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Winter Olympics
5:54 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Aspen Sends Four Athletes To The Olympics in Sochi

Freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace and family members of Simi Hamilton, Noah Hoffman and Jeremy Abbott hold a Colorado flag during an Olympic send-off in downtown Aspen.
Marci Krivonen

Aspen’s sending four athletes to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the community gathered Wednesday, to send them off. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was at the event at the Gondola Plaza. She filed this report.

"Welcome to our 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic send-off for our local Olympians!"

Chris Klug, a three-time Olympian, hosted the ceremony. A sizable crowd gathered under light snow while Klug introduced the four Olympic athletes.

"We extend sincere congratulations to Jeremy Abbott, Simi Hamilton, Noah Hoffman and Torin Yater-Wallace," he said.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Aspen Mayor To Wear Shirt Protesting Russia's Anti-Gay Law

A Carbondale artist came up with this design for a t-shirt he's working to get Olympians to wear. It's meant to protest Russia's anti-gay laws.
Credit Facebook/Straighten Out The Rainbow Campaign

Aspen’s mayor and other city council members will be sporting a rainbow at Wednesday's Olympic send-off celebration. The mayor agreed this week to wear a t-shirt protesting Russia’s anti-gay law. As Marci Krivonen reports, a Carbondale artist designed the shirt.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Carbondale artist Brad Reed Nelson spoke up during the citizen comment period.

"I’ve started a program called Straighten Out the Rainbow and it’s a program to bring attention to what’s going on in Russia with the anti-gay laws."

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APR Local News
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Big Aspen Employers Join Forces to Improve Health, Lower Costs

Martie Edwards is Interim Executive Director of the Valley Health Alliance.
Martie Edwards

Five big employers in Aspen are joining forces to improve health care in the Valley. They’re part of a new group, the Valley Health Alliance, which enlists the help of doctors, hospitals, and other health-related professionals. The idea is to help bring down skyrocketing costs--while making sure employees get better care than before. To learn more, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with Martie Edwards, Interim Executive Director of the Valley Health Alliance, and Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock.

 

 

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Helicopter Crash
10:36 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Helicopter Crash Kills Three Near Silt

Larry Shaffer, Holy Cross Energy employee killed in Monday January 27th, 2014 helicopter crash south of Silt, in undated photo.
Credit Holy Cross Energy facebook page

Update - Tuesday January 28th, 2014 at 10:34pm:

Holy Cross Energy releases a photo and name of one of their employees who died in Monday's crash south of Silt as Larry Shaffer.

Post from the Holy Cross Energy facebook page:

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Skiing
11:05 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Safety Efforts Ramp Up At Ski Area Terrain Parks

Orange ovals mark the entrance to "Large" terrain park features at Snowmass. These jumps and rails are meant for advanced skiers and riders.
Marci Krivonen

After seeing the tricks, flips and crashes at last week’s Winter X Games, it’s hard to understand why someone would take such risks. And yet, terrain parks with similar, but smaller features are ubiquitous at ski areas around the country. Education around how to be safe in these parks is growing. And, as Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the efforts are also meant to draw more people to snowboarding, which has seen a drop in popularity on the slopes.

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