Marci Krivonen

Originally from Montana, Marci grew up near the mountains and can't get enough of them. She began in broadcasting in Missoula, Montana where she anchored Montana Public Radio's local Evening Edition news program. She then picked up a camera and tripod and worked for Missoula's local CBS television station as a reporter. Shortly after that, she returned to radio and became the Assistant News Director at a radio station in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Marci began at Aspen Public Radio in 2007 as the station's morning host and reporter. Although you can occasionally hear Marci in the mornings, she is now quite content to be sleeping in and reporting all day. When not at the station, Marci is on her road bike, meeting people, or skiing.

NEWS
4:11 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

EPA Head: Climate Change An "Economic Issue" For Aspen

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stands near the Silver Queen Gondola in Aspen. On Thursday, she spoke about how action on climate change is critical to economies like Aspen that depend on snow.

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 4:44 pm

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told a small crowd in Aspen Thursday that action on climate change is needed now. Administrator Gina McCarthy timed her visit with the Winter X Games, to reach a younger crowd.

McCarthy’s visit was in conjunction with Protect Our Winters, a climate change advocacy group led by snow sports athletes. Standing next to the ski gondola, McCarthy emphasized how action on climate change is critical to economies like Aspen’s.

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NEWS
1:33 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Getting High Safely: Aspen Launches Marijuana Education Campaign

Officials in Aspen have put out a brochure on how to use marijuana safely and legally.
Marci Krivonen

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 11:02 pm

The state government and the marijuana industry in Colorado are working to educate people about how to use pot safely. But in the high Rockies, one community is taking matters into its own hands.

The local sheriff in Aspen is leading an education effort that targets skiers and snowboarders flocking to the winter resort. And the sheriff isn't waiting until visitors hit the slopes — their education starts at the airport with pamphlets on marijuana.

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ENVIRONMENT
8:15 am
Thu December 25, 2014

As More Resorts Make Snow, Climate Change Spells Trouble

The Aspen Skiing Company started making snow to supplement natural snow in the 1970s, after a devastating drought.

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 9:16 am

It’s that time of year when ski resorts crank up snowmaking machines to bolster Mother Nature’s delivery. Some resorts depend on man-made snow more than others and it’s possible  the practice may be used more in the future. For Connecting the Drops, Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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ENVIRONMENT
9:51 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Conservation Groups Cheer White River N.F. Oil, Gas Plan

This map shows which areas would be off-limits to oil and gas leasing under a newly-released plan from the White River National Forest. The areas shaded dark green would closed to future oil and gas development.

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 8:03 pm

The White River National Forest released a “conservation-minded” plan Tuesday for future oil and gas drilling. Conservation groups are cheering the plan, saying it proposes closing nearly all of the Thompson Divide to future leasing. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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ENVIRONMENT
10:11 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Wilderness "Hot Spots" See Increasing Crowds

National Forest officials are considering an update of a management plan for the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness. The outdated plan didn't account for the crowds the area saw this summer.

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 4:11 pm

The Forest Service is beginning the discussion about how to deal with increasing problems with crowds in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness. This summer saw huge numbers of visitors at popular spots like Crater Lake and the Four Pass Loop. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, forest service officials are working to educate the public before exploring solutions.

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LOCAL MOTION
12:40 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Local Motion: Regional News Roundup Oct. 2014

On this week's Local Motion, we've decided to highlight political stories aired on our regional newscast. 

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POLITICS
9:24 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Colorado Senate District Five: A "Pivotal Race"

Ballots for the November 4th election go out in two weeks and one hotly contested race is in Colorado Senate District Five, which includes Pitkin and Eagle Counties.

