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9:42am

Tue January 14, 2014
Opinion/Editorial

Of Fire Tents and Hut Trips

Credit Will Roush

It could be an overly nuanced distinction to folks who don’t live in the mountains and spend much time in the woods, but I’ll make the case anyway: winter camping and hut trips are two very different experiences. One requires a tolerance for cold and a degree of suffering most people would prefer to pass up; the other involves cozy accommodations, light packs and comfy mattresses. Both usually include spectacular winter scenery and close friends.

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9:32am

Tue January 14, 2014
APR Local News

Childcare Costs Comparable to College Tuition in Roaring Fork Valley

Childcare in Colorado is more expensive than in much of the country. In the Roaring Fork Valley, the costs are even higher.
Credit Creative Commons/Google/US Navy

Colorado has the fifth highest cost of childcare for infants. According to a report released last Fall, families fork over more than $12,000 a year to put their baby in a childcare center. In the Roaring Fork Valley, that amount skyrockets to more than $17,000 annually. It’s comparable to college tuition. One Aspen center is working to make childcare more affordable.

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5:20pm

Mon January 13, 2014
Road to Sochi

Road to Sochi: U.S. Cross Country Team "Strongest Ever"

In late December, cross country skier Simi Hamilton had a career first. He claimed victory at a World Cup "stage race."
Credit nordic.usskiteam.com

History could be made at next month’s Winter Olympics in cross country skiing. Ski experts say the United States’ cross-country skiing team is the strongest it’s ever been. And, two of its members are from Aspen. This month, Noah Hoffman and Simi Hamilton learned they’re heading to Sochi. Hoffman specializes in distance racing. Hamilton excels in sprints. The United States hasn’t picked up a medal in cross-country skiing since 1976. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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2:28pm

Mon January 13, 2014
First Draft

First Draft - Ben Fountain

Credit Larry D. Moore

Ben Fountain is author of a short story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which won the Pen/Hemmingway Award and most recently Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, The LA Times Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award.  He is also the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a Barnes and Noble Discover Award.  He has a law degree from Duke University.  He is from North Carolina and lives in Dallas, Texas.

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9:32am

Mon January 13, 2014
Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Youth Center, Part 2

Located in the Aspen Recreation Center, the Aspen Youth Center has provided over 5,000 children a place to call their own. The non-profit has open doors to all children in grades 4 - 12 during after school hours and school vacations. Maureen Sharaf, President of the AYC Board of Directors, and Keith Berglund, Executive Director, discuss the center's challenges and the overall importance of the center for the Aspen community. 

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