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Environment
4:33 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

White River N.F. Reacts To Controversial Forest Service Proposal

The Forest Service is considering a directive that could limit access for filmmakers and photographers in wilderness areas, like the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing media outlets ask permission before filming or photographing in Wilderness areas. But local forest service officials say little will change on the White River National Forest. 

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Mountain Edition
3:27 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Mountain Edition - September 25th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

The Roaring Fork Valley is awash with fall colors this week.

Basalt puts together a commission to decide on a way to revitalize old town.

Health insurance rates are going down next year for some residents in the Glenwood Springs area. And that’s partly because some doctors and hospitals have agreed to get paid less.

U.S. Senate candidates in Colorado battle it out for the women’s vote in the November election.

And we look at the 35th annual Aspen Film Fest, opening this weekend.

Affordable Care Act
7:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Concerns About Doctors, Hospitals Treating Patients for Less

Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts is President of the Colorado Medical Society.
Credit Colorado Medical Society

Health insurance in the Roaring Fork Valley will be cheaper next year for some residents. The average premium will cost about seven percent less. For someone paying three hundred dollars a month, that’s about twenty dollars less for each payment. One reason for that is some doctors and hospitals are treating patients for less. And the state’s top association for physicians is worried that may have unintended consequences.

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Mainstreaming Pot
1:05 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Fine Bud: Cannabis Gets Respect(able)

"Vintage" Cannabis Grand Cru Poster
Credit Blue Sugar Productions

In November, Aspen will play host to a marijuana event organizers are likening to the annual Food and Wine Classic.  In the nine months that recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado pot has become an industry similar to the wine or spirits industries.  This falls innaugural Cannabis Grand Cru promises to further the mainstreaming of marijuana.  APR's Roger Adams spoke with the event's organizer Anthony Dittmann, CEO of Blue Sugar Productions.

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Affordable Care Act
9:53 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Valley Health Insurance Less Expensive Next Year, On Average

Image released Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014.
Credit Colorado Division of Insurance

Health insurance in the Glenwood Springs area will go down by nearly ten percent next year. That’s on average, and it’s compared to an overall average increase of about one percent across Colorado. State officials gave final approval for the lower rates this week. This comes after concerns about especially high insurance in the Roaring Fork Valley, and an earlier flawed attempt to let consumers review rates beforehand. 

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