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 10:18 am

In November the Republican party in Colorado is aiming for control of the State Senate and one key race is in the 5th Senate District. It includes Pitkin and Eagle Counties. The seat is up for grabs because Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village is term-limited. Three candidates, each new to state politics, are urging voters to turn out to the polls and, so-called “dark money” is flowing into the race. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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NEWS
5:04 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Preschool Program Focuses On The Brain

Child therapist Kathy Hegberg developed the program "Focused Kids." It teaches young kids how their brain works and it's being used at low-income preschools in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:19 am

A growing education program in the Valley is teaching preschoolers how their brain works so they can focus on learning. The “Focused Kids” program is being taught to low income, mostly Latino kids, in a unique preschool. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, this new program is happening inside a school bus.

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ENVIRONMENT
1:46 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Water Managers Discuss Drought And The Colorado River

The Colorado River fills Lake Powell and Lake Mead. A discussion about drought and the Colorado River took place at a conference in Snowmass Village last week.

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:55 am

NOTE: In the on-air version of this story we incorrectly stated the date of a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announcement about Colorado River cut-backs to lower basin states. That announcement happened in 2013, not this year. (8/26/14)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced this month water releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead will increase next year, after historically low releases in 2014. Lake Mead has reached record low levels this summer. The Colorado River supplies these large reservoirs. At a water conference in Snowmass Village last week, drought and the Colorado River were discussed. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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ENVIRONMENT
1:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Advocacy Group Looks To Forest Service Solution

The group working to protect the Thompson Divide area from natural gas development is awaiting a Forest Service plan.

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:00 pm

Natural Gas drilling in an area near Carbondale known as the Thompson Divide is still a possibility, despite protest from many local residents. The group trying to stop it is hopeful a Forest Service plan, due out later this summer, will prevent future drilling.

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ENVIRONMENT
12:47 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Big Water Boosts Flows For Whitewater Rafters

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

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

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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ENVIRONMENT
3:29 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

EPA's "Waters Of The U.S." Source Of Frustration For Farmers, Ranchers

Acting Administrator for the EPA's Office of Water gets a tour from local water officials and the Roaring Fork Conservancy. The group visited different sites along the Frying Pan River.

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 7:35 am

A top administrator in the EPA’s Office of Water was in the Roaring Fork Valley on Wednesday, touring local rivers and drumming up interest for a proposed Clean Water Act rule. Acting Administrator Nancy Stoner says the so-called “Waters of the U.S.” rulemaking clarifies what types of waterbodies get federal protection. Before she discussed the rule with local residents, she traveled up the Frying Pan river.

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NEWS
8:54 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Plan Looks at Future Oil, Gas Development in White River National Forest

Credit allvail.com

The White River National Forest is working toward the final stages of updating its oil and gas plan. 

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NEWS
9:17 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Witnesses Say Plane Started to "Cartwheel" Down Runway

Eye witnesses to the fatal plane crash at the Aspen Airport say the private plane "cartwheeled" before it burst into flames
Credit Roger Adams/Aspen Public Radio

Wind has been cited as a possible factor in the plane crash that killed one person and injured two others on Sunday.

The Aspen airport can be a particularly challenging place for pilots. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with some seasoned pilots from the area and eyewitnesses to the crash.

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Around the Nation
2:43 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Skier Vies For A Spot On Team USA After Breaking Both Legs

Alice McKennis speeds down the course during the women's downhill at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, in February.
Alessandro Trovati AP

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 6:43 pm

On a cold, cloudy day in Colorado, ski racer Alice McKennis suits up. She buckles her boots, puts on a back protector and dons a tightfitting speed suit.

She's training at the U.S. Ski Team's Speed Center at Copper Mountain near Vail, Colo. — and how she got here is exceptional.

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NEWS
9:59 am
Thu January 2, 2014

"Amnesty Box" at Aspen Airport Considered for Weed Disposal

Law enforcement has been gearing up for the start of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado.
Credit Marci Krivonen/Aspen Public Radio

As Colorado ushers in legalized retail marijuana, law enforcement is preparing for how to handle it. Adults 21 years and older are now able to purchase recreational pot at shops around the state.

