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6:00am

Fri April 11, 2014
APR Local News

Report: Local Spruce Beetle Outbreak A "Significant Concern"

The impact of the spruce beetle is apparent in the Rio Grande National Forest. Since 2002, more than 380,000 acres of spruce-fir forests have been infested by spruce beetle and the beetles are continuing to spread.
Credit www.fs.usda.gov

Colorado’s Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic is subsiding but a new threat is on the rise. The Spruce beetle has killed large swaths of forests in Colorado’s southwest and a new report shows the Roaring Fork watershed is at risk. Drought and climate change are weakening trees, giving this native beetle a larger area to attack. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jamie Cundiff. She’s the Forest Programs Director for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

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3:33pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Mountain Edition

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.

7:26am

Thu April 10, 2014
VVH Hacking Investigation

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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6:29pm

Wed April 9, 2014
APR Local News

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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8:01am

Wed April 9, 2014
APR Local News

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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