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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 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. 

April 2020 - Molly has moved back to Wisconsin, but continues to host Morning Edition and report on the valley from there. Due to the virus impacting travel and movement about the country, we have postponed the search for her replacement at this time.

Morning Newscast: Friday, October 18, 2019

Morning Newscast: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Colorado Health Institute /

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%

Tom Minckley / SCREE

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

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

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 /

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. 

Chip Griffith / Courtesy Photo

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. 

Morning Newscast: Friday, September 27, 2019

Rocky Mountain Resources (RMR) is requesting permission to conduct a hydrology study for the proposed expansion area around the Mid-Continent Quarry just north of Glenwood Springs. 

RMR purchased the quarry in 2016, and is now asking the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to expand the current limestone mining site by 5,000%.

Pitkin County

Valley residents who work or live in Pitkin County are encouraged to take a mental wellbeing survey to help create the county’s mental health strategic plan. 

About 70 people have taken the survey so far. The survey asks about access to mental health services, what affects mental wellbeing and the mental state of people around them. 

Morning Newscast: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Morning Newscast: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Morning Newscast: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Bureau of Land Management is moving its headquarters to an office building in Colorado that also houses oil and gas organizations, drawing criticism from environmental groups.

The Interior Department announced Friday it has leased part of a four-story building in Grand Junction.

The building's other tenants include two oil and gas companies as well as a state oil and gas association. The BLM regulates oil and gas leases and development on the land it oversees.