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Road to Sochi
3:23 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Aspen's Simi Hamilton Claims Victory in World Cup Stage Race

Aspen resident Simi Hamilton made history Tuesday. He's the first American male to win a World Cup Stage. His victory in Switzerland improves his chances of making the U.S. Olympic team.
Credit U.S. Ski Team

Aspen’s Simi Hamilton made history Tuesday in the Nordic skiing world. The 26-year-old ski racer won a race in Switzerland that all but secures a spot on the US Olympic team.

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APR Local News
11:57 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Governor Open to Helping Bring Down Insurance Premiums

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
Credit Office of Governor John Hickenlooper

    Governor John Hickenlooper says he could get involved with bringing down health insurance prices. That could have a real impact for residents of the Roaring Fork Valley and other mountain towns. Garfield County asked the state's top official earlier this month to intervene with high premiums. The County believes Colorado officials did a sloppy job earlier this year when coming up with prices. But some experts say the state didn't make any mistakes.

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APR Local News
11:12 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Expert: Why Are Healthcare Prices So High in the "Resort" Area?

Alan Weil, Executive Director of National Academy for State Health Policy in Washington, DC.
Credit Rick Reinhard

  Healthcare premiums under the Affordable Care Act are more expensive in the Roaring Fork Valley than in many parts of the state. They’re high in other mountain counties, too. Governor John Hickenlooper may get involved in bringing down those prices. Garfield County has asked him to intervene, arguing state officials did a bad job earlier this year when coming up with rates. Aspen Public Radio asked a national healthcare expert if the state failed to follow the rules. Reporter Elise Thatcher spoke with Alan Weil.

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Road to Sochi
5:35 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Road to Sochi: Knee Injury Takes Aspen Ski Racer Out of Olympic Trials

Aspen resident and ski racer Wiley Maple is out for the season. He was working toward competing in the Olympics but an old knee injury flared up.
Credit alpine.usskiteam.com

The Aspen area athletes vying for a spot on Team USA are competing in Olympic qualifying contests. Months of training lead up to this time of the year when athletes throw their best tricks and ski as fast as they can. But for some, the season is cut short because they get hurt. That’s the case for ski racer Wiley Maple. The 23-year-old was anticipating competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. As he explains, the setback is difficult but somewhat common in the world of sports. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Maple.

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Valley Roundup
3:37 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Valley Roundup - December 27th, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup, this week a review of the top stories of 2013.  Curtis Wackerle of the Aspen Daily News and Brent Gardner Smith of Aspen Journalism join us to look back on a busy year.

In Aspen it was regime change as a new mayor and city council was elected and changed the tone of debate.  For Basalt a major issue was the forced relocation of residents living downtown in the Pan and Fork trailer park.

2013 was also marked by conflict over noise in Aspen’s restaurant row, the conclusion of a big cocaine bust and sticker shock from Obamacare.

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