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  • High Risk At High Altitude: The ‘Paradise Paradox’ And What It Means For Ski Town Mental Health

    High Risk At High Altitude: The ‘Paradise Paradox’ And What It Means For Ski Town Mental Health

    16/02/2021 Duration: 05min

    The Mountain West has some of the highest suicide rates in the United States. Colorado is no exception; the state has been in the top 10 for highest suicide rates in the country since 2009. Ski towns, in particular, have significantly higher rates of suicide than the national average. Mental health experts have called it the “paradise paradox,” and the University of Colorado’s School of Public Health cites factors ranging from financial instability, geographic isolation, lack of healthcare, easy access to firearms and the transient nature of resort communities as being some of the reasons communities in rural areas across the Mountain West continue to suffer from high suicide rates. In Aspen, that rate is two to three times the national average, according to CU’s School of Public Health.

  • Highlands Ski Patrol Director Mac Smith Gave Decades Of ‘Blood, Sweat And Tears’ On The Mountain

    Highlands Ski Patrol Director Mac Smith Gave Decades Of ‘Blood, Sweat And Tears’ On The Mountain

    11/02/2021 Duration: 05min

    Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol Director Mac Smith passed the baton on Jan. 31 after 42 seasons on the job. Though, he will remain on the patrol during the winters and help as needed throughout the next several years. He first stepped foot on Highlands when he was only 8-years-old, and got his start on the mountain washing dishes at the Merry-Go-Round restaurant after graduating from Basalt High School in 1971.

  • As Growing Vaccine Inequity Leaves Latinos Behind, A Roaring Fork Valley Group Aims To Close The Gap

    As Growing Vaccine Inequity Leaves Latinos Behind, A Roaring Fork Valley Group Aims To Close The Gap

    05/02/2021 Duration: 04min

    Almost half a million Coloradans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While that number indicates a promising start on the road to the state’s pandemic recovery, advocates say vaccine distribution has been marred by inequity.

  • High Risk At High Altitude: How Have The Events Of The Last Year Impacted Our Relationships?

    High Risk At High Altitude: How Have The Events Of The Last Year Impacted Our Relationships?

    02/02/2021 Duration: 05min

    One way to take care of yourself during the coronavirus pandemic is to stay connected to your loved ones, but what happens when you have a disagreement or a falling out with the people you’re supposed to feel most connected to, and how does that affect your mental health?

  • Doc Eason Makes Magic As Snowmass’ Resident Magician

    Doc Eason Makes Magic As Snowmass’ Resident Magician

    28/01/2021 Duration: 05min

    Doc Eason has been a Snowmass staple for visitors and locals for over four decades. His card tricks and sleight of hand magic delighted audiences at the Tower Restaurant’s bar until it closed in 2004, and he took his act to the StoneBridge Inn, where he performed right up until the pandemic shutdowns last March. He’s performed at venues and parties around the world, and has been named the Magician of the Year by Hollywood’s Magic Castle five times. According to Eason, the magic behind his act is connecting with audiences throughout the course of his career.

  • Local Musician Shea Freedom’s New Song ‘America’ Calls For Justice And Peace On Inauguration Day

    Local Musician Shea Freedom’s New Song ‘America’ Calls For Justice And Peace On Inauguration Day

    20/01/2021 Duration: 05min

    In a normal year, local musician Shea Freedom can be found tearing up the stage at Belly Up in Aspen or performing for passersby on main street in Carbondale, but when the pandemic hit, his gigs were cancelled. As protests and social justice movements spread across the country, that forced free time gave Freedom a moment to reflect on what he was seeing and he used his creativity as a way to process everything.

  • High Risk At High Altitude: Why We Turn To Substances To Cope With Stress

    High Risk At High Altitude: Why We Turn To Substances To Cope With Stress

    19/01/2021 Duration: 05min

    It may be a new year, but the stresses and challenges from 2020 seem to be trickling into 2021. At the national level, the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol by right-wing extremists. Locally, people continue to navigate the financial difficulties that have come along with the ongoing pandemic. It has been widely reported that alcohol has become one of the nation’s key coping mechanisms, with consumption rising sharply among adults.

