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Two air quality specialists have joined the team fighting the Lake Christine Fire. They are essentially smoke forecasters, here to keep people as safe and smoke-free as possible.  

Legendary CIA Director Richard Helms titled his memoir, “A Look Over My Shoulder,” to describe his extraordinary career in in the intelligence community. As that book title suggests, perhaps the spymaster’s toughest task is to try to peer around corners to get a sense of threats that are now seen only dimly, if seen at all. Having been surprised by the speed with which Kim Jong Un developed the nuclear capability to threaten the United States and the extent of Bashir al-Assad’s remaining chemical weapons stocks, to cite two recent examples, what else is on the horizon that could pose a danger to America and our interests around the globe?

Security experts agree that Russia is already interfering in this year’s mid-terms.

Though efforts are underway to stop them, what more can be done to put an end to Russia’s interference in our elections and democratic institutions?

 

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David Holloway was driving the dial-a-ride bus in Aspen one afternoon in late June. He’s driven for RFTA for four-and-a-half years, but isn’t a union member. He admitted he has benefitted from the union, but thinks he could have gotten at least some of it on his own.

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  The Roaring Fork Valley’s top athlete, fitness buffs, and weekend warriors are wired up in all sorts of ways.

Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives through year-round adaptive experiences for individuals faced with cognitive and or physical disabilities. They create life-changing opportunities by encouraging participation in activities designed to redefine limits, recognize abilities, and transfer newfound courage to everyday life. CEO, Jeff Hauser and Director of the Military Opportunities Program, John Klonowski, discuss their operation costs, how you can get involved, and provide examples on how they are making a difference. 

The Lake Christine Fire has grown over the past several days, all on National Forest land. It now covers nearly 11,500 acres and is 32 percent contained.

 The Aspen Public Radio news team is collecting the stories of those whose lives changed due to the fire- how they helped, what they lost, what they gained and what they learned. Listen to those stories here.

You can still share your story with us in many ways.

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Rocky Mountain Team Black, the type 2 incident management team now managing the Lake Christine Fire operations, held a community meeting on Friday at Basalt High School, their incident command post.  

Operations section chief Rob Berger described the work done to protect structures in Cattle Creek. He said crews are cutting fire hand lines by Seven Castles and the Frying Pan river to direct the fire away from homes, should it move in that direction. That work will continue on Saturday.  

 

Representatives from the “brave new world” of artificial intelligence, drones, robots, quantum computing, and data analytics explain the promise and peril of these emerging technologies and the security implications they entail.

Having consolidated power and extended his term, President Xi Jinping is now the mightiest Chinese leader since Mao. And, his rise to political primacy coincides with a moment in history when China itself is rising – economically, militarily, and geopolitically. 

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Congressman Scott Tipton, who represents Colorado’s third district, authored a bill to speed up permitting on Forest Service land. He said it’s to benefit local economies.

The following neighborhoods are on Pre-Evacuation Notice: Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles, and Taylor Creek - issued by the Eagle County Sheriff’s office

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The nation’s second most senior law enforcement official describes the work of the Attorney General’s Cyber-Digital Task Force and makes an exclusive policy announcement. A panel of prominent former government officials and industry leaders reacts to that announcement.

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The Lake Christine Fire continues to grow on Basalt Mountain, and hot, dry weather the past couple of days has meant increased activity. It’s estimated to be nearly 8,000 acres, and officials said it grew about 500 acres Wednesday.

 

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum.

Aspen Security Forum: America First

Jul 19, 2018

From pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate accord, to questioning the value of NATO and imposing tariffs on European allies, to renegotiating NAFTA, to tearing up the Iranian nuclear agreement, to promising to pull troops out of Afghanistan and Syria in the not too distant future, President Trump is upending 70 years of foreign policy orthodoxy in pursuit of his “America First” agenda. Meanwhile, a rising China and a revanchist Russia are working feverishly to fill the void. Does the President have it right or is he taking the nation – and the world – down a dangerous new path?  

Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security Secretary, briefs us on the security challenges the nation faces and how the Department and its partners, domestic and foreign, are working together to meet them. 

Mountain Edition: July 19, 2018

Jul 19, 2018

This week, hosts Zoe Rom and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you the week's news from the Roaring Fork Valley. 

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