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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.
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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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APR Local News
9:24 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Floods Could Mean Changes for Small Dams

"Clipped raindrop"
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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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Road to Sochi
2:40 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

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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Education
10:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

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.
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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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Environment
9:46 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Recent Rains Boost Rivers to Flows Normally Seen in Spring

The Crystal River near Redstone on Monday was flowing at 343% of average. The Roaring Fork River in Aspen was flowing 200% of average on Monday.
Credit Sarah Johnson/Roaring Fork Conservancy

The beginning of this week has brought an unusual amount of moisture to the Roaring Fork Valley. Mountains were dusted with snow and rains lifted river levels to flows usually seen in the Spring. Sarah Johnson with the Roaring Fork Conservancy says flows on rivers like the Crystal are dramatically higher than they were this time last year. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with her on Monday.

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