  • Aspen Homeless Shelter Determined To Help Locals Despite Pandemic Shutdown

    Aspen Homeless Shelter Determined To Help Locals Despite Pandemic Shutdown

    18/01/2021 Duration: 04min

    Traditionally on Martin Luther King Day, the Aspen Chapel invites locals to cook a special dinner for people who visit the Aspen Homeless Shelter . Last year, nearly a hundred adults and children gathered for the annual meal at the chapel. “It’s always a lovely experience of doing everything together, but this year with COVID-19, we obviously couldn’t have a hundred people in a room together,” said Nicholas Vesey, the minister at the Aspen Chapel.

  • High Risk At High Altitude: How Local Service Industry Workers Are Faring During The Pandemic

    High Risk At High Altitude: How Local Service Industry Workers Are Faring During The Pandemic

    05/01/2021 Duration: 04min

    Back in 2019, licensed clinical social worker and therapist Kathleen Callahan was approached by Lindze Letherman and Quinn Gallagher about starting a mental health support group for hospitality and restaurant workers. Letherman and Gallagher both work at Hooch, in downtown Aspen, and offered the space as a meeting place for local service industry workers to talk about their unique challenges and support each other. Since the pandemic hit, the group “Hospitality Matters,” hasn’t been meeting in-person, but they’ve continued their meet-ups virtually .

  • Christmas Bird Count Helps To Understand Impacts Of Climate Change On Birds In Roaring Fork Valley

    Christmas Bird Count Helps To Understand Impacts Of Climate Change On Birds In Roaring Fork Valley

    23/12/2020 Duration: 04min

    On a recent morning, local naturalist Rebecca Weiss led a small group of amatuer birders through the frozen cattails near the John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen. Dawning binoculars and masks, they stood at the edge of the Roaring Fork River to get a closer look at an American Dipper bobbing in and out of the frigid water as it foraged. “We heard this gorgeous singing and we were all looking and listening as hard as we could to try to pinpoint the sound and who was making it,” Weiss said. “And finally, we got a line of sight on the dipper.”

  • Local Creative Industries Feeling ‘Cautious, But Optimistic’ About Their Economic Footing

    Local Creative Industries Feeling ‘Cautious, But Optimistic’ About Their Economic Footing

    18/12/2020 Duration: 03min

    Before COVID-19 hit, arts and cultural events and institutions made up 12 percent of the Pitkin County economy, according to a 2019 study recently released by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association . That equals nearly half a billion dollars in economic output, and it is higher than the statewide average. The monetary value ripples up and down the valley, and data from 2018 point to over 3,000 jobs within the Roaring Fork Valley coming from the creative economy.

  • High Risk At High Altitude: How Do Kids And Their Families Find Balance In The Middle Of A Storm?

    High Risk At High Altitude: How Do Kids And Their Families Find Balance In The Middle Of A Storm?

    15/12/2020 Duration: 05min

    For many of us, the ongoing pandemic has impacted our mental health in surprising ways, and this includes young people. In the latest conversation from our “High Risk At High Altitude" series, Aspen Public Radio talked with local behavioral intervention specialist Sonja Linman about what she’s learned from her work with local kids and their families.

  • Reflections On The Pandemic From Pitkin Countys Outgoing Public Health Director

    Reflections On The Pandemic From Pitkin County's Outgoing Public Health Director

    04/12/2020 Duration: 05min

    Karen Koenemann, Pitkin County public health director, will spend her last day in the position on Friday, Dec. 4. She has held the position since the department's inception in early 2017. Koenemann spoke with Aspen Public Radio about the ups and downs of guiding the department through the pandemic.

