10:40am

Tue February 18, 2014
2014 Winter Olympics from the Inside

Fashion, Friendship and Clean Streets

Hanging out with Noah in Golden Tulip hotel lobby.
Ruthie Brown

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are very excited to share the travels of Simi Hamilton’s family to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing dispatches from Ruthie Brown and family as they give you a first-hand, “behind-the-scenes” look at the Olympics.

Sim had a day off so we wandered the streets of Rosa Khutor, Krasnaya Polyana and Esta Sudoku. In spite of the masses of people roaming the streets, which are closed off to all cars, the streets are immaculate with constant street cleaners who walk about with little brooms and dust pans.

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10:24am

Tue February 18, 2014
APR Local News

Fatal Avalanche Big Enough to Destroy a House

A group of 7 skiers triggered an avalanche on the Twin Lakes side of Independence Pass Saturday. Two people were killed in the slide.
Credit Colorado Avalanche Information Center

A combination of record snow, wind and warming temperatures created a disaster in the backcountry over the weekend. An avalanche on the east-side of Independence Pass Saturday killed two skiers Saturday. And, the state’s avalanche center says it hasn’t seen such large, destructive avalanches in 20 years. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with John Snook, a forecaster at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

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8:40pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Ice Age Fossils

Paleontologists Still Unveiling Snowmass Ice Age Fossils

Tom Temme, Paleontologist with the Ice Age Discovery Center and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, scrapes clay off a mastodon tusk.
Elise Thatcher

   Scientists are still examining some of the mammoth bones found at a big dig in Snowmass.  The discovery took place more than three years ago-- but the painstaking review of the ice age fossils means that it could take years to thoroughly examine everything that was found. The Ice Age Discovery Center recently unveiled a mammoth tusk that’s been wrapped up in a protective jacket.

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3:29pm

Mon February 17, 2014
First Draft

First Draft - George Saunders

George Saunders
Credit Caitlin Saunders

George Saunders is the author of four collections of short stories: the bestselling Pastoralia, set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape; CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, a Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, In Persuasion Nation, one of three finalists for the 2006 STORY Prize for best short story collection of the year, and Tenth of December. Pastoralia, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, and Tenth of December were all New York Times Notable Books. Tenth of December was nominated for the 2013 National Book Award in Fiction. The Boston Globe lauds Saunders’ ability to “construct a story of absurdist satire, then locate within it a moment of searing humanity." In 2014, Saunders' graduation speech at Syracuse University will be published as the book Congratulations, by the Way.

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9:36am

Mon February 17, 2014
2014 Winter Olympics from the Inside

Ski Jumping and the Ship

Credit Ruthie Brown

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are very excited to share the travels of Simi Hamilton’s family to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing dispatches from Ruthie Brown and family as they give you a first-hand, “behind-the-scenes” look at the Olympics.

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9:00am

Mon February 17, 2014
Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Global Change Institute - Part 3

Due to climate change being a global issue, organizations like the Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) need to have feelers all over the country. In 2013, AGCI opened an office in Washington D.C. where Program Director, James Arnott is now based. Arnott discusses AGCI's role in the nation's capital and John Katzenberger, AGCI's co-founder and director, explains the positive steps being made in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Learn more about AGCI by visiting their website

7:46am

Mon February 17, 2014
APR Local News

RMI Planning to Build "Deep Green" Building in Basalt

Rocky Mountain Institute is planning to move its headquarters from Old Snowmass to a new Innovation Center in Basalt.
Rocky Mountain Institute

The non profit Rocky Mountain Institute is moving forward with plans to build an “Innovation Center” in downtown Basalt. The organization submitted a sketch plan to Town Council last month and if council supports it, construction could start in the fall. RMI specializes in sustainability and energy efficiency and the structure near the Roaring Fork River, will be highly efficient. The $15 million building will be double the size of the group’s current headquarters in Old Snowmass.

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5:00am

Mon February 17, 2014
APR Local News

VA to Veterans: You May Already Qualify For Health Care

United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Credit United States Department of Veterans Affairs

The Affordable Care Act has forced residents along the Roaring Fork Valley to figure out what to do about insurance… whether it’s sign up for a plan, or pay a fine. But many in the Valley can already get discounted or free care. That's because Veterans Affairs, or the VA, has opened up its doors to more military veterans who served in the Vietnam War or the Persian Gulf War (also called Operation Desert Storm).

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12:17pm

Sun February 16, 2014
2014 Winter Olympics from the Inside

Watch What You Post & Sharing "Kruzhba"

Credit Bart Garton

So for Boarder/Ski Cross, I am now in the bleachers, shooting friends and family and crowd. Everybody's changing up for variety¹s sake.  The super slo-mo I was doing was fun because it was such a challenge, but I think I’ll welcome the change ­ because there will be a lot less stress with this assignment. With the former, I frankly cringed each time the replays began rolling, as that’s when the focus failures were accentuated.  90% of the time, mine worked.

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11:50am

Sun February 16, 2014
2014 Winter Olympics from the Inside

Simi in the Relay, Putin Digs Cross Country

Credit Ruthie Brown

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are very excited to share the travels of Simi Hamilton’s family to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing dispatches from Ruthie Brown and family as they give you a first-hand, “behind-the-scenes” look at the Olympics.

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