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The Affordable Care Act is helping low income residents in the Roaring Fork Valley get health insurance. That’s according to officials who oversee programs for the poor. More people are signing up for Medicaid and others are purchasing insurance plans from the state exchange. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

In Pitkin County, the number of Medicaid patients jumped 20 percent since October. So, 90 more people are seeking care from doctors who will take them.

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Even though the Olympics are over Aspen cross country skier Simi Hamilton is preparing for his next race. The U.S. Ski Team has about three more weeks of competitions. Many of them are World Cup races. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with Hamilton in Finland, where he was taking a break from training.

Hamilton's one of four athletes from Aspen who competed in Sochi. The 26 year old is planning to compete in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

Daniel Shaw

For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor.  Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz‘s band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers Slightly Stoopid.  Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.  Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.

In Winter 2014, Karl and his band are back on the road for a 20-date plus tour that hits both coasts, highlighted by a three-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl, the Jungle Jam festival in Costa Rica and a co-bill with moe. in York, PA. The run is in support of a brand latest studio album, New Ammo. A relentless 13-track collection, it’s Denson’s debut release on Slightly Stoopid’s record label, Stoopid Records. Alongside Denson originals like the title track and “Everybody Knows That,” which have become fan favorites from his live sets, KDTU offers up searing versions of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids and “Sure Shot” by The Beastie Boys. The first single “My Baby,” features Nicki Bluhm on vocals.

In Denson’s own words: “We’ve finally figured out how to capture in the studio what the Tiny Universe does live. We move around a lot musically, but this record reflects who we are as a band and where we’re headed with our music.”

For more about Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: http://karldenson.us/home/

For more about Belly Up Aspen: http://www.bellyupaspen.com/

Heading Home from Sochi

Feb 25, 2014
Bart Garton

So we hopped the train to explore Khosta, a small town between Sochi and Adler.  Piece of cake way to travel, and it was almost empty.  We got there about dusk and watched as it got dark over the Black Sea.  Then we found this great little shack called the Beerline where they serve homemade brews and horrible looking dried fish, which only one of us was brave enough to try.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Global Change Institute - Part 4

Feb 24, 2014

In an effort to increase awareness and promote further academic understanding and research on global climate change, the Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) has teamed up with Colorado Mountain College to create an online database titled From the Horses Mouth. This resource is geared toward high school and undergraduate science classes. The database contains video and research from workshops and conferences hosted by AGCI. The subjects range from butterflies to atmospheric chemistry. 

Elise Osenga, a Research Associate for AGCI, and James Arnott, AGCI's Program Director, discuss the new database, its importance in the scientific community, and ways AGCI is looking forward and preparing for the uncertain future of climate change. 

Visit From the Horses Mouth or learn more about AGCI

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Aspen athlete and Nordic skier Noah Hoffman competed yesterday in the last day of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The US Ski Team praised Hoffman’s performance in the taxing 50 kilometer race. Afterwards, Hoffman told NBC News he felt good about how the event went.  As the crowd cheered in the background, Hoffman explained he’s focused on the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea: “This is definitely a step in the right direction for me, and looking forward to progress in the World Cup Circuit and coming back in four years and winning a medal here.”

Valley Roundup - February 21st, 2014

Feb 21, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.

Carolyn Sackariason, from the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone from the Aspen Times, join us today.

This week, the evolving story about relocating residents of the Pan and Fork trailer park in Basalt.  Eight families remain and their communications with the town are deteriorating.

In Aspen, a proposed Habitat For Humanity project moves forward. 

And following a bus crash last year, attorneys start digging into the safety record of the Roaring Fork Transit Authority.

Also today, we talk today with a senior political reporter at Politico about a meeting next week in Colorado of high-end Republican party donors.  Organized by a supporter of gay marriage, these GOP donors want to reshape the direction of the party.

And, on the download with Rob St. Mary – How the web makes it easy to financially support public radio.

It's all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Sun, Sport and Moving Fast in Sochi

Feb 20, 2014
Bart Garton

Ok, it did get sunny again.  Yay. 

We did Snowboard Parallel GS yesterday.  Not much to report on that, so I’m going to go onto today’s coverage of Men’s Ski Cross.  By the way, I’m now on course, which is fun to get into competition camera. 

Variety is the spice of life, and I’m moving all over the place!
 
What a fantastic event.  Absolutely the best spectator sport ever.  And the athleticism is amazing.  Anything can happen in this gladiator-like competition to the finish, and I hope you’ll all get this in time to tune in to watch it tonight.

The Thompson Divide prompted conflicting statements by environmental groups and Garfield County this week. Avalanche danger has been sketchy lately because of certain unusual factors.  And if a snow slide happens inside a ski area, turns out the resort isn’t to blame. A Basalt advisor wins an award for her work with female investors. We say goodbye to a member of the Aspen Public Radio family, lost too soon.  And, we’ll wrap up our coverage of Aspen area athletes going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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