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Gov. Polis Signs Full-Day Kindergarten Bill

When Gov. Jared Polis walked into the Stedman Elementary School auditorium behind a marching band on Tuesday afternoon, with dozens of supporters waving signs and cheering, the signing ceremony for the full-day kindergarten bill felt more like a pep rally. “Today, we celebrate the fact that this fall, kids from across our state will be able to go to free fullday kindergarten,” Polis said to loud cheers before he signed the bill.

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Episode Two - Body and Mind

May 14, 2019

Today we turn to sex, drugs and mental health. Worldwide, sexually-transmitted diseases are on the rise. Many cultures don’t discuss sex in public and debates are ongoing about teaching reproductive health. When it comes to giving birth, mothers find varying degrees of support during prenatal check-ins, and many receive no support at all once the baby has arrived.

 

 

Episode One - Medicine

May 14, 2019

Today we look at the broad scope of health and medicine as we know it. How do we define these terms in the United States and around the world? What are we getting right, and what still needs work?

 


Morning newscast for Tuesday, May 14, 2019.


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At two listening sessions on Monday, residents said what they want in a new city manager.

They want better public outreach on divisive issues like development and transportation. The previous city manager, Steve Barwick, resigned in the face of criticism about a lack of public engagement. 

 

Rocky Mountain Preschool Coalition

On Tuesday, Basalt hears from a group trying to solve one of the toughest problems facing the Roaring Fork Valley: affordable and accessible early childhood education.

 

They're proposing a special tax district from Aspen to Parachute to fund preschool for all kids.  

 

 


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Carbondale’s Environmental Board wants the town’s trustees to ban single-use plastic bags from all town businesses.

 

The Environmental Board cites a 2016 survey in which the respondents overwhelmingly favored banning single-use plastic bags.


  Morning newscast for Monday, May 13, 2019.

 


Transportation funding advocates are giving Colorado’s latest legislative session mixed reviews despite a bipartisan budget deal that boosted transportation funding by $70 million.

Margaret Bowes, who leads an organization that focuses on improving the Interstate 70 corridor in the mountains, said the money lawmakers added for roads and bridges was “just a drop in the bucket.”

Snowpack in every part of Colorado’s high country is sporting layers of dust, according to a new statewide survey of the state’s winter accumulation.

“This is a low frequency dust season,” wrote Jeff Derry, head of the Colorado Dust on Snow Program, in a post about the survey results. “But may be a high consequence snowmelt season.”

Bureau of Land Management, White River Office

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Northwest Colorado is looking for four new members to sit on the Resource Advisory Council.

The 15-person council advises the agency on land use. Anyone, from raft guides to ranchers, can apply.


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Aspen Ideas: Health

ARTS & CULTURE

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Luis Jaramillo is the first Aspen Words writer-in-residence of 2019.

Jaramillo is best known for his 2012 book “The Doctor’s Wife,” a collection of vignettes about three generations of a family.  

During his residency, he’s working on a novel called “The Witches of El Paso,” which is set both in Texas and Juarez, Mexico. As the title suggests, there are witches and worshippers of Santa Muerte, the goddess of death.

 

 

First Draft: Joanne Ramos

May 20, 2019

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she became a staff writer at The Economist.  The Farm is her first book.

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When Gov. Jared Polis walked into the Stedman Elementary School auditorium behind a marching band on Tuesday afternoon, with dozens of supporters waving signs and cheering, the signing ceremony for the full-day kindergarten bill felt more like a pep rally.

“Today, we celebrate the fact that this fall, kids from across our state will be able to go to free fullday kindergarten,” Polis said to loud cheers before he signed the bill.

The United States Air Force has confirmed four locations in Colorado as among the six finalists for its new Space Command headquarters. Three Colorado Springs locations were named as possible locations—Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base—as was Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

Transportation funding advocates are giving Colorado’s latest legislative session mixed reviews despite a bipartisan budget deal that boosted transportation funding by $70 million.

Margaret Bowes, who leads an organization that focuses on improving the Interstate 70 corridor in the mountains, said the money lawmakers added for roads and bridges was “just a drop in the bucket.”

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