7:46am

Wed April 16, 2014
APR Local News

Medicaid Applicants Outpace Private Insurance Registrants In Tri-County Area

A physician sees a patient at Mountain Family Health Centers. The organization's clinics are seeing 150 new Medicaid patients a month.
Credit Mountain Family Health Centers

Last month, several people raced to sign up for health insurance before the March 31st deadline. Many of those patients qualified for the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program. Turns out, more people signed up for Medicaid than for private insurance in the tri-county area that includes Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle Counties. Now, doctor’s offices that handle these patients are trying to keep up. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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9:30pm

Tue April 15, 2014
APR Local News

Comcast: Verizon Service Shouldn't Drop Out Again

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Verizon users in Aspen and Glenwood Springs were stuck without service for much of Monday. Turns out the problem wasn’t with Verizon’s equipment, but with another communications company-- Comcast. 

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3:41pm

Tue April 15, 2014
National Poetry Month

Featured Poets

Kim Nuzzo - Carbondale Poet; co-founder Aspen Poet's Society
Credit Roger Adams

  Welcome to a special program for National Poetry Month.  

Centuries after the Greeks celebrated poetry readings as part of the original Olympics, poetry is alive, well and thriving.  From the classics to hip-hop and slam, people are writing and reading poetry everyday.  Poems, like little word pictures say so much in so few words. 

Thanks to the Aspen Poet’s Society the spoken word is heard year round at monthly live poetry readings.  One of the highlights of these monthly live poetry readings is a featured poet; sometimes local poets other times poets visiting to read their work.

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Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She's also a general assignment reporter who began her career at MPBN working at the State House in 1992. Since then she has covered major political and environmental stories, winning national awards for her beat reporting twice from the Society for Environmental Journalists. Her coverage of labor issues, including an investigative series on independent contractors, has also been recognized by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc and by the Associated Press. Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student.

6:00am

Tue April 15, 2014
APR Local News

Pitkin County Tackles Pricey Health Insurance Problem

According to Kaiser Health News, the most expensive health insurance market in the country is in Colorado's high country. Pitkin County would like to see solutions to what they see as an inequitable problem.
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Pitkin County staff and elected leaders will meet with the State’s top insurance official this week about pricey health insurance. A Kaiser Health News report says Colorado’s “rating area eleven” that covers Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield and Summit Counties, is the most expensive insurance market in the country. Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock says they’d like to see solutions.

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6:00am

Tue April 15, 2014
Water

Governor's Water Plan Aims To Find Solutions To Looming Gap

Colorado faces a water gap in the future and people are weighing in with solutions. Nine so-called basin roundtables are collecting information for an eventual Colorado Water Plan.
Credit Colorado River Water Conservation District

The public is weighing in how to solve the problem of less water in the future. People offered suggestions for Governor Hickenlooper’s Colorado Water Plan at a town hall meeting in Aspen Thursday. A growing population and climate change are straining the resource in Colorado, and an enormous water gap is projected, between how much water Colorado has and how much it needs. The Water Plan will use information collected by nine basin roundtables organized around various watersheds. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jim Pokrandt.

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10:21pm

Mon April 14, 2014
APR Local News

Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Pfister Investigation, Charges

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The murder in February of Aspen native Nancy Pfister was unusual in many regards, chief among them that murders are very rare in Aspen.  It has been unusual in how the prosecution and law enforcement refused to reveal details of the arrests of three people charged in the homicide.  As the case moves slowly forward it will could also stand out for how much money is being spent to find justice for Nancy Pfister.  Initial review shows the costs are already into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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3:29pm

Mon April 14, 2014
First Draft

First Draft - Jamie Quatro

Jamie Quatro
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Jamie Quatro’s debut collection, I Want To Show You More is a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was named a Top 10 Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the New York Times and a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in The New Yorker.  Quatro’s work has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, AGNI, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, as well as 2013 fellowships from both the Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. Her stories are anthologized in the O.Henry Prize Stories 2013 and in the 9th edition of The Story and Its Writer (ed. Ann Charters, forthcoming). Quatro holds graduate degrees from the College of William & Mary and the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and is a Contributing Editor at Oxford American magazine. She lives with her family in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. www.jamiequatro.com

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9:00am

Mon April 14, 2014
Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Journalism, Part 3

When the Internet began its exponential growth from a seedling to a colossal network, the demand for daily, quick reads increased. Readers were consuming the amount of information coming over the Internet faster than journalists could write it. This resulted in the down-sizing of the industry, and some of the causalities were investigative journalists. That's where Aspen Journalism, a non -profit local news organization, comes in. A handful of locally acclaimed, freelance journalists cover key topics in the Roaring Fork Valley: Water, Land, Education, Economics and the Ski Industry. Founder and Director, Brent Gardner-Smith, and Advisory Board Member, Andy Stone, speak. 

Visit AspenJournalism.org to learn more about Aspen Journalism. 

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