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The Valley
2:04 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Garfield County Sheriff: Colorado Gun-Control Laws too Confusing to Enforce

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is part of a lawsuit that's seeking to overturn two of the gun-control laws passed this year, by the state legislature.
Credit Marci Krivonen

On July 1st,  two controversial gun laws go into effect in Colorado and one local sheriff is speaking out against them. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says the gun magazine law and the background check bill are too confusing to enforce. One law limits gun magazines to 15 rounds and the other requires background checks for all transfers and sales of firearms.

Vallario and five dozen other Colorado sheriffs are suing the state over the new laws. They don’t believe the laws are enforceable or constitutional. Sheriff Vallario spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.

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Pitkin County
3:57 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

New Fire Mitigator for Pitkin County

Colorado Fires 6-20-13
Credit Gilad Rom / Creative Commons

Later today, (Wed 6-25-2013) the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners will meet its new fire mitigation manager, Jerry Peetz. The position is the county’s latest move to ensure citizens are prepared should a wildfire occur. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.

People tend to wait to mitigate when the danger of wildfires is already high.  So says Joe DiSalvo. Sheriff of Pitkin County.

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Valley Roundup
4:41 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Valley Roundup - June 21st, 2013

On the show this week Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Brent Gardner Smith, Editor of Aspen Journalism join us to discuss the top news stories. 

We talk with Carolyne Heldman, Executive Director of Aspen Public Radio about NPR’s decision to end production of Talk of the Nation after 22 years.  We discuss the show’s replacement.

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Affordable Care Act
12:27 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Uninsured in Colorado's Wealthiest Areas: What will Change Under Federal Health Care Reform

Michael Hawes is a retired musician who gets his insurance from a special state plan for seniors. He's thankful for it after suffering a heart attack two years ago.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The bulk of federal health care reform is starting to roll out and big changes could be in store for Colorado’s rural areas. Many of these regions, including the Roaring Fork Valley, are full of people who are uninsured. A quarter of residents living in the mountain counties of Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, Grand and Summit don’t have health insurance. With the Affordable Care Act, this group will be required to have insurance, or pay a penalty. But, it’s likely not everyone will apply. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Mountain Edition
5:14 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Mountain Edition - June 20th, 2013

The pipeline leak in Parachute several months ago has been repaired but the resulting spill is continuing to cause worries. On Sunday, levels of the chemical benzene went up. We ask officials why.

Our science reporter tells us about some heart irregularities that appear to be unique to high level snow skiers.

The Roaring Fork Valley has among the highest number of residents without health insurance in Colorado. As the rollout of Obamacare begins they may… or may not… get insured.

Some black bears seem to be choosing food from town again this year. We’ll talk with an expert about bear behavior and if coming to town is passed down to cubs.

All that and a conversation with painter Don Nice

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