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Marci Krivonen

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Originally from Montana, Marci grew up near the mountains and can't get enough of them. She began in broadcasting in Missoula, Montana where she anchored Montana Public Radio's local Evening Edition news program. She then picked up a camera and tripod and worked for Missoula's local CBS television station as a reporter. Shortly after that, she returned to radio and became the Assistant News Director at a radio station in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Marci began at Aspen Public Radio in 2007 as the station's morning host and reporter. Although you can occasionally hear Marci in the mornings, she is now quite content to be sleeping in and reporting all day. When not at the station, Marci is on her road bike, meeting people, or skiing.

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Aspen Global Change Institute

When it comes to impacts from climate change, communities across the world are in trouble. That’s according to a Portugal-based professor of Environmental Psychology. Jose Palma spoke in Aspen about how communities must become more resilient. He told Marci Krivonen ecosystems are increasingly vulnerable and societies are stressed, and less able to handle change.

Jose Palma is with the University of Lisbon. He gave a public lecture Wednesday on behalf of the Aspen Global Change Institute.

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The Pitkin County Commissioners gave initial approval Tuesday (12/1) to a request from the ambulance district to pursue a new facility. 

In its budget for 2016, the district has set aside 300-thousand dollars to plan and design a new ambulance barn. The current building next to the hospital is inadequate. Ambulance Director Gabe Muething says today’s ambulances are too big for the 25-year-old facility.

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Long-time Aspen resident and artist Betty Weiss passed away early Monday at age 90. Weiss was deeply involved in the local arts community and created her own abstract paintings. Friends say she was a committed artist with a great sense of humor. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has this remembrance.

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Local veterans are concerned about planned construction near a memorial site in downtown Aspen. They fear work on a new county building will impact the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial. Local vets and county staff have been in discussions on how to preserve the site, which some say is sacred. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Vietnam veteran Dan Glidden remembers how the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial came to be. It was the mid 1980’s and the Pitkin County commissioners agreed to dedicate a site near the courthouse.

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Alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin made history in Aspen over the weekend. The Vail native pulled in two slalom wins during the three-day World Cup event. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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One of the U.S. women competing at the World Cup races in Aspen is coming back from a knee injury. This season Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole is working to again be among the best racers in the world. 

Stiegler will race in slalom over the weekend. It’s among her first competitions after ACL surgery following a crash during a January training run. Last season, her best competition was at the World Cup in Aspen, where she placed eleventh. She says the Aspen race course is one of her favorites with its rolling hills and curves. She wants a solid race here.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Battlement Mesa residents hope to convince Garfield county commissioners that drilling in a residential area is a bad idea.

Get-out-the-vote efforts fell flat in getting young people to the polls for the fall election.

Finishing touches are wrapping up on a World Cup race course at Aspen Mountain.

And, we talk to the head of alpine racing for the U.S. Ski Team about who he thinks will win.

While many people will be feasting this Thanksgiving, others struggle to put food on the table. One nonprofit is helping.

Madeleine Osberger

The U.S. athletes competing in the World Cup races in Aspen this week have a good shot at winning. That’s according to the head of the alpine program for the U.S. Ski Team. Patrick Riml has been traveling with the team to training camps and races. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with Riml Wednesday, ahead of the start of competition Friday.

Patrick Riml directs the alpine program for the U.S. Ski Team. 

Aspen Journalism

Pitkin County is drawing up comments for the Forest Service on a proposed replacement of Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain. 

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Donations are pouring in to preserve an area used by Aspen school children for outdoor learning.

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In 2013, the head of the Pitkin County Library said she’d pursue a smaller, less expensive library renovation after voters rejected a property tax.

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Aspen mayor Steve Skadron is heading to Paris early next month (Dec.) for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The mayor of Paris invited Skadron to be part of a group of local leaders who pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their cities. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen caught up with Skadron who says he’s excited to be part of such a critical event.

Steve Skadron is mayor of Aspen. In early December he’ll head to Paris for the world climate talks. The city is paying for the trip, estimated to be about $2000. 

White River National Forest

Forest Service officials say early data shows record numbers of visitors to high use areas in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness over the summer.

Mountain Edition - November 12th, 2015

Nov 12, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Aspen Mountain will open early thanks to recent storms.

Hundreds honor veterans at an annual ceremony in the upper valley.

One in ten kids in Pitkin County is living in poverty.

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About 200 people packed into the Aspen firehouse Wednesday (11/11) for an annual ceremony honoring veterans. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

forestforecasts.org

The look of the forests in the Roaring Fork Valley may be dramatically different in the future. High elevation forests could be replaced with lower growing species like aspens. A new website shows how forests in the American West will look different under climate change. The local nonprofit Aspen Center for Environmental Studies worked with scientists to develop the site.

Jamie Werner is Forest Program Director at ACES. Her laptop’s propped open and she’s clicking around the site, forestforecasts.org.

"So here we have Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands…”

CAIC

There are avalanches being reported in the high country already. On Saturday, a skier triggered a large slide on a mountain near Gothic. Forecasters from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center say the activity is due to new and wind-drifted snow gathering on old, weak layers from storms in October. Brian Lazar is with the Center.

Brian Lazar is the Deputy Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

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About one in ten kids in Pitkin County are living in poverty. That’s according to a statewide study discussed in Aspen last week. Officials with the Colorado Children’s Campaign visited with parents, elected leaders and child care workers about their latest findings. Shirley Ritter is a child advocate who runs Kids First — an Aspen center subsidized by taxpayers. She spoke with Marci Krivonen.

Shirley Ritter directs Kids First for the city of Aspen. 

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With the legislative session about two months away, State Senator Kerry Donovan is preparing her legislative agenda. She represents Pitkin, Eagle and other Western Slope counties. This session, she says finding ways to provide internet in rural areas will be a top priority. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.


Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Voters in Aspen this week turned down a new lodge proposed on Main Street. Now, the developer is moving forward with an alternative.

With fresh snow, mountain roads are closing and buses are getting outfitted for skis.

Western Slope officials are making their message clear about the statewide water plan.

And, a proposed development in El Jebel has officers realizing there isn’t enough law enforcement in the area.

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