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Alex Hager

Reporter

Alex Hager graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He'll join Aspen Public Radio from KDLG in Dillingham, Alaska.

“I am immensely excited to be joining the Aspen Public Radio team. I became a journalist because I love to meet interesting people, discover untold stories and tell them to folks who care. I can’t imagine a better place to do all three. I can’t wait to see what Colorado has in store and learn more about what matters to people in Aspen and beyond,” he said. 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency repealed Obama-era expansions to the Clean Water Act. Those extensions had aimed to redefine the act’s scope and include more wetlands and smaller rivers and streams under its protections.

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The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners gave a stamp of approval to Aspen Skiing Company’s 10-year master plan on Wednesday. Among the updates in the plan are rebuilds of of the Aspen Mountain ski patrol shack and Buckhorn cabin as well an increase in the number of nighttime events at the sundeck.

Skico's application to expand into the 167-acre Pandora's section is still awaiting approval. It is scheduled for consideration on October 9, but could be reviewed even later if Skico needs more time to appease the concerns of commissioners. 

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It was no ordinary lunch break for a group of eight students from Aspen School District and Aspen Country Day School. They came to the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners with a list of climate-saving suggestions and a request that the county declare a climate emergency.

 

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Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an “outbreak” in lung illnesses due to vaping, citing over 450 possible cases in 33 states, including five deaths. They highlighted particular concern with vapes containing THC, the main psychoactive substance in cannabis.


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Pitkin County commissioners and the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board are considering a new measure Tuesday aimed at protecting bighorn sheep in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

Domestic sheep carry respiratory pathogens that can be transmitted to bighorns. In bighorns, those pathogens can be deadly -- with the potential to wipe out entire herds.

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Roadside signs warn "bears are clever." Stories of bears digging through trash cans abound. As autumn rolls around, Colorado Parks and Wildlife warns that people should be on the lookout for hungrier bears.

The region's black bears are entering a period called hyperphagia. As the animals prepare for hibernation, they are on the hunt for food, packing on calories ahead of winter hibernation.