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5:54pm

Wed January 29, 2014
Winter Olympics

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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4:39pm

Wed January 29, 2014
Aspen Poets' Society

Poem: Looking for Robert Frost

Jose Alcantara
Credit Jose Alcantara

The light in the desert comes on slowly

as though we need to prepare for it

or as though it is a gift given grudgingly.

At other times the edge of the world

begins in a blaze brighter than anything

we deserve. Last night I dreamt my father died

as we tried to find where Robert Frost wrote.

We were headed to a beach shack

on the other side of a concrete canal

when he jumped, trying to swim beyond

the surge that flowed toward land

as though Frost wrote with the power

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3:29pm

Wed January 29, 2014
Health

CrossCurrents - Dr. Robert Eckel on Heart Health

Dr. Robert Eckel served on the panel which issued new guidelines on heart health and spoke at The Aspen Meadows last weekend. The evening was moderated by Dr. Ann Mass.

6:00am

Wed January 29, 2014
APR Local News

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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5:00am

Wed January 29, 2014
APR Local News

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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