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Mountain Edition
3:28 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Mountain Edition - December 12th, 2013

Seatbelts could have prevented some major injuries in a bus rollover that happened in October. That’s when A RFTA bus crashed near Carbondale.

The Pitkin County Jail is working on a set of policies for sexual assault. It’ll serve as a model for rural jails across Colorado.

Turns out, the higher you go in elevation...the bigger your brain gets. This brain swelling may be keeping high school athletes safer.

One of the largest citizen science efforts in the world kicks off on Sunday. The annual Christmas bird count includes volunteers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

And, Aspen’s Olympic history stretches way back. It begins when the first ski runs were being cut on Aspen Mountain...in the 1930’s. We’ll have more in the Road to Sochi.

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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