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APR Local News
10:40 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Aspen Skiing Company: No Big Financial Hit From Gondola Closure

The Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain.
Credit Aspen Skiing Company

The last ten days of the year is the busiest part of the ski season in Aspen. And smack in the middle of it, the Aspen Skiing Company was forced to close the fastest way to the top of Aspen Mountain. The Silver Queen Gondola was out of commission for three days, thanks to a broken bearing. Skiers had to take several lifts to the top, creating a kind of “Aspen unplugged” experience. That is, until the Ski Co had a private jet deliver the replacement part.  

Below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher's story:

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Mountain Edition
3:29 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Mountain Edition - January 2nd, 2014

Colorado made history this week when retail marijuana stores around the state opened for business. People traveled across the country to stand in line at several Denver-area businesses.

Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, retail pot shops will open later this year. In the meantime, law enforcement is getting ready.

Aspen resident and Nordic skier Simi Hamilton also made history-- but in a totally different field. He’s the first American male to win a World Cup stage race. The win gets him closer to the Olympics.

Paying for health insurance is really expensive in the Roaring Fork Valley compared to most other places in Colorado. Now, Governor Hickenlooper says he may get involved in lowering premiums.

Garfield County believes the state did a bad job setting up the prices for those premiums. But some experts say insurance officials didn’t break the rules. We’ll hear from one expert who’s asking why medical care is so high in the Valley and other resort communities.

Finally, sometimes the the road to Sochi is especially difficult. Ski racer Wiley Maple’s efforts were cut short after an old injury flared up.

Recreational Marijuana
5:23 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Denver Post Hires Marijuana Editor, Launches Pot Website

Colorado made history on January 1st as more than three dozen retail pot stores opened across the state. The Denver Post has hired a Marijuana Editor and launched a new website to track this new industry.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Across the state, more than three dozen retail marijuana stores opened for business  on January 1st, marking a historic milestone for pot advocates. News reports showed lines outside of some Denver-area stores. And, people from around the country traveled to the state to purchase pot. In the Roaring Fork Valley, retail marijuana shops are expected to open later this year.

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Arts
5:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Is Editing Getting Less Popular in Hollywood? Aspen Film Weighs In.

Credit Aspen Film

If movie aficionados in the Roaring Fork Valley, the last week and a half may have had an extra holiday bonus. Aspen Film is hosting Academy Screenings through Thursday, January 2nd. Now sometimes, during a movie, there’s a moment when the viewer realizes the film could have used another round with the editor. Laura Thielen is Co-Director of Aspen Film, and describes what it's like when that happens to her.

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Retail Marijuana
5:02 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

"Amnesty Box" at Aspen Airport Considered for Weed Disposal

Starting January 1st, adults 21 and older in Colorado can purchase recreational marijuana. Law enforcement in the Aspen area is preparing.
Credit Marci Krivonen

As Colorado ushers in legalized retail marijuana, law enforcement is preparing for how to handle it. On January 1st, adults 21 and older will be able to purchase recreational pot at shops around the state. The first retail enterprise won't open in Aspen until later this winter. Still, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office is preparing. Sheriff Joe Disalvo says he wants recreational weed to "succeed safely" in the resort town. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

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