there is disagreement within anti-drilling activists over strategy.  That difference of ideas burst recently into open criticism aimed at the Thompson Divide Coalition.  Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon reported on the squabble this week and he spoke about it with APR’s Roger Adams.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

El Jebel Non-Profit Uses Gardening To Feed The Hungry

Kim Wille started the non-profit Growing Food Forward after struggling with hunger, herself. Now, the organization delivers thousands of pounds of food to the region's hungry.
Credit Marci Krivonen

A non profit in the Mid-valley is ramping up for growing season. This will be the second year Growing Food Forward uses gardening to help feed the region’s hungry. The organization grows crops for area food pantries, distributes food and seeds to low-income families, and works with schools that have high numbers of kids who use the “free and reduced lunch” program. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Kim Wille, the founder and executive director of the non-profit. She says they manage more than 35 gardens from Aspen to Rifle.

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APR Local News
9:52 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Family, Long Ago, in the Upper Valley

Aspen Directory, 1893.
Credit Aspen Historical Society

 

What happens when you’re not from a place… but maybe your family was...years and years ago? Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher finds out. She had heard that she had ancestors in the Upper Valley during the turn of the last century… so she set out to find the real story.

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