Experts: Resort party culture promotes drug, alcohol use

By Lauren Glendenning

This is the third part in a four-part series looking at suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental health resources in the mountains. Licensed clinical psychologist Jill Squyres moved to Eagle from Texas two years ago. She thought that suicide rates and depression would be low in the beautiful mountains of western Colorado, but has quickly learned differently. “It’s very much a party culture,” Squyres said. “A lot of people here live like they’re in their 20s. Not like there’s anything wrong with that, except drugs and alcohol tend to be a part of that.” Kim Baillargeon, of Aspen, lost …

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Freedom to read

By Melanie Wong

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and the Harry Potter series — all classic childhood favorites, right? They’re also among some of the most historically challenged and banned books in the United States — proof that one person’s idea of a masterpiece might be offensive and vulgar to another reader. National Banned Books Week, which runs through Saturday, celebrates the freedom to read books such as these. Throughout the week, libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. Check out The Bookworm …

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