6:00am

Mon March 17, 2014
APR Local News

Lessons on Ducks, Snow; Environmental Education Expands

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is expanding its programming in schools across the Roaring Fork Valley.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Environmental education is expanding in schools across the Roaring Fork Valley. The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies grew its teaching programs over the last two years to include schools like Basalt Elementary and Carbondale’s Crystal River Elementary school. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, studies show schools with environmental programs score higher on standardized tests.

Environmental educator Melanie Poole instructs a group of kindergarten students plopped down in a semi-circle. Today’s lesson is about duck adaptations.

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10:53am

Sun March 16, 2014
Music

Randy Newman Music

Randy Newman

ASPENBEAT RADIO: RANDY NEWMAN MUSIC

"Most of my songs are about insensitivity of some kind"
-Randy Newman

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3:32pm

Fri March 14, 2014

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Fri March 14, 2014
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Robert McDuffie

Robert McDuffie
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Grammy nominated artist Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Montreal, and Toronto Symphonies, the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minnesota Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Hamburg Symphony, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria, and all of the major orchestras of Australia.

He gave the World Premiere of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons” a work written for Robert McDuffie with the Toronto Symphony. During the 2010–2011 season, McDuffie completed a 30-city U.S. tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, pairing the Glass Four Seasons with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. He has also played the Glass with the National Symphony of Mexico, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Hamburg Ballet, the Nashville, Louisiana, San Diego, Dallas, San Antonio, and Colorado Symphonies, the Poznan Philharmonic of Poland, the Prague Philharmonia at the Prague Spring Festival, with the Scottish Ensemble in Glasgow, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in Holland and Belgium, at the Belgrade Music Festival, and, paired with the Vivaldi Four Seasons, with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra at the Zürich Tonhalle.

Robert McDuffie is the founder of the Rome Chamber Music Festival. He was recently awarded the prestigious Premio Simpatia by the Mayor of Rome, in recognition of his contribution to the city’s cultural life. He served for 10 years on the board of directors of the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City where he was chairman of the artistic and education committee. Mr. McDuffie holds the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Robert McDuffie lives in New York with his wife and two children. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the “Ladenburg.”

Robert McDuffie Official Website: http://www.robertmcduffie.com/

Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University: http://departments.mercer.edu/mcduffie/

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12:02pm

Fri March 14, 2014
APR Local News

VVH Hacked: 5400 Patient Records Breached

Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs
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  Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs was the target of computer hackers and has suffered a major breach of patient information security.  Hospital officials say the personal data of more than five-thousand patients was compromised.  Stacey Gavrell is head of community relations for the hospital

“The patient information does obviously make it very serious for us and we are going to respond seriously and we are responding seriously.”

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6:00am

Fri March 14, 2014
APR Local News

Local Designers Create Sustainable Clothing for Carbondale Fashion Show

Clothing designer and Aspen seamstress Maria McFarland designed floor-length dresses for the "Green is the New Black" fashion show in Carbondale. The show highlights clothing made from sustainable items.
Marci Krivonen

In Aspen this week, well-known brands like Helly Hansen and Columbia are being featured on the runway during Aspen International Fashion Week. Farther Downvalley, a different kind of fashion show is about to get underway. The so-called Green is the New Black show highlights recycled and sustainable clothing. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

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3:28pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - March 13th, 2014

Residents in Pitkin County are mostly satisfied with how their tax dollars are being spent. Still, there are some concerns.

Models in Aspen are showing off the latest in outdoor fashion this week. Aspen International Fashion Week starts today.

Whiskey sales are surging for the first time in 30 years...and one local whiskey-maker is jumping into the action.

In a recent federal crackdown on Aspen businesses, restaurants were found to be the biggest violators of not paying workers enough in overtime.

The Paralympics are underway in Sochi and eight athletes who train in Aspen are competing. We highlight one skier who was born without a femur...and another who races in a mono-ski.

2:28pm

Thu March 13, 2014
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Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson
Credit Jon Anderson Website

When Jon Anderson and some of his fellow Brits formed Yes some 45 years ago, they helped launch the genre of music that would become known as progressive rock. King Crimson, Genesis, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rush, and others would soon follow, and all of these bands helped raise the level of musicianship in rock across the board. Yes went on to sell tens of millions of records—elaborate works filled with Anderson’s epic lyrical tales of mysterious worlds and forces, all backed by complex yet often melodic arrangements that the rock world had never before experienced. From 1969 to 1979 Yes released an incredible string of 11 albums, and Anderson fronted the band until 2008.

As a solo artist, Anderson has found the time and energy to release 13 albums over the years. Jon’s solo music is quieter and more spiritual than his work with Yes but no less powerful in its own way. He’ll be playing plenty of both at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday night.

More info on the show: http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/detail/jon-anderson

More info on Jon Anderson: http://www.jonanderson.com/

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6:07am

Thu March 13, 2014
Skiing & Snowboarding

Avalanche Forecasters Hoping to Expand Outreach

Credit Photo by Dale Atkins/RECCO

It’s been a big avalanche season this winter, with some of the most powerful Colorado slides experts have seen. Now, the state’s hub for avalanche forecasting is hoping to add ways to help people avoid getting caught in avalanche accidents. The non-profit  Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is aiming to raise a hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. To find out exactly what that money would go towards, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Ethan Greene, Executive Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. 

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6:00am

Thu March 13, 2014
APR Local News

Woody Creek Whiskey Maker Gets In On A Growing Market

Woody Creek whiskey-maker Jess Graber has a new product: Tincup American Whiskey. He says the market for whiskey is good right now.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The Apres’ Ski Cocktail Classic starts mixing in Snowmass on Thursday. This year whiskey will be playing a central role. The brown liquor is gaining popularity. Last year, sales of whiskey in the United States jumped 6 percent. More than 5 million cases of whiskeys were sold including Irish, blended, Single Malt Scotch and American. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, one local whiskey-maker is jumping into the action.

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