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Mountain Edition
3:29 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Mountain Edition - February 6th, 2014

Aspen and other parts of the Upper Valley are still digging out from last week’s historic snowstorm and there’s more powder in the forecast.

And all that snowpack is good news for farmers and ranchers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The Aspen community continues to grapple with the recent loss of a beloved newspaper editor. We take a look at how hard it can be to prevent suicide.

On a lighter note, soon it’ll be much easier to speed through security at Aspen’s airport, a Catholic monk in Old Snowmass is featured in a new movie and the Olympic Games have kicked off in Sochi… we’ll talk with an Aspen athlete who’s settling in and getting ready to compete. We’ll also hear the latest on security concerns at the games in Russia.

2014 Winter Olympics from the Inside
10:25 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Sochi via Istanbul - Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia

Blue Mosque - Istanbul, Turkey
Ruthie Brown

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are very excited to share the travels of Simi Hamilton’s family to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing dispatches from Ruthie Brown and family as they give you a first-hand, “behind-the-scenes” look at the Olympics.

We ran into our friend Joan from Aspen at the blue masque. She volunteered at the Vancouver Olympics and is helping guide one of her clients around Sochi and will attend the Alpine events. Amazing that in such a huge city we would run into an Aspen friend.

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Science
8:23 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Lasers Help Scientists Get a Detailed Picture of the West's Snowpack

A new method of measuring snowpack in mountains in the Western United States uses lasers. This image shows the snow water equivalent (top image) and snow albedo, or reflectivity (bottom image) for the Tuolumne River Basin in California's Sierra Nevada in April of 2013.
Credit www.jpl.nasa.gov

Scientists in Colorado are working to improve runoff forecasting in the West so water managers can meet growing needs in the future. A growing population coupled with climate change means every drop will count. Scientists are mapping terrain and snow with lasers to provide a more accurate picture of the snowpack. It's called the NASA JPL Airborne Snow Observatory. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jeff Deems, a research scientist with the University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s involved with the project.

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APR Local News
10:28 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Snowy Forecast Brings Smiles, Plans, Worries

Brazilian citizens Paulo and Lenita Cardoso, enjoying a day at Buttermilk.
Elise Thatcher

Aspen Skiing Company says its four mountains have gotten fifteen feet of snow this winter, only halfway through the ski and snowboard season. A big contributor was a storm that dumped a historic amount of white gold in Aspen last week. Now, more winter weather is in the works, with two feet in the forecast for the next several days. There are mixed reactions from locals and tourists. 

 

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Aspen Airport
5:50 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Faster Security Checks

Credit US Justice Foundation

Next week, Aspen’s airport will become one of about one hundred in the country to allow expedited passenger security screening.  The Transportation Security Administration, TSA, will accept Aspen travelers into what’s called a pre check program meaning they can go through security check lines much faster.  APR's Roger Adams reports.

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