APR Local News

APR Local News
6:40 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Co-Op Explains Why Glenwood Electric Rates Going Up

Credit Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN)

  Starting this month, Glenwood Springs residents are paying 12% more for their electricity. The City of Glenwood Springs buys power from publicly owned Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, or MEAN, and the co-op gets most of its energy from coal power plants. Andrew Ross is Manager of Engineering for MEAN, and he says the co-op had to increase its rates for several reasons. One of them is complying with nation-wide rules to shift away from coal power. Ross talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher.

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Valley Roundup
3:28 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Valley Roundup - August 15th, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup a review of the top news stories in the valley.

This week - development plans up and down the valley.  The character of Aspen could be altered by a massive new ordinance passed by city council.  It will allow new and taller buildings

In Glenwood the future includes a big new bridge.

The bike race is back and so is the political junkie…at least on valley roundup.  Ken Rudin looks at the elections.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary – recording sound without a microphone.

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TCAP Testing
8:18 am
Fri August 15, 2014

RFSD Test Scores Up

RFSD Superintendent Diana Sirko
Credit Roger Adams

  Students in the Roaring Fork School District showed improvement on statewide tests in areas the district had focused additional attention to.  The results of Colorado assessment tests were released yesterday.

One big area of improvement this year for mid and down-valley schools was for students who are learning English as a second language.  On a test given to English learners the district jumped from 39th percentile to the 67th percentile.  District Chief Academic Officer Rob Stein says the there is a gap between the progress in education for native English speakers and students who are just learning English

“We and all districts in the state have an achievement gap and we identified early last year the importance of doing more to support our English-language learners.  And, of course through our strategic planning process that surfaced as a commitment to providing differentiated support.”

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Mountain Edition
3:27 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Mountain Edition - August 14th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Aspen’s real estate economy is slowly digging out… we’ll get some of the finer details.

There’s a new art museum in the Roaring Fork Valley… no, not in Aspen. It’s near Carbondale.

This week Pitkin County Republicans rallied around candidates for this fall’s elections including a Congressman hoping to become a U. S. Senator. We’ll hear his pitch on why he’s the right person for the job.

Finally, we sit down with Oscar winning filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen, as he spends time in Snowmass Village this week.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition.

Midterm Elections
5:13 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Political Junkie Takes On Colorado’s Midterm Elections

Ken Rudin is a long time political analyst & creator of the "Political Junkie."
Credit Arizona Public Media

Ken Rudin is a political reporting veteran. He’s keeping keen eye on this fall’s elections--including the battle Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat, and governor’s race. Formerly with the NPR, Rudin was perhaps best known for his segment called Political Junkie, on Talk of the Nation. Rudin continues to report on politics. He was recently in Aspen for an event with Aspen Public Radio, and he took a few moments to talk with reporter Elise Thatcher. 


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