Arts & Culture Desk

Aspen Public Radio, the Roaring Fork Valley’s premier public media organization, announces the creation of the Arts and Culture Desk, expanding APR’s arts coverage on both radio and digital platforms. Creation of the new Arts and Culture Desk is a part of APR’s ongoing strategic plan to better meet the needs of our audience in the 21st century.

Colorado River
8:46 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Water Managers Discuss Drought And The Colorado River

The Colorado River fills Lake Powell and Lake Mead. A discussion about drought and the Colorado River took place at a conference in Snowmass Village last week.
Credit Colorado River Water Conservation District

NOTE: In the on-air version of this story we incorrectly stated the date of a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announcement about Colorado River cut-backs to lower basin states. That announcement happened in 2013, not this year. (8/26/14)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced this month water releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead will increase next year, after historically low releases in 2014. Lake Mead has reached record low levels this summer. The Colorado River supplies these large reservoirs. At a water conference in Snowmass Village last week, drought and the Colorado River were discussed. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Affordable Care Act
10:25 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

State Fails To Make Insurance Prices User Friendly

The Anthem plan purchased by Catherine Lutz and her family, was hidden in a statewide database of health insurance plans scheduled for 2015.
Elise Thatcher

If you have health insurance, you can now look up how much it might cost you next year. Colorado's insurance office has posted all rate changes for the coming year, to make sure residents know whether their premiums are going up--and why. But actually finding that information can take hours, and may not turn up results at all. 

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Aspen Public Radio
4:38 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Help Wanted: Membership Director

Membership Director

Aspen Public Radio is looking for a dynamic person to sustain and grow our membership. The membership director is expected to develop and implement strategies to achieve that. Knowledge of Donor Perfect or similar donor database is essential. The membership director maintains the station records and coordinates all station correspondence.

This is a great opportunity to grow with an award winning station that serves Aspen to Glenwood Springs and Rifle to Eagle.

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Audio Canvas
4:36 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Audio Canvas: Fall at the Ranch

It's been a busy summer at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms discusses the summer's line up of  lectures series, symposiums, workshops, and what happens when things settle down at the Ranch.

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First Draft
3:27 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

First Draft - Stuart Dybek

Stuart Dybek

Stuart Dybek is the author of five books of fiction: I Sailed With Magellan, The Coast of Chicago, and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods. Most recently published include Paper Lantern: Love Stories and Ecstatic Cahoots: Short Stories.  Both I Sailed With Magellan and The Coast of Chicago were New York Times Notable Books, and The Coast of Chicago was a One Book One Chicago selection. Dybek has also published two collections of poetry: Streets in Their Own Ink and Brass Knuckles.  His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Poetry, Tin House, and many other magazines, and have been widely anthologized, including work in both Best American Fiction and Best American Poetry.  Among Dybek’s numerous awards are a PEN/Malamud Prize “for distinguished achievement in the short story,” a Lannan Award, a Whiting Writers Award, an Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, several O.Henry Prizes, and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2007 Dybek was awarded the  John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

APR Local News
9:57 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Suicide Prevention Training Looks At Behaviors Of People Battling Depression

The Aspen Hope Center is holding a suicide prevention training for the public Monday night. The group's utilizing a new set of questions created by researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center.
Credit Creative Commons/Flickr/Lloyd Morgan

A suicide prevention group is holding a training for the public on Monday on how to recognize if loved ones are exhibiting suicidal signs. The Aspen-based Hope Center has already trained 3000 people in the Roaring Fork Valley but, now they’re using a different method. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke to Michelle Muething, director of the Hope Center and Dr. Kelly Posner-Gerstenhaber, creator of the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: The Thrift Shop of Aspen, Part 4

The Thrift Shop of Aspen is celebrating their 65th birthday with a party. The shop is looking back and celebrating 65 years of action. Ellen Walbert a long-time volunteer, shares about the birthday party festivities. The Thrift Shop of Aspen is where locals and visitors have found reasonably priced goods, even a cookbook with local recipes. Patti Stranahan is the former President of the Thrift Shop of Aspen and discusses the cookbook. The Thrift Shop of Aspen is looking back and celebrating 65 years of action, while also looking to the future. Lynda McCarthy is the Treasurer of the Thrift Shop of Aspen and shares about the future of the non-profit organization. September's celebration isn't just for the physical goods that have made The Thrift Shop of Aspen what it is, but it is also for the volunteers who have dedicated countless hours and hard work. Diane Wallace, co-President of the Thrift Shop of Aspen explains what makes their volunteers special.

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APR Local News
9:20 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Head-On Vehicle Crashes Claim Two Lives

Authorities respond to a fatal head-on crash near Basalt Saturday afternoon. An Aspen man who was riding a motorcycle was killed in the crash.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Colorado State Patrol responded to two fatal accidents in our region Saturday. The first happened near Emma, on Highway 82. A 53-year-old Aspen man was killed just before 5pm in the westbound lanes. His name has not yet been released.

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