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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Carol Hedges, director of the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, will be in Aspen Thursday to discuss Proposition 103 on the November ballot.

Proposition 103 is a statewide initiative that would raise $540 million over each of the next five years for K-12 and higher education; it would do so by increasing the state income tax and sales tax for five years, while state lawmakers look for a permanent funding solution for education.

According to the Aspen Education Foundation, Proposition 103 would translate into almost $1.2 million going back to the Aspen public schools.

Hedges will discuss Proposition 103 and take questions at 3 p.m. at the Koch building, next to Paepcke Auditorium on the Aspen Institute campus.

ASPEN – Aspen Valley Hospital will hold two health fairs in the coming weeks – one will serve the midvalley and one for seniors.

Midvalley Health Day takes place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the El Jebel Community Center/Eagle County Government Building. Presented in partnership with Aspen Medical Care, Locke Family Medicine, Orthopaedic Associates, Roaring Fork Eye Clinic, Aspen Ambulance and TLC Laboratory care, a variety of free and low-cost screenings will be offered.

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Free screenings include blood pressure, glaucoma, vision, height, weight, body-mass index, pulse oximetry and knee exams.

Flu shots will be available for adults for $25. Laboratory tests include the standard health fair profile with glucose, kidney and liver function, lipids, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and complete blood count (CBC). This test requires fasting for at least 12 hours (with the exception of water), and it costs $48. A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test costs $28 and is recommended for men 50 and older.

Participants are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment for their blood draw. This can be done via the hospital website at http://www.avhaspen.org. Those with appointments will be given first priority.

The El Jebel Community Center/Eagle County Government Building is located adjacent to the main stop light in El Jebel on the City Market side of Highway 82.

The Senior Health Fair – for those 60 and older – will take place on Friday, Nov. 4, at Aspen Valley Hospital. Sponsored by the hospital, Pitkin County Senior Services and Community Health Services, this fair takes place from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

The same lab tests will be offered as at Midvalley Health Day, and prices are also the same. In addition, a cardio-CRP blood test and colorectal cancer kits will be offered for $35 and $25, respectively. Appointments will not be taken for the Senior Fair.

Flu and pneumonia shots will be available at no cost for those with a Medicare card. Free screenings include blood pressure, oral, vision, glaucoma, height, weight, body-mass index, urinalysis, peak flows and pulse oximetry.

Both health fairs will feature demonstrations of new CPR protocols and the use of automatic external defibrillators. A variety of information stations will be set up at the Senior Health Fair.

Participants should plan to pay by cash or check at both health fairs. For more information, call 544-1296.

ASPEN – Aspen will be home to another pharmacy when City Market opens one later this year, an official confirmed Wednesday.

The pharmacy will be adjacent to the City Market parking lot at 685 E. Cooper Ave.

The supermarket chain’s spokeswoman, Kelli McGannon, said City Market hopes to open the pharmacy before Christmas.

“We want [the pharmacy] to add convenience to customers,” McGannon said.

The pharmacy plans to hire two full-time pharmacists and three technicians.

The city of Aspen currently has two pharmacies, Carl’s Pharmacy on Main Street and Clark’s Market in the North Mill Station on Puppy Smith Street.

City Market has two other pharmacies in the Roaring Fork Valley, one in El Jebel and one in Carbondale.

The Aspen location will have the same hours as the other City Market pharmacies: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

McGannon said that the pharmacy will be accepting hundreds of insurance plans.