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Education
9:46 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Local State Representative Behind Controversial Education Funding Bill

Millie Hamner represents District 61 in the Statehouse, which includes Pitkin County. She introduced a controversial K/12 school funding bill during the latest legislative session.
Credit @millie_hamner (Twitter)

 

The latest legislative session in Denver was the first Lawmaker Millie Hamner spent representing Pitkin County. It was the democratic representative’s second term, but a redraw of legislative maps in 2011, broadened her district to include Pitkin County. A former superintendent of schools, she now chairs the education committee at the Statehouse. Her most controversial bill this session centered on funding for k-12 education. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with her about it shortly after the session ended on May 8th.


 

 

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Health
5:53 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Physicians Juggling Patient Loads as the Medicare Pool Expands

David Ressler is the outgoing CEO at Aspen Valley Hospital. He says most doctors in Aspen take Medicare patients, but in the future, that may not be the case.
Credit Aspen Valley Hospital

 

 A recent Aspen City Council meeting shed light on a national problem regarding health care for seniors. Earlier this month, over a discussion on the expansion to Aspen Valley Hospital, Mayor Mick Ireland raised the issue of Medicare. He wondered if private physicians renting space in the newly renovated Hospital would be required to care for Medicare patients.

 

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Movies Going Digital
6:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Carbondale Theatre Goes Digital With Community Help

Crystal Theatre
Rob St. Mary

The movie going experience has been changing over the past several years as the 100 plus year old technology of film is being replaced with ones and zeroes. Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary looks at how a Carbondale theater is answering the digital call.

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Guns
9:01 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Health Officials Ponder how to Reduce Suicide-Gun Deaths

Activists lined the steps at the Colorado Capitol with shoes in April to symbolize the more than 500 people killed each year in Colorado with guns, the majority of them in suicides.
Credit Rose Richards/Colorado Public News

 

The number of people who commit suicide with a gun in Colorado is four times higher than the number of gun-related homicides. Public health professionals and gun manufacturers are considering measures to reduce the number of suicides -- including “smart guns” that can only be fired by the owner. Colorado Public Radio’s Rabah Kamal has more.

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Colorado Health Care
5:37 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Colorado Rolls Out Obamacare

President Obama
Credit Roger Adams

This story has been updated at 3:00 PM 5/22/13: scroll down to the end for the latest information.

Later today (Wednesday 5/22/13) the Colorado Division of Insurance will release the list of health insurance companies that want to be part of Colorado’s health exchange.  So far 19 companies have applied to be included.  The exchange is mandated by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, that was signed into law three years ago.  The act requires that everyone have health insurance starting January first of next year.  The health insurance law survived a Supreme Court challenge and Republican efforts to repeal it. Now, it’s coming into force. Over the next several months we will be reporting on how the new law will affect you. We begin with an explanation of the health care exchange.  Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams reports.

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