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Gina McCarthy is the director of the Center For Climate, Heath and the Global Environment at Harvard. She was the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama.

Hurst Lecture Wraps Up Summer Series

Aug 7, 2018

The annual Hurst Lecture wraps up its summer series Wednesday night at Paepcke Auditorium. A panel will discuss how Americans can continue to recover from a decade of slow economic growth.

Roger Adams

On Tuesday, Aspen City Council and Pitkin County Commissioners met to discuss their respective roles in overseeing the workforce housing program.

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) might ask voters for a property tax this fall. There’s a hearing on Thursday in Carbondale for the public to weigh in.

Roger Adams

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron sat on the panel “Change Impact and Action” last week at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. They discussed what the changing climate means for recreation, agriculture and local economies.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

It’s been a few weeks since the Lake Christine Fire tore along the hillsides above Basalt and El Jebel. The flames are gone, but the evidence of the fire is clear on the blackened landscape. It’s a haunting change from the usual green or gold slopes; newspaper columnists have called this a "hellscape."

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On Thursday, the Trump administration announced rollbacks to the Clean Car Standards, which set guidelines for vehicle emissions, but Colorado officials are preparing a workaround.

Mountain Edition: August 2, 2018

Aug 2, 2018

This week, hosts Zoe Rom and Ryer Gardenswartz bring you the week's news from the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Colorado River Water Conservation District

Water managers are boosting flows in the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork Rivers.

Eagle County

A group of mid-valley residents has had it with Eagle County. Our Valley Our Voice wants Basalt, Willits and El Jebel to join neighboring Pitkin County. Leaving one county to join another, it turns out, is no easy task.

Raising a Reader is dedicated to fostering early literacy bonds between children and their parents to ensure that all young children from Aspen to Parachute develop a love of books and the skills to become successful readers. Executive Director Rick Blauvelt and Chair of Raising a Reader's Board of Directors Nate Adams discuss where and how Raising a Reader began, and the impact their non-profit has on the community. 

  US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in conversation with Aspen Institute president and CEO Dan Porterfield about her newest book, Fascism: A Warning. From her early days as a refugee from a war-torn Czechoslovakia to her illustrious diplomatic career, Secretary Albright has had the unique prospective of witnessing history, studying it and helping to shape it. In her new book, she examines how the ideals of early twentieth century fascists like Hitler and Mussolini still permeate today’s politics and have given rise to contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un.

Zoe Rom

For over a century, the Turnbull family has been ranching in the Roaring Fork Valley. They’ve also been competing in Carbondale’s Wild West Rodeo, since its start in the mid-1950’s, passing down their love of competition and Western tradition from generation to generation.


Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

A panel discussion Tuesday will address what the changing climate means for recreation, agriculture and local economies.

Brian Scott PIO/Cache Creek Fire

 A fire broke out eight miles south of Rifle over the weekend. The Cache Creek fire is burning on steep terrain in the White River National Forest. A federal “Type 2” Team will take command of the incident this week. The fire is primarily burning heavy, dead fuels and spreading to the east.

  This week: The triple threat of fire, droughts flooding throughout the valley.

Lake Christine Fire Updates

Jul 27, 2018

Update: July 29, 10:22 a.m.: All pre-evacuation notices have been lifted, due to an increase in containment--now at 72%--along with Saturday's rain. Residents are encouraged to register with both Eagle and Pitkin Counties' emergency alerts for flash-flood warnings.   

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio News

On Tuesday night, the Carbondale Board of Trustees voted to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.

Mountain Edition: July 26, 2018

Jul 26, 2018

This week, hosts Zoe Rom and Ryer Gardenswartz bring you the week's news from the Roaring Fork Valley. 

At a community meeting Wednesday night, officials from Eagle County and the Rocky Mountain Team Black incident management team said they were adding more air support to battle the Lake Christine Fire.