APR Local News

12:07am

Thu September 26, 2013
APR Local News

Help a Friend, Stop Suicide

Credit Aspen Hope Center

Suicide is a real problem in the Roaring Fork Valley… this year nine people have died by suicide, normally a year’s total. Statewide, more than a thousand people died by suicide in 2012. An Aspen organization is trying to tackle the problem in the Roaring Fork Valley. One of their methods is training locals to act when friends or family might be at risk…. The Hope Center held a training in Aspen on Tuesday, September 24th.

Sandy Iglehart: “So tonight you’re gonna learn how to possibly help someone that’s in crisis.”

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9:43am

Wed September 25, 2013
Health Care

Even with Federal Health Care Reform, Some Patients Struggle to Find Access to Care

The problem of access to care for patients with government health plans like Medicaid will likely continue under federal health reform.
Credit Creative Commons/Flickr/The National Guard

The Affordable Care Act continues to roll out with the opening of something called a marketplace next week. That’s where people can shop for health insurance. Health care reform also expands Medicaid - the government-subsidized health plan for low-income people. Currently, many doctors in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond don’t accept Medicaid patients because the plan gives providers a dismal reimbursement. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, some doctors say the issue highlights a fundamental problem with the health care system.

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9:24pm

Tue September 24, 2013
APR Local News

Floods Could Mean Changes for Small Dams

"Clipped raindrop"
Buildearth.org

Officials are also reviewing dams along the Front Range. The state agency in charge of dam safety says all of the high risk ones did well during recent flooding -- those are dams where a lot of people could get hurt if they fail. But several smaller dams weren’t able to handle the record amount of rain. Bill McCormick oversees dam safety for Colorado. He says this could end up affecting how dams on the Western Slope are managed.

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2:40pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Road to Sochi

Road to Sochi: Alice McKennis uses Lessons from Ranch Life on Ski Slopes

Alice McKennis grew up on a cattle ranch in New Castle. Some of the lessons she learned there translate into her success on the slopes.
Credit U.S. Ski Team

The Road to Sochi is a look at the ten athletes from the Aspen area who are training with the hopes of making it onto the 2014 Winter Olympic team.

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10:00am

Tue September 24, 2013
Education

Aspen School Board Takes Neutral Stance on Amendment 66

The Aspen School Board is taking a neutral stance on a school finance reform measure that will go before voters in November. If approved, the measure could take dollars away from the local district.
Credit Creative Commons/Flickr/Editor B

The Aspen School Board yesterday, decided against taking a formal stance on Amendment 66. It's a school finance reform measure voters will see on the November ballot.

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