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APR Local News
6:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Black Bears Make Their Way Back Into Aspen

Two bears are spotted along the Hyman Avenue Mall in Aspen in 2007. This year the bear activity is picking up because berries aren't yet ripe in the high country.
Credit aspenpitkin.com

Bears are increasingly being drawn into Aspen this summer as their natural foods up high are late to bloom. Early Sunday a black bear swiped at a woman in a downtown alley. And, the number of bear-related calls to police have spiked in July. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

So far in 2014, the Aspen Police Department has handled 150 calls, from bears digging through garbage to questions about local trash laws. Five callers reported bears breaking into homes. Police Department spokesperson Blair Weyer says so far it’s a moderate year for bear activity.

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Moose in the Maroon Bells
3:03 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

“Have you heard about the moose?”

File Photo - Bull Moose
Credit wikipedia

Moose are showing up this summer at one of Aspen’s most popular destinations; the Maroon Bells.  Already there have been reports of moose charging hikers and the Forest Service closed the trails there for a day this week. The trails have reopened but rangers are warning visitors to be aware of the potential danger.  As Aspen Public Radio’s Dorothy Atkins explains they are also considering other options.

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Backcountry Trails
9:19 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Yield to the Horse

Buck
Credit Roger Adams

As the number of public trails in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley grows, one group of users wants to make sure their voice is heard. Pitkin County is in the process of connecting more trails...and equestrians want to make sure they have access. Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams reports.

“Its important that we all share the trails and work together.  We’re so lucky that Pitkin County is going to be involved in enhancing these trails.

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Avalanche
3:11 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

CAIC: Deadly Avalanche Could Have Been Avoided

Loveland Pass - Photo from CAIC's website

More details are available on what happened during the April 20th deadly avalanche on Loveland Pass. It was the worst accident of its kind in more than a half a century. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center released their final report on Wednesday April 24th. In it are some painful details--like the lone survivor waiting four hours to be dug out, and the slide being powerful enough to wreck car. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with CAIC Executive Director Ethan Greene.

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