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APR Local News
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Pitkin County Tackles Pricey Health Insurance Problem

According to Kaiser Health News, the most expensive health insurance market in the country is in Colorado's high country. Pitkin County would like to see solutions to what they see as an inequitable problem.
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Pitkin County staff and elected leaders will meet with the State’s top insurance official this week about pricey health insurance. A Kaiser Health News report says Colorado’s “rating area eleven” that covers Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield and Summit Counties, is the most expensive insurance market in the country. Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock says they’d like to see solutions.

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APR Local News
10:21 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Pfister Investigation, Charges

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The murder in February of Aspen native Nancy Pfister was unusual in many regards, chief among them that murders are very rare in Aspen.  It has been unusual in how the prosecution and law enforcement refused to reveal details of the arrests of three people charged in the homicide.  As the case moves slowly forward it will could also stand out for how much money is being spent to find justice for Nancy Pfister.  Initial review shows the costs are already into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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First Draft
3:29 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

First Draft - Jamie Quatro

Jamie Quatro
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Jamie Quatro’s debut collection, I Want To Show You More is a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was named a Top 10 Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the New York Times and a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in The New Yorker.  Quatro’s work has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, AGNI, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, as well as 2013 fellowships from both the Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. Her stories are anthologized in the O.Henry Prize Stories 2013 and in the 9th edition of The Story and Its Writer (ed. Ann Charters, forthcoming). Quatro holds graduate degrees from the College of William & Mary and the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and is a Contributing Editor at Oxford American magazine. She lives with her family in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. www.jamiequatro.com

Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Journalism, Part 3

When the Internet began its exponential growth from a seedling to a colossal network, the demand for daily, quick reads increased. Readers were consuming the amount of information coming over the Internet faster than journalists could write it. This resulted in the down-sizing of the industry, and some of the causalities were investigative journalists. That's where Aspen Journalism, a non -profit local news organization, comes in. A handful of locally acclaimed, freelance journalists cover key topics in the Roaring Fork Valley: Water, Land, Education, Economics and the Ski Industry. Founder and Director, Brent Gardner-Smith, and Advisory Board Member, Andy Stone, speak. 

Visit AspenJournalism.org to learn more about Aspen Journalism. 

APR Local News
8:13 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Aspen Businesses Battle High Rent, Slow Off-Seasons To Operate Downtown

The corner of Galena Street and East Cooper Ave. in downtown Aspen is one of the hottest places for businesses to be.
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All this week, we’re taking a look at the challenges of working and living in Aspen. To some it appears that Aspen is steadily pricing out middle class residents and would be future residents.  In our first report we go to the downtown core where businesses face rising rents and increasingly slow off-seasons.  To survive many retailers must cater almost exclusively to high-dollar customers. For some stores, the struggle is worth it. Others have all but given up. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has our story.

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