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Alex Hager

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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. 

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Colorado Mountain College joined 165 other colleges and universities across the country in signing a letter of support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

DACA applies to people who were brought in to the United States as children or babies when their parents entered illegally. The program gives them protection from deportation and the ability to work and study in the U.S. legally.

 

Middle Mamm Fire

Thursday’s snowfall brought a welcome pause to two fires burning in the area. After a long stretch of dry, windy conditions, officials say the snow and low temperatures helped to slow the Middle Mamm and Granite Lake Fires.

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For the 22nd year in a row, the John Denver Celebration is getting underway. Fans from all around the world converge on Aspen for a week of music, remembrance and friendship.

Five days of concerts and events kicked off with a meet and greet in the John Denver Sanctuary on Wednesday morning. A group of six women at the meet and greet have attended every annual celebration, and have found fellowship over the past two decades.

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A new mode of transportation is joining the ranks of popular outdoor activities in the valley, but not without a touch of controversy.

Electric mountain bikes, often referred to as e-bikes, have accrued legions of fans who extoll their ability to get more people on more trails.

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Updated 2:27 p.m. Tuesday

According to the Pitkin County Sheriff, the gas leak in Snowmass base village has been stopped. It is safe to return to the base village and surrounding area. 

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It can be hard to find parking in Aspen, much less cheap parking. But some people looking for an inexpensive place to leave their car for the day found a way around feeding the meters in town. Just a few minutes down the road, people found cheaper parking at Aspen-Pitkin County airport.

But now, the airport is bumping up rates to discourage people from using the parking lot for the day.


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Autumn is officially here. The nights are getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and aspen trees on hillsides around the valley are starting to turn from green to gold. 

It's exactly those changes — less sunlight and chillier temperatures that are causing the leaves to change. 


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Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper is back on the campaign trail. After dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, he is now one of a host of Democrats who hope to win the primary and then challenge Republican Cory Gardner for his U.S. Senate seat.

Hickenlooper stopped by Aspen Public Radio on Tuesday afternoon to talk with reporter Alex Hager about climate change, income inequality and more.

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Around the world, young people are taking to the streets and demanding action on climate change. On Monday, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg spoke at the United Nations. Even in the Roaring Fork Valley, where many governments and decision-makers have made the climate a priority, young people are saying not enough is being done on a global scale. 

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Aspen students have a variety of demonstrations planned Friday to call attention to climate change and urge action to change its course. 

In the morning, students from Aspen public schools and Aspen Country Day School will take part in a global school walkout. In the afternoon, however, the demonstrations will take a turn for the artistic.   

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Ski.com, an Aspen-based travel company, is offering 12 people the chance to turn their next ski vacation into a paid gig. The company is soliciting applications for its “dream job:” travelling to ski resorts around the world and documenting the experience.

 

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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.

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