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Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

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.

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.

Tri-County Water Conservancy District

Water officials in Ridgway, Colorado officially commissioned their new hydropower project on Friday. The City of Aspen is an integral player in the project, which is already providing power to many communities on the Western Slope. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.