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Marijuana
5:15 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Medical Marijuana Businesses Prepare to go "Retail"

LEAF Aspen grows marijuana for about 50 patients at a grow site in Carbondale.
Marci Krivonen

The Aspen City Council this week approved the sale of recreational marijuana. At first, this marijuana will be sold by stores currently operating as medical marijuana dispensaries or those that have applied to become a dispensary. City officials say as many as eight shops could part of this new industry come January.

One of those is LEAF Aspen, which is currently a medical marijuana shop. Next year LEAF Aspen plans to sell both recreational and medical pot. The storefront is in Aspen, and the store grows marijuana at a storage unit in Carbondale. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen took a tour.

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CrossCurrents
3:27 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

CrossCurrents - Huts for Vets

Originally aired April 17th, 2013

Huts for Vets, a non-profit founded in January, will lead three day wilderness hut trips at no cost, to veterans beginning this summer.

Paul Anderson, founder and ED of Huts for Vets, along with Board members Dr. Gerald Alpern and Brian Porter talk about the program.

Bike Sharing
10:37 am
Wed October 16, 2013

We Cycle Sees More Than 9000 Rides During Its First Season

Now that snow is falling in Aspen, the city's first bike-sharing program is taking a look back on its first season. We Cycle will store its bikes for the winter on November 1st and reopen next year.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Organizers of Aspen’s first-ever bike share program are calling its inaugural season a success. We Cycle’s last day is November first. It will reopen next summer. This year the system saw more than 9000 rides over four months. It includes 100 bikes parked at 13 stations scattered around town. Riders check out the bikes for 30 minute rides through Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with We-Cycle’s co-founder Mirte Mallory.

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Energy
6:47 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Major Layoffs at Oxbow Coal Mine

Elk Creek Mine in Somerset, Colorado.
Elise Thatcher

Two weeks ago, the coal mine near Paonia owned by billionaire Bill Koch laid off more than half of its employees. The Koch owned Oxbow Mining company hopes to expand operations again in the future and rehire some of the workers.  In the meantime the layoffs are creating hardships for a number of communities.

Mike Ludlow: “It’s very sad time around the mine, you know to lose your income and lose your job is real traumatic, so it’s very painful decision for us.”

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The Road to Sochi
4:28 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Road to Sochi: Local Athlete Training for New Olympic Event, Snowboard Slopestyle

Snowmass Village resident Jordie Karlinski is training for a new event in the 2014 Winter Olympics: Snowboard Slopestyle.
Credit allisports.com

Our Road to Sochi series takes a look at the Aspen-area athletes training and competing this fall in hopes of making the 2014 Olympic team. Today, we take you to an extreme snowsports course, one with rails and big jumps. It’s new to the Olympics, but competing in Snowboard Slopestyle is something Jordie Karlinski has been doing for years. The petite 24-year-old is hoping this year, she’ll be throwing tricks in Sochi, Russia. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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