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Molly Dove

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Molly Dove graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism. She was a reporter and producer for KBIA while attending college. She most recently was a journalist with Wisconsin Public Radio.

"As the new Morning Edition host, I am excited to wake up and have my morning cup of coffee with our listeners while helping them stay informed and engaged with the local, state and national news of the day. It is not only an amazing opportunity to move to a beautiful part of the country, but it is also a privilege to tell the stories of the people and places that make up the community Aspen Public Radio is a part of," she says. 

Morning Newscast: Wednesday, October 23, 2019


Colorado Fourteeners Initiative / Courtesy Photo

The Elk Mountain Range is home to fourteeners like Maroon Peak and Snowmass Mountain, and it has some of the best and most expensive approach trails in the state. That’s according to the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative’s (CFI) 2019 Fourteener Report Cards, which grade things like erosion or trail width.

In the Elk Mountain Range, North Maroon Peak was given an A, and Capitol and Maroon Peak’s were both given C+, which is better than a few years ago.

Morning Newscast: Tuesday, October 22, 2019


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A public hearing for controversial Ordinance Number 25 is being held Tuesday night at Aspen City Council’s meeting. The ordinance would regulate the possession of deadly weapons in city-owned buildings. 

The law would not extend to people carrying a concealed firearm and who possess concealed carry permits. Deadly weapons also include knives and any device that is intended to be used for death or serious bodily injury. 

Morning Newscast: Monday, October 21, 2019


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More than 17 million children are nearly hit every school year after getting off a school bus. Most of those incidents are because a car ignored the arm-stop sign from the bus. That is according to a survey by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services.

To help make sure communities nationwide are aware of the rules when driving near a school bus, this week is designated National School Bus Safety Week. 

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Six candidates are vying for two open seats on the Aspen School District’s Board of Education. Aspen Media held the third and final forum of the week Thursday night. Much of the conversation focused on teachers and how they are paid, and the district’s culture and climate. 

Morning Newscast: Friday, October 18, 2019


Morning Newscast: Thursday, October 17, 2019


Colorado Health Institute / www.coloradohealthinstitute.org/research/CHAS

Every two years, the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) releases the Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS). This year’s results show residents in the Roaring Fork Valley struggle to afford medical care. 

In the Health Statistics Region 12 (HSR 12), which includes Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield Counties, 14.3% of residents are uninsured. That is up nearly 4% from 2017, and more than double the state’s 6.5%

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A group of 63 scientists, artists, journalists and students spent part of the summer traveling 1,000 miles down the Colorado River to inform strategies to protect the future of the river. The expedition’s leader will speak at Basalt High School Wednesday about their adventure and observations.

John Wesley Powell’s Colorado River Exploring Expedition team traveled down the Colorado River in May 1869 to explore the unknown west, take scientific measurements, and map the region with the rest of the country. 

Morning Newscast: Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Morning Newscast: Tuesday, October 15, 2019


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Since kindergarten, students in Aspen School District are taught about the great outdoors, but never about how to work in the wilderness. 

Aspen High School is now offering a class that teaches and certifies students to work in the recreation and tourism industry, and their classroom goes beyond the four walls.  

Morning Newscast: Friday, October 11, 2019


Morning Newscast: Thursday, October 10, 2019


Morning Newscast: Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Pitkin County / www.pitkincounty.com

Pitkin County 911 dispatchers will be among the few in the country, and the first in Colorado, to now be recognized as first responders. 

All Pitkin County emergency dispatchers are trained to give potentially lifesaving instructions over the phone, like CPR, childbirth and bleeding control. In the first six months of 2019, emergency dispatchers in the county have provided medical guidance to over 200 callers. 

Morning Newscast: Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Morning Newscast: Monday, October 7, 2019


City of Aspen

The Castle Creek Bridge in Aspen will be undergoing construction from Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11. Operations will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to mill both lanes of the bridge and lay new asphalt.

Westbound, or down valley, traffic on the bridge will be detoured via 6th Street to Power Plant Road. Eastbound, or up valley, traffic will still use the Castle Creek Bridge, but with delays. 

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12:20 p.m. October 7 - More Resources Used To Suppress Middle Mamm Fire

Firefighters are focusing efforts on constructing and improving containment lines in all areas that threaten private property. Authorities say fire managers will use retardant, bucket drops, and other direct and indirect tactics to suppress the fire’s movement.

Recent winds have been predominantly from the southwest, pushing the fire north. On the southern sections, crews are focusing efforts to suppress sections adjacent to private properties. Officials say they will not put firefighters at risk to suppress fire that remains on National Forest System Lands. 

Dr. Ross Greene / Courtesy Photo

Dr. Ross Greene is a clinical psychologist focused on the unsolved problems of children and how they affect behavior, like not being able to focus on homework or not listening well. The model he has created is called Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS). 

The model suggests behaviors are the signals of unsolved problems, and parents and teachers must work with the child to solve those problems, which will then fix the bad behavior. 

Morning Newscast: Friday, October 4, 2019


Morning Newscast: Thursday, October 3, 2019


Morning Newscast: Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Holy Cross Energy courtesy photo

National Energy Efficiency Day is October 2. Local governments are making progress on their climate goals, but some say there is more to be done.

Aspen, Basalt, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County are working in partnership with the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) to set and reach goals to reduce carbon-emissions. Aspen’s reduction goal is 30 percent by 2020, Basalt’s is 25 percent by 2025 and Snowmass Village has a 20 percent reduction goal by 2020.

Morning Newscast: Tuesday, October 1, 2019


Morning Newscast: Monday, September 30, 2019


Rural Health Professions Action Plan

Health care costs and mental health are two areas of concern for Coloradans. That’s according to the Colorado Health Institute’s Health Access Survey results, released last week. 

35% of residents in the I-70 mountain corridor, which includes Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties, said they received a medical bill for services they thought insurance would cover, the highest in the state. 22% of residents in the region said they had problems paying medical bills in the last year. 

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