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Coloradans sign up for Obamacare in droves, despite less time to do it in

Fewer Coloradans enrolled in Obamacare this past year; it was to be expected, though, as they had less time to do it.

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The Aspen Hope Center offers support for Roaring Fork valley residents in a mental health crisis.  It also works with area schools on suicide prevention and education. 

This week, Christin Kay talked with Michelle Muething, executive director of the Aspen Hope Center.       

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Fewer Coloradans enrolled in Obamacare this past year; it was to be expected, though, as they had less time to do it.

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The City of Aspen wants to know just how much water flows in Maroon Creek and has contracted with the U.S. Geological Survey to keep an eye on it. It’s tied to efforts to make the city water supply more resilient.

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  A community conversation this evening encourages conversations about death and dying well before the tough decisions need to be made.

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Dr. Melanie Armstrong teaches environmental policy and history at Western State Colorado University. She was in the Roaring Fork Valley last week as part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series and sat down with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

First Draft: Elliot Ackerman

Jan 22, 2018

Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. A former White House Fellow, his essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Ecotone, among others. His novels include Green on Blue and Dark at the Crossing.

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At their Tuesday meeting, the Carbondale Board of Trustees will discuss if they’ll officially allow people to drink alcohol in the street during First Fridays this summer.

 

Tonight at 5, Colorado Mountain College in Aspen presents a reception for the group exhibition “Open Book: The Book as Object and Image,” featuring work from over 30 artists.

 

Tuesday, there will be an author talk and book signing with 2017 U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith at Paepcke Auditorium at 6. She is the second speaker in this season’s Aspen Words lineup.

 

Roni Morales explains how Mountain Family Health Centers plays a role in the recent immigration concerns in our valley. Garry Schalla highlights the non-profits team-based system. 

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The rainbow flags of Aspen Gay Ski Week have come down, but they will be flying high again come summer.

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The transportation bill backed by Senate Republicans in Colorado gets its first hearing on Tuesday. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland talked to Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal and Marianne Goodland with Colorado Politics about that and other issues as part of our weekly series during the legislative session.

A third woman has filed a formal complaint against Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock of Thornton for sexual harassment.  Former legislative aide Cassie Tanner said a 28-page letter he gave to his fellow house members trying to defend himself and denying all allegations motivated her to do so. On Tuesday he released a YouTube video and Tanner said that was another deciding factor.

A top legal expert said Lebsock's letter was retaliatory because it released sensitive information to try to discredit the complainant. 

Five women are accusing Rep. Steve Lebsock of Thornton of retaliating against them because they went public with allegations of sexual harassment or intimidating behavior by him. They take issue with a 28-page defense that Lebsock delivered to the mailboxes of his fellow House members just before the legislative session began.

The document has ignited anger among some and is the latest chapter in a series of counter-claims by the Democrat who in the  coming weeks faces the possibility of a vote to oust him from the legislature. 

Colorado lawmakers recently headed back to the state capitol for the annual legislative session. It’s the final session for term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland talked to Brian Eason of The Denver Post and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal to get their outlook on the coming months.

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