Nathan Heffel

Reporter/All Things Considered Host

I’ve has always been fascinated with radio, from competing in the 'radio broadcasting' category for my middle school forensics team, to DJ'ing a late night college radio show at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where I earned my Political Science degree. 

Most recently I was the Public Affairs/ News Manger at KUVO FM as well as the local Denver host of PRI’s “The Takeaway” [a morning news show]. I started my career as an Assistant Producer for the multi-award winning Kelly, Mudflap and JoJo Morning Show on KYGO FM.

I’ve covered many local events including the Windsor, CO tornado, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and the 2010 Four Mile Canyon fire.  

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6:00am

Sat September 13, 2014
Mountain Life

Are The Leaves Turning Sooner This Year In Summit County?

Aspen leaves near Dillion Reservoir, Frisco Colorado. September 12th, 2014
Nathan Heffel KUNC

The talk of Frisco at the moment has been quickly changing leaves, as well as the first snow on the mountain peaks. Some locals say the trees are changing particularly early with others wondering if peak color will happen sooner than normal.

So who do you ask to find out for sure? You ask a forester, of course.

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7:27am

Fri September 12, 2014
Mountain Life

A Summit County School Of Yesterday, Reborn As A Library Of Today

The Breckenridge School is being transformed into the BGV Center
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Construction crews are scrambling to finish the restoration of the 1909 school house in Breckenridge. The school is being turned into a library and community center in the heart of the small resort town.

Its official name will be the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Summit County South Branch Library - a mouthful by any standard. However, folks in the area have started to simply call it the "BGV Center."

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6:00am

Mon September 8, 2014
Energy

A Year Post-Flood, No Mandated Changes For Oil And Gas Operators

An oil and gas site near the St. Vrain Creek. Metal berms replace earthen ones.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

One of the more striking images during the September flood was of inundated oil and gas pads, washed out earthen berms and overturned storage tanks. In all, over 48,000 gallons of oil and condensate spilled.

While changes have been made in the industry to prepare for another flood, so far, they’re strictly voluntary.

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3:51pm

Fri September 5, 2014
Transportation

CDOT Tests Experimental LED Lighting On I-70

The in-pavement LED lighting is being tested on the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the Twin Tunnels. New LED lights have also been installed inside the tunnels.
CDOT flickr- used with permission

The next time you’re driving along I-70 in the mountains, you may think you’re landing on a runway. That’s because the Colorado Department of Transportation is testing new in-pavement LED lighting.

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2:06pm

Tue August 26, 2014
Business

Lodging Numbers Show Colorado Not Just A Winter Playground

Resorts, like Copper Mountain, are courting summer vacationers with activites like biking, hiking, and boating.
Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

Tourism is a multibillion dollar industry in Colorado. Mountain resort communities do a majority of their business during the winter months – but summer can be just as profitable. According to the Denver-based travel research firm Destimetrics, Colorado’s resorts are poised to have a banner 2014.

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