snowpack http://aspenpublicradio.org en Big Water Boosts Flows For Whitewater Rafters http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/big-water-boosts-flows-whitewater-rafters <p></p><p>This winter’s mega snowpack in the mountains is melting and filling reservoirs and rivers around the state. For whitewater rafting companies the big flows are good for thrills. But, some stretches are river are too full to float. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Longtime rafting guide Bob Morse is giving his safety </span>spiel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to a small group preparing to board a bright yellow raft. For some, it’s their first time rafting.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:42:52 +0000 Marci Krivonen 19577 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Big Water Boosts Flows For Whitewater Rafters Mountain Edition - April 3rd, 2014 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/mountain-edition-april-3rd-2014 <p>Defense attorneys in the Nancy Pfister case are digging through lots of evidence.</p><p>Spring snow showers have boosted snowpack to above-average levels and forecasts are calling for high river flows this spring.</p><p>A Western Slope lawmaker is proposing Colorado get its own firefighting fleet of airplanes and helicopters.</p><p>And, wildfire is on the minds of local officials who are planning ahead after devastating fires in recent years, on the Front Range.</p><p>Suicide is getting attention in the Aspen community, after several deaths this winter.</p><p>And, we have some fun with what could be the Upper Valley’s first home inspired hybrid.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:32:49 +0000 Elise Thatcher & Marci Krivonen 16520 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Mountain Edition - April 3rd, 2014 Forecast: Big Spring Melt Will Boost Area Rivers To Above-Average Levels http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/forecast-big-spring-melt-will-boost-area-rivers-above-average-levels <p></p><p>Spring runoff in the Roaring Fork Valley typically starts around this time, in early to mid-April. It peaks later in the spring. This year mountain snow is plentiful and once it melts, river flows are predicted to be higher than average. But, the timing of the melt is important. Aspen public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Sarah Johnson, the Outreach Coordinator for the Roaring Fork Conservancy. She says the snowpack in the Roaring Fork watershed is well above average.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:47:18 +0000 Marci Krivonen 16487 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Forecast: Big Spring Melt Will Boost Area Rivers To Above-Average Levels Lasers Help Scientists Get a Detailed Picture of the West's Snowpack http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/lasers-help-scientists-get-detailed-picture-wests-snowpack <p></p><p>Scientists in Colorado are working to improve runoff forecasting in the West so water managers can meet growing needs in the future. A growing population coupled with climate change means every drop will count. Scientists are mapping terrain and snow with lasers to provide a more accurate picture of the snowpack. It's called the NASA JPL Airborne Snow Observatory. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jeff Deems, a research scientist with the University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s involved with the project.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:23:44 +0000 Marci Krivonen 13907 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Lasers Help Scientists Get a Detailed Picture of the West's Snowpack Mountain Edition - December 5th, 2013 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/mountain-edition-december-5th-2013 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Interstate, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 300; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">A whopper of a snowstorm dumped more than a foot of white gold along the Roaring Fork Valley.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Interstate, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 300; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The Town of Basalt is facing angry residents who don’t want to be forced out of their homes.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Interstate, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 300; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">South of Carbondale, citizen scientists are using backpacks to get more data on air pollution</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Interstate, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 300; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">And other residents there are grappling with more layoffs at the Elk Creek coal mine. It’s been all but closed up.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Interstate, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 300; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">A New Castle native is hoping to overcome a big injury and make it to the Winter Olympics.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Interstate, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 300; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">And we’ll hear from a seasoned athlete about what it’s like to compete in the Olympics and take home a medal.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Interstate, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 300; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:37:01 +0000 Elise Thatcher & Marci Krivonen 11191 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Mountain Edition - December 5th, 2013