APR Local News

11:20am

Fri December 20, 2013
APR Local News

Carbondale Company Protests Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

A small furniture design store in Carbondale designed a t-shirt protesting Russia's new anti-gay laws. The store's owners hope local Olympic athletes purchase them.
Board By Design

As winter sports athletes prepare for the Olympics in Sochi, attention is being focused on Russia’s new anti-gay laws, enacted earlier this year.  While some activists are calling for a boycott of Sochi, others hope to draw attention to the discriminatory law.  A small furniture design company in Carbondale has come up with a creative way to get its point across. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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10:33am

Fri December 20, 2013
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - December 19th, 2013

Congressman Scott Tipton looks back on 2013 and the legislation he supported. Our Roger Adams also asks him about 2014 - when campaigning goes into full swing for the next election.

Also today, figure skater Jeremy Abbott wants 2014 to be his Olympic year. He’s focusing his sights on Sochi. And, we caught up with where it all started: the Aspen Ice Garden.

6:00am

Wed December 18, 2013
Adaptive Skiing

"Legally Blind" High School Students Tackle Skiing at Snowmass

High school students from the Tennessee School for the Blind pose at Snowmass with their guides and instructors from Challenge Aspen.
Marci Krivonen

Many Roaring Fork Valley residents know what it’s like to get on skis for the first time. It can be a wobbly, nerve-wracking experience. Now, imagine doing that without being able to see very well. This week, eight high school students from Tennessee are skiing at Snowmass for the first time and they’re labeled legally blind. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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8:31pm

Tue December 17, 2013
APR Local News

Garfield County Asks Governor to Intervene on Insurance Rules

Amy Barr, Executive Director of United Way for Garfield and Pitkin Counties.
Elise Thatcher

Garfield County wants Governor John Hickenlooper to intervene with the state's new health insurance rules. The county has some of the highest premiums in Colorado under new guidelines, which are part of the Affordable Care Act. The state agency in charge of the new rules recently visited communities around the state to explain why premiums are so high. But Garfield County officials remain unconvinced.

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4:34pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Road to Sochi

Road to Sochi: Abbott Credits Family for Figure Skating Success

Figure skater and Aspen native Jeremy Abbott is working hard to get to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. He's a three-time national champion.
Credit Leary O'Gorman

As the Olympic Games get closer, athletes like figure skater Jeremy Abbott are working hard to make Team USA. The three-time U.S. champion and Aspen native has yet to deliver on the world stage. Abbott wants 2014 to be the year he takes a medal. With only two spots open on the U.S. men’s figure skating team, the competition is tough. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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