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Non-Profit in the Spotlight: YouthEntity, Week 4

Jun 25, 2018

YouthEntity seeks to engage and empower youth to discover their potential by providing real-world experiences that prepare them for future successes. The main goal of YouthEntity is to make the Western Slope of Colorado the most financially literate region in the country. Kirsten Petre McDaniel provides powerful examples of the impact they are making in the community. 

  Atul Gawande explores the human side of this impasse and how the american experience with healthcare affects our views of our country, our government and even one another.  

COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed an executive order that requires that Colorado adopt low-emission vehicle standards, following a model set by California. It’s part of your plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide.

Zoe Rom / Aspen Public Radio

The United States stands alone as the only country on the planet to reject the Paris Accord.

  Water is perhaps the world’s most precious and health-sustaining resource, and surely one most at risk.

  Opioids have attracted much of the public attention given to drug abuse in recent years, but they are far from the only pharmaceuticals that can be abused.

The United States is not a particularly happy country, according to the World Happiness Report.

  This week: some hellos and goodbyes to journalists in the Valley, two discussions about  owning permanent space in downtown Aspen, and using city dollars to do it, a ballot measure about elections is expected for the fall, and an audio trip through Interstate 70.

Despite repeated attempts, Congress has not repealed the Affordable Care Act, although the Trump Administration has chipped away at some of its provisions. The requirement that all insurance plans offer “ten essential benefits” has been softened and the individual mandate to carry a minimum level of coverage has been repealed.

Eagle County might ask voters this fall to approve a tax for childcare.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

The federal government has reached a settlement in an ongoing legal battle over drilling in the Thompson Divide area of the White River National Forest.

 

The states shoulder a significant amount of responsibility for tackling the opioid epidemic, reversing obesity trends, and reducing tobacco use within their borders. They also have policy decisions to make about expanding Medicaid, developing health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, serving undocumented residents, and strengthening their public health systems.

The Aspen Citizen’s Academy is accepting applications through Monday. This is the third year of the course, which provides an opportunity to explore the limits, responsibilities and services provided by city government.

 

Seth Beckton

Snowmass Ski Area’s summer offerings have expanded and will debut Friday. There will be bike demos for visitors to explore the now 50 miles of cross-country trails.

Monday is the grand opening for Basalt’s Roaring Fork Apartments. There are 56 of them, brand new, next to the bus stop on Highway 82 by Stubbies.

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Off-road vehicles like ATVs and dirt bikes have long been banned on public roads in Colorado, but Pitkin County is only starting to enforce the law this summer.

More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the Mexico-U.S. border in recent weeks. Housed in tent camps, converted warehouses, and other shelters, they have had no idea when they will see their parents again. The Trump Administration may end the enforced separation by indefinitely detaining families together, but that is unlikely to eliminate enduring health impacts.

An inmate at the Garfield County Jail was found dead in a cell early Thursday morning.

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Low river flows and hot weather could be particularly tough on area fish. A local organization is asking boaters and anglers to chip in on a science project aimed at protecting trout.

Courtesy of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

In 2016, the world’s largest investment firm issued a report saying that climate change must be a factor in money management. On Wednesday, BlackRock Vice Chairman Philipp Hildebrand will discuss sustainable investing.

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