environment http://kajx.org en Report: Local Spruce Beetle Outbreak A "Significant Concern" http://kajx.org/post/report-local-spruce-beetle-outbreak-significant-concern <p></p><p>Colorado’s Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic is subsiding but a new threat is on the rise. The Spruce beetle has killed large swaths of forests in Colorado’s southwest and a <a href="http://www.aspennature.org/blog/aces-releases-inaugural-state-forest-report">new report</a> shows the Roaring Fork watershed is at risk. Drought and climate change are weakening trees, giving this native beetle a larger area to attack. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jamie Cundiff. She’s the Forest Programs Director for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 16856 at http://kajx.org Report: Local Spruce Beetle Outbreak A "Significant Concern" Mountain Edition - April 3rd, 2014 http://kajx.org/post/mountain-edition-april-3rd-2014 <p>Defense attorneys in the Nancy Pfister case are digging through lots of evidence.</p><p>Spring snow showers have boosted snowpack to above-average levels and forecasts are calling for high river flows this spring.</p><p>A Western Slope lawmaker is proposing Colorado get its own firefighting fleet of airplanes and helicopters.</p><p>And, wildfire is on the minds of local officials who are planning ahead after devastating fires in recent years, on the Front Range.</p><p>Suicide is getting attention in the Aspen community, after several deaths this winter.</p><p>And, we have some fun with what could be the Upper Valley’s first home inspired hybrid.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:32:49 +0000 Elise Thatcher & Marci Krivonen 16520 at http://kajx.org Mountain Edition - April 3rd, 2014 Local Group to Study Fryingpan River/Ruedi Impact http://kajx.org/post/local-group-study-fryingpan-riverruedi-impact <p>The Roaring Fork Conservancy is taking a look at what a healthy Fryingpan River means to the local economy. The Fryingpan Valley Economic Study is underway and will continue into next year according to the Basalt based organization. The group says the study aims to understand visitor use and spending related to recreational activities on the Lower Fryingpan River and Ruedi Reservoir, and the river’s economic importance. The final result will give people an idea of what a healthy river means to the local economy.&nbsp;The Conservancy believes the report will also aid in helping to keep the river healthy. Colorado State University and Colorado Mountain College are assisting with the study that is funded in part by the town of Basalt, Eagle County, the Aspen Skiing Company Environment Foundation and other private donors. Over a decade ago the Conservancy conducted a similar study and found the Fryingpan Valley's recreational activities contributed an estimated $1.8 million annually in total economic output to Basalt's economy. Updated numbers are expected to be greater.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:09:21 +0000 Rob St. Mary 16157 at http://kajx.org Local Group to Study Fryingpan River/Ruedi Impact Mountain Edition - February 27th, 2014 http://kajx.org/post/mountain-edition-february-27th-2014 <p>For Aspen athletes who competed in the Winter Olympics, their season isn’t over yet. Cross country ski sprinter Simi Hamilton says he has several races left.</p><p>Weeds are growing more abundantly on the White River National Forest as the agency grapples with budget cuts and fewer staff.</p><p>A Colorado Forest Service report shows the state’s forests continue to be hammered by insects and disease, especially at high altitudes.</p><p>Most skiers probably don’t realize Aspen Mountain is full of holes...from a history of mining. We’ll take you on a wintry history tour.</p><p>Finally, a group of “legally blind” skiers takes to the slopes at Snowmass. For these teenagers, the activity is empowering.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:27:22 +0000 Rob St. Mary & Marci Krivonen 14898 at http://kajx.org Mountain Edition - February 27th, 2014 Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Global Change Institute - Part 1 http://kajx.org/post/non-profit-spotlight-aspen-global-change-institute-part-1 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) is a small non-profit organization based out of Basalt. Despite their size, AGCI packs a punch in the science community and has a goal to protect the natural well-being of the Roaring Fork Valley and the of the Earth as a whole. &nbsp;</p><p>John Katzenberger, co-founder and Director of AGCI, and James Arnott, Program Director of AGCI, share the organization's history and mission to "further the scientific understanding of Earth's systems and global environmental change through interdisciplinary scientific workshops, educational programs, and publications and videos about global change science".</p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.agci.org">www.agci.org</a> to learn more about the Aspen Global Change Institute.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:13:38 +0000 Cornelia Carpenter 13742 at http://kajx.org Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Global Change Institute - Part 1