CrossCurrents
3:27 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

CrossCurrents - Mountain Rescue-Aspen

Today on CrossCurrents, David Swersky and Jeff Edelson from Mountain Rescue-Aspen on the history of the organization and the new building opening this weekend.

About Mountain Rescue-Aspen:

Mountain Rescue-Aspen was incorporated in 1965 as a non-profit organization and is one of the oldest search and rescue teams in the state. We are accredited through the Rocky Mountain Region of the Mountain Rescue Association and work as a volunteer arm of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office; providing search and rescue services for Pitkin County and mutual aid for other counties in Colorado.

Our dedicated 50-member team annually donates thousands upon thousands of person-hours serving Pitkin County’s community and visitors. These hours represent time away from families to attend meetings and trainings; educate the public with our annual community avalanche seminar; teach children what to do if they are lost through the national “Hug-A-Tree” program, and of course, engage in search and rescue missions.

Unlike other emergency response agencies such as Police or Ambulance, or even Volunteer Fire, there is no tax base or public budget for Mountain Rescue. We are 100% unpaid volunteers who raise the funding we need each year through the solicitation of public donations and applications for local and state grants.

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APR Local News
7:23 am
Wed August 27, 2014

More Questions Than Answers Surrounding Marijuana And Health

On Tuesday, the Pitkin County Commissioners heard concerns from staff about recreational marijuana and health. Retail pot shops started selling weed nearly nine months ago in Colorado.
Credit Marci Krivonen

When it comes to how to regulate recreational marijuana, there are more questions than answers. That was the conclusion at a Pitkin County Commissioner’s meeting Tuesday, where officials discussed public safety and environmental health surrounding pot. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

It’s been nearly nine months since recreational marijuana shops in Colorado started selling pot to adults 21 and older. Now, Pitkin County is examining problems and concerns that have cropped up.

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Drunk Driving
6:50 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Season of the DUI

Credit Colorado State Patrol

One of the year’s big drinking holidays is this weekend.  In response the Colorado State Patrol has stepped up drunk and high driving enforcement for the Labor Day weekend.

The Heat is On is a statewide effort by the highway patrol and local law enforcement to get drunks off the road.  The campaign includes more police cars patrolling the roads and in some cases traffic roadblocks where all or most drivers are checked for possible intoxication.  APR's Roger Adams reports. 

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Colorado River
8:46 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Water Managers Discuss Drought And The Colorado River

The Colorado River fills Lake Powell and Lake Mead. A discussion about drought and the Colorado River took place at a conference in Snowmass Village last week.
Credit Colorado River Water Conservation District

NOTE: In the on-air version of this story we incorrectly stated the date of a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announcement about Colorado River cut-backs to lower basin states. That announcement happened in 2013, not this year. (8/26/14)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced this month water releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead will increase next year, after historically low releases in 2014. Lake Mead has reached record low levels this summer. The Colorado River supplies these large reservoirs. At a water conference in Snowmass Village last week, drought and the Colorado River were discussed. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Affordable Care Act
10:25 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

State Fails To Make Insurance Prices User Friendly

The Anthem plan purchased by Catherine Lutz and her family, was hidden in a statewide database of health insurance plans scheduled for 2015.
Elise Thatcher

If you have health insurance, you can now look up how much it might cost you next year. Colorado's insurance office has posted all rate changes for the coming year, to make sure residents know whether their premiums are going up--and why. But actually finding that information can take hours, and may not turn up results at all. 

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