Search and rescue crews found the body of Randy Udall yesterday, in Wyoming’s Wind River mountain range. The Carbondale resident was brother to U.S. Senator Mark Udall and well known for his work on environmental issues. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has this remembrance.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Randy Udall was known in Colorado and across the nation for his work as an advocate for energy sustainability. He was the cofounder and original director of the Roaring Fork Valley-based Community Office for Resource Efficiency, or CORE, which promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency. He wrote his first article on climate change in 1987 and helped usher in Colorado’s first solar energy incentive program.

In March of 2012, he spoke about natural gas development in western Colorado in Aspen.

“My concern is more social and where do we draw these lines, I have driven through Rifle and Parachute 100 times in my life, and over the last 5 years, I would think, ‘my god,’ and I didn’t get involved. But, now that it’s going to be out in my backyard, I’m certainly going to get involved.”

A statement from Udall’s family said he “left this earth doing what he loved most: hiking in his most favorite mountain range in the world.”

Searchers found Udall’s body in a remote area of the Wind River Range in western Wyoming. The experienced hiker had been out on a solo trek. Although an autopsy is forthcoming, it appears he died of natural causes.

 

Comments are closed.

News

July 22, 2014 | NPR · Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News explains a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday that overturns subsidies provided to low- and middle-income people in states that use the federal health exchanges.
 

AP
July 22, 2014 | NPR · The agency said commercial jets were banned from flying to Israel for 24 hours, after it received reports that a rocket landed a mile from the airport.
 

July 22, 2014 | KHN · If the decision stands, at least 5 million Americans would face an insurance premium increases of at least 76 percent, according to one estimate. The case could wind up in the Supreme Court.
 

Arts & Life

iStockphoto
July 22, 2014 | NPR · This year’s Television Critics Association press tour found networks pitching hard for the view beyond overnight ratings. But getting the right number isn’t the end of the issue.
 

AP
July 22, 2014 | NPR · In 1990 when the episode first aired, AIDS testing was still new, and myths and misinformation ran rampant. But Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia taught us that AIDS can happen to anyone.
 

July 22, 2014 | NPR · Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artists
July 22, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s All Songs Considered, a premiere from the The Rentals and new music from Perfume Genius, The Bots, Zammuto and more!
 

Courtesy of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA
July 22, 2014 | NPR · Hear the world premiere of a piece by Samuel Adams — son of composer John Adams — and watch the orchestra’s signature encore, from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
 

Courtesy of the artist
July 22, 2014 | NPR · The prolific singer-songwriter will showcase some of his new songs — and many others from his long and frequently glorious catalog — on Friday, July 25, in a live webcast from Newport, R.I.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab