Public Health

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US Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) answered unscreened questions from the public for one hour on Friday evening at Glenwood Springs Public Library. Former Carbondale mayor Stacy Bernot moderated, transparently choosing three names for questions at a time out of a large box, and controlling one microphone for public comment. You can read Aspen Daily News coverage here and Glenwood Springs Post-Independent coverage here.

Rep. Scott Tipton

 

 

KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl spoke with Congressman Scott Tipton about his willingness to compromise on the federal budget, his apparent support for the American Health Care Act, and his views on national monuments.

First Hantavirus Case of 2017 in Garco

May 3, 2017
Deer Mouse by John Good, National Park Svc


Spring cleaning can sometimes mean exposure to hantavirus, a disease carried by rodents. One case has already been reported in Garfield County this year. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.


The Glenwood Springs Post Independent recently published High Country, High Costs, a 6-part series on health care costs in Colorado’s resort counties. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Randy Essex, the paper’s editor and publisher, about some of the issues behind the costs. The series is available here.

Garry Schala

Mountain Family Health was this morning's Nonprofit in Focus. Development director Garry Schala sat in with station manager Gavin Dahl live on the air to discuss their new mobile dental van currently based in El Jebel, as well as the SMILES program and plans for a new facility in Basalt next year. Mountain Family CEO Ross Brooks was instrumental in the preparation for KDNK's interview with Lt. Gov Donna Lynne about health care in Colorado, now up for a Colorado Broadcasters Association award for Best Local Newscast. Thanks, Mountain Family Health!

CMC Leadville

On today's Local Newscast, Amy Hadden Marsh reports on the bomb threat at CMC Leadville yesterday. Bente Birkeland reviews the new abortion restrictions that failed at the Capitol. Community member Hamilton Pevec reviews the marches in favor of (and against) Planned Parenthood over the weekend. Plus, Eric Galatas talks to farmers about NAFTA. And average gas prices in Colorado dropped slightly in the past week.

Bente Birkeland

On today's local newscast, Amy Hadden Marsh reviews police activity in Carbondale and Eagle County from January 20th through February 2nd for Eye on Crime. Gavin Dahl speaks to Jeff Jackel at his retirement party about the project that got away, new pickleball courts. Bente Birkeland reports from the Capitol about a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act and the state health insurance exchange. The Army Corps of Engineers has granted an easement for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. And Eric Galatas reports that New Belgium Brewing is among 200 groups that have signed an amicus brief urging a federal court to uphold the Clean Water Rule.

Rep. Scott Tipton


KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl interviews Republican Congressman Scott Tipton on public lands, immigration, health insurance, and abortion rights. While KDNK was never granted an interview with Rep. Tipton during the campaign, we hope to have him back on KDNK once a month throughout the year. His contact info is available here.

Corey Thiel

On today's local newscast, a new bill in Congress seeks to sell off over 3 million acres of BLM land, including 94,000 acres in Colorado. CDPHE recommends not allowing Ursa to build a fracking wastewater injection well in Battlement Mesa. Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about the Colorado impacts of Trump's EPA freeze. Dana Cronin of KRCC Colorado Springs examines fluoride in drinking water for Connecting the Drops, supported by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Eric Galatas reports that many Colorado kids could be impacted by federal Obamacare repeal. And Bente Birkeland  reports on a bill that debuts in committee at the State Capitol that would repeal the state's healthcare exchange.

Sen. Michael Bennet

On today's local newscast, we learn the names of all 8 applicants for the open trustee position at the Town of Carbondale: Jim Breasted, Beth Broome, Michael Durant, Sarah Johnson, Rebecca Moller, Doc Philip, Erica Sparhawk and April Spaulding. News intern Raleigh Burleigh sits down with Angie Davyln, senior project manager for Roaring Fork School District, to learn more about the safe haven resolution supporting immigrant families. She can be reached via email at adavlyn@gmail.com. Gavin Dahl shares a statement from US Senator Michael Bennet's office responding to critics of his no vote on a resolution encouraging importation of cheaper drugs from Canada. And Eric Galatas reports that President Obama is calling on public lands agencies to be more inclusive, and has designated three new national monuments while expanding two others.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Donna Lynne spent 11 years as an executive at health insurance company Kaiser Permanente before swearing in as Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor in May. She also serves as Chief Operating Officer of the state. News director Gavin Dahl sat down with Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne at the State Capitol to get her take on how to address the skyrocketing cost of health coverage on the Western Slope. The four Western Slope legislators on the Health Care Working Group are Senator Kerry Donovan, and Representatives Millie Hamner, Bob Rankin, and Diane Mitsch-Busch.


Tuesday night’s Board of Trustees study session included 90 minutes of discussion about safety in Carbondale, particularly for women and girls getting around without a car at night. Gavin Dahl reports.

Insurance Rates Will Increase 20% in 2017

Sep 21, 2016

The Colorado Division of Insurance has approved health insurance premium hikes for 2017. Individual plans are expected to increase by more than 20 percent on average. Eric Galatas reports.

The only medical clinic in Paonia closed its doors last month. For the latest Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to reporter Paige Blankenbuehler. Her article in the current issue of High Country News is about how rural health care in Colorado is, or isn’t, meeting the needs of an aging population.

KDNK News Director Gavin Dahl sat down with the Republican and Democratic party chairs for Garfield County on Tuesday. Gavin asked them, "Are you okay with a fracking site a few thousand feet from your house?" Republican Dave Merritt answered first. "I would have to be," he said. Democrat Bob Shivley followed. "No, not in my backyard." Listen to the entire discussion here.

In November, Colorado voters will decide whether or not to triple the tax on tobacco products. Gavin Dahl talks to Ross Brooks, CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers, to find out more about the ballot initiative effort.