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The scientific community agrees: exercise does a body good. When comparing a sedentary lifestyle spent on the couch versus being an active cross-country skier, the recommendation from doctors is a no brainer: Go grab those skis! Which is a lesson Aspenites have long taken to heart. But a recent study from Sweden complicates the simplistic “exercise is good” mantra that we are used to hearing.

That's the sound of 15-thousand cross country skiers simultaneously embarking on a grueling 90 km course. This is the Vasaloppet in Sweden.

Fire Spares World-Class Climbing Area

Jun 18, 2013
Courtesy: Rebecca Schild

A world-class climbing area near Rifle may reopen today. The Rifle Mountain Park has been closed for five days because of the nearby Ward Gulch fire. Now, the town’s Parks and Recreation Department says people may be able to return... but it all depends on the weather. 

Rifle Mountain Park has some of the best rock climbing in the country, and climbers from all over the world test their skills there. Everyone was evacuated last Friday, when the Ward Gulch fire got perilously close.  Tom Whitmore is Parks Director for the Town of Rifle.

Summer Words - Publishing Industry Insiders Tell All

Jun 18, 2013

Publishing Industry Insiders Tell All

For those who live outside of Manhattan, the publishing industry can seem byzantine at best. How does it all work--and are eBooks really changing everything? Industry pros will give the inside scoop around breakout books, landing an agent and the impact of today’s technology on what (and how!) we’ll be reading tomorrow.

Panelists: Kathleen Anderson, Rebecca Saletan, Victoria Skurnick

Moderator:  Cathy O'Connell


Summer Words - Courting the Muse

Jun 18, 2013

Courting the Muse

When inspiration strikes, writing can feel as easy as turning on the faucet. But what happens when the well runs dry? Writers share tips for quieting the inner critic and coaxing the muse back into the room.

Panelists: Nino Ricci, Pam Houston, David Mason

Moderator: Julie Comins Pickrell

Festival Showcase - June 18th, 2013

Jun 18, 2013

Festival Showcase continues its rebroadcasts of interviews from seasons past. On today’s show, host Matt Erikson interviews pianist Orli Shaham who discusses what it was like growing up in the shadow of the Aspen Music Festival.  And AMFS Music Director Robert Spano talks about one of last season’s most adventurous and ambitious programs, Messiaen’s “From the Canyons to the Stars.”

Summer Words - China Is No One Thing

Jun 18, 2013

As Deborah Fallows so poignantly stated in her presentation for Google, “China is no one thing.” It is a place of myriad experiences and perspectives. This evening will introduce our Festival stars as they share personal stories from and about the motherland.

Panelists: Deborah Fallows, James Fallows, Yiyun Li, Sandra Tsing Loh, Lisa See

Moderator: Todd Breyfogle

Summer Words - The Truer Truth: Fact or Fiction?

Jun 18, 2013

The Truer Truth: Fact or Fiction?

We frequently hear writers talk about what is real versus what is true. But when is reality too limiting to illuminate the truth? And are some “true” stories more suited to a fictional or a nonfictional telling than others? Three authors discuss the risks and rewards of writing the stories of their lives as memoir versus fiction.

Panelists: Sandra Tsing Loh, David Lipsky, Pam Houston

Moderator: Andrew Travers
 

Building a New Google Earth... for Firefighters

Jun 17, 2013
[Photo: Esther Godson]

For firefighters, each new blaze presents different challenges. Where to get water... the boundaries between private and public property.. access roads and other details can be crucial to getting control of a fire. To make that easier, the Forest Service and other agencies are building their own Google Earth program.

Eleven Applicants Vye for Open Aspen City Council Seat

Jun 17, 2013

Eleven people have applied to fill a vacant seat on Aspen City Council. Monday afternoon was the deadline to turn in an application and two of the candidates who ran in this spring’s municipal election applied.

The council seat was vacated when Steve Skadron became mayor earlier this month. He had two years left in his term, which will be filled by one of the applicants. City council will vote on who gets the job.

