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GarCo taking West Nile precautions

July 2, 2014
As people in the Roaring Fork Valley prepare for Independence Day picnics and other outdoor celebration, talk of the West Nile Virus on the Western Slope is increasing. The Colorado department of Public Health and Environment recently reported that mosquitoes carrying West Nile were collected in Adams, Boulder, Delta and Weld Counties. And Garfield County Vegetation Manager Steve Anthony expects to see more of the Culex mosquitoes that carry West Nile in the coming weeks.

 

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Anthony to find out what to expect this summer and also about what precautions Garfield County residents can take to protect themselves.

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Missouri endocrinologist raising money to study the health impacts of fracking chemicals

June 4, 2014
Late last year, Dr. Susan Nagel, endocrinologist and associate professor at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine, published a study on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on human sex hormones. Now, she's embarking on more extended research because, she says, there are not enough vigorous, scientific studies of the fracking process.

KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Nagel about her work and the funding she needs to get going on the second study.
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Colorado Division of Insurance working to lower area insurance premiums

May 6, 2014
On Friday, the Colorado Division of Insurance or D.O.I. announced proposals that could reduce health insurance premiums for residents of Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, and Summit counties who purchase individual or small-group insurance plans. KDNK's Ed Williams has more.
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Jonathan Foley proposes steps to solve the world's food dilemma

Jonathan Foley proposes steps to solve the world's food dilemma May 2, 2014
This month National Geographic Magazine kicks off a series on the Future of Food. KDNK's Ed Williams talked with Jonathan Foley, Director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and author of this month's National Geographic cover story, titled How to Feed 9 Billion.
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GarCo officials unhappy with Obamacare implementation

December 26, 2013
Under the Affordable Care Act, Garfield County has been combined with Summit, Pitkin, and Eagle counties to form Rating Area Eleven, which has some of the highest insurance rates in Colorado. County officials claim this discriminates against rural citizens. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Garfield County Attorney Frank Hutfless to find out what kind of action the county plans to take. Hutfless recommended against legal action against the state. Instead, he wants to open up the discussion.
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GarCo residents seeing high insurance rates under ACA

October 24, 2013
Electronic glitches aren't the only problems with the Affordable Healthcare Act that users have reported. Garfield County Commissioners are also fielding complaints about local insurance rates.
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County health officials confirm Whooping Cough cases in Carbondale

April 11, 2013
Last December, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment declared a pertussis, or whooping cough, epidemic in Colorado.

And this week, officials confirmed several cases of whooping cough, all in the Carbondale area.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Sara Brainard, Immunization Director for Garfield County Public Health to find out what symptoms to be on the lookout for, and what precautions Carbondale residents can take.
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County Enviro Health Manager on Carbondale Air Quality Monitoring

September 27, 2012
This week county authorities put up an air quality monitoring station near the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. KDNK's Ed Williams spoke with Garfield County Environmental Health Manager Paul Reaser about air monitoring in the area.
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Dangerous isolation in the Roaring Fork Valley

November 28, 2011
According to Carrie Marsh of the Aspen Hope Center, one of the major contributors to the Roaring Fork Valley's elevated suicide rate is isolation. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Marsh about that and other contributing factors that make the valley's suicide rate three times the national average.
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Local grocers move to protect customers as state officials identify source of Listeria outbreak

Local grocers move to protect customers as state officials identify source of Listeria outbreak September 19, 2011

The recent listeria outbreak that hospitalized at least 20 and killed two, was pinpointed to Jensen Farms in southeastern Colorado. In order to protect it's customers, City Market Grocery Stores issued automated warnings to shoppers - including ones here in the Roaring Fork Valley - who had recently purchased the contaminated melon. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Dr. Chris Urbina, who heads the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.


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