6:07am

Thu March 13, 2014
Skiing & Snowboarding

Avalanche Forecasters Hoping to Expand Outreach

Credit Photo by Dale Atkins/RECCO

It’s been a big avalanche season this winter, with some of the most powerful Colorado slides experts have seen. Now, the state’s hub for avalanche forecasting is hoping to add ways to help people avoid getting caught in avalanche accidents. The non-profit  Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is aiming to raise a hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. To find out exactly what that money would go towards, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Ethan Greene, Executive Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. 

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6:00am

Thu March 13, 2014
APR Local News

Woody Creek Whiskey Maker Gets In On A Growing Market

Woody Creek whiskey-maker Jess Graber has a new product: Tincup American Whiskey. He says the market for whiskey is good right now.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The Apres’ Ski Cocktail Classic starts mixing in Snowmass on Thursday. This year whiskey will be playing a central role. The brown liquor is gaining popularity. Last year, sales of whiskey in the United States jumped 6 percent. More than 5 million cases of whiskeys were sold including Irish, blended, Single Malt Scotch and American. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, one local whiskey-maker is jumping into the action.

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3:25pm

Wed March 12, 2014
CrossCurrents

CrossCurrents - School Calendars & Youth Initiative

Roaring Fork School District (RE-1) is considering a change to the school calendar. Superintendent Dr. Diana Sirko discusses the process and  the next steps along with John Bennett from Aspen Community Foundation's Cradle to Career Initiative.

8:13pm

Tue March 11, 2014
APR Local News

Survey Says: Life’s Pretty Good in Pitkin County, But With Some Worries

Credit Pitkin County

Residents of Pitkin County have given a thumbs-up for county government and services. That’s according to a survey done by a private firm, which presented its findings to Pitkin County Commissioners on Tuesday, March 11th. The survey had residents fill out a questionnaire. It covered a wide variety of topics. And despite overall satisfaction, residents say there are some issues they are concerned about.

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Stan Jastrzebski has spent a career in radio, with postings as News Director of NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, IN and time as a reporter at WGN Radio in Chicago and WIBC Radio in Indianapolis.  Stan holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, the Radio Television Digital News Association the Indiana Broadcasters Association.  He spends his time away from the newsroom with his wife and daughter and enjoys board games, tennis and trivia competitions. Follow Stan on Twitter @StanJast .

6:00am

Tue March 11, 2014
APR Local News

Military Veteran Says Skiing Helped Him "Get His Life Back"

Chris Devlin-Young ski races in a mono-ski. He trains in Aspen and at age 52, he's one of the older competitors at the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
Credit Marci Krivonen

At 52 years old, Chris Devlin-Young is one of the oldest alpine skiers competing in the Paralympics. A military plane crash years ago paralyzed the part-time Aspen resident from the knees down. Now, he competes in monoskiing and has four Paralympic medals to his name. This year, he’s hoping to add to that medal count. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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8:31pm

Mon March 10, 2014
APR Local News

Aspen Has “Unusual” Culture of Not Paying Overtime

Credit US Department of Labor

    "In Aspen, almost no employer was in compliance." Those are the words of Amy Debisschop, Assistant District Director at the US Department of Labor office in Denver, and she's referring to restaurants in the upper Roaring Fork Valley. Debisschop supervises agency investigators who reviewed the books of the Aspen Skiing Company, restaurants, and other businesses. 

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3:25pm

Mon March 10, 2014
First Draft

First Draft - Ethan Rutherford

Ethan Rutherford
Credit Heather Kraft

Ethan Rutherford was born in Seattle, and now lives in the Midwest. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, New York Tyrant, Esopus, Five Chapters, and The Best American Short Stories. His work has received special mention in the 2009, 2010 and 2013 editions of the Pushcart Prize, and received awards from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota, and has taught creative writing at Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and the Loft Literary Center. He is the guitarist for the band Pennyroyal, which has been assaulting the ears of its listeners with songs of the ocean and long lost love since 2010. He is currently at work on a novel set in the Alaskan wilderness.

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Science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel's reports on physics, space, and all things nuclear can be heard across NPR News programs and on NPR.org.

Brumfiel has carried his microphone into ghost villages created by the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. He's tracked the journey of highly enriched uranium as it was shipped out of Poland. For a story on how animals drink, he crouched for over an hour and tried to convince his neighbor's cat to lap a bowl of milk. He became a full-time correspondent in March of 2013.

9:00am

Mon March 10, 2014
Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: True Media Foundation, Part 2

The True Media Foundation's mission is to teach teenagers how to make video media with positive social messaging. High school students from Basalt to Silt can sign-up for the Foundation's  after-school program, BeHeard! where they learn how to work with cameras and audio equipment. Students also learn how to plan, write and organize their own documentary films, focused on topics of interest in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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