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Aspen to Central America
9:42 am
Tue April 29, 2014

On the Road: The American Experience

The bike and the West
Credit Skippy Mesirow

Aspen, CO. – Douglas, AZ.

Not all those who wander are lost. The script words on my friend’s ribcage immerge from the water. The clank of plastic glasses and the laugh of friends fill the air – the last hot tub of the season in Aspen, the embodiment of joy. Amazing friends, a breathtaking environment, an active lifestyle, great conversations, strong embraces. It’s what we all cherish and why we all call Aspen home. Yet for all its opportunity, all its character, and all its glory, to truly expand ones horizons, to expand ones understanding, empathy, and context for the world, one must venture out.

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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

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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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