republicans en Pitkin County Caucus Meetings Mark Beginning of Political Season <p></p><p>It’s a mid-term election year and the race is already underway. Tuesday night, Democrats and Republicans in Aspen and around the state held their caucuses. &nbsp;The local parties gathered to assess which candidates could win primary elections later this year. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher reports on the republican caucus.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:09:09 +0000 Marci Krivonen 15096 at Pitkin County Caucus Meetings Mark Beginning of Political Season Valley Roundup - February 21st, 2014 <p>Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.</p><p>Carolyn Sackariason, from the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone from the Aspen Times, join us today.</p><p>This week, the evolving story about relocating residents of the Pan and Fork trailer park in Basalt.&nbsp; Eight families remain and their communications with the town are deteriorating.</p><p>In Aspen, a proposed Habitat For Humanity project moves forward.&nbsp;</p><p>And following a bus crash last year, attorneys start digging into the safety record of the Roaring Fork Transit Authority.</p><p>Also today, we talk today with a senior political reporter at <em>Politico</em> about a meeting next week in Colorado of high-end Republican party donors.&nbsp; Organized by a supporter of gay marriage, these GOP donors want to reshape the direction of the party.</p><p>And, on the download with Rob St. Mary – How the web makes it easy to financially support public radio.</p><p>It's all on this week’s Valley Roundup.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Roger Adams & Rob St. Mary 14618 at Valley Roundup - February 21st, 2014 Who and What To Believe? <p>I spend a lot of time trying to keep myself informed about current political affairs, but it often seems to be a futile effort.&nbsp; The same subject can be reported with wildly divergent information in competing publications.&nbsp; What is the poor reader to do?&nbsp; And how is the public to make any sense of this?</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:14:00 +0000 Frieda Wallison 12594 at Who and What To Believe? The New Health Care Reality <p> About three years ago, a relative of mine went to the emergency room at Aspen Valley Hospital with stroke-like symptoms.&nbsp; He did not have health insurance because of a pre-existing condition and he did not have the ability to pay for emergency health care, but the hospital treated him nevertheless.&nbsp; Following a battery of tests, he was discharged from the hospital with a hefty bill.&nbsp; The hospital gave him three choices:&nbsp; pay the bill immediately in a lump sum and get a 20% discount; pay the face amount of the bill in installments over a period of a year; or declare hims Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:55:06 +0000 Frieda Wallison 10787 at The New Health Care Reality Why did the ballot measures fail? <p>Traveling throughout the Roaring Fork Valley in the days leading up to the November 5 election, I was impressed by the slick signs trumpeting two of this year’s ballot issues in Pitkin County: “Vote YES on Amendment 66” and “Vote YES on Questions 4C and 4D.”&nbsp; Amendment 66 was, of course, the statewide financing proposal for public education that would have raised the income tax rate for all Coloradans, by 8% for those making $75,000 or less a year and by 27% for people making above that amount.&nbsp; Questions 4C and 4D were about a new recreation center in the mid-valley Crown Mountai Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:33:22 +0000 Frieda Wallison 10008 at Why did the ballot measures fail?