Aspen Airport

Governor Hickenlooper says Colorado dealt with a lot in 2013 including massive fires and biblical floods. He delivered his State of the State address today.

Aspen saw its first plane crash in more than 20 years earlier this week. One died, two were injured and there were a lot of witnesses.

We talk with an expert who explains which pilots get extra training for flying into Aspen’s tricky airport.

We get the latest on efforts to grow and sell recreational pot in the Upper Valley.

Aspen is trying to alert residents and businesses about two big X Games concerts later this month.

And, we’ll hear just how easy it is to break the city’s noise ordinance.

Finally, there’s sobering news about what happens when big mountain skiing and snowboarding go terribly wrong. Our latest Road to Sochi looks at the documentary The Crash Reel.

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.

Rob St. Mary

With the clearing of the crash wreckage from the runway last night, the Aspen Airport saw travelers arriving by car and bus to find the best ways out of the town this morning.

By 6am several dozen travelers had arrived at the United Airlines counter to get tickets re-routed following a 36 hour closure of the airport. Travelers were offered various solutions including flights out of Aspen or bus service to Denver to meet connecting flights.

Roger Adams - Aspen Public Radio

As of 10:30pm this evening, Monday, the wreckage of a private jet that crashed at the Aspen Airport yesterday afternoon has been removed from the runway.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo made the announcement via press release.

Rob St. Mary

3:53pm - Courtney Liedler of the NTSB says as of 3pm her team has not been able to get onto the aircraft to start the interior investigation. But, the Federal officials say man, machine and mother nature are the key aspects they will be investigating related to the crash. She says the final report will take 12-18 months to complete, but a preliminary report should be released about 5-7 days after the NTSB team leaves Aspen.

Roger Adams - Aspen Public Radio

“911 call came in…”

Roger Adams

Wind has been cited as a possible factor in the plane crash. The Aspen airport can be a particularly challenging place for pilots. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with some seasoned pilots from the area and eyewitnesses to the crash.

Several people inside the terminal witnessed the crash. Comedian Kevin Nealon tweeted the plane “exploded into flames as it was landing.” Aspen resident Randy Placeres saw the soot-covered plane as the emergency vehicles were just pulling up.

Roger Adams - Aspen Public Radio

3:58pm, January 6th - All updates can be found here: http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/developing-investigating-plane-crash-aspen-airport

9:03pm - Reports say both survivors of the crash have been transferred to Grand Junction for treatment and are in "critical condition" according to 9News in Denver.

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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