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3:33 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Mountain Edition - April 10th, 2014

Computers at Valley View Hospital were hacked recently and patient information was compromised. Turns out, hacking at hospitals isn’t that uncommon.

Plentiful snowfall this ski season helped bring people to the slopes. Tourism officials say Aspen’s economy is improving.

An issue over the length of wingspans on regional jets is posing a problem at the Aspen airport.

And, mental health is discussed at a Downvalley forum. The problem of suicide has been top of mind this winter.

An Aspen rabbi earns accolades for his ability to inspire his congregation.

And…a Hopi Indian tribal member talks about how development has overtaken many ancestral lands, including in Aspen.

VVH Hacking Investigation
7:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Malware Fallout

Valley View Hospital
Credit Garfield County

 It has been a month since Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs revealed it had been the target of hackers.  Data from some 54-hundred patient records were breached.  How the computer system came to be the target of hackers remains unclear.  

Hospital officials have said little beyond their prepared news releases.  The Department of Health and Human Services will not officially comment.  Current and former employees and contractors for the hospital have likewise told us little.   Still, from information that has been released, the breach at VVH appears to be much like one four years ago at the Health Sciences Center at the University of New Mexico.  APR's Roger Adams reports.

 

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APR Local News
6:29 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Local Rabbi Considered One of Country’s Most Inspirational

Rabbi David Segal and Cantor Rollin Simmons, of the Aspen Jewish Congregation, at the Aspen Chapel.
Credit Elise Thatcher

One of Aspen’s Jewish leaders was named recently as one of the country’s most inspiring rabbis. The Jewish Daily Forward listed David Segal in its annual list. Segal leads the Aspen Jewish Congregation, based at the Aspen Chapel. He received the accolade for holding services outside and increasing attendance. Segal says his wife, Cantor Rollin Simmons, also plays a role in what happens at the synagogue. APR’s Elise Thatcher spoke with them both… and she asked Segal what his reaction was when he heard news about his commendation.  

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APR Local News
8:01 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Upper Colorado River Basin Number "2" On Endangered Rivers List

The conservation group American Rivers named the Upper Colorado River system the second most endangered river in the country.
Credit www.colorado.com

A new list names the Upper Colorado River basin the second most endangered stretch of water in the country. The conservation group American Rivers released its annual “top-10” list Wednesday and local rivers like the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan are part of basin that’s threatened.

"All of these rivers have potential targets on them for more diversions," says Ken Neubecker, a coordinator for American Rivers.

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APR Local News
7:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

2013-2014 Ski Season Brings Plentiful Snow, A Boost In Business

Plentiful snowfall this winter season kept skiers and riders happy and helped boost business in Aspen.
Credit Jeremy Swanson

Business leaders say Aspen is bouncing back from the recession and spirits are high, partly because of a snowy winter.

"We have had an incredible winter season, which is wonderful because I’ve been up here presenting before when things haven’t been so great," says Debbie Braun.

She's the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) President and she spoke at a breakfast for business and government leaders Tuesday. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the resort’s total economic activity has almost reached pre-recession levels.

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