Elise Thatcher

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Elise Thatcher is a reporter with Aspen Public Radio since 2013. 

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Roaring Fork Transit Authority

Bus service in the Roaring Fork Valley will be less frequent starting next Tuesday, September 2nd. It’s part of the usual fall calendar switch for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, but the agency is also having its first anniversary with the VelociRFTA bus rapid transit service, or BRT. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with President and CEO Dan Blankenship.  

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Parents of students in the Roaring Fork School District may notice a few things are different this year.

Law enforcement officers are aiming to cut down on DUI’s… but there are limits on what they can do.

Colorado says it’s posted next year’s health insurance rates so people can find out whether they’ll be charged more… but it’s near impossible actually find those rates.

Water experts and decision makers are trying to figure out how to fairly divvy up Colorado River water if drought becomes a factor in the future.

And, now that recreational marijuana shops are open in Pitkin County, elected leaders are going over concerns, like accidental overdoses.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.

Elise Thatcher

If you have health insurance, you can now look up how much it might cost you next year. Colorado's insurance office has posted all rate changes for the coming year, to make sure residents know whether their premiums are going up--and why. But actually finding that information can take hours, and may not turn up results at all. 

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Cycling fans lined the streets of Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale this week for the USA Pro Challenge. The riders are making their way to Denver...we’ll have an update.

As of this morning, Aspen’s Tejay Van Garderen has the overall lead in the Pro Challenge. We spoke with him before the race started.

Candidates running for state and federal office made a stop in Snowmass Village this week...to talk about water.

Electric rates in Glenwood Springs are going up this month...just before colder weather gets here.

And, the Roaring Fork Valley has a problem...with substance abuse. Now, a sober society is springing up in Carbondale.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.

Christina King

Mental health experts, law enforcement, and many others in the Roaring Fork Valley have been tackling the issue of suicide. Deaths by suicide in the area are some of the highest in the state… and after a particularly tough beginning to 2015, providers and advocates have been working to increase prevention. One new element is the Aspen Strong Foundation. It’s led by Executive Director and Founder Christina King, who recently moved to Aspen after visiting for over a decade. King talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher, and says she’s inspired by the amount of mental health resources in the Valley.

Ben Knight

  Film has played a major role in the fracking debate in Colorado and around the country. Tonight, there’s a new fracking movie showing at the Wheeler Opera House. “Dear Governor Hickenlooper” is a collection of short films about oil and gas drilling. Most are critical of the industry. Stash Wislocki is the Director of Dear Governor Hickenlooper film. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher.

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    Professional cyclist and Aspen resident Tejay Van Garderen is well rested and ready to dominate the USA Pro Challenge. The 26 year old is the defending champion of the week-long race, which kicks off in Aspen today, Monday August 18th. Van Garderen talks with APR's Elise Thatcher.

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.

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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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.

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