RMCR http://krcc.org en Born Missing a Femur, Athlete Aims to Medal in Sochi http://krcc.org/post/born-missing-femur-athlete-aims-medal-sochi <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alpine skier Melanie Schwartz is racing for Team USA at the </span>Paralympics<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this week. The part-time Aspen resident was born without a femur, but started skiing at a young age. This will be her second </span>Paralympics<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but her first competing for the United States. In 2010 she raced for Canada. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci </span>Krivonen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has this profile.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 16093 at http://krcc.org Born Missing a Femur, Athlete Aims to Medal in Sochi Food Safety and Recreational Marijuana http://krcc.org/post/food-safety-and-recreational-marijuana <p>Colorado’s fledgling recreational marijuana industry has a new set of rules to live by. And as KUNC’s Luke Runyon reports, many of them deal with food safety.<br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:33:39 +0000 Luke Runyon & KUNC 13832 at http://krcc.org Food Safety and Recreational Marijuana Measuring Climate Change in Aspen-area Open Space http://krcc.org/post/measuring-climate-change-aspen-area-open-space <p></p><p>In the future, forests near Aspen and across the state will likely look a bit different.&nbsp; Already, mountain shrubs are replacing some Aspen stands and changing the complexion of the region.&nbsp; Pitkin County is now tracking these shifts on open space properties. &nbsp;Two Aspen-area non-profit organizations are helping. The new data is thanks to a pair of towers that’s tracking things like soil moisture and temperature. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:01:44 +0000 Marci Krivonen 11979 at http://krcc.org Measuring Climate Change in Aspen-area Open Space Details Emerge in Ouray Mining Accident http://krcc.org/post/details-emerge-ouray-mining-accident <p></p><p>Sunday’s mining accident near Ouray&nbsp;was one of the worst in recent Colorado history. Two miners died and nearly two dozen were injured. &nbsp;More details about what happened are starting to come out. Reporter Samantha Wright with the Telluride Watch newspapers has been covering the accident. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with her about the emerging details. &nbsp;Listen here:<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:05:55 +0000 Elise Thatcher 11734 at http://krcc.org Details Emerge in Ouray Mining Accident State Steps in So Recovery Work Can Continue Despite Shutdown http://krcc.org/post/state-steps-so-recovery-work-can-continue-despite-shutdown <p>As a government shutdown furloughs thousands of federal employees in Colorado, the state is reaching into its own pocket to ensure that work can continue on some roads and bridges damaged by flooding. Today, Governor John Hickenlooper said the state would pay the salary costs for 120 National Guard engineers, with some reimbursement coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.</p><p>&quot;We want to make sure that we don&#39;t lose a single day in trying to get these roads open and getting these communities back together again.&quot;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:09:39 +0000 Grace Hood & KUNC 9420 at http://krcc.org State Steps in So Recovery Work Can Continue Despite Shutdown Heavy Rains Help Ease Drought http://krcc.org/post/heavy-rains-help-ease-drought <p></p><p>Recent flood waters have left behind plenty of damage, but there is one silver lining. Rains recharged the soil, which the 2012 drought left bone dry. KUNC’s Luke Runyon has more…</p><p></p><p>While there are still pockets of dry areas in the state, the drought has been almost completely wiped out in the foothills and northeastern plains of Colorado. State climatologist Nolan Doesken says these types of weather extremes happen. Colorado may have been drenched in rain, but Doesken says that can change in a matter of months.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Luke Runyon & Andrea Chalfin 8896 at http://krcc.org Heavy Rains Help Ease Drought A Reconnected Lyons Looks Toward Recovery http://krcc.org/post/reconnected-lyons-looks-toward-recovery <p></p><p>The town of Lyons in Boulder County is one of the areas hardest hit by recent floods. There is no water, sewage, electricity or gas in the town and most of the bridges that connect the town north and south have been destroyed. The entire population of just over 2000 people has been asked to leave to allow officials to assess damage and begin reconstruction. Maeve Conran spoke with town administrator Victoria Simonsen by the banks of the St. Vrain, which charts a new course through the town.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 02:39:10 +0000 Maeve Conran 8786 at http://krcc.org A Reconnected Lyons Looks Toward Recovery Road Repairs From Flooding Could Top Half A Billion Dollars http://krcc.org/post/road-repairs-flooding-could-top-half-billion-dollars <span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the remaining flood survivors continue to be airlifted out of towns cut off by flooding, the focus is beginning to shift to recovery. Specifically on the very reason they have to be airlifted: roads.</span><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:15:42 +0000 Luke Runyon 8743 at http://krcc.org Road Repairs From Flooding Could Top Half A Billion Dollars Rescue Efforts Ramp Up Across Waterlogged Colorado http://krcc.org/post/rescue-efforts-ramp-across-waterlogged-colorado After rain pummeled flooded communities over the weekend, long awaited sunshine poked through the clouds Monday. Towns are just starting to dry out from days of heavy rain and flooding.<p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:13:28 +0000 Grace Hood 8742 at http://krcc.org Rescue Efforts Ramp Up Across Waterlogged Colorado Larimer County Faces Frustrations And Optimism With Flooding http://krcc.org/post/larimer-county-faces-frustrations-and-optimism-flooding Rain ground recovery efforts from days of massive flooding across Colorado to a halt Sunday. Helicopters were prevented from conducting additional search and rescue efforts in Boulder and Larimer counties.