Aspen Public Radio

5:30am

Mon June 9, 2014
Water

Big Water Boosts Flows For Whitewater Rafters

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:42 am

A surfer rides the Colorado River at the Glenwood Springs Wave Park. Rivers are high due to a big mountain snowpack.

This winter’s mega snowpack in the mountains is melting and filling reservoirs and rivers around the state. For whitewater rafting companies the big flows are good for thrills. But, some stretches are river are too full to float. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Longtime rafting guide Bob Morse is giving his safety spiel to a small group preparing to board a bright yellow raft. For some, it’s their first time rafting.

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11:38am

Wed May 28, 2014
Western Slope

Geologists: Soft Rock, Steep Slope Contributors In Collbran Mudslide

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 7:44 pm

This map, put together by the USGS in 1982, shows which parts of the country are most prone to landslides. The areas shaded in red have the highest landslide incidence.
USGS

The area where the Collbran mudslide happened has seen similar slides in the past. Geologists say relatively weak rock and steep terrain create a recipe for such natural disasters. Still, Colorado in general is less vulnerable to slides than wetter areas, like the west coast. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

The Colorado Geological Survey began mapping landslides near Collbran in the 1980’s. They discovered the area where this debris flow happened was prone to slides.

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6:03am

Mon January 6, 2014
Sports

Figure Skater With 'Happy Feet' Hopes To Clinch Spot In Sochi

Jeremy Abbott performs during a figure skating competition in Paris in 2012.
Gonzalo Fuentes Reuters/Landov

As the Olympic Games get closer, athletes like figure skater Jeremy Abbott are focusing on making Team USA. With only two slots on the U.S. men's figure skating team, the competition is tough. But the three-time U.S. champion — who has yet to deliver on the world stage — wants 2014 to be the year he takes a medal in Sochi, Russia.

Abbott, 28, has been in ice skates since he was 2 years old. He's already been to one Olympics, placing ninth at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

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9:24am

Wed September 4, 2013
Wildfires

Red Canyon Firefighting Costs Top $1 Million

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:28 pm

Marci Krivonen

Once again, this summer, the Western United States saw plenty of forest fires. Many of them, like California’s Rim Fire, continue to burn. When the flames are extinguished, the dollar signs emerge. States handle fire suppression costs differently. In Colorado, it depends on what kind of land is burning and how big the blaze is.

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5:45am

Tue August 27, 2013
Animals

Moose Population Healthier Than Ever in Colorado

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 10:11 am

Unlike other Western states, Colorado’s moose population is growing. It’s healthier than ever with an estimated 2300 moose across the state. While other states are grappling with why their herds are shrinking, Colorado is studying the population’s fast growth. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

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