Marci Krivonen

A Basalt-based conservation group is putting some science behind water problems on the Crystal River. A drought in 2012 made clear the need to improve the river’s health, when stream flows dropped to a trickle. 

The problem with the Crystal River that runs through Redstone and Carbondale, is sometimes there’s not enough water and too much dirt. Heavy sedimentation can smother fish and aquatic insects. In 2012, American Rivers named the river one of the most endangered in the country.

The Roaring Fork Conservancy wants to do more than just raise awareness, so it created a management plan. Right now, the group’s gathering data about the riverbed. Heather Tattersall is with the Conservancy.

"So (we’re) making a computerized model of what the Crystal River looks like, as far as where there are pools, where it’s flat, where it’s deep. So we’ll be able to take that model of the river and say, ‘Ok, if we add this much water to it, how much fish habitat do we create? If we take water away from it, where does it get hurt?’"

Once the modeling is complete, the Conservancy may take steps like restoring the river bank or narrowing a river channel.

Your Morning News - December 4th, 2014

Dec 4, 2014

Big Bike Race Comes Back to Aspen

Aspen will be included in the USA Pro Challenge once again.The route for the 2015 cycling race was announced live on Denver’s 9news this morning. The race starts on August 17th in Steamboat Springs and moves through Arapahoe Basin and Copper before it arrives in Aspen. From Aspen, the cyclists head to Breckenridge.

Aspen has hosted the race several times. In August of this year, it started in Aspen/Snowmass.

Glenwood Springs Police Department

If you live in Glenwood Springs, and bear gets into your trash, the police will give you a warning. If it happens again, even a few times, you might get a small fine. But that could change after recommendations from the city’s Police Department. Officials are considering cracking down on people letting bears eat their garbage. The move comes after an unusually high amount of bear and trash problems in the last year. APR’s Elise Thatcher talks with Chief Terry Wilson.

Your Evening News - December 3rd, 2014

Dec 3, 2014

Gov. Hickenlooper Apologizes for Sand Creek Massacre

On November 29th, 1864, Colorado militia volunteers slaughtered up to 150 women, children, and elderly members of the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes at Sand Creek. Today, Governor John Hickenlooper apologized to the descendants of the Massacre at the 150th Anniversary and Commemoration Ceremony. Hickenlooper says he doesn’t make the announcement lightly and it follows his discussions with all the former living governors of the state.

This week on CrossCurrents, part 2 of The Great Book Series at the Aspen Institute. Senior moderators Pete Thigpen and Todd Breyfogle are guests.

Also Walter Isaacson, CEO and President of the Aspen Institute, on his new book, The Innovators.

About the Great Book Series from the Aspen Institute website:

Your Morning News - December 3rd, 2014

Dec 3, 2014

Health Care Sign Ups Are Go

Residents in the Roaring Fork Valley and around Colorado have had about two weeks to sign up for health insurance through the statewide online marketplace, called Connect for Health.

Your Evening News - December 2nd, 2014

Dec 2, 2014

Glassier Open Space Comment Deadline Approaches

The deadline is looming to comment on a management plan for a new open space parcel in the mid-valley. The Glassier open space near Emma will be used for recreation and agriculture.

Unlike most Pitkin County-managed open space parcels, the Glassier land will give agricultural producers a chance to grow crops. About half of the 282-acre land is irrigated and at one time, was used for ranching.

Your Morning News - December 2nd, 2014

Dec 2, 2014

Aspen Considers New Lodging Incentives

Aspen City Council has decided to once again move forward with trying to improve lodging in the resort. At a special meeting last night, elected officials decided to go with a much more mild version than previously.

Small lodges were one of the key themes of the night, with several people speaking in favor of making it easier for those establishments to freshen up their interiors or get a facelift. Marcia Goshorn made this public comment about the importance of making sure small lodges don’t disappear.

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