<p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:02:47 +0000 Grace Hood 8678 at http://krcc.org Larimer County Faces Frustrations And Optimism With Flooding After Rain Delay, Colorado Flood Rescues To Resume http://krcc.org/post/after-rain-delay-colorado-flood-rescues-resume Colorado remains under the spell of water. Steady rains Sunday hampered evacuation and rescue efforts and brought renewed warnings to a flood weary Front Range.<p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:56:02 +0000 Jim Hill 8677 at http://krcc.org After Rain Delay, Colorado Flood Rescues To Resume Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Today on KRCC http://krcc.org/post/connecting-drops-live-call-today-krcc <p></p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:47:46 +0000 Delaney Utterback & Andrea Chalfin 8652 at http://krcc.org Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Today on KRCC Rescue And Recovery Continues Across Soaked Colorado http://krcc.org/post/rescue-and-recovery-continues-across-soaked-colorado As flooding moves east across Colorado and rains are once again in the forecast, the recovery efforts continue.<p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 15:15:35 +0000 Jim Hill 8647 at http://krcc.org Rescue And Recovery Continues Across Soaked Colorado Flooding Aftermath Brings Recovery Across The Front Range http://krcc.org/post/flooding-aftermath-brings-recovery-across-front-range For a second day flood waters, goaded by heavy rains, impacted large swaths of the Front Range. When skies finally broke, many were stranded, hundreds were in need of rescue and four lives were lost statewide.<p> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 15:23:04 +0000 Jim Hill & KUNC 8626 at http://krcc.org Flooding Aftermath Brings Recovery Across The Front Range Christo Continues Pursuit of 'Over the River' http://krcc.org/post/christo-continues-pursuit-over-river <p></p><p>World-renowned artist Christo&nbsp;still hopes to do an ambitious art installation in Central Colorado. Well known for The Gates, a New York City Central Park installation in 2005, he’s currently pursuing a project called Over the River. In it, fabric panels would be suspended over sections of the Arkansas River. Christo’s work is often controversial, so it’s no surprise the proposal has met stiff opposition here.&nbsp; Christo recently spoke in Snowmass Village. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher was there, and has this report.<br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Elise Thatcher 8316 at http://krcc.org Christo Continues Pursuit of 'Over the River' Who Pays? Breaking Down the Red Canyon Fire and its $1 Million Price Tag http://krcc.org/post/who-pays-breaking-down-red-canyon-fire-and-its-1-million-price-tag <p></p><p></p><p>Once again this summer, the Western United States saw plenty of forest fires. Some continue to burn. When the flames are extinguished, the dollar signs emerge, and states handle fire suppression costs differently. In Colorado, it depends on what kind of land is burning and how big the blaze is.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 8153 at http://krcc.org Who Pays? Breaking Down the Red Canyon Fire and its $1 Million Price Tag Touring Colorado's First Biomass Power Plant http://krcc.org/post/touring-colorados-first-biomass-power-plant <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: normal; ">Colorado’s first biomass power plant is nearly complete. Senator Mark Udall and State Senator Gail Schwartz toured the facility in Gypsum recently, where wood cuttings from beetle kill trees will be turned into electricity. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 7497 at http://krcc.org Touring Colorado's First Biomass Power Plant Colorado's Suicide Numbers at All-Time High http://krcc.org/post/colorados-suicide-numbers-all-time-high <p></p><p></p><p>The number of suicides in Colorado is at an all time high. 1,053 people took their own lives in 2012 – giving Colorado one of the highest suicide rates in the nation.&nbsp;Jarrod Hindman is the Director of Suicide Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He says the state’s geography limits access to mental health services, and the social stigma of getting help continues to contribute to the numbers.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:25:19 +0000 Jackie Fortier & KUNC 7422 at http://krcc.org Colorado's Suicide Numbers at All-Time High USA Pro Challenge Kicks Off in Aspen and Snowmass Village http://krcc.org/post/usa-pro-challenge-kicks-aspen-and-snowmass-village <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/route" target="_blank">USA Pro Challenge</a> kicked off in Aspen and Snowmass Village today. More than a hundred and twenty top cyclists are competing in the third edition of the race. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, many explored the Roaring Fork Valley on two wheels this past weekend... and all of them were within arm’s reach during Saturday’s opening ceremonies.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Sagan won today’s first leg of the USA Pro Challenge, finishing the 66-mile stage in 2 hours, 26 minutes.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:01:59 +0000 Elise Thatcher 7378 at http://krcc.org USA Pro Challenge Kicks Off in Aspen and Snowmass Village Red Canyon Fire Grows on the Western Slope http://krcc.org/post/red-canyon-fire-grows-western-slope <p></p><p></p><p>While Manitou Springs continues its cleanup process after recent flooding, the Western Slope is dealing with issues of its own.&nbsp; Strong winds yesterday whipped up flames on a wildfire burning south of Glenwood Springs. The Red Canyon Fire grew to 350 acres and mandatory evacuations forced 15 families from their homes. The fire is burning in rugged terrain, in a Pinyon/Juniper forest. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was with firefighters when the blaze blew up and started creeping toward them. She filed this report.