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HEALTH
11:51 am
Tue November 18, 2014

More States Adopt Laws To Ease Access To Experimental Treatments

When should a patient in dire condition be allowed to try an experimental treatment?
BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:00 am

On Election Day, Arizona voters approved a referendum that allows terminally ill patients to receive treatment with drugs and devices that haven't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Arizona became the fifth state to approve a so-called right-to-try law this year.

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HEALTH
4:46 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Open Enrollment Begins For Colorado's Health Exchange

Connect for Health Colorado is the state's health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act.
Credit connectforhealthco.com

Open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance marketplace, started Saturday. The enrollment period ends Feb. 15.

“It’s important for Coloradans to know that if they want their coverage to begin on Jan. 1, 2015, they need to enroll, select a plan and conclude the process by Dec. 15,” says Linda Gann with Connect For Health on the Western Slope. 

The state exchange, which is separate from the federal marketplace, allows people and small businesses to purchase health insurance and apply for federal subsidies. 

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NEWS
12:07 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Palisade Votes Against Pot

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

After days of waiting, there’s a final word on a ballot issue from Palisade.

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ENVIRONMENT
9:54 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Arch Coal and Forest Service Decline To Appeal Ruling

Credit NPS

Arch Coal and the Forest Service will not be appealing a decision that revokes the company's expansion lease, as well as vacating an exception in the Colorado Roadless­ Rule that allows for expanded mining in the North Fork. 

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ENVIRONMENT
9:43 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Gunnison Sage Grouse Listed As Threatened Species

The Gunnison sage grouse is now protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This week the Gunnison sage grouse, a point of contention for several years, was listed as a threatened species.

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HEALTH
3:34 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

School-Based Health Clinic Opens In Delta

A Kidz Clinic is the first school-based health clinic to open in Delta County.
Credit KVNF / Laura Palmisano

Delta County has a new school-based health clinic.  


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HEALTH
3:22 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

State Pushes Hospitals To Serve Healthy Food

Credit Flickr user Ableman

A new program is starting this week to fight one of Colorado’s biggest health threat: obesity.

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ENVIRONMENT
10:11 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Wilderness "Hot Spots" See Increasing Crowds

National Forest officials are considering an update of a management plan for the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness. The outdated plan didn't account for the crowds the area saw this summer.

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 4:11 pm

The Forest Service is beginning the discussion about how to deal with increasing problems with crowds in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness. This summer saw huge numbers of visitors at popular spots like Crater Lake and the Four Pass Loop. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, forest service officials are working to educate the public before exploring solutions.

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NEWS
6:20 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Chicken Farm Battle Continues

The battle over a chicken farm in Delta County is not quite over.

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NEWS
6:08 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Montrose County, City Reach Agreement On Dispatch Fees

There’s been some resolution over the issues with dispatch fees in Montrose County.

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NEWS
3:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

What Veterans Day Means To Vets

Retired Army Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Emmert and his service dog Bo are at the Warrior Resource Center in Montrose.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Veterans Day honors the men and women who serve or have served in the military. It's also called Armistice Day in Europe and commemorates the end of World War I.

Jeffery Emmert is a retired Army staff sergeant. His father served in WWI and Korea.

Emmert remembers his dad on Veterans Day.

"He’s been gone now for four and half years," he says. "I learned a lot from my Dad." 

Emmert is proud that he was in the military too.

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COMMUNITY
10:37 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Montrose Nonprofit Serves Western Colorado Veterans & Families

The Warrior Resource Center in Montrose helps veterans and their families.
Laura Palmisano KVNF

On Thursday mornings about 50 veterans meet at the Warrior Resource Center in Montrose. 

They come here to have a cup coffee and maybe a donut. But mostly they're here to mingle with others who served in the military.

The veterans here span many generation and many wars. Some served during World War II and Korea. Others fought in Vietnam and the Middle East. And they represent every branch of the military.

David Adams did three tours in Iraq. He retired from the Army in 2007 due to a back injury. 

Adams says he tries to come here every week.

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NEWS
5:18 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Q&A: Lamar Alexander On Education In The New Congress

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., waves after speaking to supporters on Nov. 4 in Knoxville.
Wade Payne AP

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 12:45 pm

Higher education, preschool funding, the Common Core and the future of No Child Left Behind are just a few of the education policies that will be in play under the new Republican-controlled Congress. How will these things change? We called Sen. Lamar Alexander to ask.

