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Mountain Edition
12:03 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Mountain Edition - September 26th, 2013

Heavy flooding on the Front Range has resulted in a mess. Oil and animal excrement from feedlots have spilled into or near rivers. The flooding put dams on the Front Range to the test as walls of water rushed down canyons and into towns. We’ll talk to the chief of dam safety for the state. The Roaring Fork Valley deals with suicide often more than other Colorado communities. One local non profit is trying to change that. Federal health care reform kicks into high gear next week when people can shop online for insurance. But, even with insurance, some patients struggle to get care. And, every month a Ute Indian spiritual leader leads a sweat in a cavern in Glenwood Springs. We’ll take you to the healing ceremony. And finally, we’ll introduce you to a local winter Olympic hopeful who learned to ride horses before she got on skis.

Arts/Culture
11:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Aspen Filmfest: Code Black Highlights Overloaded Health Care System

Ryan McGarry, an emergency room doctor and filmmaker, directed a documentary that follows a group of young, idealistic doctors. They're being trained at the Los Angeles County Hospital, where the E.R. is always packed.
Credit codeblackmovie.com

A documentary film featured in this year’s Aspen Filmfest uses a chaotic emergency room to highlight the country's overloaded health care system. Code Black follows a group of young, idealistic E.R. residents who work in what seasoned doctor’s call “C-Booth” at Los Angeles County hospital. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Ryan McGarry, an E.R. doctor and the director of the film.

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APR Local News
10:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Glenwood Springs "Sweats" Attempt to Revive Ute Indian Culture

Kenny Frost is a spiritual leader for the Ute Indian Tribe. Each month he leads a group of people, some of whom are Native Americans, through a traditional sweat at the vapor caves in Glenwood Springs.
Credit Marci Krivonen

A member of the Ute Indian Tribe is holding traditional sweats in Glenwood Springs in an effort to keep his culture alive. Each month, Kenny Frost takes a small group into the depths of a cave warmed by natural hot springs. The cave is where his ancestors came to heal. And, he hopes his sweats bring back to life a culture that’s losing its traditions quickly. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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APR Local News
12:07 am
Thu September 26, 2013

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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Health Care
9:43 am
Wed September 25, 2013

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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