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The Chris Klug Foundation sends a team to the Leadville 100 every year  - a grueling 100-mile test of stamina and strength either on foot or by bike. Ester Blom-Geiser is a board member of the foundation and was a member of the 2014 team. Blom-Geiser and Beth Slater, the foundation's Executive Director, talk about the  multitude of awareness and fundraising events, and outreach programs in schools nationwide. 

Learn more about the Chris Klug Foundation and organ donation at www.ChrisKlugFoundation.org. 

Your Evening News - December 18th, 2014

Dec 18, 2014

Nebraska & Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Pot Legalization

The Attorney Generals of two neighboring states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Colorado’s legalization of recreational pot. Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit stating Colorado's Amendment 64 and implementation is unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says Federal law prohibits the production and sale of marijuana. At the same time, he says Nebraska taxpayers are paying for an increase in marijuana-related arrests.

“It’s frustrating to have a sister state reaping tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue and sending the problem side of it to us.”

In a statement, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said he’ll defend the state's legalization of marijuana. He says he believes the lawsuit is without merit and that the primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana instead of the choices made by Colorado voters.

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Schools in the Roaring Fork Valley get graded- some of the best and the worst in the state are here.

Basalt has its first menorah lighting to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah.

Aspen’s new Airport Director takes the helm as County Commissioners decide how to widen the airfield.

New owners at Krabloonik aim for a kinder, friendlier era and they are receiving a “thumbs up”, so far, from a group whose aim is to make sure the sled dogs are well cared for.

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The Aspen Community School is one of the top-ranked schools in the state, according to a new analysis. The school near Woody Creek, ranked six out of 500 middle schools.

The organization Colorado School Grades releases its report card annually. Nearly 2000 public schools are ranked. The group uses data from the Colorado Department of Education and a formula that looks at academic achievement, academic growth and gaps in education.

Deb Rice, Executive Director of ACCESS, and Mindi Cabe, Program Director of ACCESS, share their hopes for the future and invite qualified locals to get involved. ACCESS after-school programs hire teachers and qualified instructors to teach a range of classes from art and yoga to radio broadcasting and cooking. 

To learn more about ACCESS programs and how you can get involved, visit www.accessrf.org

Jeremy Voss, the Principal of Basalt Middle School, speaks about the importance of scheduled after-school programs for Middle School students and how ACCESS Roaring Fork has given his students new opportunities outside of sports and other school-related activities. Beth Wysong is a former teacher and ACCESS liaison. She says the connection ACCESS is making between the community and students is crucial for maintaining healthy communities. 

Learn more about ACCESS Roaring Fork at www.accessrf.org

ACCESS provides after school and summer programs for students between Basalt and Rifle. Mindi Cabe, Program Director, and Deb Rice, Executive Director, discuss ACCESS's three main programs and why it's important to pay attention to what elementary and middle school students do when school is not in session.

To learn more about ACCESS, or how you can become an instructor, visit www.accessrf.org.  

What do kids do after school? Sports, tutoring, and organized programs of course. But what about the kids who aren't interested in sports, or can't afford expensive after school programs? That's where ACCESS comes in. Deb Rice is the Executive Director for the Carbondale based Non-Profit. Mindi Cabe, the Program Director for ACCESS, also contributes. 

Learn more about ACCESS at www.accessrf.org

Today on CrossCurrents, Roaring Fork School District is holding a series of community meetings throughout the month to discuss the RFSD Facilities plan.

Guests are Dr. Diana Sirko, Superintendent of RFSD and Shannon Pelland, Assistant Superintendent in charge of the Facilities Project.

http://www.rfsd.k12.co.us/

Elise Thatcher

On Sunday, October 5th, Aspen High School hosted just under three thousand students and parents from Lake City, Durango, and other far flung Colorado towns. They quizzed University representatives and took workshops as part of the Colorado Western Slope College Fair. It’s been around for years, but this time, the focus was on helping students with the details, like essay writing and affordability.

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