APR Local News

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.
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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."
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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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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. 

8:14pm

Sun January 12, 2014
APR Local News

Skiing Through The Past With the Historical Society

Mike Monroney, History Coach with the Aspen Historical Society, explains a leftover mining feature on Aspen Mountain.
Credit Elise Thatcher

It’s been called a Swiss cheese mountain—that’s Aspen Mountain, and it’s filled with holes from a history of mining. Some caverns are ten stories high. Telling stories about them--and other tales of years gone by-- is all in a day’s work for History Coach Mike Monroney. He hosts ski tours for the Aspen Historical Society. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher clicked into her skis and joined the Aspen Mountain tour last week.

Below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher’s story.

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3:29pm

Fri January 10, 2014
Valley Roundup

Valley Roundup - January 10th, 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.

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