  • High Risk At High Altitude: Finding Ways To Improve Your Mental Health While ‘Living In Limbo’

    High Risk At High Altitude: Finding Ways To Improve Your Mental Health While ‘Living In Limbo’

    01/12/2020 Duration: 06min

    Many people feel like the last several months have completely turned their world upside down. From shutdowns, to civil unrest, to new rules popping up all the time, to a seemingly unending presidential election, people are run down.

  • With Mid-Pandemic Winter Tourism Gearing Up, A Look Back At Aspen’s Summer

    With Mid-Pandemic Winter Tourism Gearing Up, A Look Back At Aspen’s Summer

    30/11/2020 Duration: 04min

    The ski mountains are open and Christmas is less than a month away. In Aspen, many businesses reliant on tourists and the dollars they bring during the snowier months will face a bevy of new challenges in a mid-pandemic winter.

  • English In Action Finds Silver Lining During Pandemic With Virtual Tutoring For Local Immigrants

    English In Action Finds Silver Lining During Pandemic With Virtual Tutoring For Local Immigrants

    25/11/2020 Duration: 05min

    With no end in sight for the pandemic and cases surging in the Roaring Fork Valley, many nonprofits have had to shift online and rethink the way they operate. And for some, that’s had an unexpected silver lining. That’s the case for the local English tutoring and cultural exchange organization, English In Action. They help match adult immigrants with trained volunteer tutors in the Roaring Fork Valley. The program is so popular there’s about 170 people on the waitlist and some participants wait up to a year or more. Pueden encontrar la versión en español aqui .

  • With Smiles And Waves, City Of Rifle Unveils Public Kindness Campaign

    With Smiles And Waves, City Of Rifle Unveils Public Kindness Campaign

    24/11/2020 Duration: 04min

    Even before the pandemic effectively scuttled human interaction, city officials in Rifle say they noticed that neighbors just weren’t being that neighborly anymore. People were looking at their phones instead of saying hello to each other on the street; COVID-19 only made things worse. “Many people are even scared to look at you like you’re gonna get the cooties if your eyes meet, and I can’t stand it. I don’t want to live in that kind of world,” said Rifle City Manager Scott Hahn.

  • Local Schools Face Difficult Choices Ahead As COVID-19 Spikes In Roaring Fork Valley

    Local Schools Face Difficult Choices Ahead As COVID-19 Spikes In Roaring Fork Valley

    16/11/2020 Duration: 05min

    As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the valley, local schools are having to rethink their plans for the winter months. As of last week, nearly 250 students were quarantined in the Roaring Fork School District and the entire Roaring Fork High School moved to online learning for the week after several staff were exposed to the virus. “It’s very disruptive, the pivoting back and forth between distance learning and in-person learning,” said the district’s superintendent Rob Stein.

  • Hospitals Worry About An Overwhelming Winter As Pandemic Surges in Roaring Fork Valley

    Hospitals Worry About An Overwhelming Winter As Pandemic Surges in Roaring Fork Valley

    12/11/2020 Duration: 04min

    All three counties in the Roaring Fork Valley are experiencing their highest rates of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began about nine months ago. Area hospitals are worried that increasing spread of the virus could bring an overwhelming burden in the coming months and bracing for a grim road ahead.

  • Ghosts in Glenwood Springs? Don’t Count It Out, Say Local Historians

    Ghosts in Glenwood Springs? Don’t Count It Out, Say Local Historians

    30/10/2020 Duration: 04min

    Do you believe in ghosts? That’s one question historians with the Glenwood Springs Historical Society say they hear a lot—especially around Halloween. The organization’s executive director Bill Kight says that’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. “If it takes a ghost story to create an interest in history, then I’m all for it,” he said. Kight says that the mystery surrounding Doc Holliday’s death in 1887 at the Hotel Glenwood, which burned down years later, has continued to fascinate Glenwood Springs locals and visitors, and developed its own spooky folklore. He spoke to Aspen Public Radio about some of the city’s more haunted history—and shared his own ghost story—ahead of this year’s Halloween weekend.