APR Local News

Mountain Edition
3:29 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Mountain Edition - January 23rd, 2014

The X Games are in full swing, with eye popping jumps and bright lights. And, it’ll be on the calendar for five more years, thanks to a new agreement.

Hometown favorite Gretchen Bleiler is competing in this week’s event-- her last X Games before she retires.

Aspen Police say a so-called skimming device was discovered at a local ATM. We’ll find out what that means for locals.

Cell service can be a real pain in Snowmass Village. But improving coverage can be tricky.

We’ll hear how a state senator hopes to expand broadband internet in the Valley….

Whether there’s more snow coming any time soon…

And the long view from a decorated athlete... about his experience at the Olympics.

X Games 2014
8:03 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Winter X Games Get Started In Aspen

Workers put the finishing touches on the tower and park features at the Winter 2014 X Games.
Elise Thatcher

The X Games will be a big part of January in Aspen at least until 2019.  On Wednesday, ESPN and the Aspen Skiing Company reached an agreement to keep the games in town for another five winters.  What would become of the Games in Aspen had been an open question until the agreement was announced.  They’ve been been held in Aspen for thirteen years, longer than any other X Games host city. Also... on Wednesday, snowboarder Shaun White did an on-again, off-again routine settling on “off.”  The Flying Tomato said he will not compete at Buttermilk this year.

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APR Local News
7:51 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Better Cell Service May Be Coming to Snowmass Village

Visitors relax at Base Village in Snowmass Village.
Credit Elise Thatcher

  

Depending on where you are in Snowmass Village...and what phone provider you have, It’s easy… and frustrating… to lose a cell phone signal.  There are efforts underway to reduce the rate of dropped calls.  One obvious solution is to erect more cell towers. But that can be difficult to do.

Editor’s note: below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher’s story. 

Reporter: Sloan Campi is a planner for the town of Snowmass Village. The cell signal problem-solving effort, he says, is a conundrum.

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Media Coverage of Krabloonik
3:15 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Krabloonik Overload?

Aspen Times Editor, Rick Carroll
Credit Aspen Times

It has been hard in recent weeks to avoid news stories about the Krabloonik dog sledding operation in Snowmass.  The owner has been charged with animal cruelty and is due in court next month.  Media coverage has gone beyond these charges to include an inter-family dispute, the relationship between the company and Snowmass Village and it’s mayor.  The story has also had its share of tangled relationships and friendships involving members of the media.  Aspen Times Editor Rick Carroll, in an editorial this week called it a media orgy.  Carroll told us he is getting exasperated with the story.  He spoke with APR's Roger Adams.


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X Games 2014
10:40 am
Wed January 22, 2014

The 411 on the X Games

2013 X Games - Slopstyle Skiing
Credit Roger Adams

For the 13th year Aspen hosts the X Games starting Thursday at the Buttermilk ski area. But, beyond the competitions on the hill, downtown Aspen will see concerts and events sharing in the spirit of the games. While it will be fun, it could lead to some traffic, parking and other issues for folks trying to get around town.

So, Aspen Public Radio has created a simple guide for the big questions you might have about the X Games, how to get there, where to park, tickets, breaking news and more.

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