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3:05pm

Tue December 10, 2013
Environment

Helicopters Part of Annual Wildlife Count

Live mule deer captured with net-gunning.
Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife

Most hunting seasons are winding down, but things are just getting busy at the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. The agency is starting up its annual survey of animals across the state, which can require something called “net-gunning.” Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Division Spokesman Mike Porras.

 

 

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10:26am

Tue December 10, 2013
Health

Study: High School Athletes at High Elevations Suffer Fewer Concussions

A new study shows high school athletes, like football and ice hockey players, suffer fewer concussions at higher altitudes.
Credit Creative Commons/Flickr/U.S. Army

 

Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health have found high school athletes competing at higher elevations suffer fewer concussions than their sea-level counterparts. The reason: a phenomenon attributed to physiological changes in the brain that causes it to fit more snuggly in the skull. The results showed a 31 percent decrease in concussion rates among athletes playing at 600 feet above sea level, and higher. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Dr. Dawn Comstock. She co-authored the study.

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5:39pm

Mon December 9, 2013
Opinion/Editorial

"What does the fox hear? Noise impacts and the importance of natural silence."

A fox hunting mice under the snow requires complete silence to listen for its prey. Wintertime noise from snowmobiles to jet engines overhead can make the difference between survival and an empty stomach.

A key rationale for conservation is protecting wildlife from the impacts of people. Some of those impacts are obvious, like cutting down trees or building a parking lot over a wetland. Some though are harder to understand or see, literally. A recent study from Boise State University caught my attention. In it researchers created a phantom ‘road’ along a mountainside in Idaho by attaching speakers to trees and playing the sounds of a hi-way into an otherwise pristine forest. 

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5:21pm

Mon December 9, 2013
Road to Sochi

Road to Sochi: Aspen's Olympic History Stretches Back Decades

The 1959 U.S. Ski Team includes athletes with Aspen connections. Chuck Ferries and Max Marolt are two of them.
Aspen Historical Society/Tony Gauba collection

Over the last several weeks, we’ve heard from nearly a dozen athletes working toward competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics. That’s a big number and it isn’t uncommon. For decades, Aspen’s been either a hometown or training grounds for Olympic athletes. Since the 1930s, nearly thirty athletes with ties to Aspen have competed in the Olympic Games. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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3:27pm

Mon December 9, 2013
First Draft

First Draft - Alice McDermott

Credit Jamie and Andrew Shoenberger

Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels including National Book Award Winner Charming Billy and three Pulitzer Prize finalists: After This, That Night and At Weddings and Wakes. She is Johns Hopkins University's Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities. She has a BA from SUNY Oswego and an MA from University of New Hampshire. Her new novel is Someone.

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