APR Local News

7:58pm

Sun January 5, 2014
Aspen Plane Crash

Pitkin Co. Officials Believe Wind Was Behind Crash

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo
Credit Roger Adams - Aspen Public Radio

6:00pm

Sun January 5, 2014
Aspen Plane Crash

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

Wind has been cited as a possible factor in the plane crash. 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.

Several people inside the terminal witnessed the crash. Comedian Kevin Nealon tweeted the plane “exploded into flames as it was landing.” Aspen resident Randy Placeres saw the soot-covered plane as the emergency vehicles were just pulling up.

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1:13pm

Sun January 5, 2014
1 Dead, 2 Injured in Plane Crash

BREAKING: Plane Crash at Aspen Airport

Emergency crews working on charred fuselage resting at East end of the runway
Roger Adams - Aspen Public Radio

3:58pm, January 6th - All updates can be found here: http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/developing-investigating-plane-crash-aspen-airport

9:03pm - Reports say both survivors of the crash have been transferred to Grand Junction for treatment and are in "critical condition" according to 9News in Denver.

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3:28pm

Fri January 3, 2014
Valley Roundup

Valley Roundup - January 3rd, 2014

Carolyn Sackariason and Andy Stone join us to talk about the big news this week including the Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain.  Right at peak ski season the lift blew a wheel bearing - a big one.

The grounded ski lift appears to have had little effect on tourism in town.  It is shaping up to be one of the best Holiday season’s in recent years.

Also today we look at Colorado’s mark on history.  You can now walk into a store, buy some ganja, fire up the bong and toke it up…and it’s all legal.  This is such a big story that Colorado’s biggest news paper hired a marijuana editor to handle the news flow.

Its all head on today’s Valley Roundup.

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10:40am

Fri January 3, 2014
APR Local News

Aspen Skiing Company: No Big Financial Hit From Gondola Closure

The Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain.
Credit Aspen Skiing Company

The last ten days of the year is the busiest part of the ski season in Aspen. And smack in the middle of it, the Aspen Skiing Company was forced to close the fastest way to the top of Aspen Mountain. The Silver Queen Gondola was out of commission for three days, thanks to a broken bearing. Skiers had to take several lifts to the top, creating a kind of “Aspen unplugged” experience. That is, until the Ski Co had a private jet deliver the replacement part.  

Below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher's story:

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