Science

Aeronautics and Aviation
5:22 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Teaching the Nation's Future Engineers and Pilots

Greg Roark teaches aviation and aeronautics to a group of third and fourth grade students at Aspen Elementary School.
Marci Krivonen

  As schools across the country work to improve students’ comprehension of math and science, one district in the region is taking those lessons to the sky. A new after-school program at the Aspen School District is using hands-on learning to churn out a new generation of aerospace engineers and pilots. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more. 

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CrossCurrents
4:36 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

CrossCurrents - Aspen Ideas Fest: NASA & Gun Violence

Two more speakers from this year's Aspen Ideas Fest:

* Cassie Conley, Planetary Protection Officer with NASA

* Dan Gross, President of Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
 

Business
4:30 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Innovative Computer Tech Company puts Basalt on the Map

Tamas Kovacs founded iOmounts in Basalt. They design and sell innovative stands for mobile devices.
Marci Krivonen

The Roaring Fork Valley is no Silicon Valley. But, it is home to a growing innovative computer tech company. The Basalt-basediOmounts designs and distributes sturdy stands to hold smart phones and tablets. The company does most of its business online and has furnished local lodges, like the Hotel Jerome, with its products.

Turns out, iOmounts isn’t the only business of its kind in Colorado. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

 

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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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Citizen Scientists
9:57 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Aspen Citizens Recruited to Track Changes in Environment

Credit Marci Krivonen

Last month the Obama Administration laid out a plan to help plants and animals deal with the impacts of climate change. Already, polar bears are losing sea ice and waterfowl are flying south weeks later than decades before. The plan lays out strategies on how to help animals survive these changes.

In Aspen, a group of citizen scientists hope to do the same thing. They’re getting trained on how to recognize and record changes to the environment. The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is behind the effort. The group hopes to make it easier to track changes.

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