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Colorado River

Last month, students from across the Roaring Fork Valley gathered to discuss water. At the first-ever Youth Water Summit, teenagers presented their own white papers on everything from water rights to environmental activism.

Courtesy of Colorado River District

The Colorado River District has one finalist — a local water attorney — for its general manager position.

Grand Avenue Bridge Project

The old Grand Avenue Bridge has a concrete pier sitting in the middle of the Colorado River.

Shoshone, Grizzly Creek and No Name put-ins are closing for 10 days, starting Monday.  Boaters need to find somewhere else to recreate, as only some commercial guides will still be able to use them.  

Courtesy of Conservation Colorado

Colorado’s rivers received their first-ever report cards from an environmental organization last week, and it’s a mixed bag.

 

Courtesy of waltonfamilyfoundation.org

A billionaire family with ties to Aspen is concerned about the health of one of the region’s crucial bodies of water. The Walton Family Foundation will donate $20 million toward conservation programs aimed at keeping water in Colorado River. Grants were awarded to the National Wildlife Federation, American Rivers, Western Resource Advocates, the Environmental Defense Fund and other organizations.

Valley Roundup, June 16, 2017

Jun 16, 2017

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

 

Joining me this week are David Krause, editor of the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times and the Snowmass Sun, and Olivia Oksenhorn, Aspen Public Radio’s summer intern.

 

 

 

Courtesy of Colorado River District

The Colorado River District is concerned about low water levels at Lake Powell and is starting the second year of studies meant to keep water in the reservoir.

Body found in Colorado River

Jun 26, 2016
Photo courtesy of Colorado.com

The body of an unidentified middle-aged man was found floating in the Colorado River over the weekend. Commercial rafters discovered the body Saturday around noon just west of Glenwood Springs near the new Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Authorities believe the body had been in the river for days. An autopsy will be used to determine the probable cause of death and hopefully determine the victim’s identity.

 

Valley Roundup for June 17, 2016

Jun 18, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The International Ski Federation has given its final blessing for Aspen Mountain to host the world cup finals in March of 2017.

With decision made, now real work begins for 2017 World Cup FinalsBreaking news: FIS makes 2017 World Cup Finals official

 

 

Garfield County Sheriff warns of high water

Jun 6, 2016
Creative Commons/Flickr/jimmy thomas

  Rivers in the area are expected to hit peak flows in the next few weeks and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is one of several agencies warning residents to be careful when recreating in the water.

Colorado River Water Conservation District

Ahead of a deadline to finalize the Colorado Water Plan, elected leaders from the Western Slope are emphasizing their opposition to transmountain diversions. The plan aims to find ways to supply water to the state’s growing population. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Marci Krivonen

High school students from around the valley got a lesson on drought and water scarcity in the West Thursday. The organization Ecoflight brought in experts, and college students just returned from a flight over the Colorado River basin. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

Creative Commons/Flickr/Carolyn Cuskey

A new water agreement will send additional water from Ruedi Reservoir near Basalt, to endangered fish in the Colorado River. 

Pete McBride

Incentives from the federal government for farmers who grow crops like cotton are contributing to the depletion of the Colorado River. A Propublica report this spring investigated the issue. The article’s author was at the Aspen Ideas Festival Tuesday (6/30). Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Creative Commons/Flickr/jimmy thomas

The man who died rafting the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon this weekend was from Illinois. The Garfield County Coroner reports 56-year-old Dennis Janes drowned after he fell from a raft Saturday. The accident happened east of the Grizzly Creek rest area. Janes was one of three people in the raft, which was not from a commercial company. He was wearing both a life vest and a helmet. River flows are strong this spring because of plentiful moisture and upstream reservoir releases.

Local filmmaker wins awards, takes film on the road

Apr 24, 2015
Valerie Perry

Pete McBride has had an invigorating last few months. He’s been on the road with his film, “Delta Dawn,” about his journey down the Colorado River, and seeing its waters meet the ocean for the first time in decades. McBride’s film has garnered several awards. He talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher about the feedback he’s gotten from moviegoers and film festivals.

 

Rios to Rivers

Weston Boyles, Executive Director of Rios to Rivers

Ríos to Rivers is uniting young kayakers from Patagonia, Chile and Colorado with kayaking expeditions in Chile on the Río Baker and in the US on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The Chilean kayakers will see for the first time a mega-dam and the resultant impacts on the river. US students will experience the majesty of an undeveloped river flowing through a pristine wilderness. The group will learn about the ecological impacts of dams, explore viable renewable energy sources, and take part in cultural exchange.

Your Morning News - December 12th, 2014

Dec 12, 2014

Parking Scam Investigation Nets Big Numbers, Many Cards

More than 4,000 debit cards were used in a massive Aspen parking fraud scheme between September 2013 and November 2014. Aspen’s Police Department has released an update on the case. According to a credit card processing company, nearly 200 of the cards had more than a $1,000 worth of charges used to get free parking in downtown Aspen. Police Spokeswoman Blair Weyer says investigators are using the new information to pinpoint who was gaming the system.

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