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Preventing Sexual Assault
7:20 am
Thu December 12, 2013

State Model: Pitkin County Jail

Pitkin County Jail
Credit Pitkin County

It is part of cultural lore that if you go to prison you will be raped.  Literature, television and movies have reinforced this belief and a Department of Justice study released last year found that about four percent of inmates were raped during a 12 month period.  That’s nearly 62-thousand sexual assaults just in the prison system.  

Rape is most prevalent in large institutions though small jails and holding facilities are not immune.  There are new Federal laws in place to reduce sexual assaults in prison.  And, the Pitkin County jail is now working on a set of policies and procedures that will serve as a model for rural jails across Colorado.  APR’s Roger Adams explains.

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Environmental News
2:27 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

City of Aspen Meets Greenhouse Gas Goal 7 Years Early

Aspen city and environmental leaders celebrate the city achieving greenhouse gas reduction goals seven-years early on Wednesday.
Credit Rob St. Mary

The City of Aspen started the Canary Initiative in 2005 with an eye to trimming the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020. The city announced Wednesday it met the goal seven-years early.

“Well, we found out this year, to our great celebration, was that we actually achieved our goal this year. So, the City of Aspen reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 30.7%.  So, that’s a huge accomplishment.”

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Basalt
10:50 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Basalt Town Council Votes to "Explore Options" proposed by Pan and Fork advocacy group

The Town of Basalt has been offering cash assistance to families being relocated from the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park. An advocacy group says they'd prefer affordable housing in town.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Elected leaders in the Town of Basalt voted last night to explore alternative options for families being relocated from a trailer park. The Town has been offering cash assistance. But, a group called Workers for Justice and Diversity in Basalt says it’s not enough to pay Basalt’s high rent prices. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Health
10:26 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Study: High School Athletes at High Elevations Suffer Fewer Concussions

A new study shows high school athletes, like football and ice hockey players, suffer fewer concussions at higher altitudes.
Credit Creative Commons/Flickr/U.S. Army

 

Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health have found high school athletes competing at higher elevations suffer fewer concussions than their sea-level counterparts. The reason: a phenomenon attributed to physiological changes in the brain that causes it to fit more snuggly in the skull. The results showed a 31 percent decrease in concussion rates among athletes playing at 600 feet above sea level, and higher. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Dr. Dawn Comstock. She co-authored the study.

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Road to Sochi
5:21 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Road to Sochi: Aspen's Olympic History Stretches Back Decades

The 1959 U.S. Ski Team includes athletes with Aspen connections. Chuck Ferries and Max Marolt are two of them.
Aspen Historical Society/Tony Gauba collection

Over the last several weeks, we’ve heard from nearly a dozen athletes working toward competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics. That’s a big number and it isn’t uncommon. For decades, Aspen’s been either a hometown or training grounds for Olympic athletes. Since the 1930s, nearly thirty athletes with ties to Aspen have competed in the Olympic Games. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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