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11:48am

Tue February 4, 2014
Stewart Oksenhorn RIP

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Stewart Oksenhorn - Aspen Times Weekly Cover, April 2013
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The suicide Sunday of Aspen Times Arts Editor Stewart Oksenhorn has emotionally devastated the paper’s newsroom.  Yesterday, the Aspen Times staff closed the offices for a time to grieve and meet with a counselor as Oksenhorn’s colleagues processed the loss.  APR's Roger Adams reports.


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7:21pm

Mon February 3, 2014
APR Local News

State Investigating Why Health Care So Expensive in Pitkin, Nearby Counties

Commissioner Marguerite Salazar, Colorado Division of Insurance.
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Following complaints from customers and local officials about the high premiums for health care in resort mountain communities, state officials now say they will look into why health care prices are so high in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties. The Colorado Division of Insurance announced Monday, February 3rd it’s launching a study to get to the bottom of that big question… despite the announcement, they don’t plan to lower premiums soon.

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5:38pm

Mon February 3, 2014
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Good News For Farmers: Mega Storm Boosts Snowpack

The snowstorm late last week likely broke records for snowfall in the Aspen area. It also boosted the snowpack, which is good news for people who depend on water in the summer.
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The massive winter storm that blanketed our region last week brought more than just smiles to skiers, it delivered needed moisture to the snowpack. Colorado’s mountains store water used for crops, in homes and for recreation so, it’s important to have a good supply. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Sarah Johnson.

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5:22pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Road to Sochi

Road to Sochi: Locals Traveling To Olympics Not "Overly" Concerned About Safety

Aspen-area athletes and their family members are focusing on competition rather than worrying about safety. Sochi has been the target of terrorist threats and, bombings in a town hundreds of miles away in December raised fears.
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The four Aspen-area athletes competing in the Winter Olympics arrive in Russia this week as the country prepares for opening ceremonies on Friday. Security in Sochi has been closely scrutinized after two suicide bombings killed 34 people in another Russian town in late December. And, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory last month for Americans traveling to the Games. Still, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee says security is being handled well by Russian authorities. For local athletes and family members traveling to Russia, safety is something they’re thinking about. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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10:13am

Mon February 3, 2014
Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Global Change Institute - Part 1

    

The Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) is a small non-profit organization based out of Basalt. Despite their size, AGCI packs a punch in the science community and has a goal to protect the natural well-being of the Roaring Fork Valley and the of the Earth as a whole.  

John Katzenberger, co-founder and Director of AGCI, and James Arnott, Program Director of AGCI, share the organization's history and mission to "further the scientific understanding of Earth's systems and global environmental change through interdisciplinary scientific workshops, educational programs, and publications and videos about global change science".

Visit www.agci.org to learn more about the Aspen Global Change Institute. 

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