Got a Question on Health Care Reform? Ask a "Navigator"

Jun 17, 2013
Flickr/Katy Warner

The bulk of the federal Affordable Care Act takes effect next year and local governments are preparing. The tri-county region that includes the Roaring Fork Valley picked up a grant that will help people navigate the new health care options. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Evacuees Allowed to Return to Homes in Ward Gulch Fire

Jun 17, 2013
Colorado River Fire Rescue

Residents who were evacuated near Rifle for a wildfire, were allowed to return to their homes yesterday. The Ward Gulch Fire north of town has burned about 480 acres and forced the closure of the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery, which is managed by the state. The public is not allowed into Rifle Falls State Park. Helicopters have been dipping into the nearby Rifle Gap reservoir to fight the flames.

Del Harrow, a ceramicist and Assistant Professor of Art at Colorado State University, taught a two-week workshop at Anderson Ranch titled "Digital Clay". The workshop studied the "hybrid" technique of combining technology and computer design with ceramics. Harrow explains the process, the results, and his personal inspirations. Del Harrow's work can be seen at his website: http://www.delharrow.net.

Visit www.andersonranch.org to see the list of summer workshops and for more information.

Valley Roundup - June 14th, 2013

Jun 14, 2013

On the show this week Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Curtis Wackerle, Aspen Daily News Managing Editor, joins us to discuss the top news stories:

Forest Fires on the Front Range.

The Black Forest fire is now the most destructive in Colorado history.  At record time, more than 360 homes had been destroyed.

Among the many tables inside the tents for FOOD & WINE at Wagner Park is one for the Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

Coppola, an Oscar winning filmmaker, has owned his own winery since 1975. Corey Beck is Director of Winemaking for the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. He talks about Coppola's approach to wine, food, film, the arts and more. Also, Beck gives recommendations for pairings with some of Coppola's well-known films including "The Godfather", "The Conversation", "Apocalypse Now" and "One from the Heart".
 

Coal Mines Provide Enticing Green Energy Source

Jun 14, 2013
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One local company is already taking advantage of methane capture at coal mines. The Aspen Skiing Company last year, invested in a project that generates energy from methane at a mine near Paonia.  Their trailblazing will set the stage for other groups to try out similar projects. Aspen Public Radio’s Ellis Robinson reports.

Mountain Edition - June 13th, 2013

Jun 13, 2013

There’s a Red Flag Warning for the lower part of the Roaring Fork Valley. That’s until 8pm  and it comes as much of Colorado is holding its breath - the state’s most devastating fire is burning near Colorado Springs. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by flames.

A brand new air tanker is part of the firefighting fleet in Colorado Springs.. and a Colorado Senator is trying to beef up forces with repurposed military planes, too.

Black Forest Fire Burns 360 Homes

Jun 13, 2013
NPR/Kirk Siegler

A wildfire burning north of Colorado Springs is officially Colorado’s most destructive fire, ever. Law enforcement officials announced this morning the Black Forest fire has burned 360 homes - that’s more than last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire. 15,000 acres have burned and nearly 40,000 people have been evacuated. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa gave credit to firefighters’ hard work.

COGA: We Want to Change the Oil and Gas Debate

Jun 12, 2013
Gabrielle Petron / Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences

Some of Colorado’s top oil and gas promoters are worried that lawmakers... and residents... don’t understand the industry. In the coming months, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association plans to talk with both about the effects--and benefits--of drilling. The group hopes to, in their words, change the conversation about the industry... especially in Colorado’s legislature. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher recently spoke with Doug Flanders. He’s the Director of Policy & External Affairs for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. She asked Flanders why. 

Kirk Siegler / NPR

Just north of Colorado Springs, a destructive wildfire continues to burn. Reporter Liz Ruskin has been covering the Black Forest Fire, which started on Tuesday afternoon. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with her on Wednesday afternoon from KRCC’s studios, downtown where, she said, evidence of the fire was easy to see.

CrossCurrents - FOOD and WINE

Jun 12, 2013

Food and Wine!

