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6:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Aspen Valley Hospital Welcomes New CEO

Dan Bonk is the new CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital. He started work January 2nd after moving from Wisconsin, where he served as a health administrator.
Credit Aspen Valley Hospital

Aspen Valley Hospital welcomed a new CEO last week. Dan Bonk started work at the small, non profit hospital on January 2nd. Before arriving in Aspen, Bonk was an executive at Wisconsin’s largest health care system, Aurora Health Care. The 30-year health care veteran talked to Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen about moving the hospital’s expansion forward and dealing with controversy.

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X Games
6:33 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Aspen to Locals: X Games Concerts = Some Road Closures

Axwell
Rukes.com

This month’s Winter X Games will mean more road closures in Aspen than in previous years.  That's because the city wants to make way for music concerts downtown, in Wagner Park. Aspen is taking pains to make sure businesses and residents know what to expect…including a recent meeting at City Hall. 

 

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

Axwell: “Center of the Universe”

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Recreational Marijuana
12:24 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Aspen Approves City's First Retail Pot Shop

The Aspen medical marijuana dispensary Silverpeak Apothecary is expected to open the city’s first retail pot shop in a matter of weeks. Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary reports.

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Recreational Marijuana
9:49 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Marijuana Greenhouse Breaks Ground near Basalt

The owner and partners of the medical marijuana dispensary Silver Peak Apothecary posed for a picture last week. The business is building a greenhouse in the Mid-valley. They hope to add retail pot to their offerings.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Construction equipment is moving dirt in the Mid-Valley in preparation for a marijuana grow site. The medical marijuana business Silverpeak Apothecary is constructing a 25,000 foot greenhouse to supply both medical and retail marijuana to its storefront in Aspen. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the owners broke ground Friday despite complaints from neighbors.

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ASPEN PLANE CRASH
9:40 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Expert: Pilots Likely Well Trained, Maybe Not for Difficult Aspen Airport

The airplane involved in a crash at Aspen's airport was a Bombardier Challenger 600.
Roger Adams

Aspen can be a particularly difficult airport to fly in and out of, especially in bad weather... and pilots get the final say about whether or not to land. Some pilots get extra training for a tricky airport like Aspen, but it's not clear whether the pilots in the crash did.  To learn more about how pilots are trained, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with Aleks Udris. He’s co-partner in a pilot training business in Boulder called Boldmethod, and recently wrote about Aspen's airport.

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