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APR Local News
11:39 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Pitkin County Sees Spike in Medicaid Enrollees

During the last part of 2013 Pitkin County saw a jump in the number of people enrolling in Medicaid. They're also tracking how many people are purchasing insurance on the state exchange. They say many of those are likely low income.
Credit Creative Commons/Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller/U.S. Army

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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APR Local News
9:01 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

After Sochi, Skier's Racing Season Isn't Over

Cross country ski sprinter Simi Hamilton's season isn't over yet. The Aspen resident raced in Sochi and will continue competing on the World Cup circuit over the next few weeks.
Credit Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team

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.

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Check 1, 2
3:28 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Ken Denson
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/

2014 Winter Olympics from the Inside
9:19 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Heading Home from Sochi

Credit 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.

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First Draft
3:29 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

First Draft - Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler
Credit Beth Gwinn

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and five grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California.  www.karenjoyfowler.com

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