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 7121 at http://krcc.org Red Canyon Fire Grows on the Western Slope The 'Fort Knox' of Seeds: How Safe is It? http://krcc.org/post/fort-knox-seeds-how-safe-it <p></p><p></p><p>When genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations to start flying. No one knew how the unapproved wheat ended up in the ground. A flurry of finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Colorado, which housed the same strain of wheat. The facility's been cleared of wrongdoing since then, but the investigation brings up questions of how secure these seed vaults actually are. KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon took a tour of the Colorado vault, and has this report.</p><p></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:49:51 +0000 Luke Runyon 6474 at http://krcc.org The 'Fort Knox' of Seeds: How Safe is It? Shrinking Aquifers in the San Luis Valley http://krcc.org/post/shrinking-aquifers-san-luis-valley <p></p><p>In early July, Colorado designated 14 counties "primary natural disaster areas" due to agricultural losses caused by the recent and ongoing drought. &nbsp;Several of those counties are in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado. &nbsp;Farmers there are now eligible for low interest emergency loans, but as KGNU’s Maeve Conran reports, that may not be enough for this agricultural hub, which is facing a long term water crisis that could permanently affect the entire valley.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Maeve Conran 6319 at http://krcc.org Shrinking Aquifers in the San Luis Valley Dust on the Rise in Colorado and the West http://krcc.org/post/dust-rise-colorado-and-west <p></p><p>Living near the mountains, it’s easy to see changes in nature, especially in the snow. In recent years, dust from desert areas like Utah has coated some of the area’s snowpack. Scientists in Boulder say the amount of dust being blown into Colorado and throughout the West has increased over the last two decades. They measured calcium in rainfall to come up with their findings. Jason Neff is associate professor of geology at CU-Boulder and coauthor of a recent dust study. He told Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen the escalation of dust emissions is due to several factors.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 6201 at http://krcc.org Dust on the Rise in Colorado and the West Young Farmers and the Obstacles They Face http://krcc.org/post/young-farmers-and-obstacles-they-face <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font: inherit; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px; ">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The American farmer is getting older. Most recent census data shows the average age is 57. And while that tells us who is farming now, it also shows who’s not. While the farming community continues to age, fewer young people are filling the ranks. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon asks the question: Do young people even want to farm anymore?</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 6027 at http://krcc.org Young Farmers and the Obstacles They Face Partnership Seeks to Protect Watersheds from Fire Risks http://krcc.org/post/partnership-seeks-protect-watersheds-fire-risks <p>The Obama administration launched an initiative Friday aimed at reducing the risk of wildfire to water supplies in the West. As KUNC's Grace Hood reports, Colorado will be one of six states to see pilot projects.</p><p></p><p>Flows of ash and debris into streams after a wildfire can be damaging to the local water supply. Aiming to mitigate this problem, the US Departments of Agriculture and Interior signed a memorandum of understanding Friday. USDA Chief Tom Vilsack:</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 23:02:38 +0000 Grace Hood & Andrea Chalfin 5919 at http://krcc.org Partnership Seeks to Protect Watersheds from Fire Risks Colorado River the Subject of Senate Hearing http://krcc.org/post/colorado-river-subject-senate-hearing <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: normal; ">The Colorado River and its future imbalances were the focus of a Senate hearing in Washington DC yesterday. The river supplies water for cities and farms in seven states and parts of Mexico. Lawmakers went over a 2012 study that projects water demand will outpace supply in the coming decades. Aspen Public Radio's Marci </span>Krivonen<span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: normal; "> reports.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:07:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 5742 at http://krcc.org Colorado River the Subject of Senate Hearing Insurance Estimates Near $300 Million for Black Forest Fire http://krcc.org/post/insurance-estimates-near-300-million-black-forest-fire <p></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:50:30 +0000 Grace Hood 5703 at http://krcc.org Insurance Estimates Near $300 Million for Black Forest Fire Magazine Law Injunction Declared Unneeded http://krcc.org/post/magazine-law-injunction-declared-unneeded <p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; ">A group of sheriffs aiming to overturn new gun laws are happy with language they say clears up confusion. Yesterday, attorneys for the two sides came to an agreement on the measure that limits magazine rounds to fifteen. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 5438 at http://krcc.org Magazine Law Injunction Declared Unneeded Judge to Consider Challenges to New Gun Laws http://krcc.org/post/judge-consider-challenges-new-gun-laws <p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; ">A lawsuit filed by more than 50 Colorado sheriffs challenging two new gun laws is scheduled to go in front of a judge today. The laws went into effect July 1st. Now, an attorney representing the sheriffs is asking for the parts of the law setting limits on gun magazines be put on hold. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 5370 at http://krcc.org Judge to Consider Challenges to New Gun Laws