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The Wheeler Opera House will be delaying its opening until early January. The venue was originally scheduled to reopen its doors on Dec. 18, but an unforeseen repair issue forced the schedule to be pushed back a month.

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.

Jim Paussa

    

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.

Shiffrin dominates, winning back-to-back races in Aspen

Nov 29, 2015
Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Snowmass

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.

Aspen a fresh start for Resi Stiegler after knee injury

Nov 26, 2015
Mitchell Gunn/ESPA

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.

Mountain Edition - November 26th, 2015

Nov 26, 2015

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. 

Two more exhibits opening at Aspen Art Museum

Nov 18, 2015

The last of the Aspen Art Museum’s new shows will be opening tomorrow. They’ll be marked by a reception tonight.

Ryan Gander’s exhibit “Make every show like it’s your last” will open Friday, along with a group exhibition called “A Fragile But Marvelous Life.”

Gander’s sculptures are modeled after things like his daughter’s makeshift forts. “A Fragile But Marvelous Life” includes the work of Ian Wilson who is known for his minimalistic style, including works like his 1968 piece “Circle on the floor” which is exactly what it sounds like.

 

When winter comes, so do changes for the arts scene

Nov 18, 2015
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Lots of people are coming into town now that skiing is back. Hotels are going to be running at full capacity soon enough, but the arts scene also has to ramp up for the high-season.

How to make a high-class restaurant menu

Nov 17, 2015
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

  Lots of work goes into putting together a high-quality restaurant menu. What sort of ingredients should` be included? Are there any new trends to follow? Right now, chefs at Element 47 in the Little Nell in Aspen are trying to figure that out.

Website details how climate change will alter forests

Nov 11, 2015
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…”

Curated - November 9th

Nov 10, 2015

This week's episode of Curated features the La Catrina Quartet, new art exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum and James Bond!

Blue Horizon - Nov. 7, 2015

Nov 7, 2015

With Veterans Day coming up next week, Blue Horizon will be featuring artists who are or were also veterans.

Featured artists include:  Big Bill Broonzy, Hosea Leavy, Junior Wells, Jay McShann, Magic Sam and more.   Here is a video of Vietnam veteran Watermelon Slim: 

Creative Commons/Flickr/Parker Knight

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. 

Mountain Edition - November 5th, 2015

Nov 5, 2015

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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Perhaps not surprisingly, the City of Aspen’s economy was driven by marijuana, booze and construction sales in September. 

Those categories were the drivers of a 15 percent increase in overall retail sales compared to the same month in 2014, according to a city report. Sales of sports equipment and clothing also saw a jump. One category did see a decline in September: miscellaneous sales. That includes sectors like health/beauty and banks/finance.

Facebook/Aspen's Community Center

Now that the electorate narrowly approved using Aspen City Hall for “community use” in the future, a group is moving forward with plans to return the building to its roots. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Marci Krivonen

The developer behind a proposed lodge on Main Street in Aspen, said Tuesday he wouldn’t be surprised if voters turned down Base 2. And, that’s exactly what they did. The issue — called Question 2A on the ballot — was polarizing, with many saying the lodge was a step toward progression. Others said it broke city rules and didn’t fit in. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with developer Mark Hunt before the results were released late Tuesday night.

"No" on Base 2 camp reacts to failure of Question 2A

Nov 3, 2015
Marci Krivonen

Voter turnout improved on election day Tuesday (11/3) in Pitkin County. More than 5600 people turned in ballots. That's more than the last odd-year election, which yielded 4800 votes.

A majority of voters decided against Base 2 Lodge. It was the most controversial measure on the ballot. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

The “no” vote won easily, even though the “pro” campaign had more money. Preliminary results show 62 percent of voters decided against building Base 2 lodge on the corner of Monarch and Main streets. 37 percent voted in favor of it.

Aspen voters weigh in on hot-button issue

Nov 3, 2015
Marci Krivonen / Aspen Public Radio

There was a steady stream of voters flowing into the Aspen Jewish Community Center Tuesday. The Center served as a polling place for Aspen voters. Many voters said Question 2A brought them to the polls. If approved, a new hotel called Base 2 would be built on Main Street.

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