Aspen Fire Protection District

Marci Krivonen

The Aspen community  is mourning the passing a long-time volunteer firefighter and former teacher. The Aspen Times reports Willard Clapper died at his home on Thursday after battling lymphoma. Clapper was raised in Aspen and, was well-known and well-loved by his community. On Friday his fellow firefighters held a remembrance.

Marci Krivonen

Firefighters in Aspen today marked the 13th anniversary of 9-11 with a somber ceremony. The event not only recognized the World Trade Center attacks, but also touched on President Obama’s recent efforts to root out Islamic State extremists. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The mood was reflective and somber as local firefighters lined up outside the Aspen firehouse just after noon. A large American Flag waved high overhead as a group of more than 100 people gathered. A bell rang to remember the 343 firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center.

Marci Krivonen

Even though there’s still snow on the ground, local planning is already happening around wildfires. Prompted by large and destructive fires in recent years, the City of Aspen, Pitkin County and the local fire protection district are working together to make neighborhoods safer. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

It’s lightly snowing in a neighborhood east of Aspen as firefighter Parker Lathrop makes his way up a winding, paved road.