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HEALTH
2:47 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Kidney Dialysis Company Expands Into The Hospital Business

Dialysis giant DaVita HealthCare Partners is moving into the hospital business.
Courtesy of DaVita HealthCare Partners

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:08 pm

Critics of America's health care system say it's really a "sick care" system. Doctors and hospitals only get paid for treating people when they're sick.

But that's starting to change. Health insurance companies and big government payers like Medicare are starting to reward doctors and hospitals for keeping people healthy.

So, many health care companies are trying to position themselves as organizations that help people stay well.

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POLITICS
8:38 am
Sat November 8, 2014

The GOP Takes Heart From Colorado, But Still Faces 2016 Hurdles

Senator-elect Cory Gardner of Colorado delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering. Gardner appealed to moderates and unaffiliated voters.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 10:33 am

Colorado is one of the battleground states where Republicans made big gains this week. Republicans in the state believe they now have momentum going into the 2016 presidential election.

But the GOP has suffered some punishing losses there lately, owing in part to the state's changing demographics. That trend may still be a big factor in 2016.

The last time Republicans won a U.S. Senate seat here was when Wayne Allard was re-elected in 2002. Back then, Congressman and now Senator-elect Cory Gardner was a young staffer working behind the scenes for Allard.

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HEALTH
4:30 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Two Of Three States Reject Ballot Measures Restricting Abortion

Abortion-rights supporters outside the Supreme Court in January for the annual March for Life. This week North Dakota and Colorado struck down ballot measures restricting abortion, while Tennessee passed an initiative that may result in restricted rights.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

Amid all the shakeout from this week's midterm elections, many are trying to assess the impact on abortion.

Two abortion-related ballot measures were soundly defeated. A third passed easily. And those favoring restrictions on abortion will have a much bigger voice in the new Congress.

In North Dakota and Colorado, voters rejected 2-to-1 so-called personhood measures, which would give legal rights to fetuses.

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NEWS
1:35 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Telluride School District Wins $27 Million

Towns across the Western Slope had a myriad of different ballot measures, and a few had some asking to issue bonds. 

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NEWS
1:03 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Growing Marijuana Industry Creates Real Estate Rush

In Colorado, laws require marijuana to be grown in indoor facilities, like this one in Denver.

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 7:35 am

The showing starts inside an empty office building, the kind you’d see in any humdrum workplace sitcom, stripped of its cubicles and ceiling tiles, leaving just a bare, dusty shell.

Jason Thomas with Avalon Realty Advisors, a commercial real estate firm that deals with the marijuana industry’s entrepreneurs, shows off the building’s features: a fully operational HVAC system, fire sprinklers, heavy duty warehouse doors, equipped with locks.

It’s a blank slate for a marijuana grower, ready to be outfitted with thousands of lights and complex water delivery systems.

Legalizing marijuana in Colorado created a land rush. State law says the drug has to be grown indoors, but layers of regulation meant to curb out of state investment and tight zoning requirements have made real estate hard to come by for pot growers.

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POLITICS
11:35 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Hickenlooper On Re-Election: 'We Want To Thank Colorado'

Hickenlooper declares victory, narrowly, at the state capitol on the day after Election Day.
Bente Birekland RMCR

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:13 pm

Colorado incumbent Governor John Hickenlooper has been re-elected to a second term.

By 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, some 12 and half hours after the polls closed, multiple media organizations including The Denver Post were projecting the win over Republican challenger Bob Beauprez with votes left to count in Boulder and Denver counties. The win is the largest for Democrats in the state following strong Republican victories, notably in the U.S. Senate with Cory Gardner defeating incumbent Senator Mark Udall.

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POLITICS
10:35 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Colorado 2014 Election Results

Credit Laura Palmisano

Congressman Cory Gardner was elected to the U.S. Senate defeating Democratic incumbent Mark Udall. The GOP now controls the Senate

Governor John Hickenlooper has been reelected defeating Republican challenger Bob Beauprez. 

Ballot Initiatives 

Amendment 67, the personhood measure, failed.

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