Elise Thatcher

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Schools in the Roaring Fork Valley get graded- some of the best and the worst in the state are here.

Basalt has its first menorah lighting to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah.

Aspen’s new Airport Director takes the helm as County Commissioners decide how to widen the airfield.

New owners at Krabloonik aim for a kinder, friendlier era and they are receiving a “thumbs up”, so far, from a group whose aim is to make sure the sled dogs are well cared for.

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Conservation groups are cheering an oil and gas plan that closes much of the Thompson Divide to future drilling.

Controversial changes like square footage and building height could be left out of new regulations for lodges in Aspen.

And, food scraps are being composted at some high-end Aspen hotels.

A statewide water plan is unveiled in Denver. And, the state capitol is getting a major upgrade.

Glenwood Springs Police Department

If you live in Glenwood Springs, and bear gets into your trash, the police will give you a warning. If it happens again, even a few times, you might get a small fine. But that could change after recommendations from the city’s Police Department. Officials are considering cracking down on people letting bears eat their garbage. The move comes after an unusually high amount of bear and trash problems in the last year. APR’s Elise Thatcher talks with Chief Terry Wilson.

The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is losing $600,000 a year from its savings account—and the District could run out completely by the end of 2016. That’s a dire situation for the service, whose firefighters put out blazes and respond to medical calls for a huge area. Now the Board of Directors is reviewing next year's $2.6 million dollar budget. APR’s Elise Thatcher talks with Chief Ron Leach about cuts and the upcoming master plan.

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition. Wintry weather descends on the Roaring Fork Valley this week closing Independence Pass and prompting locals to break out their cold weather gear. Two Roaring Fork Valley residents are renamed to the U.S. Ski Team. Aspen holds its annual Veterans Day service. The Forest Service highlights crowds over-loving backcountry spots, big employers move forward with a plan to make their workers healthier, and politicians in Denver put their ducks in a row after a surprising election.

Getting your blood checked can mean making an appointment, getting to a doctor’s office, and fees. But for older folks in Pitkin County, regular senior health fairs make it much easier. They’re part of a wider variety of fairs put on by Aspen Valley Hospital, which hosted one on a recent Friday.

Five employers efforts to improve health care and lower insurance costs is shifting into high gear. The group, known as the Valley Health Alliance, has a new Director and was part of a forum yesterday. Details on what the Alliance may try in the next year were discussed-- and mental health will be at the top of the list.

Marci Krivonen

The only contested Pitkin County race turned out to be a win for Democrat Patti Clapper. Clapper will return to the Board of County Commissioners for another four years. She earned more votes than incumbent Rob Ittner. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has results on that race and the Town of Snowmass Village election.

Elise Thatcher

The results are not final for Colorado’s governor’s race, but experts say Governor John Hickenlooper likely will be re-elected. In the Roaring Fork Valley, delays and glitches made for late night vote counting for Pitkin County election workers. As of this morning, results indicate Democrat Patti Clapper has won the race for Pitkin County Commissioner District 1. It’s not clear yet who has won a state senate race. For Senate District 5, at last count Democrat Kerry Donovan has a one percent lead over Republican Don Suppes.  

Elise Thatcher

Each county in the Roaring Fork Valley has places where resident citizens can register to vote and fill out a ballot…. as long as it’s before polls close at 7pm. Here’s a list of those locations in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties.

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