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Molly Dove

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Molly Dove graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism. She was a reporter and producer for KBIA while attending college. She most recently was a journalist with Wisconsin Public Radio.

"As the new Morning Edition host, I am excited to wake up and have my morning cup of coffee with our listeners while helping them stay informed and engaged with the local, state and national news of the day. It is a privilege to tell the stories of the people and places that make up the community Aspen Public Radio is a part of," she says. 

April 2020 - Molly has moved back to Wisconsin, but continues to host Morning Edition and report on the valley from there. Due to the virus impacting travel and movement about the country, we have postponed the search for her replacement at this time.

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“We’re at war. These are battles we need to win.”

Mayor Jonathan Godes stood in front of a large room of City Hall lined up next to other city officials at the recent rollout of the “Don’t Strip Glenwood” campaign. 

The city is designating $1.25 million to fight Rocky Mountain Resources’ proposed limestone mine expansion. City officials say if that expansion is approved, it could decimate their tourist town. 

Morning Newscast: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2019


Morning Newscast: Wednesday, November 20, 2019


www.mountainfamily.org / Mountain Family Health Centers

Community health centers have been opening more and more doors across the country since the 1960s. To date, there are nearly 1,400 centers nationwide serving more than 28 million patients. 

Community health centers help patients access affordable health care. Centers are able to do this through federal funds, mostly from the Community Health Centers Fund which was created through the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

Morning Newscast: Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Morning Newscast: Monday, November 18, 2019


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Glenwood Springs launched their “Don’t Strip Glenwood” campaign Friday to fight against Rocky Mountain Resources, a company mining limestone a mile outside of city limits. 

Currently, Rocky Mountain Resources’ operates on about 15 acres at the Mid-Continent Quarry near the Transfer Trail. It runs seven days a week between 7 a.m and 5 p.m.

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Garfield County has one health insurance provider and one hospital, causing residents to sometimes pay more than their mortgage for basic health insurance. 

To help lower the costs, Garfield County’s Board of County Commissioners unanimously agreed at last week's meeting to partner with Peak Health Alliance, a non-profit that helps communities bargain lower health insurance costs.

Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the county paid $25,000 through a supplemental budget for research to find exactly what the county’s medical needs are.

Morning Newscast: Thursday, November 14, 2019


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When AJ Adams was 14, he learned his mom had cancer. Not sure how to process the emotional toll that comes with the diagnosis, he said all he wanted was to learn as much as he could about cancer and other people affected. 

“I didn’t really know what was going on. I didn’t know how to take it,” he said. “That’s when I learned that there are so many positive people, and they made me realize that I shouldn’t really be too afraid of it.”

So he decided to make a documentary. 

Morning Newscast: Wednesday, November 13, 2019


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More and more schools are using something called restorative practices in an effort to reduce harmful verbal behavior and encourage positive behavior through building healthy relationships between students, educators and administrative staff.

The Roaring Fork School District is working to move towards more of these restorative practices. To educate parents and community members how these practices would benefit its students, they are holding a three day event series throughout the Valley. 

Morning Newscast: Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Morning Newscast: Monday, November 11, 2019


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Some dogs are leashed, some run free. Some enjoy playing with other dogs, some would rather keep to themselves. Some are friendly and enjoy a stranger petting them, others don’t. 

All dogs are different, and Basalt residents are, too. Some support a new Basalt ordinance regarding leash laws, and others, not as much. 

Morning Newscast: Thursday, November 7, 2019


Youth Mental Health First Aid has been offered throughout the Valley for about the last seven years. It is a course for teachers, parents or community members to learn what the warning signs are for different mental health illnesses and substance abuse crises in youth, and what they can do to help. 

Not only will they know what to look for, the course also teaches participants how to respectfully encourage those struggling to seek professional help. 

Morning Newscast: Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Morning Newscast: Tuesday, November 5, 2019


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In the 2016 documentary, Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age, the impacts of screen technology on kids were explored, and it offered parents solutions to curb those impacts. 

Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience, dives into how time spent in front of a phone, computer or a videogame can impact a child’s mental health, especially when experiencing depression or anxiety, and what parents can do to help.

Morning Newscast: Monday, November 4, 2019


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At 2 a.m. Sunday morning, clocks fell back one hour. Many Coloradans may be enjoying that extra hour of sleep, but for others, it’s the time of year when the shorter days affect their mental health.

The end to daylight saving time is usually when some people start to struggle with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or depression during the winter months. 

Morning Newscast: Friday, November 1, 2019


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Voters in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle Counties have the chance to talk with some of their current or vying state representatives before the upcoming 2020 election and legislative session. 

Democratic Candidate James Iacino of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District will be in Aspen on Friday, November 1 for a free meet and greet. He will be in the Community Room in the Aspen Police Department from 12:45 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

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As of 2014, the average annual cost of childcare was anywhere from $16 to $18 thousand per child in Pitkin County. City of Aspen’s Kids First Childcare Financial Aid helps families bear that cost. The deadline to apply for that aid is Friday, November 1. 

To be eligible for the financial aid, families must work or live in Aspen’s urban growth boundary, which is the downtown area to just beyond the airport. Parents must work while the children are in daycare, and use a service within Pitkin County. The children in childcare must be five years or younger.

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The City of Aspen’s 2020 Budget is being discussed in city council before it’s finalized at the end of November. 

The city says the main goal of the budget is to increase the availability of affordable housing. One way they are doing that is through granting Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) a $404,700 subsidy for a new software called HomeTrek. 

Morning Newscast: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Morning Newscast: Wednesday, October 30, 2019


Morning Newscast: Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Rural Health Professions Action Plan

What are insurance tax credits? What are cost-sharing reductions? How do people enroll in health insurance?

Health insurance open enrollment is November 1 - December 15. To make sure Valley residents are prepared for that upcoming enrollment period, Garfield County Libraries is partnering with Mountain Family Health Centers to teach residents what they need to know to enroll and pick the right plan. 

Health Insurance 101 will help answer any questions about eligibility, enrollment and what terms like tax credits and cost-sharing mean. 

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