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Five employers efforts to improve health care and lower insurance costs is shifting into high gear. The group, known as the Valley Health Alliance, has a new Director and was part of a forum yesterday. Details on what the Alliance may try in the next year were discussed-- and mental health will be at the top of the list.

Marci Krivonen

About 200 people recognized veterans on Tuesday during a ceremony near the courthouse in Aspen. A list of names of Aspen veterans who have died was read as part of the observance. 

The on-looking crowd stretched out from the Veteran’s Memorial Site to Main Street as friends and family members shared words about their vets. Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron said a debt is owed to those who protect our freedom.

Marci Krivonen

The Forest Service is beginning the discussion about how to deal with increasing problems with crowds in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness. This summer saw huge numbers of visitors at popular spots like Crater Lake and the Four Pass Loop. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, forest service officials are working to educate the public before exploring solutions.

Rangers in the Aspen Sopris Ranger District released a youtube video in October detailing the problems they saw this summer.

ACCESS provides after school and summer programs for students between Basalt and Rifle. Mindi Cabe, Program Director, and Deb Rice, Executive Director, discuss ACCESS's three main programs and why it's important to pay attention to what elementary and middle school students do when school is not in session.

To learn more about ACCESS, or how you can become an instructor, visit www.accessrf.org.  

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

This week you went to the polls, we take a look at some of the key races – what they mean and what could be the path forward for development and the future of Snowmass’s Base Village.

In non-election news, the Aspen Airport has a new director and our panel will give him some advice.

Speaking of travel, this summer was the best for tourism in the history of the State of Colorado and this winter, into 2015, could top that. We’ll chat about the pluses and minuses of the busy seasons.

And on the Download, you’ve heard of tweeting and facebooking – we’ll introduce you to an Aspen bartender and entrepreneur who wants the term “soapboxing” to be just as ubiquitous.  

Marci Krivonen

A development group is now involved in the discussions around redeveloping downtown Basalt.

Lowe Enterprises has partnered with a landowner involved in the redevelopment process. Lowe built The Gant hotel in Aspen. They’re partnering with the Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation that owns 2.3 acres along Two Rivers Road, where a trailer park once stood. Town government owns adjacent land that sits in the floodplain and borders the Roaring Fork River.

Kerry Donovan Campaign

Democrat Kerry Donovan is outlining what issues she’d like to take to Denver now that she’s been elected to the State Senate District Five seat. Donovan barely beat her competitor in a race that was closely watched statewide. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

This week’s elections saw high drama and voting problems in Pitkin County.

Colorado’s governor’s race wasn’t decided until the morning after Election Day and a State Senate race took far longer than usual to know who won and who lost.

The Roaring Fork Valley approves money for ambulances, more pot taxes, and other measures while re-electing all of its sitting state house representatives.

We’ll find out what it was like being in the center of the election excitement in Denver.

And take some time to hear about the latest on kids and immigration.

Town of Snowmass Village

On Tuesday, voters in Snowmass Village chose a new mayor and two new town council members. The fresh faces could breathe new life into the board that’s grappled with tension and bickering. A unified voice may be needed with big projects on the horizon, like Base Village. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with reporter Jill Beathard with the Snowmass Sun.

Jill Beathard covers Snowmass Village Town Council for the Snowmass Sun and Aspen Times.

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is declaring victory. He spoke to the media and supporters at the capitol this morning.

Votes have been tallied in 54 of Colorado’s 64 counties and the gubernatorial results are close with Hickenlooper leading by just one percentage point. His challenger congressman Bob Beauprez is refusing to concede. His campaign told the Denver Post about 120,000 votes still need to be counted.

Still, Hickenlooper said this morning he’s the victor. 

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