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Valley Roundup - January 10th, 2014

Jan 10, 2014

Curtis Wackerle and Andy Stone join us to talk about the news this week in Aspen.  It was a week that began in tragedy with the crash of a private jet onto the runway at Aspen’s airport.

Also this week, Aspen gave the go ahead for the first retail marijuana shop in town.  Carbondale got the jump on Aspen, though. Its first pot shop will open very soon.

Also today, Aspen prepares for the X Games.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary we’ll deconstruct how the internet and social media – especially Twitter – played a big role in the international news coverage of the plane crash here.

Planes, Buses to Get Travelers to Destinations

Jan 7, 2014
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.

Wreckage Removed, Aspen Airport to Reopen

Jan 6, 2014
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…”

Witnesses Say Plane Started to "Cartwheel" Down Runway

Jan 5, 2014
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.

BREAKING: Plane Crash at Aspen Airport

Jan 5, 2014
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.