city of aspen

APR Local News
8:29 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Remodel Of Aspen's Rubey Park Includes Green Roof, Walls

Studio B Architects in Aspen drew up a proposed remodel and expansion of the Rubey Park Transit Center in Aspen. The project includes a "glass canopy" that would connect three buildings.
Credit City of Aspen/Studio B Architects

Next month Aspen City Council will look over final design plans for a remodel of Aspen’s Rubey Park bus depot. The 30-year-old structure sees millions of riders each year and transportation officials say it’s time for an update. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen went to an open house at the bus station and filed this report.

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Aspen History
7:16 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Bumpy Tour Gives Visitors A Glimpse Into Aspen's Mining History

Warning Sign at old mine site on Smuggler Mountain.
Rob St. Mary

This summer the City of Aspen is partnering with the Aspen Historical Society to show off Aspen’s mining history. Silver mining on Smuggler Mountain was big business in the late 1800’s. Now, remnants of that legacy are easy to find and highlighted on a weekly public jeep tour. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen went along for the ride, bumps and all, and filed this report.

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Renewable Energy
6:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Aspen Closer to 100% Renewable Energy Goal With Ridgway Hydropower

The Ridgway Dam near the San Juan mountains in southwest Colorado began generating energy this spring. The City of Aspen has a contract to purchase some of the power.
Credit Tri-County Water Conservancy District

Water officials in Ridgway, Colorado officially commissioned their new hydropower project on Friday. The City of Aspen is an integral player in the project, which is already providing power to many communities on the Western Slope. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

High Rent, Heavy Regulation Pose Challenges For Young Entrepreneurs In Aspen

Just what is the business climate like in Aspen for young entrepreneurs? For some, setting up shop in the resort is just the right fit.
Credit Flickr/Libby Levi/opensource.com

This month, we’ve been examining what it takes to live and work in Aspen, and whether the middle class is being priced out. Today we focus on young entrepreneurs and the barriers they face when opening a business in Aspen. For some the high rents and seasonal business is worth it, while others were forced to move Downvalley to make it work, financially. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Bo Gallagher, 24, switches on a large dryer in his silk-screening store, Zapazoo Inkworks. Unlike a clothes dryer, this machine has a wide conveyer belt.

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APR Local News
7:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

2013-2014 Ski Season Brings Plentiful Snow, A Boost In Business

Plentiful snowfall this winter season kept skiers and riders happy and helped boost business in Aspen.
Credit Jeremy Swanson

Business leaders say Aspen is bouncing back from the recession and spirits are high, partly because of a snowy winter.

"We have had an incredible winter season, which is wonderful because I’ve been up here presenting before when things haven’t been so great," says Debbie Braun.

She's the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) President and she spoke at a breakfast for business and government leaders Tuesday. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the resort’s total economic activity has almost reached pre-recession levels.

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