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Eleanor Bennett

Morning Edition Host/Reporter/Producer

Eleanor officially starts August 4th, 2020.

Growing up in the valley listening to KAJX in her parents’ car on the way to school, Eleanor learned the power and urgency of community storytelling. She was further captivated by the medium while interning at APR after graduating from Middlebury College in 2015.

From there, Eleanor moved to New York where she covered issues of climate justice and women's empowerment for SiriusXM Radio and launched several podcasts from soup-to-nuts. Eleanor recently finished a project interviewing hundreds of New Yorkers about their dreams and fears for an interactive audio-visual exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum by the photographer and muralist, JR.

Making these kinds of personal connections with people from all walks of life and creating empathic spaces for them to tell their stories fuels her work. Eleanor is delighted to be back home in the Rocky Mountains working with the Aspen Public Radio team and local residents to shine a light on the critical issues that shape our valley.
 

  • The Roaring Fork School District Has Announced New Plans For Resuming In-Person Learning 
  • Fire Restrictions Have Dropped Down To Stage 1 In Both Pitkin And Eagle Counties
  • Colorado Has Seen Plenty Of Wildfires This Year, But Nothing Like The Catastrophic Fires Still Burning Along the West Coast 
  • Senate Democrats Are Pushing The FCC To Expedite Progress On Broadband Connectivity In Native Communities 

  • Pitkin County Has Seen An Uptick In New COVID-19 Cases Over The Past Two Weeks
  • A Colorado Poll Found That Less Than Half Of Respondents Are 'Very Likely' To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine Once It's Available
  • People Who Work At Or Manage Marijuana Businesses No Longer Have To Be Colorado Residents

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Governor Jared Polis Extends Colorado Mask Mandate

Monday, Sept. 14 - Governor Jared Polis extended Colorado's statewide mask mandate for another 30 days over the weekend. The extension is set to expire on Oct. 12, but could be extended again, as it has been twice since it was originally adopted in July.

Charles Curtis / Aspen Fire Department

The Aspen Fire Department is holding a virtual memorial service on GrassRoots TV to mark the 19th anniversary of 9/11. Aspen Fire Chief Rick Balentine is the lead organizer and will be speaking as part of the program, along with Aspen Mayor Torre, local veteran Lt. Col. Dick Merritt, Rabbi Mendel Mintz, artist Patricia Blanchet Bradley and many others. 

  • The Aspen Fire Department Is Holding A Virtual Remembrance To Mark The Anniversary Of 9/11 
  • Governor Polis Has Plans To Use Emergency Funds For The Grizzly Creek Fire Area 
  • A Denver Judge Will Decide Whether To Delay Distribution Of Colorado’s Voting Guide 

  • Grizzly Creek Fire Updates 
  • Conspiracy Theories Are Popping Up Everywhere These Days, Especially In Our Region
  • Colorado High Schools Sports Officials May Allow Some Outdoor Sports This Fall 

Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting

Firefighters working on the Grizzly Creek Fire that sparked over four weeks ago in Glenwood Canyon have been using new technology to help them. This includes everything from drones that drop small plastic spheres known as Dragon Eggs that contain potassium permanganate for burn operations to mapping software that allows aircraft to superimpose infrared footage with topographical maps to more precisely detect the fire perimeter and new burn activity. 

  • Firefighters Use New Technology To Contain The Grizzly Creek Fire
  • Schools Are Grappling With How To Connect Low-Income Students With Internet Access
  • Colorado Voters Will Get Another Chance To Watch A Debate Between Senate Candidates

        

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Garfield County Encouraging People To Get Tested After Labor Day Weekend

Wednesday, September 9 - Garfield County Public Health is emphasizing the need for people with one or more COVID-19 symptoms to seek testing as soon as possible. In a release, the county said many people traveled or were exposed to visitors over the long holiday weekend.  

Rosalie O’Connor

 


On a weekend in early June, hundreds of protesters marched through the rainy streets of Aspen to call attention to systematic racism and police violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. 

The protest was organized by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancer, Jenelle Figgins, along with local resident Sájari Simmons. Together they co-founded the racial justice organization, Roaring Fork Show Up in June. The advocacy group works to dismantle systems of racism and oppression through demonstrations, education and virtual events in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

  • Stage Two Water Restrictions Go Into Effect In Aspen Today
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife Says The Grizzly Creek Fire Could Benefit Local Animals In The Long Run
  • Americans Are Embracing Rock Climbing In A Huge Way This Summer

Grizzly Creek Fire

The Grizzly Creek Fire that sparked three weeks ago on Aug. 10 has now burned over 32,000 acres and is 73% contained. 

As of Monday, Aug. 31, the wildfire is now the second most expensive in Colorado this year, costing about $25.5 million. The Pine Gulch Fire, which has been burning north of Grand Junction since late July, is more than four times the size and the most expensive at $28 million.  

  • The Grizzly Creek Fire Is Now The Second Most Expensive Wildfire In Colorado This Year
  • Colorado Voters Will Decide The Fate Of Eleven Statewide Ballot Initiatives This November
  • The Airline Industry In The Mountain West Is Faring Somewhat Better Than Others

Katalin Domoszlay

COVID-19 Case Numbers Remain Low, But Fall And Winter Bring Uncertainty

Friday, September 4 - New cases of COVID-19 in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties are among the lowest they have been since the beginning of the pandemic, according to local health officials. Online COVID-19 status trackers for both Aspen Valley Hospital and Valley View Hospital said they are at "comfortable" levels of virus activity.

  • Grizzly Creek Fire Updates 
  • Colorado Congressional Candidate Lauren Boebert Will Be At The White House As Trump Makes His Case For Re-Election
  • Aspen City Council Member Skippy Mesirow Joins New Statewide Eviction Prevention Task Force
  • Colorado Small Businesses Impacted By COVID-19 Have Another Chance To Apply For State Grants

As of Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Grizzly Creek Fire that sparked more than two weeks ago has burned roughly 32,000 acres and is 61% contained.

 

A recently formed coalition of local government, nonprofits and businesses called the Glenwood Canyon Restoration Alliance has plans to raise funds for wildfire restoration. Their work will include planting trees and rebuilding trails at Hanging Lake and other areas that were destroyed in the fire.

  • Grizzly Creek Fire Updates
  • The New Glenwood Canyon Restoration Alliance Is Raising Funds For Wildfire Restoration
  • A New Leader Take Over The Colorado National Guard As They Help Fight Wildfires

  • Grizzly Creek Fire Updates 
  • Aspen Skiing Company Employees Wrote And Produced An Original Song Released This Week
  • The Aspen and Roaring Fork Valley School Districts Are Doing Their School Work From Home, At Least Until September 21st

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Colorado Rolls Out Enhanced COVID-19 Data Website  

Monday, August 24 - Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) rolled out a new COVID-19 website. The site features an enhanced data dashboard, which includes information about hospital bed availability, demographic breakdowns of COVID-19 cases in the state and percentages  of patients needing hospitalization, ventilation or ICU treatment. The new website can be found here.

  • Grizzly Creek Fire UPDATES
  • The I-70 Shutdown Has Been Especially Devastating For Glenwood Springs
  • The Aspen Music Festival Concludes Its Summer Season On August 23
  • Aspen Health Official Says Some Are Still Feeling Effects Months After Contracting COVID-19

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