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Aspen 82 launches media lab, live broadcasts

Aspen 82, a TV channel offering live programming on ski conditions and other matters of local interest, is now broadcasting from two locations.

Starting Friday, the company began reporting from Snowmass Base Village, where the company has created what it calls its "82 Media Lab." The company already was broadcasting live from Aspen Mountain.

Aspen 82's expansion will bring an interactive, consumer-facing element to its programming, the company said in a statement. Aspen 82 secured a space in Snowmass Village through real estate firm Related Colorado, and is bringing a television presence to Snowmass, which is a first for the town, the company said. The media lab, adjacent to Base Camp Bar and Grill, will offer docking stations so that people can upload personal point-of-view video footage from cameras like a GoPro and edit it using iMovie and FinalCutPro.

"We are super excited to have Aspen 82 broadcasting live from Snowmass this winter," said Dwayne Romero, president of Related Colorado. "It's a fantastic opportunity to see and experience what's new in town, and we think their new media lab is going to be a great hit with visitors."

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Aspen 82 is also partnering with SnoCru, a smartphone application which tracks vertical coverage, so that users can virtually compete against other skiers and snowboarders in the media lab.

Aspen 82's live, daily morning show, called "The Lift," now broadcasts four days a week from Aspen Mountain and the other three from Snowmass. As the official partner of Aspen Skiing Co., the station has exclusive rights to broadcast from the ski mountains.

"Aspen 82 has developed an amazing product that offers timely and valuable information to our guests and locals alike," said Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle in a prepared statement. "We are excited that they have expanded their live coverage to Snowmass and are able more fully portray the scope of the resort. We look forward to more exciting and innovative content from the Aspen 82 crew."

Besides on-mountain reporting in Snowmass, the Base Village media lab also will have a live-to-tape studio space that will give the studio a "Today Show" feel, allowing onlookers to peer in on celebrity interviews or enjoy free hot and cold Guayaki teas.

Aspen 82's headquarters are located in the Aspen Business Center. During the summer, Aspen 82 broadcasts "The Lift" from the top of Dancing Bear Aspen. In addition, the company has three original programs: "Harvest Aspen," featuring Food Network Star Susie Jimenez; "Common Good," focusing on the vibrant nonprofit sector in Aspen and like-minded cities; and "Yoga with a View," a live-to-tape flow series from the picturesque wedding deck atop Aspen Mountain.

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse hires four new Aspen agents

The Aspen office of real estate firm Coldwell Banker Mason Morse has hired four new agents: Tami Word, Johnryan Flynn, Steve Harriage and Judd Clarence.

"These new brokers all have deep roots here and are passionate about the town and the lifestyle," said Jonathan Boxer, supervising broker in the Aspen office, in a statement. "Just as important, they have real estate in their DNA, with experience ranging from project sales to development and construction."

A Colorado native, Word is an accomplished ski instructor and Diamond Pro, and learned to ski at Aspen Highlands at 3 years old. Growing up in Texas, she graduated from Texas A&M University where she studied political science and marketing. She later moved to Washington D.C., where she attended the Leadership Institute and worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate as well as the National Republican Senatorial Committee and as a lobbyist.

Flynn is the son of a real estate developer and an interior designer. He began his career in real estate sales and development in Hilton Head, S.C. He first visited Aspen as a youth, and finally had the opportunity to return five years ago where he's been ever since. Behind the scenes, Flynn is active in the community and serves as a ski coach for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. He is a Boston native.

Harriage is an experienced resort specialist who has been connecting customers with luxury properties in high-end resorts for more than 15 years. He has worked in foreign and domestic markets, offering all types of properties including luxury fractional clubs, ski-in ski-out residences, beachfront villas and homes along favorite golf courses. Harriage grew up in Minnesota where frequent trips to Colorado, Wyoming and Canada with his family nurtured his passion for the outdoors. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in entrepreneurship and small-business management.

Born and raised in South Africa, Judd Clarence left the country after college and began selling commercial and residential real estate in his early 20s, buying rental properties in England and the United States to develop his own property portfolio. Clarence settled in Florida, expanding his business as a developer, landlord and top-producing Realtor with Remax Partners. Upon arriving in Aspen just before the sub-prime housing crash, Clarence opened Aspen Luxury Brokers and Giant Construction in tandem.

With five offices in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Redstone and Glenwood Springs as well as an on-site sales office at the Grand Hyatt Aspen, the company has 68 broker associates and 12 full-time employees.

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Alpine Bank and Early Childhood Network partner on programs

Alpine Bank recently presented the Early Childhood Network a challenge gift of $5,000 to help fund the nonprofit's work in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties.

The mission of the Early Childhood Network is to enhance the quality, capacity and accessibility of childcare in the three-county region. The goal of this one-time fundraiser, which will take place through December, is to help sustain the network's programs and allow quality improvement, the network said in a statement. Executive Director Jonathan Godes hopes to raise a total of $15,000 by the end of this year.

Alpine Bank is a frequent supporter of educational initiatives.

"We believe in businesses helping to fund the education of young children," said Jay Rickstrew, regional president of the Colorado River Region of Alpine Bank.