The first retail enterprise won't open in the Aspen area until later this winter. Still, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office there is preparing. Sheriff Joe Disalvo says he wants recreational weed to "succeed safely" in the resort town. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

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NEWS
9:52 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Denver Post Hires Marijuana Editor, Launches Pot Website

Colorado made history on January 1st as more than three dozen retail pot stores opened across the state. The Denver Post has hired a Marijuana Editor and launched a new website to track this new industry.
Credit Marci Krivonen/Aspen Public Radio

Across the state, more than three dozen retail marijuana stores opened for business on January 1st, marking a historic milestone for pot advocates. News reports showed lines outside of some Denver-area stores. And, people from around the country traveled to the state to purchase pot.

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NPR Story
2:44 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Ski Resorts Work To Turn China's Middle Class Into Snow Bunnies

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 4:26 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Colorado's ski resorts are looking far and wide for potential customers, including emerging markets like China. About 12 percent of visitors to the state's ski areas come from overseas. And with China's middle class growing, Colorado resorts are looking to profit. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

MARCI KRIVONEN, BYLINE: Inside the offices of the Aspen Skiing Company, Candace Sherman is learning Mandarin Chinese...

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Foreign language spoken)

KRIVONEN: ...using a Rosetta Stone audio course.

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NEWS
10:36 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Climate Change Measured on Open Spaces near Aspen

Scientists hike snowy trails to reach one of two soil moisture towers located on Pitkin County Open Space properties.
Marci Krivonen/Aspen Public Radio

In the future, the forests surrounding Aspen will look different. Already, mountain shrubs are replacing some Aspen stands and changing the complexion of the area, likely due to due a warming climate.

Neighboring Pitkin County is now tracking these shifts on open space properties.  Two local non-profit organizations are helping. The new data is thanks to a pair of towers that’s tracking things like soil moisture and temperature.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Drought Prompts Study of Gold Medal Fishery near Basalt

Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff and volunteers "shock" fish every other year on the Fryingpan. The electrical current attracts the fish so the group can catch and count them.
Credit Marci Krivonen/Aspen Public Radio

This Fall, a local river conservation group is keeping a close eye on the Fryingpan River. This follows last year's drought that brought the levels on the river down. 

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NEWS
10:37 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Vehicle Access to Maroon Bells Closed due to Government Shutdown

The government shutdown prompted by lawmakers in Washington has limited access to the Maroon Bells. The peaks, outside of Aspen, can only be reached by bicycle and on foot.
Credit Snowpeak via Flickr (CC BY)

The government shutdown in Washington is limiting access to one Colorado’s most visited places: the Maroon Bells. The road outside of Aspen closed to traffic yesterday during prime leaf-peeping season. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Moose Population Healthier Than Ever in Colorado

Colorado's moose population is growing faster than biologists expected. The first transplants of moose into Colorado were in the 1970's
Credit Anda Rojs Smalls

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 reports.

Anda Rojs Smalls has lived in the Aspen area for over a decade. But, it was just recently that she saw a moose.

"My first moose sighting was about two years ago, in the summertime, with my kids up at the Maroon Lake," she says.

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Economy
1:30 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Ski Resorts Find Ways To Stay Busy When There's No Snow

In the summer, Snowmass ski resort in Colorado rents bikes instead of skis. It's an effort to create year-round revenue during a time when most ski resorts are closed.
Jeremy Swanson Aspen/Snowmass

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 8:50 am

With sizzling temperatures in much of the country, tourists are turning to mountain ski resorts to find relief. Resorts from Colorado to California and Oregon are on track to set a record this year for summer business.

Brandon Wilke is spending a long weekend at a resort just down the road from Aspen, Colo. He came for a wedding, but Wilke and his brother-in-law decided to bring their mountain bikes and try out some bike trails at the Snowmass ski resort. At first, Wilke says he didn't know mountain biking was an option.

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