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APR Local News
12:41 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Health Insurance Premiums Could Go Down Next Year.

Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar.
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    Starting next year, residents in Pitkin, Eagle, and Garfield county could pay less for health insurance. State Insurance officials decided Friday to change how insurance companies come up with monthly premium prices. But the state’s top insurance official says that won’t get to the root of the problem.

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Valley Roundup
12:35 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Valley Roundup - May 9th, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.  

Joining us today are Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone, former editor of and now columnist for the Aspen Times.

A public comment period on oil and gas leasing in and around the Thompson Divide closes next week after a series of public hearings that drew deeply divided audiences.  Today we’ll look at what those differences really are

After a controversial election this week the Crown Mountain Recreation District has a new member of its board of directors.  She has pledged to bring more transparency to the district.

Also, this week that Pitkin County says no to legal marijuana operations in Woody Creek.  We wonder if Hunter S. Thompson is spinning in his grave.

And, we bring back one of our favorite Downloads with Rob St. Mary.  Its all ahead on Valley Roundup.

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State Capitol
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Final Legislative Session A Wrap For State Senator Gail Schwartz

This week Snowmass Village democrat Gail Schwartz finished her last legislative session as a state senator. She's term-limited after 8 years.
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Snowmass Village democrat Gail Schwartz wrapped up her career as a state senator this week. The lawmaker is term-limited after spending eight years under the gold dome in Denver. Her impact on issues like education, healthcare and water have been felt around the state, including here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

On the last day of the 2014 legislative session, Schwartz’s colleagues saluted her service, including Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath.

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Aspen to Central America
5:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

On The Road: Chasing The Aztecs

Credit Skippy Mesirow

Puerto Vallarta – Teotihuacan

Early Friday morning in the blackness of night, I set out from Puerto Vallarta, last night’s cheap wine and sweet goodbyes still banging around in my head as I tear down back roads and highways. I will cover over 900 kilometers today, in the process leaving behind the deserts, cities and small towns of northern Mexico in search of the ancient Aztec Empire.

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Mountain Edition
2:26 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Mountain Edition – May 8th, 2014

Residents vote for change on the boards that represent Carbondale’s emergency services and a mid-valley park district.

New test results show third graders in the Roaring Fork Valley are better at reading than the statewide average.

A state senator wraps up her time under the gold dome in Denver.

And oil and gas proponents voice strong support for continuing to drill in Garfield County.

We’ll let you know what to expect for the upcoming Aspen Music Festival and School summer season.

And we get a taste of what Aspen middle and high school band students learned this year from a long-time jazz musician. 

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