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Two of the four avalanche deaths in Colorado this winter were caused by slides in Pitkin County, and the county has led the nation in avalanche deaths over the last 60 years. Despite that tragic record, though, skiers here participate less in the state avalanche forecasting system
than those in many other parts of the state. KDNK's Nelson Harvey set out to figure out why.
The new deadline for sequestration is rapidly approaching, and President Obama is expected to talk about the across-the-board budget cuts as part of his State of the Union address.
If enacted, broad cuts will reduce the budgets of federal programs and agencies including a 6% cut to the defense budget, and similar cuts to the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service budgets.
In advance of Tuesday's State of the Union, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to the Natural Resource Defense Council's Franz Matzner to get an idea of what could be in store for the Roaring Fork Valley.
Organizers of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge have predicted the event could draw up to a million spectators at stages from Gunnison to Steamboat Springs. Enthusiasm for the race and the sport of cycling appears to be at an all-time high in Colorado - but it's already looking like those predictions about crowd sizes may be a bit optimistic. Even so, some of the mountain communities along the race route are happy for any economic boost. Reporter Kirk Siegler of Rocky Mountain Community Radio Station KUNC has more.
Thousands of fans and more than one hundred professional cyclists were in Colorado Springs yesterday to kick off the seven-day USA Pro Cycling Challenge. This inaugural race will be televised across the world and is being plugged as an economic engine for the Colorado cities in its path. But will it succeed in the long run where the Coors Classic failed? Reporter Grace Hood with Rocky Mountain Community Radio Station KUNC has this report.
The 5Point Film Festival is this weekend, and that means dozens of filmmakers from all over the world will be screening their films at Carbondale's Rec Center. Many of the films focus on outdoor sports, Nick Waggoner's ski movies focus less on impressive tricks and stunts and more on the location. Waggoner is showing a short preview of his upcoming film 'Solitaire' on Friday. He spoke with KDNK's Mathew Katz about the films unique take on South American skiing.
Carbondale's 5Point Film Fest takes to the screen starting Thursday. All this week on KDNK, we'll be speaking with the film makers and adventure seekers that make the festival happen.
Frank Smetherhurst is a pillar of the fly fishing world. And he's one of the main characters in the film Eastern Rises that chronicles a fishing trip to remote Russia. Smetherhurst spoke with KDNK's Conrad Wilson.
The host cities have been chosen for the new Quiznos Pro Challenge international cycling stage race in Colorado. Organizers and Governor Ritter say they hope the event will once again showcase American cyclists and encourage more people to ride bikes. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
Construction on phase one of a new bike trail that could one day connect Carbondale to Crested Butte is nearly complete. KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports.
Marlene Condon wrote the book on gardening and still enjoying critters and wildlife. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason talks to the author and natualist about her book, "The Nature Friendly Garden."
One event tonight kicks off two others. It's at the Given Institute in Aspen and features one of the town's foremost athletes. A panel led by World Cup snowboarder Chris Klug opens the Given Institute's Winter Lecture Series and the Summit for Life Weekend. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason spoke with Chris Klug about the liver transplant that saved his life two years before his Olympic medal at Salt Lake City.