Brady Lowe of Grand Cochon, a national culinary competition featuring 10 chefs from 10 cities competing for the King or Queen of Porc Crown at the Hotel Jerome on Sunday.

link to event is here:
cochon555.inticketing.com/events/265612

Senator Schwartz Talks Renewable Energy, Water and Hemp

Jun 12, 2013
gailschwartz.com

Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village is looking back on a productive legislative session about a month after it wrapped up. The democrat introduced 35 bills. Most were successful in a democratically-controlled Statehouse. Her bills ranged from water conservation to making hemp a viable commercial product. I sat down with her to discuss these efforts. We began with House Bill 252, one of the most hotly contested measures this session. The now-law requires 18 rural electric cooperatives from Montrose to Gunnison, increase the amount of renewable sources they use.

UpSkiing for More Turns

Jun 12, 2013
Elise Thatcher

It’s summer in the Roaring Fork Valley – but there’s still enough snow for some skiing in the mountains. And one Carbondale resident is still getting after it…without lifts or traditional backcountry skiing equipment. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher recently spoke with Kevin Passmore, who makes something called an Upski.

Music Festival and School Down to the Wire

Jun 12, 2013
Elise Thatcher

It’s coming down to the wire for the new Aspen Music Festival and School. Workers are cranking on finishing up construction and landscaping for the sixty-five million dollar project. It’s supposed to be mostly done by this Friday. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher toured the new digs last week has this report.

Alan Fletcher is President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He carefully tip-toes his way across fresh dirt, pipelines and around a pond...finally he stops and points toward three striking buildings that overlook the water.

Festival Showcase - June 11th, 2013

Jun 11, 2013

In anticipation of this season’s Aspen Music Festival and School, we’re running some of our “best of” interviews with festival artists and staff. On today’s archive program of “Festival Showcase,” hear pianist Joseph Kalichstein discuss teaching, the value of competitions and Aspen’s allure. Also, luthier Joan Balter recounts stories of teaching legend Dorothy DeLay and violinists Joshua Bell, Midori and Sarah Chang as child prodigies.

Digging for Dust Data

Jun 11, 2013
Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies

If you’ve ventured out on a hot day wearing dark clothing you know that within a short time you're soaked with sweat. Similarly, when a blanket of dust settles on snow, it acts the same way - the snow sweats or melts. The result is a rapid melting of snow.  Aspen Public Radio’s Science Reporter Ellis Robinson has more.
 

Study: The Western U.S. is Getting Dustier

Jun 10, 2013
National Snow and Ice Data Center

Living in the mountains, it’s easy to see changes in nature, especially in the snow. In recent years, dust from desert areas like Utah, has coated some of the area’s snowpack. Scientists in Boulder say the amount of dust being blown into Colorado and throughout the West, has increased over the last two decades. They measured calcium in rainfall to come up with their findings. Jason Neff is associate professor of geology at CU-Boulder and coauthor of the dust study. He told Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen the escalation of dust emissions is due to several factors.

First Draft - Yiyun Li

Jun 10, 2013
Ye Rin Mok

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Her books include A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. She was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40. MacArthur Foundation named her a 2010 fellow. She is a contributing editor to the Brooklyn-based literary magazine, A Public Space.                  

The Roaring Fork Conservancy

More than 100 people jumped into rafts on Saturday for an annual float down the Roaring Fork River. Only, this float wasn’t just an excuse to cool off on a hot day. It was meant to be a learning experience or a classroom on water. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Alongside the river in Glenwood Springs, volunteers lug a big raft full of people to shore. They’re part of the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s 9th annual River Float. The non profit fills more than a dozen boats with participants and an ambassador who talks about the in’s and out’s of the river. 

Nancy Wilhelms is the new Executive Director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Summer is full of events for Anderson Ranch: 140 workshops, featured and visiting artist lectures, weekly art "auctionettes" and children's programs. Wilhelms shares how locals, visitors, artists and non-artists can experience Anderson Ranch this summer.
 

Valley Roundup - June 7th, 2013

Jun 7, 2013

On the show this week Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone, columnist for and former Editor of the Aspen Times, join us.



The top stories of this week:

Voters in Aspen, in a runoff election, chose current city council member Steve Skadron to become the next mayor.

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