Climate Change


  • Citizen Scientists Studying Air Pollution in the Valley
  • Finalized North Fork Alternative Plan Submitted to BLM
  • Colder-than-Usual Temps Could Last into Next Week
  • Extreme Dust, Global Warming could lead to Earlier Spring Thaw
  • Sounds of the High Country - Allen Best on Industrial Hemp in CO
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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In the wake of the historic Front Range Floods, many climate experts and researchers admit that while they’ve known of the potential for dangerous flooding in the Boulder area for some time now, hardly anybody could’ve predicted such a large-scale disaster.

We decided to look into what the floods might tell us about the future of massive storms, and whether the events of last week might change our definitions of "rare" weather events.

Patty Kaech-Feder

Though we’re barely a week into August, some signs of fall have started to appear in western Colorado.

"P Kaech" via

Last week, users on the Almanac reported seeing the summer's first sunflowers. One user was surprised to see the flowers were blooming already. 

University of Maryland Biology Professor David Inouye says the early blooming season probably has to do with the warmer weather as of late. Inouye spends his summers studying flowers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory near Crested Butte. His current project involves looking at how the timing of flowering and abundance of flowering at changing. 

iSeeChange: The Rising Threat of Wildfires

Jun 24, 2013
USDA Forest Service

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, May 2013 was the third-warmest May on record for the planet, and the earth's temperature has been above its 20th century average for 339 straight months - more than 28 years. 

Hugh Carson has been fighting fires for more than 40 years, and although he’s retired now, he was in the thick of things last year when he coordinated aircraft to battle the High Park Fire near Fort Collins. Over the years, he’s seen some changes.


  • Panel looking at fines for Parachute leak
  • Plane crash at Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • DOE again extends time for uranium-lease comments
  • DMEA ballots due; race hotly contested
  • iSeeChange: Dustbowl Daze


  • Governor signs ASSET bill into law
  • Battlement Mesa meeting addresses Parachute Creek Leak
  • New EPA figures say emissions control has reduced the impact of natural gas industry on climate change
  • Dominguez-Escalante conservation area council needs members
  • Jim Elder announces for DMEA District 4
  • Telluride residents say no to uranium mines at BLM meeting


  • Mesa County Drug Bust the largest in seven years
  • Industry’s fracking database has loose reporting standards
  • Community meeting about hydrocarbon leak in Parachute set for Monday
  • Craig town council considers requiring heads of households to own guns
  • Bill to create fire-fighting air fleet for state is unfunded
  • Corporations ask feds to do more on climate change


  • Search For Dylan Redwine Continues
  • Hotckiss Firm Wins Beetle Kill Harvest Contract
  • iSeeChange: Weather Boosts Bumper Fruit Crop
  • Dry Weather Limits Skier Access
  • Aurora City Just Says No To Pot Prosecutions
  • Cell Tower Approved Near Norwood Schools
  • Idaho Springs Tunnels Restricted This Week


  • Warmer Than Normal Winter Forecast
  • Small Theaters Struggle With Digital Transition

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It’s Halloween. Costumes are ready, the candy is bought, and houses are decked out with pumpkins and scary decorations. Some of those decorations include black cats, bats, and spider webs. In the last couple of months, residents on the Western Slope have reported to KVNF’s iSeeChange Project they’ve been seeing more spiders than usual this fall, particularly BLACK WIDOW spiders. Reporter Julia Kumari Drapkin has this story.